Are you looking for some way to generate QR codes for your webpage in a simplified way? If so, then this guide will be of great help to you. In this article, we will learn how to create QR codes in Illustrator, without going to the internet and using online tools for them. You will also learn how to use Adobe InDesign to generate QR codes and add them to illustrator.
QR codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read by most scanning devices, including smartphones and cameras. These quick response codes are often associated with the Web, but they can also be used for other purposes, including the delivery of data.
QR codes can be used to deliver information in several ways, such as displaying a URL in the form of a QR code. This code can then be scanned by a smartphone or other device and opened in the browser or app on your device.
This article will show you how to create QR codes using Adobe Illustrator CC. Here’s what you’ll learn:
- – How to install the required resources to generate QR codes within Adobe Illustrator.
- – How to generate QR codes inside Adobe After Effect.
- – How to create custom data fields that can be embedded into an image using Adobe InDesign.
Can you make a QR code in Illustrator?
Adobe Illustrator is a design program that many graphic designers use to create vector shapes and graphics. However, it can’t do everything.
Unfortunately, Adobe has not created a QR code creator specifically for Illustrator, so you will have to use other methods to create QR codes. However, you can still use Illustrator to create QR codes and add them to designs.
You can use a QR code scanner, like those that are available online, or another Adobe program to create a QR code.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of QR code generator extensions that you can install in Adobe Illustrator, which will make it easier to create QR codes. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install these extensions in two ways, and how to use Adobe InDesign to generate QR codes for you, which you can easily copy and paste between the two programs.
Use Extensions to create QR codes in Illustrator
You can use zxp extensions that allow you to generate QR codes inside Adobe Illustrator. You can find them here. let’s find out how to use them.
Method 1: Install QR Code extension using Adobe Creative Cloud App
QR Code Maker II is a free extension for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to create QR codes in-app. It’s compatible with both Mac and PC, and it works with any version of Illustrator (Illustrator CC 2017 or newer).
First, go to QR code Maker II in Adobe Exchange, then click the blue Free button to add the extension to your creative cloud apps. Alternatively, you can open your creative cloud app, then search for QR code Maker II, then you will find the app name in the search box, click GET, and follow the installation instructions.
Method 2: Install QR Code extension using zxp installer
Installing plugins or addons using Third Party installers is a bit easy, and everyone should be fine installing QR code maker for Illustrator if you’d follow the instructions below.
01. Download the QR code extension zxp file
Go to the same page to get QR code maker II, then click the Installation Help button from the side panel.
It will bring you to another page, where you can then click Download QR Code Maker II. This will allow you to download the extensions as a zxp file, which we will use in the next step.
02. Download ZXP installer or Anastasiy’s Extension Manager
03. Install the extension
After downloading and installing the zxp installer software, you can open it and drag and drop your previously downloaded QR code maker II zxp file into it. After clicking “install” you will wait a few seconds and then receive a confirmation that the installation was successful.
How to use a QR Code generator in Adobe Illustrator
If you installed the QR Code Maker II using either the Adobe Creative Cloud App or using ZXP file installers, then you should be able to open Adobe Illustrator and start creating your free QR codes. Just go to Window → Extensions → QR Code Maker II and drag the panel over to the other side panels you have arranged in Illustrator. Then have fun!
This is a video below that shows how to use this extension.
Create QR codes in Adobe InDesign
Since you’re going to be importing your generated QR codes into Illustrator, it doesn’t matter the size or type of file you open in InDesign. Since both software programs are based on vector graphics, your generated QR code quality will stay the same no matter how big or small you would resize it.
01. Start with Adobe InDesign
To create a QR code, you need to know where it will link to. A QR code is like a URL link, and if the link is broken, you can’t access it. The same is true for your designed QR code. It needs to link somewhere.
To make QR codes work best on your smartphone, try getting a mobile URL instead of a desktop URL. Most phones will automatically adapt when you click a desktop link, so it’s not a big deal if you don’t use a mobile URL. However, users will have a better experience with a mobile URL. So, after copying the link, under Type, choose Web Hyperlink and paste your URL into the box labeled URL.
02. Copy the QR Code to Illustrator
First, open Adobe Illustrator. It’s helpful to start with a blank document. If you plan to print your QR code design, you can open the file you already have. Otherwise, you can start fresh and create a new document.
To add the copied QR code from InDesign to your document, paste the code using the keyboard shortcut Cmd+V (Mac) or Ctrl+V (Windows), or simply right-click and then Paste.
03. The importance of grouping your copied QR code shapes.
The QR code generated in InDesign, which you just have pasted on Adobe Illustrator consists of a bunch of small vector shapes and squares, which are not grouped together! What you’d want to do is select all your QR code as a whole, or if you’re opening it in a blank document, use the keyboard shortcut CMD+A on (Mac) or Ctrl+A (Windows) to select everything together, then hit Cmd+G (Mac) or Ctrl+G (Windows) to group everything into one object.
By using a vector-shaped QR code, you can easily change its color. Just select the QR code group and click on the color swatch on the toolbar. If the QR code has a bright color against a plain or white background, it should work fine.
After you finish drawing your design and add your QR code to it, you can check to see if it works by scanning the QR code. You can do this while your design is still in Illustrator or you can print your final design and scan it.
QR codes are a great way to share information with lots of people. Most people have smartphones, and any of those people can easily read your QR code. So, Tell us in the comment section below if this tutorial helped you, and how would use your free generated QR codes now, while creating them in Adobe Illustrator.