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Create Your Own QR Code

March 9, 2011

A super easy way to look savvy and unique — create your own QR code.

I’ve been plugging QR codes into brochures and postcards a lot lately, and recently found out that you can create your own! I kept receiving the jpeg with no knowledge of what vendor was providing the links and images, how they were created, and how much the files and coding cost. Turns out — completely free! Knowing close to nothing about QR codes, I found this astonishing.

  1. Google, and find a QR code generator. I’m using this one: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
  2. Type in the URL you wish to use. Often with Ads and brochures, it is a simple redirect to track the traffic. IE, instead of sewallis.wordpress.com, it would be sewallis.wordpress.com/code12
  3. When you pick the size, always pick the largest. It gives you the most versatility when you go to use the actual graphic file.
  4. Click Generate.
  5. Copy the link! And Save the image (drag, right click, whatever works for your platform)
  6. Don’t forget to check the redirect on the piece in the stages before it is printed, to make sure the redirect web site is active. Checking codes and web sites is always a good habit.

And if you’re reading this and don’t know what a QR Code is (from wiki):

A QR Code is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

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