In this guide, we will show you how to make a set of five UPC-A barcodes, which demonstrates the Batch Save feature in Just Barcodes.
If you only wish to make a single UPC-A barcode, you should follow the EAN-13 Guide instead, but select UPC-A at the appropriate time, and enter a UPC-A number instead of an EAN-13 number. (UPC-A numbers are one digit shorter in length than EAN-13 numbers.)
Before You Begin
We will assume that you already have some UPC-A barcode number which you wish to use. If you need to obtain barcode numbers for your own products, we recommend that you visit the GS1 website – www.gs1.org/barcodes/ean-upc.
Although it may appear that there are quite a lot of settings to adjust, and a lot of steps, many settings are left at their default values. You can also save the settings for future use, so apart from changing the barcode numbers, there won’t be as much to do next time.
Creating Your UPC-A Barcodes
Step 1 – Create a folder to store your barcodes.
In this case, we created one on the desktop called UPC-A Demo.
Step 2 – Download and Install Just Barcodes.
If you already have Just Barcodes installed, step this step.
Otherwise, download it from the Downloads Page on this website, then install it.
Step 3 – Open Just Barcodes.
If you are using the trial, click OK to close the reminder window.
(During the free 30-day trial, and there are no restrictions in the barcode quality during that time.)
Step 4 – Configure the Symbology and Scaling.
Change the Symbology setting to UPC-A, and also make sure the Scaling settings are set for 100% for magnification and height.
Step 5 – Check the Human Readable settings.
Make sure that Visible is checked, and the Arial font is selected.
Step 6 – Check the barcode Options.
The Auto calculate check digit must be checked.
Step 7 – Set the Output Options.
The Output Options need to be set to suit your needs. We will increase the resolution from the default of 300 to 1200 dpi, as shown below.
This will give us a higher quality final image. You will normally want to set this to match the resolution of the printer you plan to use. That way, you will get the best quality barcodes.
Step 8 – Select Batch Save from the File Menu.
Step 9 – Set the Batch Save Options.
Then enter your barcode numbers, set the output folder (we chose the UPC-A Demo folder created earlier on the desktop) and configure the other settings as shown below.
If the sample file name looks different, go to the ‘Destination File Names’ tab and load the defaults.
Finally click the Start button.
Step 10 – View the Resulting Barcodes.
The barcodes should be generated very quickly, and the Log section should show that no errors have occurred.
Your output folder should now contain the corresponding barcode images: