How to Make a Front & Back Postcard in Microsoft Publisher

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Electronic media may have taken over hand-written letters, greeting cards and even postcards, but when you want to brighten someone's real-life mailbox, you'll need a hard-copy postcard. Instead of settling for something store-bought, make your own postcard, including front and back design, using Microsoft Publisher. The desktop publishing program is the Microsoft Office Suite 2010 Professional's way for you to say "Wish you were here" in style.

  • Open Publisher. Click the "Postcards" button under the "Most Popular" section of the "Available Templates" pane.

  • Scroll through the postcard templates. All postcards may be customized with text and graphics, so double-click one with the most appealing design. Depending upon computer speed, it may be a few moments before Publisher opens the postcard in the workspace.

  • Click into the placeholder area on the card for the person's address. Publisher has fake text here -- highlight and type over the information with the recipient's information.

  • Click into the message box area on the card. Depending upon the Publisher postcard template selected, Publisher may have placeholder text or a blank area. Highlight and type over any information, providing a personal note or other details.

  • Scroll to the page with the front of the postcard, where the main picture or image goes. Change Publisher's design for the front by clicking the "Page Design" tab at the top of the work area and clicking one of the options in the "Schemes" section of the ribbon/toolbar.

  • Add your own vacation picture, family photo or other image to the front of the postcard by clicking the "Insert" tab. Click the "Picture" button below the tab. Go to the picture to use for the postcard and double-click to add it to the front of the card.

  • Resize the picture as necessary by pressing and holding the Shift key, clicking a corner of the picture and dragging it to the middle to shrink the image. Enlarging a photo is not recommended as it can pixilate the image.

  • Resize the postcard itself to fit the desired postcard paper by clicking the "Page Design" tab and clicking the "Size" button below the tab. Choose one of Publisher's recommended sizes or click "Page Setup" to design a custom size.

  • Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Type a name for the postcard, choose a place to save the file on the computer and click the "Save" button.

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