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InDesign How-To: Make a QR Code (Video Tutorial)

InDesign How-To: Make a QR Code (Video Tutorial)


Hi, I’m David Blatner from InDesignSecrets.com and today we’re going to look at how to make a QR code in Adobe InDesign. Now, QR codes are a kind of barcode that
people can scan with the camera in their cell phone. And if they have the right
software on the phone, then the code will take them to a website or transfer a
contact card or call a number or something like that. And it’s super easy
to make a QR code right within InDesign. Now I’m starting with nothing selected
on my page. In fact I can press Command-Shift-A or Control-Shift-A on Windows to
make sure that nothing is selected. And that’s a good idea because if you have
something selected then InDesign is going to put your QR code inside of it.
Even if that means deleting text or some other image. So be sure you have nothing
selected. Now, I’m going to head up to the Object menu and I’m going to choose
Generate QR Code. You can see over here in this pop-up menu that there are all
kinds of QR codes that you can generate. For example, just send some plain text or
send a text message or even make a business card. Now in this case, I’m going
to choose Web Hyperlink. That makes a QR code that will send a person to a web
address. Now, here in this field I’ll type in the URL. I’ll type “h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash” then “indesignsecrets.com.” Then I’ll click OK and you can see that it
loads up my place cursor with that QR code. Now, I’ll just drag this out and let
go of the mouse button and you can see the code goes into that new frame. Now
these codes are vectors, which means I can make it any size I want and I don’t
have to worry about resolution. By default, the color is black but you can
change that to any other color swatch you have in your document. To do that, I’m
going to edit this by going back to the Object menu and then choosing Edit QR
Code. See how “generate” changed to “edit?” Now if I wanted to change the URL, I
could change that in here. But in this case I’m simply going to go to the Color
tab, change to a different color, and then click OK. There you go. You can see that it updates. Now of course this is just a graphic, so
I can resize it to any size I want. Like here, I’m going to come up to the Control
panel and I’m going to turn on Auto Fit. Now I’m going to resize this frame and
because Auto Fit is turned on, it’ll automatically change the size of the
image as well. And I can place it exactly where I want it on my page. Now the only
issue here is that you don’t want to make it so small that the phone camera
can’t read it correctly. And the only way to know that is to test it out.
Often you can even just point your camera at your screen to try it. Or you
might have to print it out and try scanning the paper. Unfortunately, QR codes like this are the only kind of barcodes that
InDesign can make by itself. If you need other kinds of barcodes, then you
probably need some other software. For example, I helped design a plug-in that
does lots and lots of different barcodes. And you can find that at teacupsoftware.com. It’s called BarcodeMaker. But if you
need just a basic QR code, then now you know how to do it right inside Adobe InDesign. Okay, that’s it for this episode of InDesign Secrets. I hope you found this tip helpful. Be sure to check out InDesignSecrets.com for thousands of InDesign articles and tutorials or subscribe to our monthly publication, “InDesign Magazine.” Thanks for learning with us!

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