How to Print a QR Code on a Business Card

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A QR, or Quick Response, code is a two-dimensional matrix bar code that can be read by dedicated QR scanners or by smartphones with scanning applications. The codes are most commonly used to encode text, email addresses, phone numbers and online links. There are websites that allow you to quickly and easily create QR codes and save high resolution images of the code for easy distribution.

Create a QR Code

  • Decide what information will be encoded. It could be a website address, phone number, email address, SMS text message or plain text. This is the information the user will receive when she scans the code on your business card. SMS text messages are limited to 160 characters, plain text to 250.

  • Generate your image at one of the free websites listed in the resources.

  • Save a copy of the image. You will need it when printing your business cards.

Test The Generated QR Code

  • Download a QR code reader application if using a smartphone. There are free or inexpensive apps available for every platform.

  • Scan the code.

  • Check that data received from the scan are what you used to create the code.

Print Business Cards with QR Code

  • Design business cards with room for the QR code image. If the cards are being professionally designed, provide a copy of the saved QR code image and tell the designer to include it on the card.

  • Insert the QR code image at the end of the design process.

  • Print a test card with the QR code included.

  • Scan the code to ensure that it is clear and can be scanned by apps or hardware. If not, print the code larger and try again.

  • Print the full order of business cards after the successful scan of the QR code on the test card.

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