Vector Barcodes

Vector formats are good for printing and if the barcode you make is going to be printed, consider using a vector file for exporting it. Most printers also prefer CMYK colors, sometimes even spot colors. Contact your printer for more detailed requirements.

Supported Vector Formats and Colors

Barcode Generator supports three most popular vector formats: PDF, EPS and SVG. The first two use CMYK colors, the last one uses RGB colors.

It is important to configure the barcode colors properly for the format you are exporting to. Although Barcode Generator software supports both CMYK and RGB colors, it stores just one of them at any given time: the one you edited last. So if you edited the barcode and changed its color to black using RGB sliders — the color will be saved as RGB, if you used CMYK sliders — it will be saved as CMYK. When it comes to export, each format expects the colors in its preferred color space and Barcode will convert them if they don’t match. Such conversion may alter colors, so make sure you use CMYK for PDF and EPS, and RGB for SVG output.

Spot colors are supported for PDF and EPS formats, so if you know the color names to use — go with that to make sure you get the proper colors at the end.

Saving Barcode to Vector Format

The simplest way to save a barcode to PDF, EPS or SVG is to click the Save icon in the toolbar and select a vector image format in the popup window:

Saving barcode to SVG format

Here we selected SVG output format from the drop–down list to export barcode to SVG. You can also select PDF or EPS there.

Other Exporting Methods

Barcode Generator offers two more ways of exporting files: by dragging them into the other applications or by copying and pasting them. The first is pretty obvious: you simply click and hold the mouse button over the barcode, then start dragging it into the destination application, then drop it there. The second method is also simple: you press Control/Command–C in the barcode editor or use Edit → Copy menu item, then switch into the target application and paste the barcode there.

Not all the applications support this, so try it first and if it works — it might save you time, otherwise you can always use simple barcode exporting described above.

It is important to configure the output formats used for drag and drop and copy options. To do so open the Barcode Generator settings window:

Configuring vector barcode exporting options

Here we set the dragged barcodes to use PDF formats and the copied ones to use SVG. The “Also copy as TIFF” option sometimes helps if the application cannot handle vector images properly.

Temporary Files

Due to the different handling of dragged and pasted barcodes in different applications, Barcode generator does not copy the data directly into the other application when you drop or paste the barcode. Instead it makes a temporary file with the barcode and send the other application a link to that file. This way it works much more predictable for most of the apps, but not all of them embed the image into their documents.

For instance if you drag the barcode into Adobe Illustrator it will be pasted as a linked art. That’s fine until you decide to edit the Illustrator project on another computer or until you clean up your system. Barcode stores temporary files in your user profile folder and there is a good chance they will live a long life there, but anyway we highly recommend embedding the files once they are dragged, pasted or somehow else imported into third–party applications.

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