3 Ways to Add Watermark to Adobe PDF File on Windows/Mac

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Many a times you might have seen some transparent images or texts scribbled underneath your documents. These superimposed patterns are called WATERMARK.

Watermark was first introduced in Fabriano Italy, in the year 1282. Later on it was revolutionized by John Marshall in 1826. It was done with the help of a unique process called Dandy Roll Process. Traditionally, a water coated stamp or a Dandy Roll was made to roll over the paper during its elaborate manufacturing. It is very important for maintaining the copyright of any documents. It helps to prevent an image or document from being copied or allow others to know where the document is copied from and who owns the right.

It can be a text, an image, or a logo which indicates certain information about the owner of the document, such as websites, name of a company, name of a person, an organization name, etc. While adding watermark to any document like in case of digital watermark, the owner makes sure that the watermark is more or less visible or transparent in such a way that it is hard to be noticed. Thus it doesn't interfere the visibility of the actual data which superimposes the watermark.

This article gives three ways to add watermark on PDF files.

Method 1: Using Microsoft Word to Add Watermark to PDF

Step 1. Type the entire document in which you want to add the watermark, or keep the document somewhere safe which will be copied into the page containing the watermark.

Step 2. Go to the "Page Layout" option in the upper Menu Bar and click on it.

Step 3. A certain panel comprising many other sub panels would come to the forefront.

Step 4. Under the "Page Background" panel there you would see the "Watermark" option.

Page Background

Step 5. Select the "Watermark" option by clicking on it.

Step 6. On clicking the "Watermark" option, a box containing varying patterns would appear below the "Page Background" panel.

Step 7. If the default available patterns are not suitable for you, you can customize your own watermark from choosing the "Customize Watermark" option below the patterns.

Step 8. After clicking the "Customize Watermark" option, you will see a box with "Printed Watermark" written on its head.

Customize Watermark

Step 9. The box contains three options of adding watermark to your documents, you can also add watermark into MS word.

Option 1. "No Watermark"

This watermark option can be used as an undo option to remove the watermark from the document in case any present in the first place.

Option 2. "Image Watermark"

This option is implemented to add images or logos as watermark in the document. By choosing "Select Image" option in it, you can select any image saved in your directory.

Image Watermark

Option 3. "Text Watermark"

This option can be utilized for adding specific texts into your document. The language, size, font, color can all be customized as per your wish from the option panels given below the "Text Watermark".

Step 10. Once you are done with selecting the type of watermark you want to add in you document. Select "Apply" and click on it. The chosen watermark will appear instantly as a transparent pattern on the page.

Text Watermark

Step 11. Copy the document that you had kept in store from its location and paste it in the watermark labeled page.

Step 12. Save the document by pressing "Ctrl+S" and select save as "PDF" while saving it.

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Method 2: Add Watermark to PDF by Using Adobe Acrobat XI

Step 1. For the following method to be functional, you first need to download the Adobe Acrobat XI and install it in your computer.

Step 2. Open the software Adobe Acrobat XI.

Step 3. Go to the "Tools" and select "Page".

Step 4. In the "Page" option choose the "Edit Page Design" heading. Select "Watermark" and choose "Add Watermark".

Step 5. Customize the "Watermark Settings"

Watermark Settings

Step 6. Click on the "Page Range" option and select your desired page range and select "Ok".

Page Range

Step 7. Click on "Appearance" option and make sure the appropriate check boxes are selected.


Method 3: Add Watermark to PDF by Using Using PDFAID

This method involves some specific directions which would save you the trouble of going through all these aforementioned manual work. Simply follow the step below and your PDF will be ready with watermark in no time.

Step 1. Make sure the PDF you want to select for adding the watermark is already saved in your computer.

Step 2. Go to the website pdfaid.com. The reference link is given here: http://www.pdfaid.com/


Step 3. Simply copy the link and paste it in the URL panel of your Web Browser, and press "Enter".

Step 4. You will be directed to the specified site immediately.

Step 5. Click on the "Watermark PDF" option and insert your pdf file by selecting " Select PDF file".

Step 6. Add your watermark with your font, size, pattern preference, and click on "Watermark PDF".

Step 7. You will get a preview of the Watermark in your pdf. Select "Download" to download the new pdf containing your desired watermark.


In the above article, we have tried to explain the ways to add watermark to your documents as simply as possible to you. Simply follow the directions mentioned in this article and your problem will be solved. For more information, don't forget to subscribe our website to collect more information.

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