How To: Make A Postcard
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Have you ever wanted to make your own postcard? Well, that’s what this tutorial is for!

Whether you are creating an advertisement for your business or just want to create your own greeting, here are a few things to keep in mind.

It’s a good idea to sketch out the content you want to include on your postcard. Decide what images you want to use or the message you need to convey.

You will also need to choose the size. The standard postcard size is 4 1/4″ x 6″.

Tip: To meet the United States Post Office lower postcard rate, your postcard should be at least 3 1/2″ high x 5″ long x 0.007 ” thick and no more than 4 1/4″ high x 6″ long x 0.016″ thick.

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For mailing purposes, you must set appropriate borders to account for the address, postage and bar codes.

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Choose a high-resolution image (300 DPI) for the best quality.

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Many popular postcards have a great photo with a fun title that shows where the postcard is coming from.

Tip: Make sure the text is clear and easy to read and use a contrasting color that will stand out against the image.

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Either type your message or leave the space blank for a handwritten card. Be sure to only write or type in the space you have laid out that will not interfere with the postal markings.

The address should be very clear. Don’t use hard-to-read fonts.

Tip: If you are typing, don’t type too close to the border. Adding an eighth of an inch gap is a good practice.

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Now that you have the basics down, you can get creative. The most important tips to keep in mind are sizing and content. Check your measurements so your postcard prints correctly and makes it to the recipient on time!

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  1. I love to make postcards, it had really become a fun hobby.