[Tutorial] how to make artistic, old skool PCB

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[Tutorial] how to make artistic, old skool PCB

Postby Mr. G. » 04 Nov 2009, 19:14

Would anybody care for a tutorial on how to make PCB's that look like this?

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It's really not that hard with a program such as Illustrator or Inkscape. I wouldn't mind making a tutorial if there's enough interest.

btw, that particular PCB is for an ROG Ruby, and it was my first one to do like this. It still needs a little bit of fine tuning, but you get the idea.

@ mods... if there's a better title for the thread, please change it. That's all I could think of to call the style.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby culturejam » 04 Nov 2009, 19:17

I'd like to have a look at that tut. Go for it.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby meffcio » 04 Nov 2009, 19:49

As above, dude.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 04 Nov 2009, 21:49

Here's my first go at the tutorial. It was done in Illustrator, but shouldn't be too hard to use for Inkscape, or any other true vector program.

If you see anything that needs correcting, or if something isn't very clear, just let me know and I'll update things.

I'm still relatively new to doing them this way (haven't even etched one yet), so there may be easier/better ways, but this is what works for me at this moment.

I hope it is understandable, ha ha :lol:
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby jessej » 04 Nov 2009, 22:27

Very cool tutorial indeed! Thanks!
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 04 Nov 2009, 23:18

Glad you like it! I realize that it is more appropriate for someone who already has knowledge of how to use vector graphics programs. So, I'll try to help out as much as I can with any questions.

As I've said before, I can't contribute much as far as the circuits go, but I don't want to be a leach either. So, this is the best way I know how to contribute to the community.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Naz Nomad » 05 Nov 2009, 00:10

jessej wrote:Very cool tutorial indeed! Thanks!


+ a very large 1 :D
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby jrod » 05 Nov 2009, 19:40

Really cool, man! I love it!

I am really going to have to learn to use EagleCAD!
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 05 Nov 2009, 20:48

jrod wrote:Really cool, man! I love it!

I am really going to have to learn to use EagleCAD!


You don't need Eagle to do this. I just use Eagle to make sure that I have everything connected together right. I use Illustrator to make the fancy PCB traces.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby rocklander » 05 Nov 2009, 21:35

great tutorial.. not only handy for 'artistic' content, but will save me on etchant too ;-)
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby bajaman » 05 Nov 2009, 22:35

+100 :D
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 05 Nov 2009, 23:02

The more spread out you can make your layout, the better. I played around with a real tight layout today, it didn't turn out looking quite as good. It still looked better than your standard straight lines though :)
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby himister » 06 Nov 2009, 00:42

Really good stuff bud. :wink: Thanks.

As I've said before, I can't contribute much as far as the circuits go, but I don't want to be a leach either. So, this is the best way I know how to contribute to the community.

I only wish for more people like you and your attitude. :thumbsup

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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby ossi » 02 Mar 2010, 14:23

This was really nice. Thanks.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 02 Mar 2010, 15:22

One thing that I overlooked was adding some thermal isolation, as shown in the below image:

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Without these, it can take a bit too long to heat up the area around the component. This little bit of isolation helps to keep the heat localized on the pad rather than trying to heat up the entire plane/trace.

You'll need to play around with sizes to match your own personal methods of creating PCB's.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby rocklander » 08 Mar 2010, 11:34

thermal insulation :slap:

I was wondering why so many of these layouts out here have them... thought it was a limitation of the software used to make the layouts or something... thanks for pointing that out
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 08 Mar 2010, 12:38

I wasn't sure what they were for either, until I saw madbean talking about them somewhere. Then it made a lot of sense... especially after fighting to get a lead soldered into a very large ground plain without any thermal barriers. The light went off then :slap:
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 23 Mar 2010, 23:36

Strange... Here's an email I just got

Hi.

My name's Sean, and I write for MAKE magazine. I'm planning to do a post
to our blog about decorative and/or artistic etching of functional PCBs,
and Google led me to your forum post and tutorial on freestompboxes.org

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Make: Online gets about 100,000 pairs of eyes a day, and if you wanted the
buzz, I'd be glad to include your work in the post. I was hoping to get
permission to maybe post the PDF of your tutorial and a couple of images
from it. Also, if you have any pictures of finished decorative PCBs that
you've etched, I'd be glad to include them. And I'll also gladly link to
any kind of personal site or other web presence you might maintain.

This is really cool work, BTW. Nicely done.

Cheers-
Sean


Here was my reply...

Thank you for contacting me Sean. At the moment, I'm going to have to decline. If I can find time to update the file I might allow you to use the info. If you read the entire thread, you would have noticed that I left off quite an important aspect. If I can find the time to add this info to the tutorial PDF, I will allow you to use it. Should that time come, I do not want ANY of my contact info made available. I am strictly a hobbyist, and do not want the headache of answering any emails regarding the tutorial.

Again, you do not have permission to repost any part of my tutorial. If I have time to update it, I may allow you to use it, but don't count on it happening. I'm just really not interested in any kind of promotion or exposure. I did this only for the Freestompboxes.org community.

Take care,

Mr. G.


It's just not something I'm interested in.
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby JiM » 09 Apr 2010, 00:06

Hey, being on the MakeBlog would have been sooo cool !
I understand and respect your position, there's a risk for an uncomfortable "slashdot-effect".

But i think this confirms the high coolness-factor of the topic. :applause:
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Re: Artistic PCB tutorial

Postby Mr. G. » 09 Apr 2010, 01:06

I was definitely flattered, and honored, but the tutorial is unfinished in it's current form (the thread tells it all, but the PDF doesn't), and I just don't see myself doing anymore to it anytime soon. If you don't add some kind of thermal isolation, it will make soldering a real pain in the ass in certain areas. That's not included in the PDF, so I didn't want to pass on information that may cause people grief. I also feel a bit inferior compared to other stuff on their site.

btw, what the hell is the "slashdot-effect"? That's the second time I've seen someone refer to that today.
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