What is a printmark?

Updated: Apr 07, 2014 10:38AM PDT

Picture this: A team logo. Your logo. The wedding date. Your signature.

These are Printmarks, and you can dress up any prints ordered from your site with endless possibilities. Different than watermarks, Printmarks will actually show up on the final printed product.

Print watermarks

Set it up

First, design the Printmark in your favorite image editor. If you want transparent areas (such as in a custom border where your photo shows through the center) then you should save your image as a transparent PNG file. This is similar to making a watermark, and we have a simple tutorial for creating that kind of file here.

Upload the image to a gallery. We suggest an Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) one (such as your Site Files gallery) so people can't find it.

In New SmugMug

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

Click Manage under Printmarks in the Printing section to open the Printmarks options menu.

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

Once you select your image, you can alter the other settings and watch how your printmark is affected on the sample preview image. Choose where you want the printmark to appear on your photos:

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

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

In Legacy SmugMug
Be sure to leave external linking on. Hit the gallery Tools button, then choose This Photo > Make into Printmark.

Adjust the Printmark on the sample image using the preview tool. Don't forget that you can change the placement and opacity. Before you save it, give it a unique, descriptive name. This way you can create as many Printmarks as you like, and easily tell which is which.

Tip: We recommend your Printmark image is at least 1500 pixels on the longest side, so it looks good on prints big and small.

How it works

Once you've created your Printmarks, enable them in your gallery settings

In New SmugMug

The option to print mark is found in the Shopping section.  Don't forget that you can create a Quick Setting to apply them fast, or use the Multiple Galleries option to enable them in bulk.

In Legacy SmugMug

You'll find the option under the "Printing" section. Don't forget that you can create a Quick Setting to apply them fast, or use the Multiple Galleries option to enable them in bulk.

Finished products ordered from your galleries will print with the overlay.

Tip: We highly recommend that you enable Proof Delay in your galleries so that you can review and adjust orders as they get placed.

Gotcha: You can always remove Printmarks for print and gift orders held for proofing, but remember that digital downloads are available right away and cannot be changed.

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