Create custom photo cards

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You've got gorgeous photos in your galleries. Turn them into beautiful cards!

All cards are printed through EZ Prints and come with matching white envelopes. All you have to do is sign, seal, and stamp.

Note: The "auto-color" option isn't available for cards. Make sure your photos aren't too dark before using them to create your cards. Not sure what "too dark" is? We have an article to help with that!

4x8 cards are printed on high-quality card stock and are available in matte, felt, and pearl stock.

5x7 cards come printed on luxuriously thick card stock, folded in the middle. They're matte with a UV coating that gives the outside just a hint of sheen. The inside is smooth enough to pen a personal message.

FYI: You can make cards using photos from any one gallery. To use images from multiple galleries, try Collecting photos.

Creating your card as a visitor

Here's a quick video that shows you how easy it is to build your own cards:

1. Find your first photo.

Browse your gallery until you spot the photo you want. From there, click the Buy button, then choose "Create a Card."

FYI: Your original image must be at least 438x625 pixels to print perfectly.

2. Choose your card type.

Pick whether you want a 4x8 or a 5x7 card, then scroll through the carousel at the bottom to select a design. When you see one you like, click it and we'll open it bigger.

Don't forget to click "Designs" at the bottom if you want to narrow down your choices and browse designs for specific occasions.

3. Customize it!

The little "headshot" icons indicate the spaces where you can drag and drop photos from your photo pool on the right. Once you've assigned the photos a spot, you can click them again to zoom, rotate, scooch around, or even convert to black and white!

When you're finished zooming and scooching, click the little "X" in the corner to close the edit bubble. You can always undo your changes and start over.

The "T" icons indicate areas where you can click and enter text. 

NOTE: Some cards will let you customize the font size, type, and other options, but not all designs offer that choice.

4. Make it yours.

When your card's perfect, click the Save button at the bottom to keep your changes. 

Choose the quantity of cards you want from the section on the right, then click the Add to Cart button at the bottom. Now you're ready to check out!


Creating your card as a site owner

To order cards as a SmugMug site owner, make sure you’re logged in and in a gallery that isn’t password protected or watermarked.

Like your visitors, navigate to the gallery that contains the photo(s) you want to use and click the Buy button, then "Create a Card."

You’ll be taken to EZ Prints’ card creator, where you'll need to create an account. You can choose to create a card by using one of their designs with your photos or by uploading a design you created yourself offline in a graphics-editor program like Photoshop.

If you select one of the premade designs options, you’ll see a variety of designs and customizations to choose from.

Once you choose a design, you’ll see options to make it yours. Choose your trim and paper type, and click Personalize to add your own photos to the card from SmugMug.

In the personalization screen, follow the prompts to add a photo and text. When you add a photo, a pop-up window will appear, displaying your photos from the SmugMug gallery you selected at the beginning.

Choose the photo(s) you want to appear on your card, click Add, then adjust the crop, color toning, and rotation until you’re happy. Once you’ve got everything dialed in the way you love it, click Save. You’ll see a preview of the card design with your photo on it.

If you want to add photos or text to the back of the card as well, click the grey arrows on either side of the preview screen to view the other customizable parts of the card and follow the prompts just like above to add your own images and text.

Once you’ve finished your perfect design, click Proceed to Checkout and follow the cart instructions to finish placing your order.

Making changes

As the gallery owner, you'll find all your saved cards in an Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) "My SmugMug Creations" gallery, or a "Guest Cards" gallery for cards made by your guests. Even those cards you create and save through EZ Prints' card creator can be found there. You can access these galleries by typing or into your browser address bar.

Browse to the card image and then click the Photo Tools wrench icon > Edit Card.

We'll open the card builder and you can edit your photos or text as much as you like. Don't forget to save your changes!

FYI: Your guests won't have the ability to edit cards themselves, but you can do it for them. When it's ready, share the link to the finished card in your Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) "Guest Cards" gallery. They can click the Buy button and check out from there.

If you've saved your card and are now ready to buy, find the image of your finished card in your "Cards" gallery ( and hit the familiar Buy button. We'll display your available options:

Tip: Need to make more than one card? Exit the card builder and start a new session.

Prefer to design your own card from scratch and upload for purchase? You can do that, too! Check out this article for the full how-to.

Pros: sell custom cards

If you have our highest-level commerce account, your clients can use photos in your gallery to create their own custom photo cards, earning you money.

Price them the way you'd price everything else on your site, with Pricelists. Tell your clients to look under the Buy button for the "Create a Card" option, and they can build their card just like we described above.

FYI: Cards won't appear on Loxley-based Pricelists, so be sure to set your gallery to EZ Prints, Bay Photo, or WHCC if you're outside of the USA and want to sell cards.

Once their card is made, they can add it to their shopping cart right from the card builder:

Remember that any cards they design will be safely stashed in your  Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) "Guest Cards" gallery. They can't see this gallery on their own, so if they ask, you'll have to share a link to it. 

Finally, note that if and when you use Proof Delay, you can always click "Edit Project" from the order's Proof Delay screen to go in and edit your clients' cards after the order's been placed.

FYI: Got watermarks? They'll show in your online previews, but your cards won't print with them, don't worry.

Here's a handy tutorial that shows you how easy it is to price and sell cards.

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