PDF watermarks: Settings that work for me

When you add watermarks to a PDF document, you want them to be visible unobtrusively. The following settings for the Watermark tool in Acrobat (Document > Watermark > Add) work best for me:

Font: Arial
Size: Varies. For shorter watermarks like the word Draft, 72 pt works well.
Color: Pure red (R: 255, G: 0, B:0)
Rotation: 45°
Opacity: One notch above zero on the slider (12%)
Location: Appear on top of page


If required, you can specify different watermarks for different sets of pages. Click Page range options in the Add Watermark dialog box to do this.

To understand how you can work with watermarks in Acrobat 9, see this Help article.

One Response

  • Useful piece, Samartha. Lazy users like me would love to see the watermark you get with these settings. A snapshot please!

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