How to Put Watermarks on Photos in Word

By Christina Shaffer

Copyright an image by including a watermark.
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When sharing digital images with a client or customer, using a watermark is essential to protecting your work from possible copyright infringement. While Microsoft Word includes a “Watermark” tool, it can be used only to copyright an entire document. To insert a watermark on each photo in a Word document, use the “WordArt” tool. Depending on your preference, you can customize the font, angle and transparency of each watermark you add to a photo.

Open the Word document that contains the images you want to watermark.

Select the first image you want to add a watermark to. Click the “Insert” tab, and then click the “WordArt” button in the Text group. Select your preferred Word Art style from the drop-down list.

Click and drag the text box to your desired position on the image, and then enter the word or brief phrase you want to use as the watermark.

Select the text you entered in the text box. Right-click the highlighted text and choose the “Font” option from the context menu. Select your preferred font style, size and color in the Font dialog box.

Click the “Text Effects” button in the Font window. The Format Text Effects window opens. Select “Text Fill,” and then click and drag the Transparency slider bar to the right to increase the transparency of the watermark. Click “Close” to exit the Format Text Effects window, and then click "OK" in the Font dialog box to save the customized text.

Alter the angle of the watermark. Click the “Format” tab, and then select the watermark by clicking one of the four sides of the text box. Click the “Rotate” button in the Arrange group, and then select “More Rotation Options.” Click the “Size” tab and enter your preferred angle in the Rotation field. Click “OK” to apply and save the new rotation.

Repeat steps 2 through 6 to add a custom watermark to each picture in the document.