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BARCODES: What Colour -  How Do I Get A Barcode ?

What colour should a barcode be ?
My advice would be that barcodes should be printed in black ink on a white background.
I repeat Barcodes should only be one colour, Black. The black should be made from K (black) only meaning K=100%
Do not use any values of C M or Y to ensure crisp printing of the barcode so the scanners in shops can read them easily.
Artwork would be rejected if the barcode is made from CMYK, remember they should only appear on the black (K) plate.

You can easily issue your own EAN 13 digit barcodes, first of all you need to visit the GS1UK website and make the arrangements to become a member. It will cost about £100 to join and around £100 for a years membership.

As a cheaper alternative we'd suggest that you register your cd with cdbaby.net once registered they'll supply you with a UPC barcode for 20 dollars which you can use on your cd. Each CD costs just 35 dollars to register.

See about CD Baby barcodes here CD Baby Barcodes

They'll also sell your cds for you and get your music onto I Tunes and other major download sites.

we'll be happy to produce the barcode image and send it to you or place it on your artwork for you. Just send us the barcode number and we'll produce the image.

About the barcode.

The UK uses EAN 13 digit barcodes. Your barcode will have a unique number that is assigned to your product only. This number will allow you to place your product for sale in any UK resale outlet that requires barcoded products which most do.

UPC 12 digit barcodes are mostly used in the United States but they are are international and can be used over here.

Radio stations use barcodes to help track and log plays of particular tracks for royalty collection.

Adding the barcode to your artwork .

We can supply you or your designer with a barcode image to use or we can place it on your artwork for you. The barcode should only be on the (K) layer of your CMYK design (Black) and for accurate scanning should have a white background. Keeping it to one colour (Black) will result in a crisp sharp print that will enable scanners to easily read the code.
Just send us the 13 digit number and we'll produce the image.

How can I issue my own barcodes ?

If you wish to issue your own  barcodes you will have to join up with GS1UK. Please visit this website for more details and to become a member.

As a cheaper alternative we'd suggest that you register your cd with cdbaby.net once registered they'll supply you with a UPC barcode for 20 dollars which you can use on your cd. Eacah CD costs just 35 dollars to register.

See about CD Baby barcodes here CD Baby Barcodes

They'll also sell your cds for you and get your music onto I Tunes and other download sites.

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