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Published on May 3rd, 2012 | by PrintPlace

FAQ: Can I Print Postage onto Envelopes and Postcards?

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Absolutely! You can use your own postage printing equipment to add the postage to your printed postcards and envelopes, or you can give us your mailing list and we’ll take care of everything. The choice is yours.

If you want to print your own postage on postcards it’s important that you choose the right paper and coating options so you don’t damage your equipment. We typically apply an aqueous coating to glossy prints. It offers protection and enhances the color of the graphics. However, the coating makes it difficult or impossible for printers and mailing machines to work with the paper. It could damage your equipment if the wrong kind of paper is fed through the machine. Contact your manufacturer to determine the paper that will work. If you need help figuring out which paper will work, contact our customer service team at 877-405-3949 or online.

If you’re going to use a postage machine, you should not coat that side of the postcard. When you’re ordering your postcards, choose a paper type that is either uncoated (like the 14pt uncoated) or has a glossy finish on only one side (like 14pt cover, gloss 1 side). We automatically set the back side to be the uncoated side, so when you create your artwork, leave the space for the address and postage on the back side. If you’re using stamps, then the aqueous coating is just fine.

If you don’t want to address and post your order yourself, we can take care of it for you. We offer full service mailing for post cards, envelopes and even flyers, brochures and catalogs. All you have to do is upload your mailing list to us along with your print order. We’ll address each piece separately and send it to the US Postal Service for you. You can pay us for both the print order and the postage, so you only have to deal with us.


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