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If I have multiple pages with an image on each page and I want to watermark (from a Master Page) placed across each image. The watermark item always places under the page pics instead of on top. This can be done in the layers panel but only one page at a time. Am I missing something?image.png.6251d63c63aba79175d1fc0fb372b292.png

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On one of the pages that has the watermark on it right-click the Master page layer and select Edit > Linked

Then do Layer > Arrange > Move to Front and click the Finish button at the top of the screen

You may need to scroll through the pages to see them update

If you add more watermarked pages repeat the above or wait until the end of the project and just do it once

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Hm, I could have used that a few months ago 😄

Now I just wanted to see how you do it and could not get it to work (Windows here, but these things should be the same).

What I have:

  • a master spread with 3 layers: Background, middle, and top.
  • a few pages with applied master and some objects / layers on them

The master layer appears on bottom of the page layers. Thats OK, if it were only used for background purposes. But I want to have the "top" layer on top of all of my pages, and the "background" on the background.

I have seen the "edit>linked" but "Layer > Arrange > Move to Front" can only move layers inside the master group. Since the master group is on the bottom of the page layer, my desired "top" layer never goes to the top... I can manually drag the "top" layer out of the master layer, but this works only on the current page and of course removes the layer from the master page.

What am I doing wrong?


...still think Publisher needs to "mimic" Indesign more when it comes to master pages... Just use the same layers throughout masters and regular pages. Do not group master objects on the pages. 

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2 hours ago, k_au said:

What am I doing wrong?

Trying to do that with a single Master Page. You probably need 3.

-- Walt

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On 2/3/2023 at 10:29 AM, k_au said:

What am I doing wrong?

You are most likely thinking of another application and something called Global Layers. Publisher does not have Global Layers. As Walt said you most likely need three Master Pages. Name the Master Pages Top Middle and Bottom, don't bother with any "Layers" just put the stuff in there that you want at the top and then in the middle Master put the stuff that you want in the middle etc.

Master pages are only really for things which you want on all pages (to which that Master Page is applied). I use it for Page Numbers and linked Text Frames in a book.

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I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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