Watermark photos

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SmugMuggles with Portfolio or Business accounts can display their images on SmugMug with custom watermarks to protect them.

No worries, watermarks will not appear on prints ordered through SmugMug.

FYI: We don't watermark photos whose longest side is equal to or less than 800 pixels because a display copy and the original are the same image. The default proof watermark will apply to the Large display size and images larger than 801px on the longest side. Custom watermarks can be set to apply on any size down to the Thumb display size.

We also don't watermark your originals because the original files are what we use to create your gorgeous prints!

Having trouble watermarking existing photos? Check out the "Apply Watermarks" section below.

I Want One

First: make a JPEG, GIF, or PNG image of your watermark. PNGs with transparency (like the example shown at the top) are a great way to get your name or logo on your work without covering too much area. Here's a step-by-step tutorial for creating one.

Upload your watermark image to a SmugMug gallery. An Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) one is a great choice if you like to keep things tidy.

Gotcha: We use your watermarking image every time you apply that watermark to your photos, so please don't delete it or hide it.

In your account settings, navigate to the Business > Branding tab.

Click Manage in the Watermark section to open the Watermark options menu.

Click Create to expand the menu and then click the image icon to navigate to the watermark image you previously uploaded.

Once you select your image, you can alter the other settings and watch how your watermark is affected on the sample preview image. Choose the smallest size image you want your watermark applied to (the default is Large).

Gotcha: Check that your gallery image-display setting matches your watermark size setting, otherwise your watermark may not appear. For example, if your watermark is set to apply to Large images and up but your gallery is set to display images at a maximum size of Medium, your watermark won't appear.

Choose where you want the watermark to appear on your photos:

And even fade the image so it obscures less of your photos:

To see how your watermark appears on landscape versus portrait images, select the Change Sample button.

Once you’re happy with the way your watermark looks, name it and click Create.

Tip: You can also access the Watermark menu through your gallery settings. In any gallery, click Customize > Gallery Settings > Photo Protection > Apply Watermark. Turn Watermarks On and select your preferred watermark or create a new one.

Gotcha: Don’t forget to apply the new watermark to all photos in the gallery by clicking the check box.

To edit a previously created watermark, click the wrench icon below the one you want to edit. To delete a watermark, click the trashcan icon instead.

Don't forget to give your watermark a descriptive name! This will help you identify and choose the right one when you're applying watermarks.

Click Submit to save your changes.

Go crazy! Create as many exotic watermarks as you'd like. Edit and delete watermarks in your Account Settings under the Business tab.

Apply Watermarks

Want watermarks applied while you're uploading photos? Go to your gallery settings, choose On for Apply Watermark, and choose which watermark you'd like applied. From now on, photos you upload to this gallery will automatically get watermarked.

To apply watermarks to a photo already in a gallery, click the wrench button to access the editor tools. Click Open in Editor and then Watermark.

Or you can go to the Organizer and select the gallery you want to watermark. Click Select All to select all photos in the gallery, then click the wrench icon > Watermarks.

Select the Watermark you want to apply from the dropdown menu, then click Save.

As you browse your gallery or click refresh while viewing it, your newly watermarked photos will gradually replace those that are currently there.

Removing Watermarks

Change your mind? Remove watermarks from many or all photos in your gallery:

Go to the Organizer and select the photos you want to unwatermark. Click the wrench icon > Watermarks. Then select your thumbnails, choose Remove and then Save.

Edit or Delete Watermarks

After you create a custom watermark, you'll find you can tweak or delete watermarks in your Account Settings. Click the Account Settings button on your SmugMug homepage and look for the Business tab, then "Branding." Click "Manage" to edit or delete watermarks.

manage custom watermarks

Changes will only affect photos you watermark in the future, not photos you've already watermarked.

If you want the changes to take effect on existing photos, just apply the updated watermark via the Tools Menu.

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