HOW TO ADD WATERMARK ON GOOGLE DOCS PAGES ?

INTRODUCTION

Google Docs is word processor offered by Google which is gaining popularity slowly as it offers great features.

A word processor is extensively used for document creations like big reports etc.

There are many basic features which must be present in any word processor to make the things easy for the document writers such as editing options, formatting options, layouts, print setting etc. and many more.

One more requirement can arise sometimes which is currently not available in GOOGLE DOCS.

The requirement is to put a watermark in the google docs.

In this article we’ll learn to create a watermark in the documents of Google Sheets smartly.



WHAT IS A WATERMARK IN GOOGLE DOCS ?

WATERMARK is a picture in the background , which can be a logo or a copyrighted image which represents your company or copyrighted content or any message such as DO NOT COPY or CONFIDENTIAL or anything like that.

A watermark is used frequently in the documents by many organizations in their official documents.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF WATERMARKS ?

A watermark can be very beneficial when used in our data. A few benefits are listed.

  • We can control the copying of our content  which can be quite easy in the absence of watermark. [ You can see the usage of watermarks in most of the pictures used by our website which contains the watermark GYANKOSH.NET in many different ways. ]
  • We can give the owner information as a watermark.
  • Some important message can be given as a watermark such as CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT COPY, COPYRIGHT DETAILS etc.

There can be many more reasons but these were a few important and main reasons for the usage of watermarks in our images, sheets or documents.

The following picture shows the usage of watermark.

EXAMPLE OF WATERMARK IN GOOGLE DOCS



DIFFERENT WAYS OF ADDING WATERMARK IN GOOGLE DOCS

There are a few ways of inserting a watermark in google docs.

All the ways are tested and are 100% working.

Let us discuss the ways.

WAY 1: CREATING A WATERMARK IN THE GOOGLE DOCS USING BACKGROUND IMAGE

We can create a watermark in google docs using a background image.

So, let us create a watermark in the page using the background image.

INSERT THE IMAGE IN GOOGLE DOCS

The first step is to insert the image which you want to use as the watermark.

Follow the steps to insert the image in the document.

  • Go to INSERT MENU > IMAGE and choose UPLOAD FROM COMPUTER. [ or other source for the image to be inserted. ]
SELECT THE SOURCE FOR THE IMAGE
  • For our example, we’ll take the option UPLOAD FROM COMPUTER.
  • Choose the option and the FILE UPLOAD DIALOG BOX will open.
SELECT THE WATERMARK IMAGE



  • As we choose the image, it’ll be inserted into the document as shown in the picture below.
  • After the image has been inserted, select the image and choose TEXT WRAPPING as BEHIND THE TEXT option from the bottom options which appear when we select the image as shown in the picture below.
INSERTED IMAGE AND BEHIND THE TEXT CHOSEN

Now, the image is ready.

We can write on the image also as the image will work as the background image due to the TEXT WRAPPING OPTION CHOSEN.

Next task is to make it lighter in color or transparent or washed out. [ So that our text is visible easily and watermark does its work too. ]

  • Select the image and choose ADJUSTMENTS option which will appear after clicking the THREE DOTS [1] in the lower popup menu opened for the options or ADJUSTMENTS [2] also becomes visible from the IMAGE OPTIONS opened up on the right side.

CHOOSE ADJUSTMENTS OPTION
  • In the adjustment options, set the TRANSPARENCY as per your choice. [ Transparency is the feature of diluting the color and make it look like washed out.]
SET THE TRANSPARENCY

  • We are done.
  • Our document contains the watermark.
FINAL PAGE CONTAINING THE WATERMARK



LIMITATIONS OF USING BACKGROUND IMAGE AS WATERMARK

We have created a water mark but it has one serious problem.

The watermark will only remain on the same page where the image was imported.

If we want to copy it to other pages, we need to copy the image and paste it.

HOW TO COPY THE WATERMARK TO OTHER PAGES

Our watermark is a simple image which has been customized for our requirements .

  • Simple select the image by clicking it.
  • Right Click > Copy or CTRL+C.
  • Paste it in the other pages.
  • The image will retain its properties and will simply paste.
  • The image will be behind the text as we set in the original image.
  • The problem can arise about the position of the picture only.




WAY:2 CREATE WATERMARK FOR GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENTS USING DRAWING OPTION

We can also create our own text or drawing to be used as the watermark in our documents.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO CREATE GRAPHICS AND USE THEM AS WATERMARK IN GOOGLE DOCS

THERE IS A COMPLETE ARTICLE ON HOW TO DRAW GRAPHICS IN GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT. CLICK HERE.

  • Go to INSERT MENU..
  • Choose DRAWING OPTION > NEW.

SELECT INSERT AND CHOOSE DRAWING>NEW
  • As we choose NEW DRAWING option, the DRAWING window will open.
  • Create the drawing.
  • We have created Word art, Changed the color and rotated it.

In the color option, we have faded out the color using the transparency option.

THERE IS A COMPLETE ARTICLE ON HOW TO DRAW GRAPHICS IN GOOGLE DOCS DOCUMENT. CLICK HERE.

  • After the graphics or drawing is ready, click SAVE AND CLOSE as shown in the pic below.
CREATE GRAPHICS AND SAVE IT

  • After SAVE AND CLOSE option, the graphics will be imported into the document.
  • Now select the DRAWING and choose TEXT WRAPPING option as BEHIND THE TEXT as shown in the picture below.

SELECT BEHIND THE TEXT
  • We’re done.
  • The book mark is ready.

FINAL RESULT



LIMITATIONS OF USING DRAWN GRAPHICS AS WATERMARK

We have created a water mark but it has one serious problem.

The watermark will only remain on the same page where the image was imported.

If we want to copy it to other pages, we need to copy the image and paste it.

HOW TO COPY THE WATERMARK TO OTHER PAGES

Our watermark is a simple image which has been customized for our requirements .

  • Simple select the image by clicking it.
  • Right Click > Copy or CTRL+C.
  • Paste it in the other pages.
  • The image will retain its properties and will simply paste.
  • The image will be behind the text as we set in the original image.
  • The problem can arise about the position of the picture only.


WAY 3 [ BEST WAY ] : CREATE WATERMARK IN GOOGLE DOCS USING HEADER OPTION

This is by far the most important and useful option to create a watermark in Google Docs document.

HEADER OPTION PROVIDES US THE OPTION TO INSERT THE WATERMARK IN ONE PAGE AND IT REPLICATES TO ALL THE PAGES OF THE DOCUMENTS.

THE PLACEMENT IS EXACTLY SAME IN ALL THE PAGES DUE TO THE HEADER OPTION.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO INSERT A WATERMARK USING HEADER OPTION

  • Go to INSERT MENU and choose HEADER AND FOOTERS > HEADER.

SELECT HEADER OPTION
  • It’ll make the upper portion of the page editable.
  • We can also enter the HEADER EDITING MODE directly by simply double clicking in the upper portion of the page as shown in the picture below.



CHOOSE MENU OPTION OR DOUBLE CLICK THE UPPER AREA TO ACTIVATE HEADER EDITING

  • After the HEADER OPTION is activated, insert the watermark image.
  • Go to INSERT MENU.
  • Choose IMAGE and choose the SOURCE to insert the image. [ Refer to WAY 1 to learn the elaborated process of inserting an image ].

As we insert the image, it’ll be inserted in the upper portion of the page something like shown in the picture below.

INSERTED IMAGE IN THE HEADER PORTION

  • After the image has been inserted, adjust it in a way so that the text portion comes in the location as they way you want it to be.
  • The adjustments can be done using the small squares and rotation can be done using the small disc on the top of the image.
  • After the adjustments have been done, select the picture and choose TEXT WRAPPING STYLE as BEHIND THE TEXT.
SELECT BEHIND THE TEXT

  • After selecting the TEXT WRAPPING style, click the THREE DOTS on the right and choose ADJUSTMENTS.
CHOOSE ADJUSTMENTS

  • After clicking the adjustments, the options pane will open on the right.
  • Set the transparency as required to make the header image washed out.
SET THE TRANSPARENCY AS REQUIRED

  • We are done.

All the pages will contain the watermark.

THE IMAGE CUSTOMIZED IN THE HEADER OF ONE PAGE WILL REFLECT ON ALL THE PAGES OF THE DOCUMENTS.

DOCUMENT CONTAINING WATERMARK ON ALL THE PAGES

TIPS:

It’ll be easier if you could create a picture containing enough width and height just like the page and watermark text in the center. [ or any position which you want].

If you have a smaller image, enlarge the header portion and paste the image there.