About Watermark

Watermark in presentation is a text or image stamp, used upon a slide or all presentation slides. Usually, watermark is used to indicate that the presentation is a draft (e.g. “Draft” watermark); that it contains confidential information (e.g. “Confidential” watermak); specify which company it belongs to (e.g. “Company name” watermark); identify presentation author, etc. Watermark helps to prevent presentation copyrights violation, indicating that the presentation should not be copied. Watermarks are used with both PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentation formats. In Aspose.Slides you can add watermark to PowerPoint PPT, PPTX and OpenOffice ODP file formats.

In Aspose.Slides there are various ways you can create watermark in PowerPoint or OpenOffice, to wrap it into different shapes, to change the design and behavior., etc  The common things is, that to add text watermarks you should use TextFrame class and to add image watermark - PictureFrame. PictureFrame implements IShape interface and can use all the power of flexible settings of shape object. TextFrame is not a shape and its settings are limited. Therefore, it is advised to wrap TextFrame into IShape object.

There are two ways watermark can be applied: to a single slide and to all presentation slides. Slide Master is used to apply watermark to all presentation slides - watermark is added into Slide Master, completely designed there and applied to all slides without modifying a permission to modify watermark on slides.

Watermark is usually considered not to be available for editing by other users. To prevent editing watermark (or rather watermark parent shape), Aspose.Slides provides shape locking functionality. A certain shape can be locked on a normal slide or on a Slide Master. When locking watermark shape on a Slide Master - it will be locked on all presentation slides.

You can set the name of watermark, so in future, if you want to delete the watermark, you may find it in slide shapes by name.

You can design watermark in any way however there are usually attend common features within watermarks, like: center alignment, rotation, front position, etc. We will consider how to use them in the examples below.

Text Watermark

Add Text Watermark to Slide

To add text watermark in PPT, PPTX or ODP you can first add a shape into the slide, then add a text frame into this shape. Text frame is represented with TextFrame type. This type is not inherited from IShape, which has a wide set of properties to settle the watermark in a flexible way. Therefore, it is advised to wrap TextFrame object into IAutoShape object. To add watermark into the shape, use AddTextFrame method with watermark text passed into it:

 using (var presentation = new Presentation())


	ISlide slide = presentation.Slides[0];

	IAutoShape watermarkShape = slide.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Triangle, 0, 0, 0, 0);

	ITextFrame watermarkTextFrame = watermarkShape.AddTextFrame("Watermark");


Add Text Watermark to Presentation

If you want to add watermark in presentation (means, all slides at once), add it into MasterSlide. All the other logic is the same as in adding watermark into a single slide - create an  IAutoShape  object and then add watermark into it with  AddTextFrame method:

 using (var presentation = new Presentation())


	IMasterSlide master = pres.Masters[0];

	IAutoShape watermarkShape = slide.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Triangle, 0, 0, 0, 0);

	ITextFrame watermarkTextFrame = watermarkShape.AddTextFrame("Watermark");


Set Font of Text Watermark

You can change the font of text watermark:

 int alpha = 150, red = 200, green = 200, blue = 200;

IPortion watermarkPortion = watermarkTextFrame.Paragraphs[0].Portions[0];

watermarkPortion.PortionFormat.FontHeight = 52;

Set Text Watermark Transparency

To set the transparency of text watermark use this code:

 int alpha = 150, red = 200, green = 200, blue = 200;

IPortion watermarkPortion = watermarkTextFrame.Paragraphs[0].Portions[0];

watermarkPortion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.Solid;

watermarkPortion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.SolidFillColor.Color = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(alpha, red, green, blue);

Center Text Watermark

It is possible to center watermark on a slide and for that you can do the following:

 PointF center = new PointF(presentation.SlideSize.Size.Width / 2, presentation.SlideSize.Size.Height / 2);

float width = 300;

float height = 300;

float x = center.X - width / 2;

float y = center.Y - height / 2;


IAutoShape watermarkShape = slide.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Triangle, x, y, width, height);

Image Watermark

Add Image Watermark to Presentation

To add image watermark into all presentation slides, you may do the following:

 IPPImage image = presentation.Images.AddImage(File.ReadAllBytes("watermark.png"));

// ...

watermarkShape.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.Picture;

watermarkShape.FillFormat.PictureFillFormat.Picture.Image = image;

watermarkShape.FillFormat.PictureFillFormat.PictureFillMode = PictureFillMode.Stretch;

Lock Watermark from Editing

If its needed to prevent watermark from editing, use AutoShape.ShapeLock property on the shape, that wraps its. With this property you can protect shape from selection, resize, change position, grouping with other elements, lock its text from editing and many others:

 // Lock Shapes from modifying

watermarkShape.ShapeLock.SelectLocked = true;

watermarkShape.ShapeLock.SizeLocked = true;

watermarkShape.ShapeLock.TextLocked = true;

watermarkShape.ShapeLock.PositionLocked = true;

watermarkShape.ShapeLock.GroupingLocked = true;

Bring Watermark to Front

In Aspose.Slides the Z-Order of shapes can be set via SlideCollection.Reorder method. For that, you need to call this method from presentation slides list and pass shape reference and its order number into the method. This way its possible to put shape to the front or back of the slide. This feature is especially useful if you need to place watermark on front of presentation:

 slide.Shapes.Reorder(slide.Shapes.Count - 1, watermarkShape);

Set Watermark Rotation

Here is an example how to set the rotation of watermark (and its parent shape):

 float h = presentation.SlideSize.Size.Height;

float w = presentation.SlideSize.Size.Width;

watermarkShape.X = Convert.ToInt32((w - watermarkShape.Width) / 2);

watermarkShape.Y = Convert.ToInt32((h - watermarkShape.Height) / 2);

watermarkShape.Rotation = calculateRotation(h, w);

private int calculateRotation(float height, float width)


	double pageHeight = Convert.ToDouble(height);

	double pageWidth = Convert.ToDouble(width);

	double rotation = Math.Atan((pageHeight / pageWidth)) * 180 / Math.PI;

	return Convert.ToInt32(rotation);


Set Name to Watermark

Aspose.Slides allows to set the name of shape. By shape name you can access it in future to modify or delete. To set the name of watermark parent shape - set it into AutoShape.Name property:

 watermarkShape.Name = "watermark";

Remove Watermark

To remove watermark shape and its child controls from slide, use AutoShape.Name property to find it in slide shapes. Then pass watermark shape into ShapeCollection.Remove method:

 for (int i = 0; i < slide.Shapes.Count; i++)


	AutoShape shape = (AutoShape)slide.Shapes[i];

	if (String.Compare(shape.Name, "watermark", StringComparison.Ordinal) == 0)





Live Example

To see alive how watermark feature works in Aspose.Slides, try Aspose.Slides Watermark online free demo: