Looking for a way to tag your documents as a draft or label it as confidential, then watermarks may be the answer for you. A watermark is an image printed in the background of a copied or printed page or pages. You can also use watermarks to put a version number or a date on a document. There are several predefined watermarks you can use or you can create your own. The watermark is a handy feature on many of our printers and multifunction printers including the new VersaLink and AltaLink products.

I like watermarks because it is a visual representation to let me know I am working, for instance, with a draft version of a document, this is very helpful for documents that are printed out multiple times for editing and revising. Watermarks can also be used to put your name on a document you created, that way no one can take credit for your work!! Watermarks are a simple way to secure your confidential or intellectual property. The marks can be customized; you can choose the size, orientation, font and even color of the watermark to fit your needs.

Watermarks can also be added to copies on some of our machines. Standard watermarks available for copies include the words Draft, Confidential, the Date and Time, a Control Number or a watermark of your creation. The watermark is a great security feature as well because they cannot be removed or manipulated as you might be able to do with a header or footer.

To learn more about the watermarks available on your machine please search for “watermark” in Online Support for your model printer. To get to your printer’s support page click here and enter your printer model number, then type “watermark” in the search field. Watermark is also available through the Global Print driver.

Below I have added the screenshots of the Watermark Editor on the Windows drivers (watermark editor is also available in some Mac drivers) and a screenshot of what the copy watermark screen might look like on your machine. The third image is a couple of samples of watermarks. Remember your screens may vary depending on your model of printer and how your machine is set-up, so these screenshots are only examples. Example, another good watermark word!!