Tools & Tips
Resources for cost-effective direct marketing campaigns. Click the image to open the item, then right click and select “Save As” to download the item and save to your computer.
Avoid the headaches. Use these templates in designing your mail piece. These mailer panel templates show the proper layout positioning for the elements required by the Post Office.
For a faster, easier time with the print / mail / post office workflow, download what you need by clicking the JPG or PDF links.
Mail Panel Templates for Postcards
|3 1/2 x 5||JPG|
|4 x 6||JPG|
|4 1/4 x 6||JPG|
|5 x 7||JPG|
|5 1/2 x 8 1/2||JPG|
|6 x 9||JPG|
|6 x 11||JPG|
Mail Panel Templates for Self-Mailers
|8 1/2 x 11 Folded to Thirds||JPG|
|8 1/2 x 11 Folded in Half||JPG|
|11 x 17 French Fold||JPG|
Buy one from the Post Office or use ours.
An indicia (in- DEES-see-uh) is the info in the box at the corner of mail piece that takes the place of a stamp. It contains the postage rate, the permit holders account number and where it is mailed from.
Using an indicia can save you a bundle.
We work with the post office and determine the amount of postage needed for your mailing. We then get that postage money from you, put it in our postal account and the Post Office takes that postage amount from our account. Your check needs to be made out to “Postmaster”. (not us!)
Complex yes, but better than licking stamps, and cheaper.
For mailings that we handle for you there are three imprints we supply that you can drop into your artwork. Click the images below to download a pdf and then insert it into your art.
Contact us if you have any questions on which to use.
Here are some general guidelines for mail specs.
For complete info visit www.usps.com
Once a piece of mail exceeds the maximum length, height, or thickness of one dimension, it automatically gets classified as the next larger shape.
Minimum size for Postcards and Letters
5″ long x 3-1/2″ high
Maximum size for Postcards
6″ long x 4-1/4″ high
Maximum size for folded Self Mailer is 6″ high x 10 1/2″ long.
Maximum thickness for Letters
Maximum thickness for ‘Large Envelopes’
‘Large Envelopes’ are defined as exceeding one of the letter size maximum dimensions.
Unusual Shapes and Sizes
Sometimes a piece of mail requires additional postage because it is a certain shape or size that is difficult to process on mail sorting machines. To make sure you’re paying the correct postage, visit usps.com.
These are examples of mail that could require additional postage:
· – Square envelopes
· – Envelopes on which the address is written parallel to the shorter edge.