C# – Add Image Watermark in PDF Document

We often find watermark in electronic documents online. What is watermark? It can be text or image which can be embedded in one document. It is translucent and will not influence original contents.

Watermark can indicate who owns the document and protect owners’ copyright. For some company materials, people may add text watermark, such as company name or important, secret to show its properties. In this post, I will show one method to add watermark in a PDF document. And I use the component Spire.PDF to help me realize this function.

The watermark I will add in PDF is an image. Firstly, I should add references in my project, including Spire.PDF dll file, system.drawing. Then, the following steps show some details.

  1. After getting references, create a blank PDF document and set margin for it.

  2. Create a page for adding contents. Then, load image which I want to use as watermark.

  3. Draw page. There is a table with data which will be drawn.

            a. Add title and set title format, including title name, format and position.

b. Add data and set table style, including header, borders and font settings.

c. Add note to show where data is from and set format.

  4. Save and launch file.


using System;

using System.Drawing;

using Spire.Pdf;

using Spire.Pdf.Graphics;

using Spire.Pdf.Tables;

namespace ImageWatermark


    class Watermark


        static void Main(string[] args)


            //Create PDF

            PdfDocument doc = new PdfDocument();


            //Set Margin

            PdfUnitConvertor unitCvtr = new PdfUnitConvertor();

            PdfMargins margin = new PdfMargins();

            margin.Top = unitCvtr.ConvertUnits(2.54f, PdfGraphicsUnit.Centimeter, PdfGraphicsUnit.Point);

            margin.Bottom = margin.Top;

            margin.Left = unitCvtr.ConvertUnits(3.17f, PdfGraphicsUnit.Centimeter, PdfGraphicsUnit.Point);

            margin.Right = margin.Left;


            //Create Page

            PdfPageBase page = doc.Pages.Add(PdfPageSize.A4, margin);

            Image img = Image.FromFile(@”D:\work\My Documents\F.jpg”);

            page.BackgroundImage = img;


            //Draw Page



            //Save adn Launch File






        static void DrawPage(PdfPageBase page)


            float y = 10;



            PdfBrush brush1 = PdfBrushes.DarkCyan;

            PdfTrueTypeFont font1 = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font(“Calibri”, 14f, FontStyle.Regular));

            PdfStringFormat format1 = new PdfStringFormat(PdfTextAlignment.Center);

            page.Canvas.DrawString(“Sales Information/Year”, font1, brush1, page.Canvas.ClientSize.Width / 2, y, format1);

            y = y + font1.MeasureString(“Sales Information/Year”, format1).Height;

            y = y + 5;



            String[][] data

                = {

                    new String[]{“Category Name”, “1994 Sale Amount”, “1995 Sale Amount”, “1996 Sale Amount”},

                    new String[]{“Beverages”, “38,487.20”, “102,479.46”, “126,901.53”},

                    new String[]{“Condiments”, “16,402.95”, “51,041.83”, “38,602.31”},

                    new String[]{“Confections”, “23,812.90”, “79,752.25”, “63,792.07”},

                    new String[]{“Dairy Products”, “30,027.79”, “116,495.45”, “87,984.05”},

                    new String[]{“Grains/Cereals”, “7,313.92”, “53,823.48”, “34,607.19”},

                    new String[]{“Meat/Poultry”, “19,856.86”, “77,164.75”, “66,000.75”},

                    new String[]{“Produce”, “10,694.96”, “45,973.69”, “43,315.93”},

                    new String[]{“Seafood”, “16,247.77”, “64,195.51”, “50,818.46”}



            PdfTable table = new PdfTable();

            table.Style.CellPadding = 2;

            table.Style.BorderPen = new PdfPen(brush1, 0.55f);

            table.Style.DefaultStyle.BackgroundBrush = PdfBrushes.WhiteSmoke;

            table.Style.DefaultStyle.Font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font(“Calibri”, 11f));

            table.Style.HeaderSource = PdfHeaderSource.Rows;

            table.Style.HeaderRowCount = 1;

            table.Style.HeaderStyle.BackgroundBrush = PdfBrushes.LightYellow;

            table.Style.HeaderStyle.Font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font(“Calibri”, 12f, FontStyle.Regular));

            table.Style.HeaderStyle.StringFormat = new PdfStringFormat(PdfTextAlignment.Center);

            table.Style.ShowHeader = true;

            table.DataSource = data;


            PdfLayoutResult result = table.Draw(page, new PointF(0, y));

            y = y + result.Bounds.Height + 5;



            PdfBrush brush2 = PdfBrushes.Red;

            PdfTrueTypeFont font2 = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font(“TimesNewRoman”, 10f));

            page.Canvas.DrawString(“* All data from NorthWind”, font2, brush2, 5, y);






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One thought on “C# – Add Image Watermark in PDF Document

  1. Aurora Antich says:

    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

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