8 Tips for Printing Inkjet Greeting Cards
Create a Custom Paper Size in your Printer Properties
In order to use most pre-scored inkjet note cards, you'll need to define a custom paper size to your printer. Epson, Canon, and HP printers all have this feature. The trick is to always define paper sizes the same way. Set the width to the smaller dimension of your paper and the length or height will always be the longer dimension of your sheet. After that you only need to change the orientation button depending on how your greeting card is laid out.
Use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for best results
We recommend Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as your best option for greeting card layout and printing. The programs offer the most flexbility in terms of layout size, photo and text placement, as well as color management. Although Photoshop is an expensive program, the Elements version is quite affordable and offers all of the options you need.
Print the inside of your card first.
If you want to print text or graphics on the inside of your card, print that information first. This means the photo side will only pass through the printer once, which limits the possibility of scratching.
Decide if you want to print photos on the outside AND inside of your card before you buy your paper.
Not all inkjet printable card stock is designed for photo printing on both sides. Decide ahead of time on your design then make your paper purchase. If you want photos on both sides of the paper look for product that is called double-sided or C2S.
Make sure your envelopes match the size of your card.
Greeting cards are usually sized to match standard envelope sizes.
Bonus Tip - Square cards require extra postage
The USPS adds a "nonmachinable surcharge" to square letters. At this time the charge is 22 cents on top of the first class rate.
Example - a 1oz. square card will cost $0.49 plus the $0.22 surcharge for a $0.71 total.