How to create a realistic PCB with Photoshop

When designing PCBs that will be produced professionally (or even if you etch yourself) it is sometimes hard to get a good view of what they will look like.

Most CAD programs view the design in a way that is useful during design but that is not what they will look like in the end. Some provide a view mode or 3D rendering option to get a good idea, but at least CadSoft Eagle does not.

What if you want to view what your design will look like or if you just want a fancy graphic to show off your wonderful PCB? Photoshop comes to the rescue.

This image is created by exporting the layers in Eagle and then processing them further with Photoshop. Madwizard.org have complet tutorial about this.

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