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Mailing Tips

File Preperation Tips

Questions & Answers

  1. Can I use US Printing product templates?
  2. Do I need to use a product template?
  3. How do I ensure my artwork is mailing-ready?
  4. What is an indicia?
  5. What size should the indicia be?
  6. Can I use my non-profit indicia?
  7. Why do I need so much empty space on the back of my postcard?

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Can I use US Printing product templates?
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Yes. US Printing has developed over 25 product templates to make it easier for designers to create print-ready and mailing-ready files in six different design software programs.

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Do I need to use a product template?
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No. If you are designer, you should use whatever resources help you quickly create a winning design. However, if you don't use one of our product templates, we encourage you to take a little extra time to ensure that your files are print-ready and mailing-ready before submission to US Printing.

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How do I ensure my artwork is mailing-ready?
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US Printing requires at least 3.5" of clear white space on the right side of your printed piece to ensure that you will not be charged more than our standard prices for mailing services.

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What is an indicia?
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Indicia is a preprinted marking located in the upper right hand corner of each piece that will be mailed via first class mail or standard mail (formerly known as "Bulk" or "Third Class"). Indicia shows payment of postage by the sender, and US Printing indicia must be used if US Printing is handling your mailing job.

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What size should the indicia be?
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For most pieces, the indicia will be approximately the size of a standard postage stamp and should be located in the upper right hand corner of the piece.

The indicia shows payment of postage by the sender, and US Printing indicia must be used if US Printing is handling your mailing job.

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Can I use my non-profit indicia?
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US Printing allows non-profits to use their own indicia only when they reside in cities near Oakland, California. Examples include San Francisco, Orinda, San Leandro, Berkeley, and El Cerrito. Please note that there is an additional $50 fee charged for the extra mail drop.

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Why do I need so much empty space on the back of my postcard?
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has strict guidelines for mailing services. The only text allowed in the address space is the indicia (or mailing stamp) and the recipient's address. In addition, US Printing can not guarantee our standard mailing service prices if you don't adhere to our file preparation guidelines.

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