Warning: Don’t Use These Colours for Your Barcodes

When selecting colours for your barcodes, it isn’t so much the colour that you choose that is the problem, but the lack of contrast between your chosen colours. Without the appropriate contrast, the barcodes can be hard for scanners to read.

The best combination of colours is where the background reflects light and the bars don’t reflect light—light colours for the background and dark colours for the bars is the best option.

Avoid These Colour Combinations

Use These Colour Combinations

If you are branching out beyond the classic white background with black bars, make sure you test your chosen colour combination to make sure the scanner can read the barcode.