It is advisable to generate dark color barcode on the light background to differentiate between barcode and spaces. Best contrast to make barcode scannable is black barcode on white background. Contrary, White color barcode on black background is not readable. Colored header and footer do not affect the readability of barcode.

Good Bar Colors:
  • Black, Green, Blue, Dark Brown

Good Space Colors:
  • White, Red, Yellow, Orange


Colored Barcode
Colored Barcode
Non-Scannable Barcode
Non-Scannable Barcode
Scannable Barcode
Scannable Barcode

Barcode Color Guide


Barcode Color Guide Video Tutorial





Barcode reader uses a red light to scan the reflected area, thus interprets the red background as white. Light color barcodes are not scannable on light background. Similarly, dark color barcodes are not scannable on dark background. There should be good contrast between bar color and background color.

In the following examples scannable barcodes are indicated by green tick mark and non-scannable barcodes are marked by red cross mark:


Colorful Barcode Sheet 1 :


Barcode sheet
In above sheet, Blue barcode on Red background, dark brown barcode on orange background, blue barcode on white background are scannable while other are not scannable.



Colorful Barcode Sheet 2 :


Colored barcode sheet
Black barcode on red background, green barcode on orange background, blue barcode on green background, black barcode on white background from left side and Green barcode on yellow background from right side are scannable.



Colorful Barcode Sheet 3 :


Colored Barcode
Blue barcode on red background, red barcode on green background, blue barcode on orange background, blue barcode on yellow background and black barcode on white background from left side are scannable.

Green barcode on yellow background, green barcode on white background and blue barcode on orange background from right side of sheet are scannable.



Colorful Barcode Sheet 4 :


Barcode labels
Blue barcode on red background, blue barcode on orange background, blue barcode on yellow background and blue barcode on white background from left side of sheet are scannable.

Green barcode on yellow background, green barcode on white background and green barcode on green background from right side are scannable.



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