How to Insert a Watermark in a PDF File

Watermarks in documents can convey messages that are difficult to include in the document itself. For example, if you have created multiple versions of a single document, it is helpful to have “Draft” appear behind the text on earlier versions to avoid confusion. In order to maximize time, it is best to prepare a watermark image in advance. Save the graphic you wish to use as a watermark in a separate document for easier use.

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Watermarks can help track changes in documents.

Adding a Graphic Watermark

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Open Adobe Acrobat.

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Open the document you want to integrate with the watermark.

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Click “Document” on the toolbar.

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Click “Watermark.” Click “Add.”

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Click the circle beside “File.” Click “Browse.” Select the document containing the graphic you want to use.

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Adjust the size, appearance and position of the Watermark as desired. Click “OK.”

Adding a Text Watermark

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Open Adobe Acrobat. Open the desired document.

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Click “Document” on the toolbar. Click “Watermark.” Click “Add.”

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Click the circle beside “Text.” Type the desired text in the box.

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Adjust the font size and color. Adjust the text location as desired.

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Preview the watermark in the preview window and click “OK” if you're happy with the watermark.