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.
Things You'll Need
- Adobe Acrobat 8 or 9
Adding a Graphic Watermark
Open Adobe Acrobat.
Open the document you want to integrate with the watermark.
Click "Document" on the toolbar.
Click "Watermark." Click "Add."
Click the circle beside "File." Click "Browse." Select the document containing the graphic you want to use.
Adjust the size, appearance and position of the Watermark as desired. Click "OK."
Adding a Text Watermark
Open Adobe Acrobat. Open the desired document.
Click "Document" on the toolbar. Click "Watermark." Click "Add."
Click the circle beside "Text." Type the desired text in the box.
Adjust the font size and color. Adjust the text location as desired.
Preview the watermark in the preview window and click "OK" if you're happy with the watermark.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use this same method to add an image to a .PDF file as a background.
- Be sure to have permission to reproduce any image used as a watermark or background. Reproducing an image without permission may constitute copyright infringement.