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How to Add Watermarks on Google Docs

How to Add Watermarks on Google Docs

Adding a watermark to your document can be a good way to personalize or mark it as your own. Unfortunately, Google Docs doesn’t offer a default way to do this, but there is a solution you can try.

If you want the default way to add watermarks to your document, you can use Microsoft Word and add a watermark to Word documents instead.

Create Watermark Drawings using Google Drawings

Because Google Docs doesn’t allow you to create or add watermarks directly, you must create one. You can do this by making a background image that contains your watermark and then placing it behind your text.

You can then apply a watermark image to each page of your Google Docs document by adding it to the header or footer of your document.

While it is possible to create watermark drawings using the available image editing tools, the easiest method is to use Google Drawings.

You can usually access the limited version of this tool by pressing Insert> Image> New Image in Google Docs, but this will not allow you to change the transparency of your images. Instead, you all have to make it using the complete Google Drawings tool.

Enter a Watermark Image

The Google Drawings tool allows you to create basic charts, diagrams and drawings that you can use in other Google applications. Create a new Google Drawings image to get started.

If you have a logo or other image that you want to use as a watermark, click the “Image” icon in the menu bar or press Insert> Image.


Select the “Upload From Computer” option to upload images from your PC.

You can also enter images from your Google Drive or Google Photos storage, from the web, or by searching for them using the default Google image search. Choose one of these options to continue.


Insert Watermark Text

Or, if you want to add text to your background image, click the “Text Box” icon in the menu bar or press Insert> Text Box.


Using your mouse, drag and drop to create a text box on the drawing canvas. Once released, a blinking cursor will appear, allowing you to type or paste text.

After adding the watermark text, select it, then format using the options in the menu bar. You may need to click the More three-point button to see all your options.


You can change the font, text size, text emphasis, spacing, alignment, and so on – all text formatting options are available.

Because there are no transparency options for text in Google Drawings, you must choose a lighter text color (for example, gray) to apply the same effect.


Change Watermark Transparency in Google Drawings

Before you save a Google Drawings image, you must change the transparency. Watermark drawings usually reduce transparency to allow it to sit behind text on a document without blocking it.

You can only do this for images or objects that you put in Google Drawings drawings. For images and objects, right-click and select the “Format Options” button.


This will bring up the Format Options side menu on the right. On the Adjustments tab, move the “Transparency” slider up to reduce transparency.

A rate of 50 percent or higher must be acceptable.


When finished, add a name to your image in the “Untitled Image” box in the top left.


Your image will be automatically saved to your Google Drive storage, so come back to your Google Docs document at this time.

Enter a Watermark Image in Google Docs

Unfortunately, Google Docs doesn’t allow you to place images behind any text. If you want text to overlay your image, you must add this to your image using the text box directly before you enter it.

If you want your watermark image to apply to all your pages without disturbing your text, you must add it to your header or footer.

To do this, open your Google Docs document and press Insert> Header & Footer, select the “Header” or “Footer” option.


With your header or footer options, press Insert> Image> From Drive to add your picture.


In the “Insert Image” box, select the saved Google Drawings image and then press the “Select” button to add it to your document.


You can choose “Link to Source” to allow links to images to be saved with your document, or “Link Without Sources” to add images without links.

Either choice is fine, but if you plan to share your document without linking it back to your image, select the “Link without Source” option. Press “Insert” to insert the picture when you are ready.


The image will be inserted into your header or footer at this time. Resize your image using the border resize options, then move your image using the mouse or trackpad to the appropriate position.

If you cannot move the image, you must select it and click the “Wrap Text” option.


The image you entered will now be visible in all your documents on each of your pages.

You can also include it in the body of your document, but you must make sure the “Wrap Text” option is selected and place it in an area without text, otherwise it will interfere with the layout of your document.

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