How to Add Watermarks to a PDF

By Jessica Reed

Watermarks allow you to add your logo to an article, label a document as confidential or mark a sample document to prevent others from copying it. Adobe Acrobat provides the tools you need to create a watermark on an existing document or on a blank screen to save for future use. The simple layout of the program lets you create and alter your watermark from a single, user-friendly dialog box.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open any version of Adobe Acrobat, which allows the creation of watermarks whether or not a specific document is already open. To add a watermark to a specific document, click "File" and choose "Open." Select your document.

Step 2

Click the "Document" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Watermark." Click "Add." A new dialog box should appear.

Step 3

Type the text you want to use for your watermark into the "Text" box, or click "Browse" under the image section and choose a saved image from your computer to use.

Step 4

Click and choose settings from the menu boxes, such as text rotation angle, image size or position on the page. Choose whether you want the watermark to appear in front of the text on your documents or behind it. Lower the "Opacity" option to create a more transparent watermark.

Step 5

Click "OK" when you're finished editing the watermark. Return to the watermark menu at any time to adjust the settings.