After successfully making a number of boards using the artwork TONER
transfer method , I thought I would do a step by step
pictorial guide for it.
Using your favorite artwork program draw up your board.
I prefer to use Eagle , but other free ware programs can also be used ,
some may wish to try using normal drawing programs.
The main advantage of learning a pcb cad program is that they have
within the program many of the common components pinout spacings
For example by simply selecting an IC package the program will place
its complete pinout on the screen , the pin pads being at the correct
distance apart from each
other in every dimension.
Also the program will allow dragging components around while still
preserving their electrical joints.
This I find to be a useful function when nearing the end of the design
process which can help make the
whole layout more compact.
Of course these cad programs are not easy to learn and use , for
one-off board a simple drawing program might work well.
I print my artwork out onto the highest gloss paper I can find , the
type normally used for photographs.
It's unfortunately not cheap paper , but needed because of the coating
on the glossy side which prevents the toner
being absorbed into the paper , it sticks , but doesn't absorb into it.
This also increases the sharpness of the lines on the paper which of
course means better quality tracks on the new board.
This is printed out on my HP Laserjet 1100 printer.