The steps to make a QR code are so easy, you will be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. Ready to learn how to create a QR code?
Decide How You Plan to Use a QR Code
Before getting started, select how you plan to use it. Start with the end in mind. What are your goals and needs? What information do you want to share?
A scan might lead the user to landing pages or prompt users to take some other action. Here are some use case examples:
- Create a QR code to send people to a website address. People may not physically type in a website URL, but will quickly scan QR codes.
- Create a QR code that leads users to Google Maps directions to your office.
- Dial a phone number immediately upon scanning the QR code.
Find a QR Code Generator
The second step to create QR codes is to find a QR code generator.
QR code generator apps are easy to use. You enter some information into the appropriate field, press a button, and you get one of the odd looking QR codes instantly in the form of an image. You then paste or insert the image in flyers, a business card, or a sign.
Free QR code generators are a good place to start if your needs are simple and you just want to create one QR code. You are free to use other tools, but QRCode Monkey offers several code options for free.
Enter Information and Customize the QR Code
The next step is to enter data and customize your QR code.
If using QRCode Monkey, you will select the type of code you want to produce by making the appropriate choice along the top (e.g., URL, Text, Email, etc.)
Test your QR code to make sure it is working and sends users to the right destination. Usually you can scan the preview with a QR code scanner to test it.
Testing is especially important for static code, because you cannot edit it after it’s created.
Download Your QR Code
Download the QR code you’ve created to your computer. The best generator platforms allow you to save QR images in different file formats. And the format you choose should take into consideration where you are going to use the QR code. Print, for example, requires higher quality formats.
ONLINE: If you are going to use QR codes on a webpage, then a tif, gif, jpeg, jpg, bmp or png format will work. One advantage of a png format is that it preserves all the color information as well as opacity and transparency with high resolution.
PRINT: If you plan to put the code in a print campaign, you need print quality that will be crisp and clear when printed. This can be a svg, eps, or pdf vector graphic. They can be proportionally resized without losing quality. And this is important to keep the integrity of your QR code. A high resolution png file also works for print.
Whether digital or print, the QR code must be clear and not blurry. This is because QR code readers can perform differently depending on the operating system and camera of the mobile device. Android and iOS operating systems all have different reading capabilities.
After downloading, you’re ready to share your QR code on promotional materials/flyers, on your website, or in other locations.