For whatever reason, watermarks are sometimes necessary, even on drawings.
Since SolidWorks has no watermark feature, and does not allow the user to change the order of drawing entities, a workaround is necessary. Here’s a method I recently discovered.(I am currently using SolidWorks 2007 SP3.1.)
- Open the drawing.
- Edit Sheet Format
- Use Annotation Note to create and place the text that will become the watermark.
- Edit the properties of the Note to adjust its font, angle, size, etc as desired.
- Highlight the Note and change its color using the Line Color function.For best results, assign a very light color to the Note.
- Right Mouse Button click on the Note and select Make Block and accept.
- Edit Sheet.
The Note will now appear underneath all other objects on the Drawing Sheet. This tip is based on the SolidWorks Forum discussion which can be found here:http://forum.solidworks.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=6&threadid=1989&enterthread=y
I have written an article detailing a more advanced method that will link the text of the watermark directly to a custom property here: Create a SolidWorks Drawing Watermark (with linked value).
UPDATE for SolidWorks 2013
SolidWorks 2013 now has the ability to set any annotation note on the sheet format to appear underneath all drawing elements to act as a watermark. The method mentioned above is no longer necessary to achieve the desired results. Please see SolidWorks 2013 What’s New – Display Note Behind Sheet.