New: Customize Your Right-Click Protection Message

… and use your powers for good, not evil.

A quick update this morning for pros who use right-click protection to stop thieves from grabbing your pics: we’ve added the ability to customize the message that displays when viewers right click your protected photos.

This is something that you could do using CSS customization in Old SmugMug, but we think it’s such an important piece of building a great experience on your site, we wanted to make it drop-dead simple for you to do this in the new, beautiful SmugMug.

Get It Set Up



Visit your Account Settings and look under your Privacy tab. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see a brand new “Right-Click Message” field. Fill that out, save your changes, and test right-clicking on photos in your protected galleries to see how it looks. Here’s more help.

Tip: We recommend being firm but friendly. If you have prints for sale, ask them to look for the Buy button to grab one of your photos in a legit way.

A Word About Image Theft

As always, we want to share some helpful info about image protection and what to expect. After all, if you’re paying us for a pro-level account, you should get the best bang for your buck!

We hear a lot from ambitious pros who rely on tools like Right-Click Protection way more heavily than they probably should. Why’s this bad? Right-Click Protection is just a deterrent, and if someone really wants to download a free copy of your image, there are several things they’ll try. For example, they can snap a screen grab, so be sure to use the full suite of image protection tools if you’re really worried about this. Here’s a quick review of your options:

  • Right-Click Protection. Displays a popup window when any part of the gallery is clicked. Fabulous when coupled with a warm, friendly message encouraging fans to buy.
  • Display Size. Limits the size of the images viewers can see. Great for foiling screen grabbers.
  • Watermarking. Logo or text placed over your display copies. Add your URL, enable sharing, and you’ve got yourself a ton of free advertising for your biz. The best bit? Your prints still print clean.

We hope this helps those of you who are new to SmugMug, are new to photography, or who just haven’t fiddled with your site lately and are looking to brush up on the basics.

And as always, be sure to let us know if you have questions, problems, or just need some advice getting your site working the way you want. We’re here. 

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18 thoughts on “New: Customize Your Right-Click Protection Message”

  1. I think it’s also important to add that right click protection blocks an image from appearing Google image search results.

    1. Hi Jordan! RCP should not be doing that, as it’s designed to deter screen grabbers only, not necessarily block your photos from being found (and sold). If your images aren’t showing up in search results can you shoot our Support Heroes a message with full details and an example gallery where you’ve noticed this? We’ll be happy to take a closer look at all settings to see what the issue is. Thanks!

  2. Hey guys
    great news and long over due
    I really missed this functionality when the new smug mug came on line.
    Could you also see your way clear now to help us all protect our images from pinterest theft by allowing us to add in the no pin metadata again.
    I dont have a pin button and would prefer that the theft is cut to a minimum as its a right royal pain in the buttocks having to issue a continual stream of DMCA notices to them.

    1. Hi John, awesome that you approve of this release! We know that you’ve got major concerns with Pinterest and the code you’ve been using isn’t compatible with new SmugMug, and we hear you. Pinterest is still a rather divided service for many photographers, and it sounds like you’re going above and beyond to ensure that your photos aren’t shared there without your permission.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and workflow with us, as always.

    1. Holy moly! Your landscapes totally blew us away, Martin. I got goosebumps looking at some of your incredible landscapes (and your RCP is exactly what we had in mind). Thanks for dropping in!

  3. yes, long overdue. did it, but seems like its still going back to the default even though I’ve refresh it many times. check back the setting, still there. am I doing something wrong here?

    1. Hey Mel, good news: If you have Right Click Protection enabled, then people browsing your galleries on their phone browsers won’t be able to use that feature to download photos. They will see the option, but a blank image will be saved instead of your image. Let us know if you have any other questions and have a great weekend!

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