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June 6, 2011 AT 2:13 pm

From Illustrator to Eagle: Vector graphics in circuits « todbot blog

Ill To Eag

From Illustrator to Eagle: Vector graphics in circuits @ todbot blog

Eagle is a great cross-platform, free-for-non-commercial-use tool for many of us designing own own circuit boards. But it has a pretty glaring omission: the ability to import vector artwork to use as board outlines, logos, etc. You can import bitmaps via the finicky “import_bmp.ulp” ULP add-on, but bitmaps can’t work for board outlines. So we struggle with Eagle’s rudimentary vector drawing tools or have boring rectangular or circular boards. I think I’ve found a way to robustly transfer vector artwork from Illustrator to Eagle. Below I show an “amoeba” vector shape in Illustrator being converted and used as a board outline in Eagle.


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1 Comment

  1. george graves

    I’m looking forward to trying this. Most all case manufactures will give you their max board size outline in the PDF file. I’m thinking that it wouldn’t be too hard to go from PDF to Illustrator(or any free vector program) and then into eagle.

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