Our agency is looking at mapping standards and one area is placing a DRAFT 'watermark' onto a map layout template until after the map has been reviewed. Currently when we use a text box it gets in the way of editing elements in the layout. Has anyone addressed this issue?
Mapping Center Answer:
The main issue here is that a watermark, or more properly an element that acts as a watermark, will be problematic because it eventually be covered up (dataframe with transparency) or, like you describe, get in the way of selecting other elements.
Here are a couple of other options:
1. Add the watermark as a raster layer to the dataframe--use the georeferencing toolbar to center the image in the current extent. This won't work for all maps.
2. Use any of the "stamping" ArcObjects samples. This sort of approach can be hooked up, or run by a database that manages the status of maps. The downside is requiring ArcObjects programming expertise.
For a number of my maps that are in draft state, I made a red text box with an outline and the word DRAFT and place a few of those around the layout--making for less intrusive elements.
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