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Watermark any file – without leaving Dropbox

Sharing digital files has never been faster or easier. That’s why protecting your work from being used without your permission is so important. And it’s a snap to watermark images and PDFs with Dropbox’s watermarking. Whether it’s professional photography, confidential business or personal documents, it’s quick and easy to add a logo or text watermark so you can control who can access your work. There’s no need for additional watermarking software – and you can do it all right within Dropbox. 

Here are a few of the compelling reasons to use a watermark: 

  • Graphic design files, company logos, layouts, portfolio work: It’s all too easy to copy valuable creative ideas and visual files when they’re digital. Adding a watermark helps protect your work from potential theft.
  • Confidential contracts, financial records, legal materials: Watermark sensitive materials to help safeguard your property from being shared without your consent. 
  • Documents requiring esignature: Protect your documents with a watermarked draft version while they’re being reviewed and edited before you send them out for esignature.
  • Wedding photos, modelling headshots, personal images: For professional or personal photos you don’t want shared all over the internet, watermarking photos helps protect what’s yours.

Creating custom watermarks is easy with personalisation

You can create a custom watermark to your unique specifications – without needing a dedicated watermark app. Just sign in to your Dropbox account from your desktop or laptop, click on an image and you’ll find all the tools you need right there. From there, you can:

  • Use your own logo – Personalise your watermark using your own brand or select the default stamp
  • Change the position and rotation – Reposition and rotate the watermark to your liking 
  • Edit the transparency and size – Create fully or semi-transparent watermarks by adjusting the opacity and enlarging or reducing its size
Create custom watermarks

Watermarks are simple to apply – and remove

Saving your original image or PDF with the added watermarked version as a copy is the best way to watermark a file because you always have the original if you need it. And with Dropbox, if you accidentally overwrite your original photo or file, you can just use version history to restore it back. 

It’s simple for you to remove a visual watermark but not so easy for your client or customer. Whether you send someone an overwritten original or a copy, your watermarked file remains intact. In other words, no one but you can remove the watermark. 

Watermark versioning

Dropbox adds another layer of file protection

Just by storing your watermarked images and PDFs in your Dropbox folder, you can relax knowing that all your files are securely backed up, 24/7.  

Business administrators also have the option to turn on or off the watermarking feature for their company files. They can see who made changes to specific documents and what those changes were. This gives businesses greater oversight, control and security of their files. 

Reassuring file protection

A watermark is a translucent word or logo that is superimposed over an image. You should watermark photos, PDFs and other files to make clear that your work belongs to you, and to keep copies of your work from ending up in the wrong hands.

With Dropbox, you can add a watermark to these types of files: JPEG, PNG, BMP, PDF.

Ideally, an image watermark should be big enough to cover enough of the photo so that it isn’t easily cropped out by an unscrupulous person. To further protect your property, you can cover the entire image or file with a watermark. You can also use the tile feature that places the watermark in a repeating pattern over the image or file to help mitigate the risk of unauthorised users cropping out the watermark.

While you can put a watermark on the original photo, we don’t advise it.  While you can always use version history to restore it, it’s a good idea to keep the original on hand and make another copy using the watermark.

Watermarking is currently available as part of Dropbox Professional, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise.