How to Use Your Barcode

EAN barcode image (retail barcode)

If you purchased a retail (EAN) barcode from us, you will receive an email containing:
a. Your unique 13-digit EAN barcode number;
b. Your barcode images (in 5 different formats – jpeg, eps, pdf, tiff & bmp); and
c. A guarantee certificate.
d. Barcode Registration.

After you receive your barcode, you can begin using it immediately – just follow the steps below.

1. Insert the barcode image into the design your product packaging or label

Choose the image format you prefer (jpeg, eps, pdf, tiff or bmp), and insert the barcode image into the design for your product packaging or label, before printing. Resize the barcode image (if necessary). The smallest officially recommended barcode size (for EAN barcodes) is approximately 20mm x 30mm. If you want to change the colour of your barcode please see our Barcode Colour Guide PDF.

If you are interested in getting creative when incorporating the barcode image into your packaging/label, please see some barcode art examples for ideas. If you edit your barcode please make sure that the bars themselves are not interfered with, and that there is a bit of blank space (2mm-3mm) to the left and right sides of the barcode image. You can add creative designs above or below the barcode image.

2. Print your product packaging or label

Get your product packaging or labels printed.

3. Give your product to your retailers

When you give your product to your retailers, they will enter the barcode number & product details into their inventory system. After that, when your barcode is scanned, your product details will appear on their screen.


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