Topic: Adding a watermark to a map using MapInfo

Does anyone know how to add a watermark to a map using MapInfo?

Devon Wildlife Trust have got some maps and aerial photos from Natural England, and have to put a watermark on all printed and electronic maps.  I've been asked to set this up, but have no idea how to do it.  I've tried MapInfo help & Google, but haven't found anything sensible

Has anyone had to do this in the past?  If so, what have you used?

Cheers
Ellie

Eleanor Knott
Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

Eleanor Knott
Specialist Officer
Devon Biodiversity Records Centre
01392 274128

2 (edited by KBalmer 02-02-2017 13:01:50)

Re: Adding a watermark to a map using MapInfo

We use a watermark of our logo on our maps. Here's our recipe

* Load the image (e.g. a PNG) you want to use as a watermark into a new map
* Set style override to make the white areas transparent and the overall translucency to say 75%
* Add a frame to your layout which uses that image map as its source. The frame needs to be on top of everything in your layout, which is should be by default
* Set the Region style of that frame to be no fill and no border

That should get you something that works. You'll need to fiddle with the zoom and translucency and frame position until it looks how you want it.

Keith

P.S. There's a confirmed bug in Mapinfo 15.2 whereby translucency doesn't work right in the layout designer. Saved images are okay though - it's just the on-screen image that is wrong, remaining 100% opaque. It is fine though on all other versions as far as I know.

Re: Adding a watermark to a map using MapInfo

If you're outputting the maps as an image you could post process them using image editing software to add the watermark - you can do this using batch tools to apply the same watermark to multiple images. I like the simple and free IrfanViev software for doing batch renaming/processing of images but there are others out there that would do the same. Similarly a some pdf writer software may be able to add a watermark if outputting via pdf.

MARK

Mark Pollitt
SWSEIC (formerly DGERC)

Re: Adding a watermark to a map using MapInfo

The MapInfo PDF printer can do water marks (not sure which version it was introduced in - we're on 15)

Charlie Barnes
Information Officer
Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Re: Adding a watermark to a map using MapInfo

Thanks everyone, that's really useful

Ellie

Eleanor Knott
Specialist Officer
Devon Biodiversity Records Centre
01392 274128