Creating Barcodes in CorelDRAW
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Creating Barcodes in CorelDRAW

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What You Will Learn

  • How to use the Insert Barcode wizard
  • How export and import a CMX file
  • How to prepare a barcode for printing and exporting

1.  Open CorelDRAW and the Welcome screen will appear. Select a new document
and make sure that the color mode is set to CMYK.

2.  From the Edit menu select Insert Barcode.

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3.  CorelDRAW offers a large selection of barcodes to choose from.  In this example we will select UPC(A) which is considered the most common barcode used.

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4.  Enter an 11 digit number and click Next.   In the window you will be able to select the resolution and choose dimensions.  For the purposes of this example, I'll leave the settings at the default.

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5.  Click Next again. Leave these settings default as well and click Finish.

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6.  As you can see in the Object Manager docker, the barcode is an OLE object.  This format does not allow for very much freedom when editing so it will need to be converted into a vector object.

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To do this, select the barcode and then go to File > Export. Put a check mark in Selected Only and then Choose CMX as the export file type. 

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7.  After you have exported the CMX file, you can delete the barcode in CorelDRAW and then re-import the CMX file.

When you have re-imported the file, click on the very edge of the graphic and you will see nodes appear at all four corners. This is because there are two rectangles surrounding the barcode, a border and a white background.  Since most packages don't require that a barcode have a white background, we will remove them.  

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Hit the delete key on the keyboard and then repeat this step a second time. 

8.  At this point, the numbers are in the form of text and can be altered. If the image is going to be sent to another location for printing you will want to convert the text to curves first to avoid font formatting issues.  To do this, go to the Edit menu, choose Select All > Text. Next, go to the Arrange menu and choose Convert to Curves.

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9.   Drag a selection around the entire barcode, and then from the Arrange menu, select Group or alternatively you can use the key combination CTRL + G on your keyboard.

10. Since the standard color for all barcodes must be CMYK black, with the object still selected, left click on the CMYK black color swatch in the color palette. 

And now your bardcode is ready to be saved, printed or exported onto your product package design. 

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