How to print a webpage with additional image
April 19, 2012 7:30 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to add an image to a web page just for printing purposes?

When creating invoices for images we use from stockphoto sites, we have to print out the webpage and then stamp the page. I'm lazy and don't want to have to keep walking to my co-workers desk, thirty feet away, to use their stamp.

Is there a way to quickly place a scanned version of the stamp onto the web page and print it?

(I know that I can print the page as a pdf and go into PhotoShop and add the stamp and print that way. That's perhaps a bit too complicated/time consuming to be worthwhile.)

I'm on a Mac, btw.
posted by papercake to Technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You could use a dedicated tool like Bronson Watermarker (which is still going to require the "print to PDF" step but could probably be automated with folder actions of some sort).
posted by bcwinters at 7:37 AM on April 19, 2012

You could apply a custom print style sheet to the page. It shouldn't be hard for someone with the right knowledge to do.
posted by Nick Jordan at 8:05 AM on April 19, 2012 [4 favorites]

If this is something you'll always want to appear on the printed version, then I +1 Nick Jordan. You can even use z-index to force the watermark to float above an existing element, or sit behind it.
posted by adamrice at 8:44 AM on April 19, 2012

Yes, add the image to the page, and sent it to "display: none" in your normal style sheet, and add an "@media print;" rule that sets display back to some visible setting.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 8:44 AM on April 19, 2012

Or have the image be a background image in the print style sheet.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:42 PM on April 19, 2012

@ Nick Jordan, adamrice, tylerkaraszewski, kirkaracha: OP wants the image to appear on pages that he prints from his web browser, not on pages he owns that other people will print.

Many printer drivers allow you to customize the print job, including adding a watermark. Depending on your printer and the drivers installed, you could probably create a customized watermark and just select it when printing these pages.
posted by trivia genius at 1:19 PM on April 19, 2012

How about just buying another stamp? I assume you're talking about a rubber-stamp that says "PAID" or "TOP SECRET" or whatever. They're cheap. Even if you buy the Cadillac of rubber stamps you can't be out more than $30 or so.
posted by chazlarson at 2:30 PM on April 19, 2012

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