Pros / Paperless Post has high quality paper and a wide variety of templates to choose from.

Cons / There are no custom design services to create a photo card from scratch.

 Verdict / Paperless Post is a good photo card service; the website that is easy to navigate and has plenty of options so you can find and create the card you want.

Paperless Post is a photo card service with above average card and design quality, a good holiday template selection and some nice convenience features that make searching the website easy. Unfortunately, there are no custom design services, so if you have a specific design in mind and want to create your own card from scratch, you’ll have to find a different service.

The website is easy to navigate, with many filters to help you narrow your search and quickly find the card design you want. You can search several categories all at once (like Christmas photo cards, holiday photo cards and Christmas party invitations), or search one category at a time. Many of the template designs on the website seemed a little dated, but there are enough templates to accommodate most people’s tastes.

There are no custom design tools, however, which would allow you to create a new design from scratch or seriously alter existing templates. So, if you have a specific design in mind you may need a different card maker service. You can choose from three types of paper, stationary cardstock, and matte or glossy photo paper. The cardstock options are pricier than the photo paper, but they are higher quality. The photo paper, on the other hand, provides a more affordable way to buy cards in bulk.

Paperless Post lets you order one card at a time, which can be a nice way of confirming whether the design you selected is the one you really want before ordering in bulk. Paperless Post also ships individual test cards free of tax or shipping costs. While other services charge shipping for individual cards, Paperless Post charges more than average per card. We ordered two cards on cardstock as part of our photo card testing. It took five business days for the cards to arrive, which was about average.

The testers were generally impressed with the quality of the cards, which got high scores for paper quality. While the photo quality wasn’t bad overall, some complained that it was a little grainy. One tester criticized the layout and look of a card that grouped the collage of photos on one side, while a rather dated Christmas message occupied the other half. Another template would probably have worked better with our photos, which does emphasize the fact that picking the right template design is an important factor with this service.

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  • Card Quality
  • Design Quality
  • Holiday Selection
  • Cards for $30
  1. Score for appearance and quality of cards and envelopes.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 8  Paperless Post
    87.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 96.0 %
  5. 3  Minted
    86.0 %
  6. Category Average
    89.4 %


Paperless Post is a solid photo card service with plenty of template design options for all kinds of holidays and events. While some of the templates seem dated, there are enough options that it’s not a big problem and the website is modern, attractive and easy to navigate. You can order cards one at a time so you can see if you like a design well enough to order it in bulk. You can order cards on high quality cardstock or more affordable photo card paper.

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Specifications and Benchmarks


Delivery Speed
Cards for $30
Minimum Order Quantity
Photo Quantity Filter
Photo Orientation Filter
Size Filter
Price Range Filter
Multi-layout Preview

Quality & Services

Card Quality
Design Quality
Paper Options
Print Quality Warning
Address List
Foil Finishes
Border Variety
Large Quantity Discount
Custom Design Service
Multiple Envelope Colors
Lined Envelopes
Postage Stamps
Mailing Service
Pre-order Envelopes
Keyword Search
Paper Proofs

Template Selection

Holiday Selection
Valentines Day
Chinese New Year
Christmas/Winter Holiday
Pet Holiday
New Year

Help & Support

Telephone & Email
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