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Tailor Every Detail in Your Message With Postcard Printing

Find the best features you need to create an impactful and unforgettable postcard. Whether you’re designing a printed postcard to promote a special sale or to greet someone on a holiday, you can print your message on premium cardstock and highlight the important details in glamorous coating. Discover which options will best suit the story you want to tell.

Make a Memorable Impression With Sturdy Cardstock

The weight and feel of your custom postcards will determine a customer’s first impression of your brand. It’s crucial to have your big announcement or upcoming sale printed on thick and durable cardstock.

Add a Protective and Elegant Coating on Your Custom Postcards

Our coatings enhance your custom postcard with every standout finish. The protective quality of each coating keeps the design good as new.

  • Gloss allows each color to pop and protects a design from damage in the mail.
  • Matte offers a quiet but impressive finish with its elegant, easy-to-read surface.
  • High gloss UV gives the most stunning shine and brightest print on every color. It is abrasion-resistant and the most durable in multiple handlings.

Choose among the laminations under 16 pt. cardstock for a luxurious finish and additional protection:

  • Silk recreates its namesake’s texture and adds water-resistance to the surface.
  • Soft touch offers a super smooth surface resistant to fingerprints and smudges.
  • Gloss antibacterial has a high gloss finish that protects against bacteria and other surface germs. It’s also water-resistant and adds durability to the cardstock.

More Finishing Options

  • Perforating

    Maximize your postcards’ response rates by including perforations for business cards, reply stubs, and coupons.

  • Shrink Wrapping

    We offer shrink wrapping to protect postcards during shipping and storage.

  • Templates

    Our postcard templates help you get started on your personalized postcards. If you have a ready file, you can upload the design directly to our website.

  • Print Experts

    Should you have any questions, our print experts are available to assist you every step of the way.

How to Create Your Custom Postcard Online

Indicate your specifications on the online calculator. Choose a size, cardstock, and finish that will elevate the importance of your message.

Select “Design Online” at the bottom of the online calculator. This will bring you to a blank canvas where you can create the design from scratch.

Have a print ready design? Go to “Upload Now” and you can send it directly to our site. Our preferred formats are PDF, JPEG or JPG, PSD, PUB, or TIFF.



Want to save on sending postcards via EDDM®? Check out our available EDDM® postcards for messages sent to a specific mailing list.

Custom Postcards Frequently Asked Questions


What is the standard size for mailing postcards?

  • First-Class mail postcard: min. 5" wide x 3.5" tall, max 6" wide x 4.25" tall.
  • Standard Letter Rate & First-Class letter rate: 4.25" tall min. 5" wide x 3.5" tall, max 11.5" wide x 6.125” tall.

Can I write on the back of the postcard?

Yes, you can write on the other side if your paper stock is 14 pt. uncoated or 17 pt. cardstock uncoated.


What resolution should my files be?

Your custom postcard file should be at least 300 dpi. This resolution ensures that all images and text come out in the best printed quality. Anything lower and you’ll have a pixelated postcard.


Is there a minimum order quantity for the direct mail to be available for my order?

Yes, you need to order at least 500 postcards for the “Mailing Services” option to show on our online calculator.


Which is the most durable postcard paper and coating for mailing?

  • 16 pt. cardstock is the thickest in terms of paper weight and the most protective for its coating.
  • 14 pt. cardstock high gloss is recommended for its ability to withstand multiple handling and resist damage on both sides.
  • 14 pt. cardstock high-gloss UV front, uncoated back is suitable for companies that sell travel postcards and require a writable side.

Is shipping and mailing included in the printing turnaround time for postcards?

Our printing turnaround time for postcards refers to the number of days it will take to produce the order. Choose to have your postcard printed as fast as the same day or in 1 business day. It does not include shipping transit time or direct mail processing time. All turnaround times are based on business days and exclude national holidays.

Layout Templates

Use our postcard layout templates to ensure your artwork is formatted correctly for printing. Free layout templates are provided through a desktop computer in EPS, JPG, PDF, and Publisher formats for front and back side printing. If your postcard is for mailing, be sure to check the mailing requirements for mail panel design requirements.


View Postcards Layout Templates

Need help with our layout templates?
Please refer to our guided layout instructions.



Deliver Directly to Your Customers

Save time and money by having your custom postcards sent to specific customers with our direct mail services. Upon selecting Configure Mailing Services on our online calculator, you’ll be able to:

  • Upload your own mailing list
  • Indicate the number of pieces mailed
  • Specify the postage type

In order to qualify for this type of mailing, your USPS postcard must fall under the following size requirements:

For First Class Postcard Rates
  • Min. 5" wide x 3.5" tall, max 6" wide x 4.25" tall
  • 4.25” x 5.5”
  • 4” x 6”

For Standard Letter Rate & First Class Letter Rate:

  • Min. 5" wide x 3.5" tall, max 11.5" wide x 6.125” tall
  • 5.5” x 8.5”
  • 4” x 9”
  • 6” x 9”,
  • 6” x 11”

More Mail Services We Offer

  • Processing 1 mailing list
  • Duplication removal if requested
  • CASS Certification
  • Inkjet addressing
  • Postal presorting for automation rates


Good to Know:
If you hold a valid USPS nonprofit permit, we can mail under your nonprofit rate if paperwork is completed. Contact mailing services for details.

Postcard mailing services cost includes a minimal setup fee, plus postage.

If you are custom trimming your postcard, check the Postcard Mailing Requirements for size and shape specifications.

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Marketing and Design Ideas

Standard postcard marketing works. Not only is this demonstrated by multiple studies, the rise of standard postcard printing shows that direct mail advertising continues to be effective in our real-time, digital world. Here are some of the best ways to utilize your postcard design in your next marketing campaign.

  • Entice them with irresistible offers. Customers can rarely resist a good sale or coupon sent directly to their doorstep. Mail loyal and potential consumers alike a personalized postcard that includes a special coupon or discount.
  • Personalize each delivery. Give loyal subscribers thank you postcards. Create designs that are tailored specifically to your target market based on their age, gender, income, etc. Target Marketing reports that a personalized postcard assures higher response rates than the generic ones.
  • Keep it visual. Postcards provide enough space for one or several images. New businesses can introduce themselves through powerful images showing the lifestyle they are selling or colorful infographics that can lead them right to their store location.

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