Over the past few years, QR codes have become a new method of advertising. But what are they?
QR stands for "Quick Response".
QR codes are the square-shaped black and white boxes you see on posters, newspapers, billboards, or brochures. These small boxes contain encrypted data, which can hold links to websites, coupons, and the details of an event or other information. They can also hold downloadable links to videos or games.
Using your smartphone, you can scan a QR code, and your phone will open a new window displaying the content which the QR code was holding inside.
Making a QR Code
- Before you print a fully functional QR code, you need to make a QR code yourself. Some websites will generate QR codes for you. For example www.qr-code-generator.com
- After the QR code has been generated, download it. Usually, the QR code will be downloaded to your computer as a JPEG image.
- Open the image from your computer and make sure it is being displayed on your monitor.
- Take your smartphone and scan the QR code to ensure that your new QR code is working properly.
- Once you are sure the QR code works, you can print it off using the usual method for printing.
Note: You can also print a QR code from your phone. Just search "QR generator" on Google Play Store, and you will find many applications that will make QR codes for you. Make the QR code using an application and save it on your phone. The QR code will be saved as a JPEG on your gallery. After that, you can use Google Cloud Print to print your JPEG if you have a wireless printer nearby you.
Best Practices for Printing a QR Code
- When it comes to printing QR codes, you have to be careful about a few things. Firstly, it is better to use a laser printer for printing your QR code. Laser printers produce a much clearer print that will also be water-resistant.
- Inkjet printers will produce a printout that can smudge when in slight contact with water. If smudged, your QR code can be spoiled in an instant.
- It would also be desirable to select heavier paper for printing as they will produce a clearer printout.