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How to Add Watermarks to a PDF Document

Want to add watermarks that represent the logo of your company or any text that is relevant to PDF document? In this guide, we will show you how to insert a watermark to PDF document for both latest and older versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Part 1: Add image watermarks to a PDF files in Adobe Acrobat

Step 1: Open your PDF file with Adobe Acrobat, click Document > Watermarks > Add.

Add watermarks

Step 2: To use an image as a watermark, select File. Then click Browse and select the image file.

Note: You can only use PDF, JPEG, and BMP images as watermarks.

Add image as watermarks

Step 3: Change the size of an image watermark by entering a percentage in the Absolute Scale option in Source section or entering a percentage in the Scale Relative To Target Page in Appearance section.

Resize image

Step 4: Adjust the appearance and position of the watermark, as needed. To specify when the watermark appears, select or deselect show when printing and show when displaying on screen on Appearance Options.

Specify when the watermark appears

Step 5: To apply the watermark selectively to individual pages, click Page Range Options. Then specify a page range and choose a Subset option, as needed.

Specify watermark

Step 6: When done, click OK to apply this watermark to PDF document.

Part 2: Add text watermark to PDF files in Adobe Reader DC

The procedure is more or less similar to older versions but the watermark type is slightly different.

Step 1: Open PDF file, then go to click Tools > Edit PDF, Select Watermark > Add Watermark.

Add text watermark

Step 2: To create a text watermark, Select Text, and type the text in the box. Adjust the text formatting options and the appearance and position of watermark as needed.

Add text watermark

Step 3: After setting all your preferences, click on OK to apply this text watermark to current PDF file.

Or select Apply to Multiple Files, if you want to apply the same settings to additional PDFs. Then click Add Files, then select the files. In the Output Options dialog box, specify your folder and filename preferences, and click OK to save.

Apple watermark to multiple files

If you change your mind about something, you might want to remove watermarks, click Tool > Edit PDF > Watermark > Remove, see how to remove watermarks from a secured PDF document to learn more.