[en] Design stylized barcodes and 2D codes

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[en] Problem

[en] Stylized barcodes are barcodes with patterns cut out from the bars. Using patterns on your barcode surfaces degrades the readability of symbols. Make a note of the size of the overlaying pattern you put over your barcodes.

[en] The patterns have a lesser impact on 2D barcode readability because 2D barcodes have increased data redundancy. For example, you can "damage" up to 30% of the 2D code surface and still get a good reading.

[en] Solution

[en] NiceLabel has no direct support for stylized barcodes, but you can use a workaround.


[en] To create such a stylized barcode, do the following:

  • [en] Use a transparent image (vector, GIF, PNG) of the pattern that you want to cut out from your barcode. Use a third-party graphics program.

  • [en] Use white color for the pattern that cuts out your barcode.

  • [en] Use transparency (no fill color) for patterns that do not cut through your barcode.

  • [en] In Designer, place the image over your barcode object. If necessary, use the option To Front.

  • [en] Make sure your barcodes print as graphics, not as printer internal objects (see barcode Properties > General > Always print as graphics.

  • [en] Enable the option Combine non-printer elements into one graphic when sent to printer in Label Properties > Printing.