Because SmartFrames are rendered using <canvas>, they are not readable by social networks.

This allows for a small customized thumbnail – that is, a small JPEG generated from the original image – to be served when sharing a SmartFrame on a social network. You can also export some data along with the thumbnail, and this serves as an image description alongside the image.

You can adjust these settings in the Control section of the Admin Panel. The exact settings available to you depend on the social platform on which you’re posting the image, although these settings are global and will apply to all your embeds.

How do I share SmartFrames on social media?

The easiest way to share SmartFrames on any social platform is to enable sharing in the Theme used by that SmartFrame. Once you’ve done this, clicking on the Share button that appears on the SmartFrame will bring up sharing icons for different social networks.

If you don’t want to do this, but you would still like to post your image on your social media profile, you can post a link to your Image Page instead. The thumbnail will still be generated, as long as you haven’t disabled it.

Note: Keep in mind that while sharing can be disabled in some Themes and enabled in others, the format of social thumbnail remains the same for all SmartFrames. This is defined in the Control section.

Furthermore, if you disable thumbnails for social media sites but still allow sharing on social media in Themes, only the URL of the page where the image is embedded will be shared.

Facebook

If the Facebook thumbnail is enabled, SmartFrames shared on Facebook will look similar to this preview:

You can adjust the post by:

  • editing the title and short description or message that will appear in the Facebook post. We recommend using metadata to ensure that content is unique for each image
  • adding a custom watermark to the thumbnail
  • selecting which page should open after clicking on the post. This can be either the page on which the image is embedded (recommended), the standalone Image Page, or a custom web page (URL)

Twitter

If the Twitter thumbnail is enabled, SmartFrames shared on Twitter will look similar to this preview:

You can adjust the post by:

  • editing the title and short description or message that will appear in the tweet. We recommend using metadata to ensure that content is unique for each image
  • adding a custom watermark to the thumbnail
  • selecting which page should open after clicking on the tweet. This can be either the page on which the image is embedded (recommended), the standalone Image Page, or a custom web page (URL)

Pinterest

If the Pinterest thumbnail is enabled, SmartFrames shared on Pinterest will look similar to this preview:

You can adjust the post by:

  • editing the title and short description or message that will appear in the Pinterest pin. We recommend using metadata to ensure that content is unique for each image
  • adding a custom watermark to the thumbnail
  • selecting which page should open after clicking on the image. This can be either the page on which the image is embedded (recommended), the standalone Image Page, or a custom web page (URL)

LinkedIn

If the LinkedIn thumbnail is enabled, SmartFrames shared on LinkedIn will look similar to this preview:

You can adjust the post by:

  • editing the title that will appear in the LinkedIn post. We recommend using metadata to ensure that content is unique for each image
  • adding a custom watermark to the thumbnail
  • selecting which page should open after clicking on the post. This can be either the page on which the image is embedded (recommended), the standalone Image Page, or a custom web page (URL)