Add Text, File, or Barcode Watermark Action

FolderMill can help you automatically add a file (image), barcode or text watermark on PDF pages and other file types. Whether you want to watermark photos, insert a watermark when printing or converting worksheets, watermark a document using time/date or some source file data, this task can be automated with this Action.

Usage examples

These are popular use cases that can be automated with this Action:

  • print documents with a custom text watermark
  • add a copyright notice onto images or pages (e.g., "Draft", "Confidential")
  • print files with date/time stamp on the printout 
  • add original filename onto a specific page range
  • print or convert files with the page number on every page
  • place filename in the header or footer of every page
  • add file's folder or subfolder path as a watermark to pages

Adding watermark in the Action Set

To enable and configure watermarking with FolderMill, add Add text or file/barcode watermark Action on the Hot Folder Settings window. 

Add text or file/barcode watermark Action in FolderMill

Selecting type of watermark

After creating a new Add watermark Action, select the type of watermark that you want to use by clicking the Add new watermark button. Text watermark window is opened by default, but you choose another one.

Select type of watermark: image, text, or barcode

For all types of watermarks, you can set size, alignment, rotation, margins, and page range.

File watermark. Use any raster image (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF), HTML, or a PDF file as a File watermark and place it in the center, top, bottom, left or right side of a document page or image.

Text watermark. For Text watermark, you can type any text and customize it using various parameters. There is also a built-in set of macros (regular expressions) that can take information from the source file and/or system time and date — use the Macro button to add them.

Barcode watermark. Using a Barcode watermark allows you to automatically add barcodes to output files. For example, you can create a QR code, adjust its size and position, and it will appear on all output images or document pages. Various barcode types are available, including Code 128, EAN, UPC, QR-CODE, and more.

You can use several watermarks at the same time (Image, Text or Barcode watermark).

Available watermark parameters

  • Font, font size, and style
  • Text – type any text here or replace it with a Macro or use both text and macro(s);
  • Macro – a set of macros containing regular expressions that can add source file data, entire or part of source file's name, date and time in various formats, and more;
  • Z-order options for vertical positioning of the watermark in relation to document's contents: In the foreground or In the background;
  • Background color;
  • Alignmentby X- and Y-axis;
  • Rotation to a certain degree, e.g., 0°, 45°, 90°;
  • Offset by X- and Y-axis, in percents;
  • Page range – options to specify single pages or page ranges.
Add multiple watermarks for automated PDF watermarking

How to use Add text or file/barcode watermark Action step by step

  1. Create a new Hot Folder;
  2. Create a new Action Set;
  3. Select the source for incoming files (Source:);
  4. Add Add text or file/barcode watermark Action;
  5. Select type of watermark: Text watermark, File watermark, or Barcode watermark;
  6. Add a final Action, e.g., Convert to PDF or Print document;
  7. Click Apply changes;
  8. Start file monitoring by pressing the Start button;
  9. Copy new files to the Source.

Don't forget to combine Add watermark with some other Actions

Please note that this Action can not be used on its own. It must be accompanied by another one within the same Action Set. That means you should place Add text or file watermark Action before another Action to be executed, as an example:

Auto watermarking in the chain of Actions

 As a primary Action after watermarking, you can choose:

How to remove "Created by FolderMill" watermark in free version

When using a free version for testing or evaluation, you will see a "Created by free version of FolderMill" watermark in the corner of each processed page. If you want to run more accurate tests before the purchase, please contact us. We can provide you with a 14-days trial version of FolderMill working without any restrictions or additional watermarks.

You can combine watermarking together with filtering, printing, conversion available through other Actions. Should you have any difficulty or questions on using this Action, please get in touch with us.

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