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Trick or Treat

PCB : How to add Logo into Kicad's PCB

Date : Wednesday,11 May 2016
Writer : Ataya P

I just learned how to add Logo or Bitmap file into Kicad's PCB tool. I will show you how to do it. Let's see...

Working Platform :
Lenovo Notebook , Intel Pentium Dual Core T2080 1.73GHz
2Gbyte RAM
Ubuntu Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS + Kicad installed



Details
1.Make your logo that is black & white base.(white color background)

2. Open Kicad and click on Bitmap2Component tool icon. Load a bitmap file.
Bitmap2Component tool

3. On Options, Select Negative option and then click on Export to Pcbnew button.
Option and export

4. Save your logo component to your project directory.
Save your logo component

5. Open your Kicad's PCB tool, choose Preferences->Library and add your logo component into the project.
add your logo component into the project

6. On PCB tool bar, select Add Modules icon and looking for LOGO
add module
add module

7. Then the logo will appear on your PCB but it still has bug that lines are shown on upper and left corners of the logo.
Bug!!

8. To fix the bug, open the logo file with text editor and delete the first DP lines as you see in image below. Save the file and reload the Kicad's PCB again.
Fix Bug!!

9. That is ! the bug lines are gone. Now you can add your logo on PCB.
Logo on PCB

Useful Link :
Kicad EDA website->
http://kicad-pcb.org/

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