QR-Code shapes - which possibilities are there?

Yes, a QR-Code can actually have other shapes, although most QR-Codes are in the classic square shape. A QR-Code consists of small black and white fields that are put together to store and transmit information. However, the shape of the fields is not crucial to the functionality of the QR-Code.

Why should I change the shape?
  • There are several reasons why some QR-Codes have different shapes. One of the main reasons is design. Often QR-Codes are used in marketing materials or on posters, and some companies want their QR-Codes to fit better with the overall image of their brand. For this reason, some QR-Codes have different shapes, such as round or triangular QR-Codes.
  • In addition, it can make sense to give the QR-Code new shapes for campaigns on certain occasions. For example, in a Christmas campaign, the code can be represented as a gift or a fir tree.
  • Another reason why QR-Codes can have different shapes is that printing companies print them on certain materials. For example, a QR-Code could be printed on a sticker in the shape of a heart.
  • Another factor that can affect the shape of QR-Codes is the fact that some QR-Code scanners can only recognize certain shapes. There are QR-Code scanners that are tuned to specific shapes, and therefore can only read QR-Codes that are printed in those shapes.
 

So there are a few different reasons why QR-Codes may have different shapes. Although most QR-Codes are square, there are also many QR-Codes in other shapes that are designed and used for specific purposes. However, the shape of a QR-Code does not affect its functionality and ability to store and transmit information.

 

How can I change the shape?

To change the shape of a QR-Code, there are different ways to do it:

  • Use a QR-Code-Generator that allows you to customize the shape of the QR-Code. There are many such tools available online that allow you to do this.
  • Use an image editing app. Use a software that allows you to edit images (for example Photoshop). There you can also adjust the shapes of the individual parts as well as the overall image according to your wishes. However, always test whether the code remains scannable. If you distort it too much, it could become unreadable and thus unusable.
 

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