Using QR Codes on T-Shirts

You can easily print QR codes on t-shirts using heat applied transfers.

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are those square scrambled barcode-like images designed to be scanned using your smart phone. Once scanned, it will take you to a website or video where more information is shown.


qr code on t-shirts


It’s a quick way to get someone to your website or other web url.

You see them in all types of advertising and displays.

Adding a QR code to a t-shirt is a great way to promote your cause or business.


How to Create a QR Code

A QR code is easy to create. There are lots of free websites that will generate one for you. Link it to a website or video where more information is shown.


qr code generator website


A site like qr code monkey will allow you to export your final QR code in multiple file formats, such as .png, .svg, .pdf, or .eps.

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Keep this in mind because it will be useful later when choosing a heat transfer type.

Start with your website url that you want to link to in your QR code. If you have Google Analytics set up for your site, it would be beneficial to add in some tracking parameters to see how effective your QR code is, but it is not necessary. You can do this using a Campaign URL Builder.

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Once you have your QR code, you can upload it to Easy View online designer to get it made into a heat applied transfer.

But before we upload the file into Easy View, you should have an idea of which transfer type you’re going to want to use before you export your QR code from the online generator.


Choosing a Transfer Type

Choosing a transfer type may be steered by the size of the QR code you want to use for your design.

Since QR codes are pretty intricate in how they are designed, you don’t want to lose any detail, especially at smaller sizes.

If the QR code is too small to read, phones will not be able to scan them and they won’t work. This completely defeats the purpose of the QR code if it is no longer scannable.

Therefore, knowing what size you want to print the QR code will help choose a transfer type.

A full color digital transfer will be able to hold much more fine detail throughout the printing and heat pressing process as opposed to a screen printed transfer.

So if you are going with a tiny design, you’ll want to choose a digital transfer. We tested as small as ½” x ½” QR code and it still worked great.


qr code size for digital transfers


On the other hand, the smallest QR code size that would still scan using a Goof Proof screen printed transfer was 1.5” x 1.5”.


qr code size for screen printed transfers


If you are planning on printing a QR code less than 1.5” x 1.5”, you’ll want to use a digital transfer type. Digital transfer types include transfers like UltraColor Max or UltraColor Pro.

Knowing which type of transfer you are going to use will help you decide which type of file format to export for your QR code when you are generating one online.

For screen printed transfers, it’s better to have vector artwork. Therefore, if you are going to use a screen printed transfer like our best-selling Goof Proof, then you’ll want to use a file type like .svg or .pdf.

On the other hand, if you are going to use a full color digital transfer, you can use almost any file format. This includes a .png.


Adding QR Codes in Easy View Online Designer

Uploading your QR code is super easy. Once you are logged into Easy View, click on the “Upload Your Art” on the left side toolbar.


upload your own art to print t-shirts


You’ll then be prompted to choose your file from your device.

Now, if you are uploading a vector image such as a .svg or .pdf, it will bring it right into your artboard. Then you can match the color to the ink color you would like it printed.

However, if you are using a .png, it will first open in the Image Editor. If you are using a full color transfer type, then just choose “Keep Original” and then “Full Color” for the Color Count.


upload your own qr code for t-shirts

choose full color transfer type


Once your image is brought into the artboard area, make sure your transfer type is correct in the lower left corner.


Printing T-Shirts with QR Codes

When adding the QR code to your t-shirt, you can approach it in several different ways.

First, you can use the QR code as the main part of your design. Print a big QR code in the middle of the shirt. If you want to attract attention and curiosity, this can be a good way!


QR code on t-shirt


Second, is to put a smaller QR code somewhere more obscure on the shirt. The QR code is not the main design, such as on the inside neck label. For example, you might want every shirt you custom print to have a QR code on the label. Then, those customers know where to get custom shirts and how to order. This is a great way to link your delivered shirts to your website so they can order more shirts.


QR code inside t-shirt


The third is to incorporate the QR code into your design. For example, as shown here, we incorporated the QR code into a football layout. Link the QR code to a highlight video. Or you can do it for a choir or band and link it to their music.


qr code on a football shirt


Be creative and have fun with it!



Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 6 comments
Dealer Services

We can print QR codes They work best as a digital transfer

Hamp townsell

I was wondering if I have to purchased T-shirts so you guys can put the WR labor on there or can I just purchased the QR label from you guys. Hope to hear back .

Dealer Services

You would buy the QR labels as heat transfers and apply them using a heat press to your apparel.

Steffanie Boyink

I would like to create a qr code for my shirts if so

Margaret Tsay

I have old 5 polo shirts with my name on them. I want to add QR code to the back of the polo. Do you have a way to put a QR code on the back of my polo shirts?
Thank you.

Dealer Services

Hi Margaret,
We print the transfers for you and mail them to you. You would need to apply them to your polo shirts with a heat press. Do you have a heat press?


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