How to make a postcard

Adobe Spark makes it easy to make your own postcards. No design skills are needed.

Adobe Spark turns any image into a postcard.

Adobe Spark Post takes care of all the complexity, leaving you with the simple fun of making step-by-step customization choices. Using our online postcard maker, you can combine any image with text and special graphic elements. Or choose a postcard template to make into a polished final product.

How to make your own postcards.

Start with inspiration.

We hook you up with thousands of professionally designed templates, so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or color to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips. Once you find a graphic to start from, just tap or click to open the document in the editor.

Remix it to make it your own.

There are lots of ways to personalize your postcard templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your photos or browse from thousands of free images right in Adobe Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want to make the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts, so you’re always #onbrand.

Amp up the flair.

It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with Adobe Spark’s exclusive design assets. Add animated stickers from GIPHY or apply a text animation for short-form graphic videos in one tap. We’ve taken care of all the boring technical stuff so you can focus on your message and style. You can also add collaborators to your project, so you can have more hands-on-deck bringing your design to life.

Re-size to make your content go further.

Gone are the days of having to memorize image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any printed need or social network by using Adobe Spark’s handy, auto-magical re-size feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit re-size, and select the platform you want to adapt it for, and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom. Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time.

Download, share, or print.

You can use a professional print shop or your own home device to produce your free printable postcards. Make as many as you want from your Adobe Spark image file.

Design a postcard with creativity on your side.

Send a unique and personally-designed postcard to those who matter most using your photographs and imagery. Creating custom postcards has never been more convenient with the editable postcard templates from Adobe Spark. Simply select the layout that corresponds to your idea and let your creativity begin to flow.

Customize your postcards with Adobe Spark.

Make changes at will as you create a postcard. You can change your text block’s color and shape, experiment with zooming and cropping your images, add different filters, and move everything around to where you want it. There are no limits. Your information is always safely saved so you can undo any changes you don’t like. Adobe Spark’s simple free postcard maker sets your creativity free.

Spark features

Beautiful typography

Choose from a variety of free professionally designed fonts for every occasion.

Iconic imagery

Select from thousands of photos on the web or pick from your personal collections on Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Lightroom, Dropbox or Google Photos.

Professional themes

Explore our wide variety of best-in-class layouts, colors, and fonts. Easily tweak them with the text, photos, and icons that best fit your needs.

A great way to say something special is to send a touching postcard. People love receiving personal messages. With Crello you may not have design skills to make it good.

How to make a postcard

Make your Own Beautiful Postcard

In Crello you can make stunning postcards effortlessly. It creates a great impression to send a personal message or use it for your business advertising. It is time to show off your creativity.

How to make a postcard

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Send your friend a vacation postcard or use it in business promotion for your customers. There are so many occasions to present someone with a gorgeous greeting! You will enjoy the creative process, since Crello designers have already created a huge collection of elements, and they are at your disposal.

  • Templates
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  • Edit
  • Resize
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Beautiful Layouts

You really don’t have to be a designer. Our team created over 25,000 stunning templates to use so you can breeze through the creative process.

How to make a postcard

Use Animation

You can easily turn your digital postcard design into a video. Just add animated objects and backgrounds or choose video clips from Crello’s library.

How to make a postcard

Personalize

Crello’s drag-n-drop feature makes it easy for you to customize any template. You can upload your own photos, illustrations, and fonts or choose from a huge collection of graphic elements.

How to make a postcard

Edit Your Design

The highly editable nature of every element on Crello templates makes it super easy. You can change colors, add new backgrounds, or resize objects.

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Making in a Click

Love your awesome design but want it in another size? With our generator it’s easy. Resize it to the other preset dimension or add custom sizes.

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Collection of Design Objects

Crello gives you access to over 7,600 objects—stickers, illustrations, frames, icons, masks, and more. Use these beautiful elements.

Postcard and flats (larger than 4×6, but still only one sheet) are the most common mailing we work with, and what can seem to be a pretty simple thing to design, can be more complicated than you’d expect.

The Post Office used machinery to scan and sort mail. Here’s a link if you’d like to see a better idea of this process:

It’s ideal for postcards to be laid out in a way that works in harmony with mailing technology. Planning your design in a way that makes it easier for the Post Office machinery and regulations will help your mailing get to its destination without an issue. Here are a 5 quick tips to help you design your postcard or flat effectively.

1. Leave Space for the Barcode

During the mailing process, the Post Office prints a barcode 5/8ths of an inch from the bottom of each piece. It’s best to keep this area blank; if they can’t print directly on the area, they’ll instead put a sticker over the bottom with a readable barcode. Any information or imagery will get covered up in that case, so avoid putting anything important in that area.

2. Watch Your Ink Coverage

Postal regulations ask for less than 10% ink coverage on the side of the postcard that’s getting the address. While it’s likely that a postcard will mail even with slightly more ink coverage, keeping the background white is the easiest way to make sure there won’t be any issues.

3. Keep Your Fonts Legible

When designing a mailing, keep in mind that the clearer the font is, the faster and more likely it is to get to your recipient. Addresses are scanned via an OCR (Optical Character Reader) machine at the post office that processes more than 55,000 per hour, that information is used to sort postcards and letters for their destination.

Simple, common fonts are usually best, especially if they don’t have a serif (the tails and embellishments on certain letters). We suggest Arial, since most computers have it, and it’s easy to read. Also, choosing to use Arial (or your other selected font) for other content on your flat item will give your piece a more consistent and cohesive look. However, you can certainly style your address panel, just try to avoid very scripted fonts such as: Script MT Bold, Lucida Calligraphy, or Palace Script MT.

4. Make Room for Your Addresses

Postcard and flat sizes vary between 3.5×5 and 8.5×11, which means the amount of space you can work with will be different with every size card. The Post Office requires 3 inches from the right hand size of card and the address should be printed on the top half of the card. Depending on the size of your card, this could leave some room below the address for other information or any graphic that you’d like to include.

Good:

Bad:

As long as you keep the top half of the card free for the address, you can use the bottom half of the card for information. Here is an example of how you can use the space under addresses:

5. Make Sure The Top Right Corner is Clear

If the mailing is greater than 500 units, the Post Office will offer bulk mail discounts. This allows a company to print a permit number, called an indicia, in the corner in lieu of a stamp. If you choose to do mailing services, this might be a better option. Keep the top right corner clear of any printing, and it will ensure that the indicia will be readable for the Post Office’s OCR machines.

If your mailing is going out with live stamps, it’s still a good idea to leave that area clear. Sometimes toner or ink may lay thick on top of the paper, making it harder for the stamps to adhere. We look at stamps as live money, as should you, so don’t lose them!

Knowing a little more about the process can help you design and lay out your postcard with its use in mind. These tips will save you the headache of having to have your postcard redesigned or rejected by the Post Office. You can also save the time altogether, by checking out our resources page here (that should be a link) or have our in-house design team work with you on a print-ready design. Send us an email, [email protected], we’re here to help.

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The key to creating postcards is picking the right template. If you are going to print your postcards on a specific manufacturer’s card stock, such as Avery 3263 with dimensions of 5.5 x 4.25 inches, then it’s a good idea to find that Avery template or a template with those exact dimensions.

To find and use specific manufacturer’s template

Start Publisher and click Built-In.

In the publicationtypes list, scroll down and select Postcards.

Scroll to the bottom of the postcard templates to find the specific manufacturer you will be using, and then find the specific card stock.
How to make a postcard

Find the specific card stock and select it.
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The template description, on the right hand side, will tell you how the template will print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
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In the Customize section you can change the color and font schemes, and business information.
How to make a postcard

Click Create and then add any pictures and text you want.

If you are making 2-sided postcards, put things for the front of the postcard on one side of the template, and put things for the back of the postcard on the other side of the template. Then, print them double-sided.

If you are making single-sided postcards, simply print them out.

Use other templates

If you want to use a template other than a manufacturer’s you need to be sure that the postcards will fit on your paper stock. A 5.5 x 8.5 inch template fits two postcards on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper, and a 4.25 x 5 inch template fits four postcards on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.

Start Publisher and type postcard in the Search online templates box, or click Built-In and scroll to select Postcards.

Select the template that best meets your needs.
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If you chose one of the built-in templates, you can change the color and font schemes, and business information. If you are printing two-sided, you can also customize what you want to put on side two of the postcard.
How to make a postcard

Click Create and then add any images and text you want.

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How to make a postcard

Since the time of their first use in the late 1800s, postcards have been an economical and creative way to send a greeting. Postcards can be made out of just about any thick paper as long as they conform to the United States Postal Services requirements for mail. In order to send a postcard using the inexpensive postcard rate within the United States, the card must be at least 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide, 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) tall and 0.007 inches (.018 cm) thick, but no larger than 0.016 inches (.041 cm) thick, 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) high and 6 inches (15.2 cm) wide.

If a postcard falls outside of these specifications they can still be sent but may require a first class letter stamp in place of a postcard stamp. Postcards sent internationally are subject to the regulations of the country to which they are being sent. These postcards, whether for personal or professional use, can be made using simple, readily available materials.

How to make postcards with items in the home:

Create a template to use as a guide when making postcards. A simple template can be made from an 8.5 by 11 inch (21.59 by 27.94 cm) sheet of paper cut into even fourths will produce four postcard templates that will be 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) wide and 4.25 inches (10.8 cm) tall.

Use the template to make postcards from poster board or card stock paper, both of which are available at craft or office supply stores.

Recycle greeting cards by cutting the front cover of the card off. Greeting cards are often the proper size, thickness and shape for making postcards. Do not use portions of the card that contain writing or any cards that have embellishments that may get caught in postal sorting equipment.

How to make postcards using a computer:

Purchase card stock that is within the specifications the printer being used can accommodate. Check the printer information booklet or contact the manufacture for these specifications.

Using the computer’s word processing program design a postcard that fits the desired dimensions. Many word processing programs include a variety of templates that will make postcards. Free postcard templates can also be downloaded from the Internet by searching for “free postcard templates.”

Print the postcard design onto card stock. Follow the printer instructions for printing on both sides of the card stock.

Cut the postcards using a straight edge and a craft razor to give the end product a finished, professional look.

These basics provide a starting point for making low-cost, creative postcards at home. Original, artistic or personal details added to any postcard made at home will make a homemade postcard stand out from the normal bills and junk mail.

Join the Community

How to make a postcard

Since the time of their first use in the late 1800s, postcards have been an economical and creative way to send a greeting. Postcards can be made out of just about any thick paper as long as they conform to the United States Postal Services requirements for mail. In order to send a postcard using the inexpensive postcard rate within the United States, the card must be at least 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide, 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) tall and 0.007 inches (.018 cm) thick, but no larger than 0.016 inches (.041 cm) thick, 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) high and 6 inches (15.2 cm) wide.

If a postcard falls outside of these specifications they can still be sent but may require a first class letter stamp in place of a postcard stamp. Postcards sent internationally are subject to the regulations of the country to which they are being sent. These postcards, whether for personal or professional use, can be made using simple, readily available materials.

How to make postcards with items in the home:

Create a template to use as a guide when making postcards. A simple template can be made from an 8.5 by 11 inch (21.59 by 27.94 cm) sheet of paper cut into even fourths will produce four postcard templates that will be 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) wide and 4.25 inches (10.8 cm) tall.

Use the template to make postcards from poster board or card stock paper, both of which are available at craft or office supply stores.

Recycle greeting cards by cutting the front cover of the card off. Greeting cards are often the proper size, thickness and shape for making postcards. Do not use portions of the card that contain writing or any cards that have embellishments that may get caught in postal sorting equipment.

How to make postcards using a computer:

Purchase card stock that is within the specifications the printer being used can accommodate. Check the printer information booklet or contact the manufacture for these specifications.

Using the computer’s word processing program design a postcard that fits the desired dimensions. Many word processing programs include a variety of templates that will make postcards. Free postcard templates can also be downloaded from the Internet by searching for “free postcard templates.”

Print the postcard design onto card stock. Follow the printer instructions for printing on both sides of the card stock.

Cut the postcards using a straight edge and a craft razor to give the end product a finished, professional look.

These basics provide a starting point for making low-cost, creative postcards at home. Original, artistic or personal details added to any postcard made at home will make a homemade postcard stand out from the normal bills and junk mail.

You can create your own customized, professional postcards at home.

  • There’s no need to buy expensive, premade postcards.
  • You need only your computer or mobile device and a printer.
  • You can use your existing word processing software or free apps and online software.

You can create your own customized, professional-looking postcards at home for a fraction of the cost of professional printing services by using aВ computer or mobile device and a printer. Make sure your printer can print on card stock, and begin by collecting some basic office supplies. Here’s how to get started.

What supplies do you need to print postcards at home?

The supplies you need to create your own postcards are easy to find and inexpensive. You will need scissors, card stock, a printer, software, clip art or photos, and pens or pencils. If you have trouble cutting a straight line with scissors or you want to speed up the process, you can add a reasonably priced paper cutter to your list of supplies.

If you’re feeling fancy, you can add other supplies to dress up your postcards. For example, colored envelopes, stickers and markers or an embossing stamp let you add extra personalization.

Create homemade postcards with a word processor

Though it’s easy to do this project at home, it might take a little while to get comfortable doing it if you aren’t well acquainted with your word processing software. These instructions will help you find the options you need so you don’t have to refer to your software’s Help function.

1. Create a document that is 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

This is the size of an average postcard. The size is important because the bigger the postcard is, the more it weighs. The weight determines whether you can use a postcard stamp or a regular stamp. If you want to use regular stamps, feel free to make your cards bigger.

To save card stock, you can print two postcards on an 8.5 x 11-inch piece of card stock by dividing the page into two separate sections and creating a card on each section.

2. Add clip art, photos and text.

Use your word processing software’s Insert option. Most postcards have one image that covers the entire surface of one side with a simple message at the bottom of the image. Try to fill the entire card space with some kind of image or message. You can do this by clicking and dragging the small squares at the corners of your image to enlarge it.

3. Print the postcard onto your card stock.

You may need to adjust the settings on your printer to accommodate card stock because it’s thicker than typical computer paper. Do this by opening your software’s printing options and selecting Properties and Paper Type. Choose the Card Stock option from the menu, and click OK.

4. Cut the printed card stock.

Cut the document to fit the envelope you’re using. If you’re not using an envelope, cut the card stock into a 6 x 4-inch rectangle using your scissors or paper cutter.

5. Use your postcard.

Use the blank side of the postcard to write a message and an address. Draw a line down the center of the card with a pen or a pencil, and put your message on the left side and the address on the right. This is standard postcard layout.

Other options for creating postcards at home

You don’t have to have a word processing program such as Microsoft Word to create postcards at home. Check out these alternatives, many of which are free, that let you create postcards on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Canva: Built-in functions for drag-and-drop design

Canva is free, easy-to-use, cloud-based design software. You can create social media posts, flyers, brochures and a wide range of other documents, including postcards .

Here are some of the benefits of Canva that your word processing program doesn’t include:

  • Numerous layouts. You can start with a professionally designed postcard and swap out elements, such as pictures and text. The result is a high-quality design without much effort.
  • Plenty of fun elements. Canva lets you add your own pictures, stock photos, clip art, shapes, text and fun backgrounds.
  • A wide array of options. You can make many small changes that add up to a big result. Those edits include changing the color of almost anything, making images and other elements transparent and selecting from a huge library of fonts.

Canva is free, and so are hundreds of design elements. But if you want access to even more options, you can pay for a Canva Pro subscription, which is $9.95 a month.

Once you design a postcard in Canva, you can download it for easy printing.

Adobe Spark: Quick postcards for home or business

Adobe offers an online program for making postcards with Adobe Spark . The basics are a bit simpler but less flexible than Canva’s, but Spark is a quick and easy way to turn your smartphone photos into printed postcards.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pick a size and orientation. You can choose landscape or portrait orientation – whichever best shows off your picture or message.
  2. Choose a theme that comes with ready-made graphics and a selection of colors and text to make your postcard look professional.
  3. Add your images and text.
  4. Download the postcard. You can share it via social media, email it or print it.

You can try Spark for free via the Spark Starter Plan, which lets you create and share content but doesn’t provide access to all of the features. If you want full access, you can get Spark as a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud or as a single app subscription. The full-version Spark plan costs $9.99 a month and is available in a desktop version or an iOS app.

What if you want to skip the printer?

Because of the availability of digital services and attention to eco-friendliness, many people don’t have a printer in their home. But even if you don’t have a printer, you can still make your own postcards at home, or from anywhere in the world.

Numerous apps let you use pictures from your phone, Facebook or Instagram to quickly create professional-looking postcards. Then, you can type a message to be printed on the back of the card, along with an address for one or more recipients. For just a dollar or two, you can then have the postcard printed and mailed to the recipient.

This is a great option if you want to send cards during personal or business travel and you don’t have access to a printer. You can even send the cards when you’re waiting at an airport.

Here are some apps that let you create and send printed postcards right from your phone:

  • Postagram (Android)
  • TouchNote (Android)
  • MyPostcard (Apple)

Whether you stick with traditional print postcards or go digital, these services let you make your own postcards. Share your trip, memory or promotional message by designing, printing and mailing your postcard today.

Introduction: DIY Photo Postcards on the Go

How to make a postcard

How to make a postcard

How to make a postcard

We love to travel, and somewhere along the line, during past journeys, we’ve always made it a point to stop and grab some postcards and stamps and whip out quick greetings to loved ones back home. After recently ordering some photos online, via a local drugstore website, I got to wondering about the feasibility of sending personal photos as postcards.

For better or worse, there are drug stores and big box stores almost everywhere these days, and it takes all of 5 minutes to upload and order photos, and often less than an hour for them to be ready. If you don’t have Internet access at a hotel or lodging, you can order right at the counter.

So we gave the DIY Postcard a shot – and have decided this is how we’ll do it from now on! What better greeting to send folks, than one featuring you or the family in the place where you’re traveling?!

Step 1: Be Standard or Be Special

Sure, you can send a standard “Wish you were here” postcard, but isn’t a “We are Here!” postcard more special?

A standard postcard will run you about 75 cents to a dollar or more at a local store, and it looks like all the other postcards for that area. As a matter of fact, you can buy almost any postcard you see at a gift shop online at any number of postcard websites.

But your own travel photo? No one’s got that but you!

Step 2: DIY Photo Postcards Meet USPS Regulations

First of all, rest assured that sending a photograph through the mail is perfectly fine with the post office! According to the USPS , to qualify for mailing at the First-Class Mail postcard price (currently 35 cents) , it must be:

  • Rectangular
  • At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
  • No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick

By golly, that’s a standard 4×6 inch photo!