Join William Everhart for an in-depth discussion in this video Incorporating a barcode, part of Illustrator: Package Design.
So now let's take a look at how we incorporate the bar code we just generated into our layout. So I'm just going to go up to the file menu and choose open. I'm going to navigate to my downloads folder here, and here is my little bar code in the EPS format. I'm going to just open that up. And then I'm going to select the bar code, and as you can see, it is truly a vector file. Now to incorporate this over into my layout, I simply copy it here. Then navigate back to my layout, and I'm going to place it on the label over here on the right where this black box is.
So let me zoom into that area. And this black box just represents the area for my bar code. Now, before I place this bar code in here, I could place it with all the other artwork, but it's, might get a little confusing for me. So I am going to create a separate layer just for my bar code. I'll go over here to my layers panel, and I'm going to create a new layer. And I'll just rename that layer bar code. I'm also going to check my layers panel menu, for the paste remembers layers. I want to make sure that is turned off.
And it is, so I'll dismiss that. And now, I'm going to paste my new bar code. Well, obviously, it's a little bit large and it's in the wrong orientation. I need to rotate it and scale it. So, I'm just going to use the Bounding Box options here to scale the bar code down, and then I am going to rotate it. I'm going to reposition it, and looks pretty good. I'm going to come off that die edge a little bit. I don't want to get too close to my cutting die edge, and then I can once again, resize just a little bit more to fit my area.
All right. Well, that's looking pretty good. But I do have all of the little bars hanging off here into my nutritional facts. So, I need to trim those down. First, I'm going to go over to the layers panel, and lock my art board layer. because that's where all the nutritional facts, and all the other artwork is. Next, I just want to grab the tips of these bars. So I'mma use the direct selection tool to do that. And just click and drag over the ends here. And then I'm free to drag those back, to match the height of the black box.
Perfect. And we'll switch back to the regular selection tool. I'm going to lock my bar code layer, and unlock my artwork layer now. Because now, I want to focus my attention on this black box, now. Obviously we don't need the black box, but if I remove it, I'm going to temporarily hide it here. You can see that our bar code is resting on top of some addition graphics, and that's not good. These graphics can interfere with the scanning of this bar code.
So what we need is what they call quiet zone. I'm going to return the black box, and I'm going to use it as electronic whiteout to mask out the graphics that are behind my bar code, and thus create the quiet zone that I need. Now I simply just change the color. Pure white in this case. And then I just once again use the bounding box to extend this quiet zone area, as far as I need. Give myself a little extra on this side, and perhaps a little extra on top here as well.
In fact, I think I'll go all the way to the nutritional facts. Now, I have a nice, clean area for my bar code to be scanned. So no matter where you generate your bar code from, incorporating it into your layout is pretty simple process. It's just a matter of copying and pasting the contents into your layout. If you're going to have background graphics around your bar code, be sure to remember to include a quiet zone. No ink, no artwork, in that area around that bar code.
- Choosing a package type
- Determining package size
- Examining design considerations
- Creating a mockup
- Laying out your package design
- Creating your own barcode
- Preparing artwork
- Creating a 3D structure
- Incorporating cutting die CAD
- Creating a print-ready PDF