Which file format to save for QR Code output

What file format makes most sense for my QR Code?

At pushQR.com we are proud of our multitude of QR Code output formats. But we are often asked “which is the best for for my application?”. Depending on what your doing with your QR Code will depend on the best format. Here’s a quick guide to help answer this important question.

PNG

PNG is a great format it offers a really good balance between vector (clean lines) and bitmap (dots and images). Its great when used on the web and definately recommended for mobile or displays. Although the format supports transparency the output from pushQR is not transparent. For transparency read on.

Best used for: QR Codes in Websites, phones, digital displays and other digital media.

GIF

GIF is one of the early web formats and was particularly good at handling vectors (clean lines) but not so good at images. We feel its had its day a little and would recommend PNG anyday.

Best used for: QR Codes in Websites but we’d recommend another format such as PNG.

JPEG

Jpeg’s are a pretty common format as our digital camera’s use as does the web. Most applications support using jpegs both in print and web design so they are a good bet. Unfortunately they do not support transparency if your looking to get creative with your QR Code.

Best used for: QR Codes in Websites, phones, digital displays and other digital media.

PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) has grown massively in popularity and supports images and vectors really well. The file size is minimal and easily used in most applications. Due to the nature of the pushQRr engine these also scale really well.

Best used for: Qr Code Print output on a small scale such as flyers, brochures and other print collateral

EPS

EPS (Electronic Postscript) is losing favour over time to PDF however for those with applications such as Adobes Illustrator can get real benefit from these files as they can be easily edited amd scaled to an infinate size so if you want to go large or get greative this is a great choice.

Best used for: QR Codes in print output on small and large scale and where creative control is required.

SVG

SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphic) has been around for a while but isn’t so well known. Its XML based (geek alert!) and like the EPS it can be scale to whatever size you like. Its a great format for anyone dealing with large format print such as Point of Sale QR Codes, Posters and Build drops. It is also transparent allowing for complete control of editing and colouring (although pushQR.com lets you colour it anyway). Applications such as Adobe Illustrator are required to edit SVG files.

Best used for: QR Codes in print output on small, large and grand scalesuch as Point of Sale QR Codes, Posters and Build drop and where creative control is required.