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    Hi

    For my third year design project we have to submit a final report, which for the whole group (13 of us) will end up being about 300 ish pages. The preliminary document we submitted in december was observed as being quite rushed. I've had an idea of how I'd like to improve its appearance but I'm not sure if its feasible or even possible.

    Basically we have an extremly detailed aircraft model in autodesk inventor, and I wanted to take some the the line drawings it can output and use them as a backround to the pages of our report. Faint lines of course, but I've seen it done for other things and I've always found it to look good, and we would use different pictures for different sections, focussing mainly on aerodynamics for my section, structural drawings for the structures section etc.

    But my problem is I don't know how to do this, or if it is possible. As we would be using university printers (could you imagine 300 pages on an inkjet printer?) we can't do it seperatly, and colour comes in at 25 per page which to my mind puts a damper on using a small colour log. And as we are submitting this document to a seriously proffesional department, and Airbus UK I would like a technical feel to it rather than a more comic backround.

    The university is licensed to use photoshop, so if it needs that more advanced touch to say put a transparentness to it that would be possible.

    If anyone has any ideas I would really appriciate it.

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    Paul

    P.S. I havn't included any technical info on the computers as I didn't think it was particularly relevant, but can if you want

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    Yes indeed, it looks professional and can really make a document stand out. The feature you're looking for is called Watermark (in either Word or Wordperfect .. probably others too). You should be able to adjust the intensity from very faint on up to solid. Here's Words instructions:
    Add a watermark to a printed document
    To print a watermark, you must insert it into a header or footer. The watermark is printed wherever you place it on the page — it doesn't have to be confined to the area at the top or bottom of the page.

    On the View menu, click Header and Footer.
    Show Me

    On the Header and Footer toolbar, click Show/Hide Document Text to hide the text and graphics in the main document.


    Insert a graphic — a drawing object such as an AutoShape, clip art, WordArt, or picture — or insert a text box.
    How to insert a graphic

    How to insert a text box

    On the Header and Footer toolbar, click Close.
    Notes

    To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use print layout view or print preview.


    If the watermark interferes with the legibility of the text on the page, you can lighten the object you used to create the watermark. For more information, click .
    Hope this helps.


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    Hi thats really useful, although I think the approach might be slightly different for different versions of office.

    Now to keep the questions up is it possible to have a different picture for different pages. To give you an example, for the aerodynamics section it would be really cool if we could use say a picture of the wing, then one of the canard, then a final one. Or I suppose the only alternative would be splitting the document if there is no easy way to do it.

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    Splitting the doc seams like the easiest way to me.

    By the way, that sounds like a really good idea. I'd maybe like to see a sample page when you get it done.

    I can't imagine writing a paper in a group of 13. Heck, I can't imagine writing a paper in a group at all. How is that going?

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    I do believe you can have a different watermark on each page, there'd be no reason to split the paper up. Check with the Word Help for the version you're using. You can check out this guide I just found for the basics http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1158


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    Canuck thanks for the help.

    So far there doesn't seem to be an easy way to split it up, but as the uni also has licenses for adobe pro I could split it up into little pieces then combine in a final PDF, unless of course theres a way to do it in that.

    Thanks a million for the help, and I'd of course welcome any more

    Leah, basically its a 17 week project and we have to design an aeroplane. The said aeroplane has to seat 360 people in a two class configuration and be 15% per seat cheaper than the Boeing 777-300ER (basically the best Boeing have so far made).

    Its been an awful lot of work, but we're getting to the end now. Its not so much the writing thats the problem, everyone sticks to their specialisms. Its the combining things together that is the pain, especially when everyone has a million other pieces of work to do at the same time. Although for the final document I think everything else has been put on hold, as the project in total counts for the same amount in my final degree as the whole of last year its worth putting effort into

    Incase you're curious the project also consisted of a "Final design review" where we were bused up to Airbus UK's main research centre in the UK (Filton, Bristol) and all the groups had to present their final design to airbus, and then in the afternoon lots of people from airbus as well as our lecturers walked around asking us to explain certain aspects of the design (So why is your fuselage an ellipse? etc) which was actually really good fun as we got to show off. And it of course meant we could go out and get slightly tipsy that night

    Previous to this we had a "Preliminary Design review" just before the Christmas break, where they came to us. The whole thing lasted an afternoon and was on the whole a lot more difficult than the one at aAirbus as we simply didn't know as much about the plane as we do now. We also had to submit a preliminary engineering design report (PEDR) which had to be 50 pages.

    Incidentally the FEDR is set to a maximum of 100 pages for the main document, and various page limits for the other section, i.e. Structures 50 pages, Aerodynamics 25 pages, Stability and Control 25 pages etc.

    And yes I have no blithered on long enough

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    Hi Cruz - Perhaps you could just use the watermark for title page of each section. This will reduce the number of pages to a more acceptable level for inkjet printing and give greater colour choice. A smaller version of the section title page watermark could be placed on all the pages in that particular section. The smaller image could be placed top-centre?, top or bottom-right corner?. This again would reduce workload for inkjet and allow for different watermarks on different pages. I appreciate that you want to make an impact but watermarking every page may be a distraction to the reader, particularly if it is too large. This is a report and, personally, well set out text (and graphics, presumably) is much more appreciated by this reader. Well written, justified text (easier to read), bulletted lists etc can make a big difference to the finished product. This report is going to be 300 pages, give or take, and , in my opinion, particularly as it is of a technical nature, you need to keep any distractions to a minimum. Subtle use of watermarking will stamp your individuality on it without distracting from your 'textual masterpiece' :wink: If it is produced as a Word document then you can add the watermark as per Canucks instructions. You should be able to add different watermarks for different pages, just as you can add different headers and footers normally. Regards.
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