I try to include a 'Watermark' in some documents. To achieve that I use eso-pic and tikz. The problem is, that I don't get transparancy in one-paged documents. As soon as the document has more than one page everything is fine.

My MWE demonstrates that. Uncomment %\newpage and the background is transparent (even on page 1).

What is wrong with my code? What do I have to change to achieve a transparent background even on one-page documents?


\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, opacity=0.08]%
  \node [rotate=60,scale=10,text opacity=0.2] at (current page.center) {Example};

  • I have no problems with your code even with 1 page document. I'm using MikTeX 2.9 with last pgf and eso-pic versions. – Ignasi Feb 2 '12 at 11:16
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    I can reproduce the problem. But \newpage doesn't add a page, the resulting pdf still is a one page document. So if \newpage at the end helps, why don't you use it? Btw: perhaps your problem is related to this one: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/32184/…. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 2 '12 at 11:37
  • @UlrikeFischer: You are right, but this should not be THE solution :( I will give TomBombadils solution a try. – schmendrich Feb 2 '12 at 12:00

You could use the background package (which is based on TikZ). Note that you have to compile twice to get it working correctly.


\SetBgContents{water free water mark}


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