A watermark is considered essential for many reasons. One such reason is its practical ability to keep copyright infringement in check. That said, how do you go about inserting a watermark on their Google Docs? The answer to the latter is more straightforward than it seems. There’s more than one way to achieve the latter. Also, you have the option to either use your logo image or text. Let’s kick things off by creating a watermark on google docs using a picture:
- Creating a Google Docs watermark from an image
If you prefer creating an image watermark in your Google Docs, you’ll first all need to secure the right image. The right image might come in the form of your logo, your photo, or whatever image you see fit. Since there isn’t an inbuilt Watermark Utility in Google Docs, you’ll have to kick things off by visiting the Google Drawings section. Once you’re there, be keen to follow the steps listed below:
- a) Insert your image
Once you’re in the Google Drawing section, go directly to Insert and Click. A drop-down menu will appear, revealing some options. Choose Image and Click on it. Selecting the latter option leads you to folders on your computer. From there, you can choose the appropriate image for your watermark. You can either retrieve the image from the web or your computer.
- b) Import and position your image
Once you’ve found your image, right-click on it. You’ll then drag and drop it inside Google Docs. You have the option to readjust the image size using the corner boxes until you get a good size. Use the circular button located on top of the image should you choose to rotate the picture a little. Move on to the next step once you’re satisfied.
- c) Formatting
Go to Format Options that are located in the Menu and Click. Another way of doing the former is by going straight to Format and Click. Your action should lead you directly to Format Options. From there, you’ll select Adjustments. You can either increase or reduce your image’s transparency depending on your preferences.
The best thing you can do is make your image light enough not to block the wordings but at the same time still visible enough to serve as a watermark. How you choose to go about this is entire to up to you.
- d) Name & save your watermark
Choose an appropriate name for your watermark, then click Save. Naming your watermark might seem relatively inconsequential, but you’ll know just how important it is when you need it for your next project. Having the watermark from your previous session means you won’t have to go about the steps involved in making one, thus saving you last time.
- Creating a Google Docs watermark using text
You can always go for the text option if using an image for your watermark doesn’t suit you. Again, there are steps you’ll need to follow to get things done correctly. You’ll start by visiting the Google Drawings and take it from there. The stages in question are as follows:
- a) Find the text box
Finding the text box is essential because you can’t write your text without it. You can find the text box in Insert. Press Click as soon as you find it. The Text Box will appear automatically. Write whatever you wish to write in it. You can also make whatever adjustments you want before proceeding to the next step. For instance, you can click on the text box and drag it to a position that looks most appealing to you.
- b) Typing
Once you’ve placed the text box in the proper position, right-click in it and start writing. If your words are too long or too big, you’ll adjust the size of the text box by manipulating the tiny boxes located on each of its four corners. Satisfied, you can move on to the next step.
- c) Editing the watermark text
Perhaps the best thing about the process of editing text in Google Docs is how similar it is to Microsoft Word. Click on the taskbar and select the options presented as soon as the drop-down menu appears. You can either rotate, resize and even change the font of the text with relative ease. Again, everything has to be done to your liking, and that includes changing the text color to your liking.
If you want to change the color of text, go to the Text Color option and right-click. The latter will present you with several color options to choose from by clicking on the box bearing your preference. The text color changes as soon as you click on it. Choosing the right color for your watermark is crucial since the text option isn’t equipped with a transparency setting.
- d) Name your watermark
Once you assess your handiwork and are pleased with what you see, click Save. But only after giving your watermark a memorable name. That way, you can find it with ease the next time you want to use it for later.
- How to use your custom-made watermark in Google Docs
Now that you’ve successfully designed your watermark, your next course of action should be learning how to use it. Unfortunately, you won’t have the luxury of importing your watermark so that you can write comfortably underneath it. But, you can still import it over your Google Docs.
The good news is the process isn’t complicated at all. Once again, you’ll have to follow a handful of steps without missing a single one of them. The stages in question are as follows:
- a) Open your Google Docs watermark
Remember why I kept insisting on the importance of naming your custom-made watermark? Well, it was all for making this step much more accessible. If your watermark has a memorable name, then finding it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Once you’ve located your watermark, open the document you wish to imprint. You can either Copy or Select All, depending on the state of your watermark. The Copy and Select All options are in the Edit Menu.
- b) Insert
Go back to your drawing/image and click on Insert, followed by Text Box. You can either drag the text box either from the bottom-left corner or top-left corner. It all boils down to personal preference. Click on Edit, then Paste to import your watermark. Note that you can still make adjustments in your Google Docs text at this point.
Right-click on your watermark to layer it. Once you’ve layered it, choose the Order option. Choose “Send to Back” if you wish for the text box to reappear in case of any last-minute changes. Open a black google document, then click Insert, then Drawing. Select From Drive. Choose your watermark and Insert it after choosing to either Insert Unlinked or Link to source options. The latter action will add the watermark to your document automatically.