How to Use A Barcode
We will send you:
a. A unique EAN-13 barcode number (or UPC-12 barcode if requested);
b. Barcode images (in 5 different formats: jpeg, tiff, bmp, vector eps, & pdf); and
c. A guarantee certificate.
d. Instructions – how to use a barcode
As soon as you receive your barcode you can start using it straight away (there is no need to register it anywhere). All you need to do is:
1. Put the barcode image onto the design for your packaging or label
We send the barcode images in 5 different formats (jpeg, tiff, bmp, vector eps, & pdf), so you can choose which format you want to use. Choose your preferred format, and insert the barcode image into the design for your label or packaging. Alternatively, you can order sticky barcode labels for your number from our company.
2. Re-size the barcode image (as required)
If you or your designer/printer want to re-size your barcode image to make it fit your label or packaging, that is fine.
We usually send the barcode images in standard size (38mm x 25mm), and they can safely be reduced to 80% of this (ie. about 30mm x 20mm). We do not recommend reducing the width of the barcode to less than 30mm (because if a barcode is smaller than this some scanning machines will not be able to read it).
You can also change the background colour of your barcode if you want to(when using the eps format image). Make sure that there is still a high degree of contrast between the black bars and the background colour (a pale background colour should be fine). You may want to print a test version of your barcode first, and scan it with a handheld barcode scanner to see if it is being read easily by the scanning machines. Please read our Barcode Colour Guide PDF
3. Print the packaging or label:
After you are happy with the size and layout of your barcode, you can get your product & packaging/label manufactured and printed.
4. Finally, give the barcode number & product to your retailers:
When your retailers receive your barcode and product, they will scan the barcode number into their system, and then enter the product information (name, description, price, re-ordering info). After that, when they scan your barcode the product information will appear on the retailer’s checkout screen.
Note – you can register your barcode at any stage throughout this process.
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Any more questions on how to use a barcode – please contact us.