pictureenvironment to every page as it is shipped out; the user can put things into that environment: the package provides commands for placing things at certain useful points (like “text upper left” or “text centre”) in the picture, but the user is at liberty to do what he or she likes. Eso-pic is, in turn, built upon the package atbegshi. That package has the capability to produce watermarks on top of the other material on the page; this doesn’t sound very “watermark-like”, but can be useful on pages where the watermark would otherwise be hidden by graphics or the like. The atbegshi command that eso-pic uses is
AtBeginShipoutUpperLeftForegroundis what’s needed instead to place the material on top of the rest of the content of the page. Everypage allows you to add “something” to every page, or to a particular page; you therefore need to construct your own apparatus for anything complicated. Finally, one can use the pdftk untility; with it, the command:
will recreate a.pdf as c.pdf, having used the first page of b.pdf as background on every page. If you have a standard background (“DRAFT” or “SECRET”, or whatever) used in several files, pdftk might well be attractive. Pdftk is available as a command line tool; it is available in most linux distritbutions, but may be downloaded from its home sitepdftk a.pdf background b.pdf output c.pdf
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