Add a watermark to a photo or picture in Publisher

If you want to stamp your photographs with your name or another identifying mark, you can add a watermark to the image.

You can also remove a watermark or use a photo as a watermark.

No single button in Publisher lets you add watermarks to images. Instead, you’ll create a watermark, make it transparent, save the watermark, and add it to a photo.

After you set up the watermark for the first photograph, you can stamp other photographs using the last step below.

Step 1: Create a watermark

Important:  Make sure to save a copy of the photo without a watermark. This photo watermark is permanent.

  1. Click Home > Pictures in a new blank Publisher file.

    Insert Pictures

  2. Find the photo you want to add a watermark to, click the photo, and click Insert.

  3. Click Insert > Draw Text Box.

    Draw Text Box

  4. Draw a text box on the photo where you want to insert a copyright or other mark, and type the watermark text in the text box.

    Text Box Text

Step 2: Format the watermark

  1. Select the watermark text, right-click, and change the font size and color to suit your linking.

    Format Text Box Text

    Note: For a more professional look, select the text and click Text Box Tools > Format > Text Outline > Outline Effects > Text Fill. Move the Transparency slider to change the look of the watermark.

  2. Right-click the watermark, click Save As Picture, and save the watermark with a name to a location you use often.

    Save as Picture

  3. Click the text box, and position the box where you want it on the photo.

Step 3: Save the watermarked photo

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select the text box and the photo, and then click Picture Tools > Format >Group.

    Group command

  2. Right-click the photo, click Save as Picture, and save the watermarked photo with a new name.

    Save as Picture

Add the watermark to other photos

Important:  Make sure to save a copy of the photo without a watermark. This photo watermark is permanent.

  1. In Publisher, click Home > Pictures.

    Insert Pictures

  2. Choose a photograph you want to add a watermark to, click it, and click Insert.

  3. Click Home >Pictures again to find the watermark you saved in Step 2, and click Insert.

  4. Click the watermark image and position it where you want on the photo.

  5. Press Ctrl+A to select the watermark and the photo, and click Picture Tools > Format > Group.

    Group command

  6. Right-click the photo, click Save as Picture, and save the watermarked photo with a new name.

    Save as Picture

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