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Send Canva Postcards to a Geographic Area with RealMailers

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Canva makes it easy to create professional postcard designs. While Canva does offer a print option and ships postcards to your door in a parcel, you would still be responsbile for acquiring addresses, labels, postage and handoff to the USPS.

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Fortunately, RealMailers can eliminate the need to:

  • Wait for your prints to be delivered,
  • Procure and pay for an address list,
  • Buy address label stickers,
  • Position addresses to print correctly on sticker sheets,
  • Print and stick labels on each card,
  • Buy stamps and stick them on each postcard,
  • Drop the finalized mailpieces to a USPS mailbox.

Pairing Canva’s design tools with RealMailers geo-targeting and fulfillment puts a powerful suite of tools at your fingertips.

Not only will it reduce the time spent on each campaign from multiple hours (if not days) to minutes, it will also save you money!

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Canva Document Setup and Export Settings

Follow the instructions below for optimal print results when exporting your artwork files from Canva.

1. Click “Create a Design” and choose “Custom size”.
Depending on which final postcard size you’re going with, use the following canvas dimensions:

Poscard Size Artwork (Inch) Canva (Pixel)
(H x W) Width Height Width Height
4x6 6.25 4.25 1,875 1,275
6x9 9.25 6.25 2,775 1,875
6x11 11.25 6.25 3,375 1,875

Please note that in this approach we are including the bleed area in our artwork size for added clarity and to minimize unexpected results at export.

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2. To ensure your critical content does not extend into the bleed area (which is trimmed off during the production process) we recommend adding guides to the document. For this, go to:

File > View Settings > Add guides > Custom

Enter “2” for both “Columns” and “Rows” and “0” for both Margin values. Enter the following gap values, depending on your postcard size:

Poscard Size Column Gap Row Gap
4x6 1,800 1,200
6x9 2,700 1,800
6x11 3,300 1,800

Click “Add guides” to confirm.

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3. You will also want to make note of the ink-free area on the back side of your postcard, reserved for addresses and postage indicia. We recommend creating a simple rectangle for a visual reminder on the back design of your postcard.

From the left sidebar choose “Elements” and click on the square shape. Then select the shape in your preview and click “Position” to adjust the size and location of the rectangle. Enter the following values for Width, Height, X, and Y under “Advanced”, depending on your postcard size:

Poscard Size Width Height X Y
4x6 986 713 807 487
6x9 1,201 713 1,492 1,087
6x11 1,201 713 2,092 1,087
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4. Once you are ready to export your designs for RealMailers, please use the following export settings. Go to:

Share > Download

Leave the file type as “PNG” and click “Download”.

Now you have a zip file containing 2 separate PNG files (front and back) ready to be uploaded to RealMailers to target and send your campaign.

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PRO TIP: Make sure you check the Print Proof in the Preview & Checkout step in RealMailers to review the final trim and address box.

Use this 6x9 template we created to give it a quick test and perhaps create your first Canva + RealMailers campaign!

6x9 Template Link

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