Adding 'DRAFT' to a document

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This article is part of the Scripts series.

A script to place a light grey watermark 'DRAFT' on a new layer. Requires an existing document, but can be modified to create a new document if it does not exist.

Note that this script can be run on a Master Page, which allows you to apply this to as many pages as you wish, without needing to run the script again.

If it doesn't work for you, it may have something to do with your default font.

Draft example.png

Save the following code as

#!/usr/bin/env python

# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.

A script to place a light grey watermark 'DRAFT' on a new layer. 
Requires an existing document, but can be modified to 
create a new document if it does not exist

uses (See the API in Help->Scribus Manual->For Developers->Scripter API;
Tested on 1.4.3 and A2, A4, A5, Letter. 

from scribus import *

# Could be expanded to include localization here
draft  = "DRAFT"
#draft = "ENTWURF"
#draft = "BROUILLON"

L = len(draft)                                	# The length of the word 
                                              	# will determine the font size
defineColor("gray", 11, 11, 11, 11)           	# Set your own color here

if haveDoc():
    u  = getUnit()                            	# Get the units of the document
    al = getActiveLayer()                     	# Identify the working layer
    setUnit(UNIT_MILLIMETERS)                 	# Set the document units to mm,                                            
    (w,h) = getPageSize()                     	# needed to set the text box size


#    T = createText(w/6, 6*h/10 , h, w/2)  # Create the box - here is the original line, which
                                           # makes an excessively large frame (see pic above)
    T = createText(w/6, 6*h/10 , 2h/3, w/5)  # Create the box - I think you will find this is better
                                             # by making a smaller frame
    setText(draft, T)                         	# Insert the text
    setTextColor("gray", T)                  	# Set the color of the text
    setFontSize((w/210)*(180 - 10*L), T)     	# Set the font size according to length and width

    rotateObject(45, T)                      	# Turn it round antclockwise 45 degrees
    setUnit(u)                               	# return to original document units
    setActiveLayer(al)                       	# return to the original active layer

A note on style

The favored way to use a python script in Scribus is to use the command

import scribus

instead of

from scribus import *

The reason for this is that the latter method imports all of the Scribus python API into the interpreter, rather unnecessary. However, if you use this preferred method, then your Scribus commands need to use a prefix, for example


This also applies to Scribus constants, for example scribus.UNIT_MILLIMETERS. If you're wondering which commands are those which belong to Scribus, generally speaking anything not highlighted in color above is a Scribus command, so from, import, and len are all basic python commands.