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Digital Watermarks and Ghosting
can add more to your project

Watermarks, or ghosted images, may be applied inexpensively in today's book projects digitally. Traditionally watermarks were produced as a component of the actual paper during production. Digital watermarks allow for more versatility, control of design (including color), and economy.

Consider:

  • Adding topical artwork as "wallpaper" on a lightly worded page. Many genealogy layouts produce lots of empty space on a given page - but rarely in continuous chunks to insert a good size graphic. Watermarking the item you wish to include allows it to be viewed, but doesn't add to the overall size of the manuscript. Many authors then also offer that artwork in it's entirety online or in bonus e-book files.

  • Add monograms, coats of arms, or book subject/part wallpaper designs to some, or all pages.

  • If already paying for color, use color watermarks on an otherwise black and white page for "pep" and dimension.

  • When using book content online (marketing or sharing), do Copyright protect yourself by placing information in a watermark on each page/image. Click for a few examples: Alexander Index (PDF), Green Index (PDF), Chute Cover (JPG), postcard image

Too much of a good thing: While technology exists to jam pack content on a page, and layer it with digital watermarks, don't use it in such a way that it splits the reader's attention too much. You don't want readers feeling like they have a puzzle book that is hard to read.

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