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Offline ColdKeyboard

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PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:14:09 am »
I was wondering if any of you are willing to share your methods of creating PCB silkscreen artwork.

Sometimes I want to add a logo to PCB, or small drawing. Usually I copy the image to the Photoshop, convert it to grayscale bitmap and then Copy&Paste it to Altium.
However sometimes it works just like I want it to, but more often I just crash my DXP.exe or the converted lines/poly have extremely poor quality. :(

Are there some other methods of doing this or do you have some tips and tricks to share with the rest of us? :)


Here are some PCB Silkscreen Artwork Examples (not mine, I just Googled them... obviously)



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Offline Batang

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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 08:30:49 am »
Whenever I need to add a logo etc to a PCB I create a TTF font and then us that font as a text string.

So letter 'A' for example is the Image you want to place.

Being a font character also allows all the features of a text string i.e. rotation, layer and size.

Just use a font editor that allows a bitmap image etc to be imported.

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Offline Batang

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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 09:44:17 am »
Here is an example.

Cheers.

Update: I have included the TTF font, see the HowTo image for usage.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2015, 04:18:50 pm by Batang »
 

Offline ColdKeyboard

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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 04:35:27 pm »
That's a great method. Way better than one I've been using so far. :)

I'll just have to find some decent TTF font editor. :)
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Offline ehughes

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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2015, 06:07:59 pm »
I use the font method as well.  It has produced the best results.
 

Offline ColdKeyboard

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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 09:42:36 pm »
What software do you use to create TTF with your logo?

I'm looking for one that is simple and easy to use, if possible and that works under windows :)
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Re: PCB Silkscreen Artwork
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 10:55:41 pm »
Nobody uses the PCB logo creator? This works for me, and I'd say I always prefer solutions from Altium, instead of those from third parties.
 


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