How to add watermark in Google Docs

How to add watermark in Google Docs

Inserting a watermark into your Google Docs document is a great way of personalizing and labeling it belongs to you! Google Docs doesn’t provide you with a built-in option to add watermark as in Word.

But you can create a watermark using Google drawings. You can create a transparent image to look alike a watermark, that can then be inserted into your documents in Google Docs or any other documents you want through Google Drawings.

The following step-by-step instructions will guide you to add a watermark to your Google Docs document.

What is a watermark?

A watermark is a slightly faded background image that is intentionally superimposed onto another image or displayed behind the text in a document. 

How to Add watermark in google docs?

Google Docs does not have a feature to create a watermark and add it to the GoogleDocs document. Fortunately, there are other ways you can put a watermark to your document on Google Docs. 

Let’s see the different methods to use watermarks in your Google docs document.

How to Create a Watermark Image in Google Docs

If you want to create a watermark in your Google Docs document using Google Drawings, You can add this watermark with the help of a background image that contains your watermark. You just need to create a background image first and then you have to place it behind the text.

Now, you can add that watermarked image on the header or footer on all the pages in your document.

You can use Google Drawings for creating a watermark image easily instead of using any third-party editing tool.

To access Google Drawing,

  • Click  Insert menu —> select Drawing –> choose the New Drawing option in Google Docs

How to Insert a Google Docs Watermark Image

To reduce the image transparency in Google Docs, you need to use google drawings.

Google drawings:

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google.Google Drawings is hosted within Google Drive and all files created with the application are by default saved to Google Drive.

With Google Drawings, you can create diagrams and different kinds of images, etc. These images can be used as watermarks in your document in google docs.

Open the Google drawings

In case you want to use your own customized image or any other favorite image that you want to add as the watermark,

Click Insert menu —> Select Image option

You can upload the image from your personal computer, google drive, google photos, insert an URL, instant camera, etc.

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Choose your preferred options from above to draft a watermark in google docs and proceed further.

Change Watermark Transparency in Google Drawings

To insert a google Drawings image as a watermark image in google docs, you have to modify the image transparency. The watermark image is less transparent in nature so that you can use the image behind your text on your Google Docs document without affecting your actual content.

To reduce the transparency of the image, follow the below instructions

After inserting the image, right-click on the image and choose the “Format Options” option or you can also access the same option from the toolbar from the top right.

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Expand the Adjustments option, slide the “Transparency” slider towards the right to reduce transparency.

This will reduce the transparency of the image.

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Your watermark image is ready. Now name it. It will automatically get saved in Google drive.

How to Insert Watermark Text in Google Docs

Another way for adding text to the background image.

All you have to do is

  • Click Insert –> Text Box
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To create a text box, hold your mouse cursor, and then drag, and then drop off the space required onto the drawing window. 

Now, Type your required watermark text. You can also paste your watermark text there.

Formatting the watermark text:

You can format your watermark text using the format options available in the google drawings menu bar.

To do so, click on three-dots option that is present on the rightmost side and that will show you all the options for formatting.

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Change the font, size of the font, positions, spacing, alignment.

There is no transparency option for creating watermark text here. So you can choose a light color for your text for instance light gray color and that is one of the best ones which will work great for the watermark effect.

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Insert a Watermark Image into Google Docs Document

Once you are watermark image or text is ready from google drawing, it’s time to insert it into the document of your google docs.

You can insert the watermark text or image to the header or the footer part of your document in case you want to use it in all of the pages of your Google Docs document.

How to insert a picture watermark in google docs

Open the Google Docs document,

  • Click on the Insert menu > Select the Headers & Footers option.
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Choose the header or the footer up to you.

After choosing,

  • Click Insert > Drawing 
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Choose the image that you have used on the Google Drawing window that you have saved before from google drive and then click on “Select” button and it will add the image to your Google Docs document.

A pop-up will appear to choose from two options

Link to Source —This allows the link to your image. Only editors can update the drawing and collaborators can only see the link to the source.

Insert Unlinked — This allows everyone to see your image.

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Now, if you will check your document header or footer, you will find the drawing image will get inserted successfully.

You can simply move the image by moving the mouse cursor to a particular place.

Now, you will find the watermark image on each page of your Google Docs document.


Why watermark in google docs?

The watermark in your Google Docs will indicate the document’s state that is whether is a draft or confidential. You can also personalize a document with your company’s logo.

You can add a watermark to avoid duplications and to be unique.

Can you insert a watermark in Google Docs?

Yes, you can use the drawing tool to create one.

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Wrapping Up

In this article, we have discussed the best way to add watermark in Google Docs. Now, it.s your turn to create a Google Docs Watermark. I hope you have enjoyed this article !!!