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2004\09\14@140201 by Plasmajetsoftware

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I simply can't find this...

BR,

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2004\09\14@171345 by Morgan Olsson

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Program independent approaches:

a) In some printers settings you can select negative print.

b) If you do not have such capeable printer, then install a postscript printer that can (Apple Laserjet II for example, driver is on Windows CD), than print a negative to a file.ps.  Then use a postscript reader program and print to any printer, or convert to pdf then print that.  ps to pdf converters are a lot of alternatives, i use Ghostscript.

/Morgan

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2004\09\15@020137 by Tony Nixon

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plasmajetsoftware@yahoo.ca wrote:

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I have done it with older Windows Protel although there is no option
there either.


I set print in color mode.

You then add a "fake" fill all over one of the spare mid layers.

Select white as the color of the tracks on the layer you want including
multilayer.

Select black color for the fill layer.

Only print your layer and the fill layer.


Note: This may only work if the fill layer is higher up than the layer
you want to print.

Eg. You may not be able to print the Top layer doing this method.


A round about way, but it appears to work.

regards

Tony

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2004\09\22@024602 by Vincent Vega

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.....plasmajetsoftwareKILLspamspam@spam@yahoo.ca wrote:
>I simply can't find this...

>BR,
Do like this:
1-Make a print preview of your PCB.(File Menu)
2-Create a final artwork.(Tools Menu)
3-Select the layer you need to print *negative* (Browse PCB print panel)
4-Right click on it to get a context menu, select Properties.
5-In the new window check the Mirror Layers box (Options).
6-Now it's *negative*.
You need to do the same with all the required layers.
Best regards
VV





               
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2004\09\22@091017 by Sascha

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IMHO now it's "mirrored" not negative. Do you need the tracks in white and
the blank space in black? This should be "negative"...

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Sascha

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2004\09\22@095444 by Gerhard Fiedler

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> I have done it with older Windows Protel although there is no option
> there either.
>
> I set print in color mode.
> You then add a "fake" fill all over one of the spare mid layers.
> Select white as the color of the tracks on the layer you want including
> multilayer.
> Select black color for the fill layer.
> Only print your layer and the fill layer.

In Tools | Preferences of the print preview (PPC) file editor, you can set
the colors for each layer, including a "Background Layer", both in color
mode and in greyscale mode.

I don't know what the background layer is; it doesn't seem to appear in the
PCB file, and neither in the layer selection for the printout
configuration, and it doesn't seem to have any effect changing the color
associated with it. But it may be worth experimenting with that.

> Note: This may only work if the fill layer is higher up than the layer
> you want to print.
> Eg. You may not be able to print the Top layer doing this method.

In the Protel 99 SE PPC file you can define the order of the layers freely
for every printout. So this work-around should work without restrictions,
if the background layer thing doesn't lead anywhere.

Gerhard
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