EAN-13 in Adobe Illustrator? No problem

Do you need to generate an EAN-13 barcode directly in Adobe Illustrator? With this free EAN 13 barcode script, it’s easy and simple.
In this blog post, I’ll describe how the EAN-13 barcode script works and cover the known issues. The EAN13 Barcode script is available here. You are also welcome to have a look at my other scripts.

Latest Updates

Those who already have this script can re-download it as some minor updates and improvements have been made.
Calling attention to one issue that this script only worked if 13 digits were placed as point text. In the new update, it should work with both point and area text.

Additionally, I also updated the alert text, when the barcode is not correct. In case the barcode is incorrect, the alert will suggest the correct checksum digit for your barcode. Even so, you should be aware that I still recommend checking the entire barcode number.

Alert EAN 13 barcode script shows checksum digit

Moreover, one of the things that didn’t really suit me was that this script didn’t work if some locked or hidden layers existed. Now, if the layer is locked or hidden, the script will not select these numbers.

The EAN13 barcode generated in Adobe Illustrator

In addition, the entire barcode is created on the same layer on which the corresponding text was placed.

The EAN13 barcode generated in Adobe Illustrator

Installation:

1. Download the ZIP folder

2.  Extract the JSX file from ZIP folder.

3. Place the EAN13Barcode.jsx file in:

Win (32 bit): C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.]\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\

Win (64 bit): C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.] (64 Bit)\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\

Mac OS: /Applications/Adobe Illustrator [vers.]/Presets.localized/en_GB/Scripts

4. Restart Illustrator

5. The script should be visible now under File > Scripts > EAN13Barcode

NOTE: The OCRB Std font also needs to be installed on your computer. This font is available at Adobe TypeKit.

To make your workflow smarter, it is very convenient to record an action. This method I covered in my previous posts (here and here).

How the EAN13 barcode script works

Write 13 digits as text in an open Adobe Illustrator document and run the script. The size of your barcode will depend on the size of your text. The default Myriad Pro 12 points text will generate a barcode group of around 3 cm.

The size of script generated EAN13 barcode

If the text is rotated, then the barcode will also rotate.

Barcode EAN13 script for Adobe Illustrator. Barcode rotated.

Using EAN-13 barcode script wit Data sets and the Batch action

Generate an Ean13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator: Gif shows imported data sets

I experienced, that several users have asked if the EAN13 barcode script can be used with datasets and batch action. Unfortunately, in the current version of the EAN13 barcode script, this is not possible, but I have plans to improve the script in this direction.

In the meantime, I can suggest the procedure described below.

First run the Batch action, that will save all Data sets as separated documents in a folder.

Generate EAN13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator. Batch action

Afterwards, run the EAN13 barcode script as a new Batch action using the newly created folder.

Generate EAN13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator. Batch action

This saves all sets as separated files with the barcodes created.

I hope, that this blog post was helpful and you’ll be glad to use EAN13 barcode script and don’t be shy to leave a comment.

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