How to Add Watermark in PDF File?

About PDF Files

Adobe PDF files are most secure file format. PDF stands for Portable Document Format. PDF files can be opened on Adobe reader program and cannot be edited. You can create new files and edit them only in Adobe Acrobat Pro. However, you have an option to create a word (.docx) file and save into the PDF format that will open in adobe reader and cannot be edited. This should be done from the latest version of Microsoft Office 2016. You may download Adobe reader free from Adobe’s official website for document viewing purpose. In this post, I will let you know how you can add watermark in pdf files but first let me tell you why watermarks are important for any business document?

Why We Need Watermark in a PDF File?

A watermark can be an image, logo or a text in a document. Watermarks are a kind of signature or identity of an organization or individuals. By using a watermark, you can protect your document, images or content to be theft. Watermark reflects your brand and existence. So, you can protect your pdf files by adding a watermark. For example; you must have seen some images with a name in background or documents with background text (i.e. do not copy, confidential or a company name).

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Add Watermark in PDF

If you are businessperson or any individual and wants to prevent your pdf file content from theft, you must use watermark in your pdf files. To create or add watermark in pdf files, first, you must need to install Adobe Acrobat Pro XI because it includes all premium features. Download Adobe Acrobat Pro XI.

Once you have successfully install and activated, follow below steps and create PDF watermark easily.

Step 1. Open your pdf file with Adobe acrobat pro in which you want to add watermark.

Step 2. From the top-right of document toolbar, click on “Tools” and it will show you the tools to use in this document.

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Step 3. Click on “Pages” and will expand other related features.

Under section “Edit Page Design”, click on “Watermark”.

Then, select “Add Watermark…” from given options.

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Step 4. A new window of “Add Watermark” will be prompted on your screen with its settings. You will have three (3) option there in different verticals as below:

  1. Source: Add text watermark, use font or color or choose already prepared file from the saved location of you system for watermark.
  2. Appearance: Choose rotation settings and opacity.
  3. Position: Set watermark position to left, center or right.

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Once you are done with above settings, click on “Apply to Multiple” to add watermark to whole document (all pages, if document has more than 1 page) or click OK, in case of one page document.

Your settings are successfully saved and you will see; now we have the watermark on our pdf file. Note: Make sure you will save the pdf file before you close the pdf document.

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