Making EAN–13 Barcodes
What is EAN–13 Barcode?
European Article Number (EAN 13) barcode format is used in global trade to identify a specific product.
Thirteen–digit EAN–13 codes are assigned worldwide to identify items at the point–of–sale. Two– and five–digit codes can be added to the code to identify published works.
The EAN number system details a product’s country of origin. It can also be used for coupons, refund receipts, periodical identification and other uses. Barcodes are unique and can be assigned by manufacturers. The length of manufacturing and product codes may vary. The check digit is used to ensure that the barcode has been read correctly.
EAN–13 Barcode Format
The 13 digit code normally breaks down as follows:
- The first two numbers is a country code;
- The following five numbers, which are the manufacturing code;
- Five more numbers which serve as the product code; and
- A single check digit at the end of the sequence.
The first 7 digits — the country code combined with the manufacturing code — make a company prefix.
The bars in EAN and UPC codes often appear similar and follow similar patterns. The only difference is where the readable digits are located.
Making EAN–13 Barcodes
To make EAN–13 barcode, start Barcode Generator and select or create the EAN–13 barcode symbology entry there:
Double–click the barcode to open the editor. You should see the barcode preview and its parameters on the right:
You can change both Data and Addon fields to enter the information you need. The software automatically adjusts the preview to match your data. Here I used a short two–digit addon and placed a dummy data number:
Notice that the addon becomes shorter and the preview doesn’t really match the input data, as the last digit in preview is “6” instead of “1” in the data. The reason is displayed under the data as an error message.
The software checks the input for errors and automatically adjusts the preview the best possible way and also notifies you about the problem. You can either fix it manually, or click the Fix errors button to let the Barcode generator do the job for you. Let’s do that:
Done! The problem is fixed and the preview completely matches the input data.
You can adjust more parameters of the barcode on the second page on the right:
Here I made the addon text to take all the available space and added the light margin indicator on the right to match the quiet zone requirements. You can change other parameters like addon distance, font sizes, colors etc.
More Barcode Tutorials
- Installation — how to install Barcode generator;
- License Activation — how to activate Barcode software with a license key.
- User Interface — Barcode user interface explained in details;
- Barcode Management — adding, renaming, cloning and deleting barcodes;
- Importing Barcodes — importing barcode images;
- Custom Texts — adding custom text elements to barcodes;
- Marks Panel — configuring border, margins and canvas of barcodes;
- Bar Width Reduction — adjusting barcodes to compensate for ink spread;
- Quiet Zone — making sure the barcodes can be scanned well.
- Making EAN–13 Barcodes — standard point–of–sale barcodes;
- EAN–13 Calculator — how to compute EAN–13 check digits.
- Making UPC–A Barcodes — learn to make UPC–A barcodes;
- Making UPC–E Barcodes — how to create UPC–E barcodes;
- UPC–A Calculator — compute check digits of UPC–A barcodes.
- NDC Barcodes — learn about NDC barcodes and how to make them;
- NDC Barcode Check Digit Calculator — how to compute NDC check digits.
- ISBN Barcode Generator — how to make ISBN barcodes;
- Transparent Barcodes — making barcodes with transparent background;
- PNG Barcodes — exporting barcodes to PNG format;
- Vector Barcodes — exporting barcodes to vector formats.
- Batch Processing — how to batch–convert text data to barcodes;
- Command Line Processing — command line barcode generation.