How to Design Your Photo Postcard

One of the best known types of postcards is the photo postcard. This is usually used by artists and professional photographers to print their appealing and artistic images. Whether or not you have design or photography experience, you can create your own photo postcard and share your captured moments by following these helpful steps and tips:


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    Determine the purpose for making your postcard. This will help you to decide what photos and text to include on the front side of the card and what design, photos and text to use for the back side.
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    Select your desired photo(s). Choose which image(s) to use for your photo postcard. If you need advice, you might ask your family or close friend when selecting the picture(s). You can also get expert advice from photographers.
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    Select a printing partner. Choose a reliable printer to increase the quality of your card. You may find a printer by entering postcard into your favorite search engine. You may also want to read customer reviews.
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    Establish an account with your printing partner and sign on to your new account.
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    Select a postcard template. Your printing partner will, most likely, offer you a number of postcard templates to chose from. They will probably also offer you the option of uploading your own design or designing online from scratch.
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    Alternatively, you might:
    1. Download a postcard template. It is possible to download an appropriate file setup template from an online printing company. They provide good postcard printing and templates that might support your project.
    2. Use an editing software. You can design your postcard by using editing software that you are familiar with. This may give you more freedom to experiment with different effects and colors to achieve the desired result on your image than the templates offered by the printing companies. If you do not have a tool for designing, you can always check online for free ones.
    3. Warning: If you use a downloadable template from a printing company be sure to use that company for your printing or else check the user and copyright agreements from both the printing company who provided the template and the one doing the printing to be 100% sure it is OK to do that.
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    Upload, crop and position your photos.
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    Enter text as desired.
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    Design the back side of the postcard.
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    Get someone else to proofread.
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    Enjoy your cards.


  • For added appeal and durability, have your project printed on glossy cardstock. Good printing companies would provide you with elegant and long-lasting paper types like the 14 pt. cardstock.
  • Look for sample photo postcards that can help you design your own set. You can find a lot online or check out your local stores.
  • Match the colors in the template with the image(s). If you want to create a more visually appealing look with your postcard, you should use the colors that will match the photo that you are using. For example, if you the image is about a party scene, you can use bright and playful colors like yellow or orange to surround the scene.
  • If you plan to send out a lot of postcards, consider bulk printing to get savings; each unit of postcard may be more affordable in bulk compared to a postcard in short runs, depending upon promotions currently being offered. Of course, the trade-off is if you discover an improvement after printing hundreds or thousands of cards, there is a lot of waste. It would also be good to search for printing stores that are offering promos.


  • Avoid printing your own postcard if you are not using the right set of printer cartridges. This can degrade the quality of your material especially the photo that you are using and can also be very expensive.
  • Do not settle for cheap and low-quality printing since this can sacrifice the outcome of your postcard project.

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