Remember when I had Click2Mail send me a test postcard for ad campaign? I wrote about it here: Sending Postcards To Advertise Your Product Or Services.
Well it finally showed up yesterday. It took a LONG time…
…because of user error. My fault. I accidentally picked “standard mail” instead of “first class.” Instead of 4-5 days it took 9-15. (And I saved a whopping 11 cents!)
So that’s one mistake I noticed. The other is the graphics program I used to create the postcard.
Microsoft Paint just isn’t going to work! I saved the image I made in paint as a .jpg file, which looked fine until it showed up on a printed postcard. There’s too much noise surrounding the words… as a result of Paint not saving the .jpg at a high enough quality.
It’s possible that Paint might be able to work if I save it with another image format. But whatever…
Instead I’m going with Gimp. This is a free software program that acts a lot like Adobe Photoshop (a great program, but very expensive).
Gimp will be able to make a high quality screenshot and fix my postcard.
One more note. I took the advice to keep all of my content an inch up from the bottom in case the post office put a sticker on the bottom. The postcard did not get a sticker. In fact, I think the “sticker” was printed on the card.
However, I don’t want to risk it unless I need the extra space. So I’ll continue to heed that advice for a while.