Barcode Color Guide

Color Selection for Barcode Symbols

It is crucial to choose the correct bar and spacing colors because the majority of barcode scanners use a laser that interprets "red" as white. Simple examples of color combinations that adequately contrast the dark bars and the light spaces are shown in the UPC color guide table below.

For information on exact color selection, view the free  Bar Code Graphics Guide to Color Selection

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The barcodes illustrated above are UPC Barcodes and the color guide is applicable to all linear barcode symbols.

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