Some useful facts about our personalised custom post card printing...

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Can I trust Centreprint to print my personalised postcards?

Yes. We are a family business that has been trading as Centreprint since 1978. The MD is Andrew Porter. His mum, dad and his wife all work in the business and together with a loyal and efficient workforce, they all enjoy giving the very best service and seeing the business grow through recommendation. You can trust us to print your postcards.

Postcard design guarantee - our promise to you

We always send a printed postcard proof before printing (unless you have requested a PDF proof emailed to you). If you are not happy with the proof, we promise to re-proof until you are satisfied.

Multiple post card versions

The prices on this site assume that all the post cards are printed the same. If you wish to split the order into multiple designs i.e. 250 off each of two designs (500 cards)or 250 off each of four designs (100 cards) we only charge an extra 10 plus VAT for each extra design within the order. For example, 500 postcards using two designs (250 off each) would only cost an extra 10 plus VAT. The option is available at the checkout.

What is the standard post card size?

Modern postcards are printed to a standard postcard size which is A6 (105mm x 148mm approx). We also produce a jumbo postcard in A5 size which is 148mm x 210mm

Do you produce photo postcards?

Our digital printing process is ideal for producing photo post cards. Attractive post cards feature a photo of animals, birds, flowers and local views. Photo postcards of interesting local features such as castles, streets and hotels also sell well.

Can I supply finished postcard artwork?

Of course you can. Just create the postcard artwork 2mm larger all the way around to allow for 'bleed'. This bleed area should also contain your image, but is trimmed off after printing, so make sure that nothing critical is near the edge. Each postcard size has an artwork template link below the price grid, which illustrates the size and how to create the layout etc. Our helpful studio team are also very happy to advise if you wish.

A6 postcard template | A5 postcard template

RGB or CMYK - does it matter?

All monitors, scanners and camera work in RGB. All printing machines work in CMYK - does it matter? The simple answer is, not really. We will convert RGB files to CMYK before printing. Some colours will change slightly. This is inevitable, whoever prints the file.

Do you charge for postcard layout and artwork?

Layout and proofing is free, once you have placed an order. It's easy! You just upload your image(s) during the order process, tell us the wording you require and leave the rest to us. We will post a printed proof(s) to you within a couple of days or send a PDF proof by email if you are in a hurry.

How long does it take to produce custom printed postcards?

We work Monday to Friday. Once your custom printed postcard order is received, our studio will create the proof(s) and either post them to you by Royal Mail First Class post or email them to you, whichever you have chosen when ordering. This is usually within one to two working days and may even be same day if you order early enough in the day. We will proof and re-proof until you are happy. Once you pass the proof, we will commence production and will despatch the finished cards to you within 3-5 working days - often faster. There is no extra charge for mainland delivery.

Cancellations

We are very proud of our integrity and in the event of cancellation, we promise to only ever charge you for the work that we have done up to the point of cancellation. Once you have placed an order, our studio will create a proof and post it or email it to you.

If you cancel at this point, we will only charge 10 plus VAT per design ordered. This covers our work in processing your order, creating the artwork, printing the proof and posting or emailing to you. If you cancel after you have passed the proof(s) and before we have started to print, the same charge applies. It is not possible to cancel the order once we have printed the cards.

What is the postcard surface like

We use the same 330gsm crisp white high quality board for all our cards. However, we offer two finishes. The satin finish cards are printed on a matt surface board and the image area has an attractive satin sheen to it, especially with heavy ink coverage. Our gloss finish cards are printed exactly the same way, then have a thin film of very glossy clear plastic laminated to the outside after printing. This means that the outside front is glossy, while the reverse is still uncoated and easy to write on. If you are unsure which surface you would prefer, please request some printed postcard samples.

Our board and envelopes

The board and envelopes that we use for all our work is of the highest quality. No natural forests are destroyed in the making of either. Only farmed timber is used. The board and envelopes are made from 100% elemental chlorine free wood pulps, sourced from fully sustainable, carefully managed and renewed commercial forests, where at least two trees are planted for every one felled. The board and papers are fully recycleable and are manufactured to precise and controlled standards BS EN ISO 9001 - 2000 and the environmental standard BS EN ISO 14001. The board and papers we use contain fibre from mixed sources and wood pulps, including a proportion of recycled fibres.

Colour matching

All forms of printing unavoidably use the CMYK system. This applies to litho, digital, ink-jet or even your budget desktop printer. CMYK has a very narrow range of available colours especially when compared to you television, digital camera or computer monitor. WE will happily accept RGB files but but the final colours may be different to those shown on your monitor.This is unavoidable and is why we send you a hard-copy printed proof. If colour is critical to you we will try to match as closely as possible but for this we need a hard copy print to match to. For obvious reasons it is not possible to match an on-screen image as monitor colours vary wildly. For this reason, whoever prints your image, colours can never be as bright as they appear on screen.

Our postcard design archive guarantee

Our FREE archive service is available to all postcard publishers, however small. After your initial order(s) we guarantee to archive each item for at least 10 years with our on-site archive AND in our off-site safe and secure storage system. There is no charge for this service and you will be able to re-order at any time. In reality, this means that postcard publishers can trust us to hold 'virtual stock' for them. There is no minimum order quantity for each design. You just pay the standard rate for the quantity that you are ordering. For example, Assuming that we hold, say, ten of your designs in the archive. Some will sell better than others, naturally. So you order say 200 cards at the standard price. You can request 40 off one design, 30 off another, thirty off another and 100 off yet another. You only pay the standard 200 card rate yet receive exactly what you need. This will help you grow your business economically.

Selling your post cards for a profit

Postcards are eternally popular and profit margins can be excellent. Attractive postcards cards sell well, especially local interest cards and may incorporate your drawings, paintings, photographs or artwork. If you are offering photo postcards that have a local theme, they should sell well in local pubs, post offices, fuel stations, general stores, tourist attractions and garden centres. Consider offering to keep them stocked with your photo postcards on a sale or return basis and pop in regularly to keep the stock levels correct. If you are a club, school, church or charity, make sure that you tell all friends, members, teachers and pupils that you are selling postcards.

Why not ask for some postcard samples?

If you are not sure of the size or finish that you require or if you want to see what our quality is like, please request a sample pack here