An artist overlay is a pop-up that appears when a customer clicks on your Minted artist name in the shopping areas of the site (e.g. on a category page like http://www.minted.com/wedding-invitations or on a product details page). Everyone with a product for sale has an artist overlay. For instructions on how to personalize your overlay, see:
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Here's an example of a gorgeous artist overlay, from community artist Laura Hankins.