Postcards can be printed 1 or 2-sided and are often mailed. They come in a wide variety of sizes and on a broad range of heavier substrates. Different coating choices and optional rounded corners add to your unique design.

ART:
Customer must supply appropriately sized print ready art for any images and logos they wish to use on the product. Editing of customer supplied artwork will be at an additional cost.

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Marketing Tips

Postcards are one of the most popular marketing tools. Whether mailed or left on display, the broad range of size choices caters to many marketing messages. From 4.25″ x 5.5″ to 8.5″ x 11″, Postcards are available in various sizes to fit your budget, convey your message, and command attention. When mailed, they help your message reach a target audience. Postcards are also one of the most popular marketing items displayed in a retail environment and make great marketing takeaways with product or upcoming event information.

Postcards can also be a great product for people to buy as souvenirs or to mail.

A wide variety of coating and square or rounded corner options add to your unique design and help your postcard grab attention.

Our standard sizes, listed below, are the most popular in the industry. Any sizes in blue are EDDM eligible.

1.5″ x 7″ 2″ x 6″
2″ x 8″ 2.75″ x 2.5″
2.5″ x 8.5″ 3″ x 5″
3.5″ x 8.5″ 3.66″ x 8.5″
4″ x 3″ 4″ x 4″
4″ x 8.5″ 4″ x 9″
4.25″ x 2.75″ 4.25″ x 3.66″
4.25″ x 4.75″ 4.25″ x 11″
4.25″ x 12″ 5″ x 7″
5″ x 8″ 5.5″ x 8.5″
5.5″ x 2.125″ 6″ x 4.25″
6″ x 8.5″ 6″ x 9″
6″ x 11″ 6.5″ x 9″
6.5″ x 11″ 7″ x 8.5″
8.5″ x 7.5″ 8.5″ x 11″
8.5″ x 14″ 9″ x 12″
11″ x 17″

14pt Uncoated Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from thick index cards, though the finish is much higher quality.

This is a very versatile stock. The uncoated finish is good when you don’t want a slick and shiny look, while the firm 14 Pt. stock folds precisely.


14pt Gloss Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from presentation folders.

This thick and stiff stock is coated on both sides with a glossy finish.


16pt C1S Gloss Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from heavy bookmarks or other products printed on a semi-rigid card stock.

This is our thickest stock and comes with a gloss coating on one side. Because of its thickness, it is not ideal for folding unless scored first.

Note:C1S stock tends to dry slower than C2S. If you are placing a rush job, we recommend ordering C2S stock.


16pt C2S Gloss Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from heavy bookmarks or other products printed on a semi-rigid card stock.

This is our thickest stock and comes with a gloss coating on both sides. Because of its thickness, it is not ideal for folding unless scored first.


100# Linen Cover Stock

You may be familiar with this type of stock from business cards or notecards with a subtle, woven, fabric-like finish.

This sturdy paper offers a unique non-glossy look enhanced with a subtle, woven linen finish.

4/4

Full color on both sides of the sheet. This option can reproduce the range of colors you see in a typical photograph out of the standard 4 printing colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

4/1

Full color (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black as above) on the front and black on the back.

4/0

Full color (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black as above) on the front and no printing on the back.

AQ 1 or 2 Sides

AQ is short for Aqueous Coating. This is a semi-gloss, environmentally friendly, water-based coating applied over the entire front and back of the printed piece. It provides additional gloss and protection, and it can be written on with a ballpoint pen.



Satin AQ

AQ is short for Aqueous Coating. This is a matte finish, environmentally friendly, water-based coating applied over the entire printed piece. It reduces the gloss of the printing and it can be written on with a ballpoint pen.



UV 1 or 2 Sides

UV is short for Ultra Violet Light-Cured Coating. This is a high-gloss coating applied over the entire printed piece. It is not recommended for products you need to write on after being printed.



Spot UV

UV is short for Ultra Violet Light-Cured Coating. This is a high-gloss coating applied to specific spots of your choosing. Any areas not coated Spot UV will be coated Satin AQ.

This product can be coated with a variety of Spot UV combinations:

Spot UV 2 Sides
High-gloss coating applied to specific spots of your choosing on both the front and back of the printed piece for emphasis or as a design element. Do not put spot UV anywhere that you will need to write.

Spot UV front only, Overall UV Back
High-gloss coating applied to specific spots of your choosing on the front of the printed piece and over the entire back. Do not choose UV anywhere that you will need to write.

Spot UV front only, Satin AQ back
High-gloss coating applied to specific spots of your choosing on the front of the printed piece. Do not choose UV anywhere that you will need to write.

Satin AQ is a matte finish, environmentally friendly, water-based coating applied over the entire back of the printed piece. It reduces the gloss of the printing and it can be written on with a ballpoint pen.

Rounded corners use extra finishing to convert regular square corners into rounded corners. Rounded corners represent 1/4 of a circle. We offer them in 4 sizes. Sizes are described by the radius of the full circle.

 

  • 1/8″ on all 4 corners
  • 1/4″ on all 4 corners
  • 3/8″ on all 4 corners
  • 1/2″ on all 4 corners

 

If you prefer rounded corners on only 1, 2, or 3 corners, please submit a custom estimate.

File Preparation

In order to ensure your files are print-ready, we recommend that you upload them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.

We also accept .JPG (JPEG), .EPS and .TIF (TIFF) file types, however PDF is the preferred format.

Check your file to make sure it meets our file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.

  1. Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.
  2. Use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for image files.
  3. Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don’t place crop marks inside the work area.)
  4. Artwork should have 1/8″ (0.125″) bleed extending past the trim line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  5. Safe Area is the 1/8″ (0.125″) area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  6. If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8″ (0.125″) inside the trim line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.