Adding an image to a QR Code

05 Jan 2011
by John Foley
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We have received quite a few questions on how to add an image or logo to a QR Code. So, I thought I would take the time and create a step-by-step process on how I add an image to a QR Code.

I will start off by letting you know that even if you follow the steps below, the most important  thing to do when adding an image to a QR Code is to TEST, TEST, TEST! You have to test the QR Code with the image in the middle multiple times (perhaps with different phones and readers) to make sure that your QR Code still works even with the image in it.

Step 1: (Plug alert!) Create your QR Code in QReate & Track. Download your QR Code and save it to your desk top.


Step 2: Open up your QR Code image in an image editing program such as Photoshop.


Step 3: Now that your QR Code is in Photoshop, you need to get your image/logo and place that image on a new layer.


Step 4: Drag your image/logo on top of your QR Code like the image below.

Note: Your image/logo will need a little white space around it. I took my logo into Illustrator and traced the logo and then turned it white. I placed that white version of my logo in Photoshop and then placed my logo on top of that. That way my logo had a nice amount of white, clean space around. (this makes it easier to scan).


Step 5: Resizing your image/logo in the QR Code. Only a certain percentage of a QR Code can be covered. This is where the testing part comes into play. You just have to keep resizing your image until the QR Code works when you scan it.

(My QR Code worked when my image was this size.)

So that is how you place an image/logo onto a QR Code.

Below are a few important tips to stay away from when adding an image/logo to a QR Code:

You can NOT cover the 3 large square corners. The highlighted boxes in the image below are area’s to stay away from when adding an image/logo to a QR Code. These boxes can not be covered at anytime, if they are covered the QR Code will not scan.

If you did want to put an image in one of the corners of a QR Code, rotate your QR Code so that the corner that does not have a black square is where you place your image. That way none of the squares are covered. But again, TEST, TEST, TEST. Testing the QR Code is the only way that you can be sure that it still works even with an image being a part of it.

Hope these tips were helpful.  Now go dress up your QR Codes with a color or your company’s logo!

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