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QR codes - customizing

Community Beginner ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Is it possible to customize QR codes in Indesign CC2019 or will it be in future versions? We currently pay for our QRs to be made. The only benefit to the subscription is that we can customize and put the our logo in the center.  Please advise.
Thank you,

Jill

 

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Engaged ,
Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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Yes, it is possible to customize QR codes IF you created them in InDesign.
Just select the QR code and the same menu item (Objects - Generate QR Code) you used for creating becomes "Edit QR Code" (or just Right-Click the QR Code -> Edit QR Code)

Placing a logo on top you have to do manually nevertheless.


Off topic: paying for QR codes?! There are ton's of good free QR code generator websites out there.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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But Jens,

wouldn't placing a logo on top of the code obscure some of the code so the code itself is rendered useless?

As I understood our OP, Jill is able to construct codes where the center of the square is just the company logo.

 

Hm…

Or are parts of the code are rendered in a different color and this shapes the company logo?

To Jill: Could you post a screenshot of a QR code with the company logo?

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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Engaged ,
Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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@Laubender 

wouldn't placing a logo on top of the code obscure some of the code so the code itself is rendered useless?

True, if you obscure too much of the code. That's a little bit of trial and error how big you can make your logo. Always test it with different QR code readers/smartphones.


I must admit, I never tried it with InDesign created QR codes, so I don't know what redundancy / error leveling InDesign uses. The higher the error level the more the code is readable if some elements are not readable/missing.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Placed logo in Illustrator after creating QR code in Indesign. - worked!

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Community Expert ,
Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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Other than the data type, there is no customization of a QR code.

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Jeffrey Smith - Are you saying that I should not manually place a logo on a QR code? 

 

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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Today, customer provided a QR code with logo over top of code, obscuring the code. To my surprise, it scanned.

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Community Beginner ,
May 05, 2022 May 05, 2022

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The QR codes created by InDesign have an error correction level L. With this, up to 15% of the code can be obscured or damaged. However, the boxes in the corners must be visible, because they are used to determine the orientation of the code.


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Thomas Gschwend

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Community Expert ,
May 05, 2022 May 05, 2022

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As already noted, ID does not support customization of the actual QR pattern.

 

Services that can produce a QR code with both defined data and a "picture" formed from the code bits are at the intersection of two or three actual disciplines, like writing+editing+InDesign document layout. It's not going to be integrated into ID (or, other than very simple such manipulation, into any commercial tool).

 


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Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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If by customize you mean the look of the code, you can do that by copying the code and pasting the vector paths into Illustrator, where you can do whatever you like. Make sure you test the code though after your modifications.

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