This week we’re offering another free postcard template to download. Like our previous templates, this template includes all of the important dimensions to keep in mind when designing a postcard with bleeds as well as the special considerations to be taken when designing a card for mailing through the USPS.

This template is for 8.5″ x 5.5″ postcards, sometimes referred to as “jumbo” or “half-letter” postcards. One important thing to consider when designing a postcard for mailing is the postage rate involved. The postcard mailing rate (the cheapest first-class rate) is only applicable for cards smaller than 6″ x 4.25″. Therefore, the template found below must mail at the higher “letter” postage rate. However, the letter rate does allow more options for sorting, such as sending standard rather than first-class, which can bring the cost down considerably. If you have any questions about an upcoming mailing project, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help you determine which size/mailing method will work best for your particular project.

The template is available as a PDF and a JPG file. It can be dropped into your chosen layout program as a background image to use as a guide when designing the address side of your card. The template can also be used for the non-addressed side, but only the red (bleed size) and green (text safe zone) lines and black dotted line (finished size) are important for that. The template should be hidden/removed before the file is sent to CEC for printing.

8.5 x 5.5 Postcard PDF JPG
Right-click the type of file you want, select save as.

Keep an eye on our blog for more templates in the near future. If you’d like us to check your files for an upcoming printing/mailing order, please contact one of our client service representatives.

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