Free Online QR Code Generator for Print Media Designs
There are many free QR Code generators online, offered by a variety of 2D barcode software vendors, but few offer functionality that enables a graphic designer to generate a QR code and make it readily available to be used on Photoshop or other graphic editing programs. This is important when designing or incorporating QR codes for print collateral or other small business marketing material
Multi-use QR Code Generator Website
Kerem Erkan’s online generator form does and it offers a whole slew of options.
With this handy online tool, you can generate a QR Code for all the following functions:
- You can browse to a website.
- You can bookmark a website.
- You can make a phone call.
- You can send a short message.
- You can send an e-mail.
- You can create a vCard (v2.1 or v3.0) with coordinates to add a contact to your device.
- You can create a meCard to add a contact to your device.
- You can create a vCalendar event to add to your calendar.
- You can create Google Maps URLs.
- You can create Bing Maps URLs.
- You can create raw geological coordinates.
- You can create iTunes app and review URLs for iOS devices.
- You can create
market://URLs for searching for publishers or packages on Market app for Android.
- You can create Foursquare venue URLs.
- You can create special
youtube://URLs for YouTube app on iOS.
- You can fetch and encode the latest tweet of a Twitter user.
- You can overlay a Twitter profile image over the code.
- You can create a mobile URL to tweet on Twitter.
- You can initiate a chat to a particular Blackberry PIN on Blackberry Messenger.
- You can connect to a WIFI network on Android devices.
- You can read plain or free formatted text on your device.
Kerem Erkan’s QR Code Interface
Here is what the form looks like, I have circled the initial code action field and the print output action field. In addition, if you want to create the QR code with a transparent background, his online form will do that as well when you select the box next to the word “Transparent” in the background color field.
And the form’s interface will change depending on the type of QR Code you want to generate. For my purposes, I wanted to see what size the QR code is generated in and the file output options it provided, those choices are .png, .pdf, .tiff, .svg and .eps.
He also includes in his instructions a notable point for graphic designers and others who want to print their QR Codes and that is “when codes are generated, they are created in RGB …and if they are used in printing, they should be converted to grayscale or CMYK so that, when printed, only the black plate is used. This ensures the highest edge resolution, particularly in smaller sizes.”
Furthermore, few online resources make the QR code generated available for commercial use; however, Kerem’s does. His website has much more insight and tips, social media contacts, for you to review and make a decision for yourself if this QR code generator is a good resource for you.
If you are a small business considering a QR code marketing campaign, I would consider the following best practices tips:
- Make sure you have a mobile optimized landing page.
- Assure that you exchange some type of value for the consumer or costumer scanning your code ( mobile coupon, discount offer, free ebook, etc.)
- Track your ad campaign with a QR code campaign tracking software.
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Posted on August 14, 2011, in Graphic Design Resources, Package Design, Print Media and tagged Adobe Photoshop, graphic design, graphic design tools, print collateral, print media, QR Codes, small business marketing. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.