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Guest post by Polina Khizhnyak from iSpring. Learn more about the iSpring Suite program here.

If you are going to publish your presentation on the Internet, it will be important for you to keep it safe. A watermark is an excellent way to protect your course from unauthorized use. Plus, adding a watermark to your presentation’s slides is a popular way to brand the presentation or give recognition to the author.

You can easily add a watermark to a PowerPoint presentation, and with the help of the iSpring add-in, you can also publish an entire eLearning course with your watermark on every page.

How to Add a Watermark in PowerPoint

PowerPoint allows you to use an image, text, or a WordArt object as a watermark.

1. Select the slide you wish to add the watermark to, go to the “Insert” tab and click “Pictures.”

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2. Select the image you would like to use as a watermark, and click “Insert.”

3. If you need to, you can change the size of the image and its position on the slide. Pull the corner of the image to increase or reduce its size, and then drag and drop it where you want it to be.

(You can do the same thing by right-clicking on the image and then select the “Size and Position” in the menu that will pop up).

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4. Now you will need to make the picture transparent. To do this, click on the picture and then on the “Format” tab. Then open the drop-down menu labeled “Corrections”and click “Picture Correction Options.”

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5. In the window that opens, decrease the levels of “Brightness and Contrast” and then click “Close”. Reducing the brightness of the image will create the effect of a transparent picture.

6. Now you need to make the picture part of the background. To do this, go over to the “Format” tab again, open the “Send Backward” drop-down menu, and select the option called “Send to Back.”

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If you want to use text or a WordArt object for your watermark, you can do it in the same way.

How to Create a Watermark Using iSpring

iSpring is a range of PowerPoint add-ins that enable you to turn a simple PowerPoint presentation into an interactive eLearning course. All the functions of the program appear on an additional tab within PowerPoint.

iSpring enables you to create a watermark in a way that is advanced but simple. The following instructions are applicable for iSpring Pro, iSpring Presenter, and iSpring Suite.

1. When your presentation is ready, click “Publish” button on the iSpring toolbar.

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2. In the window that opens, go over to the “Protection” tab and check the box next to “Add Watermark.”

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3. Another window will open. Here you can browse the file you want to use as your watermark.

iSpring enables you to use not only images as watermarks, but also SWF files. Select the file you want to use and then click “Open.”

4. Once you have chosen the file, you can position it on the slide and adjust the level of transparency. The size will reflect the size of the actual image; if you need to change it, change the image size before inserting it.

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5. In addition, iSpring allows you to link your watermark to your website. Whenever a user clicks on the watermark, your company’s website will open. To use this feature, simply check the box labeled “Open the following Web page on mouse click” and paste in your URL. You can also select the option “Open link in a new browser window.”

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6. Your course with its watermark is now ready! Click “Publish” button to finish.

In addition to adding watermarks, iSpring offers further means of protection for your presentations. Such as, requiring a password to view the presentation, limiting access to your presentation to a certain time, or making your presentation only accessible through one domain. Try out the iSpring program and explore the possibilities!

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