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.Â 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).