How To Print Postcards On HP Printer?

Postcards are a terrific way to boost your business’s credibility and sales by providing your customers typical updates uniquely. They also make great invitation cards!

Fortunately, learning how to print postcards on HP printers is extremely easy. All you need is a printer, editing software such as Canva, or you can use Microsoft Word, and some thick cardstock paper.

To make sure your printer is compatible with cardstocks, check the printer’s manual stating the thickness of the paper it can handle. Compare it to your cardstock specifications to have an idea if your printer is equipped to handle it.

Usually, all printers among HP’s LaserJet and DeskJet series can be made to print postcards. Here is a simple breakdown of the settings you need to change in order to print postcards on an HP printer.

Step-by-step guide on how to print postcards on an HP printer

1- Alter the size on Word or Adobe Photoshop

Postcards come at a specific size, with a rectangular shape. The picture you want to print on it might be larger than the required size. If that’s the case, you need to minimize it to the size of the postcard you want.

  • Click on “Files” on the top right side of the page, and select “Page setup” from the drop-down that appears.
  • From the “Paper” tab, change the size to the size of the card you want and click on “OK”.
  • You will see the document adjusted to your desired dimension.


2- Adjust the paper tray

  • Go to your printer’s control panel and click on “Select”. A menu opens. Click on “Paper Handling”.
  • From the options displayed, select the “Tray” option.
  • A list of paper types appears, including options like cardstock, envelope, legal, and letter. Select cardstock or heavy paper.

3- Change the printer settings

Now that the tray is equipped to handle postcard paper, you need to change the printer settings. This includes choosing the types of paper and the size you want to print on.

  • Open the picture you want to print on the postcard on your device.
  • On the top-right corner, click on “File” and then select “Print”. From the dialogue box that appears, click on “Properties”.
  • You will see a “Paper quality” option. Depending upon the available choices, select cardstock or the weight of your paper.
  • Click on “OK” to save the settings.
  • You need to change the size in the printer settings as well. If the size you want is not available, adjust the “Custom” settings.
  • In the paper size option, select “Custom”. Change the height and width to your desired dimensions, and save them.
  • Now when you go back from “Properties” to the “Paper size”, the dimensions you fed will be visible in the list. Click on it and press “OK”.


You cannot just feed heavy paper and print postcards on regular printer settings. The printer needs to be notified before that you are about to feed it a special postcard paper. Hence, learning how to print postcards on HP printers requires some amendments in the settings.

Make sure you check your printer’s manual guide for paper compatibility and select the right size to ensure professional results.

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