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Bret608

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How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:24:59 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to get ahold of a diode symbol that I can use in Illustrator to denote a diode switch. Where might I lay hands on such a thing? Or is there an easy way to draw one myself?

Thanks,

Bret

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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 08:30:22 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to get ahold of a diode symbol that I can use in Illustrator to denote a diode switch. Where might I lay hands on such a thing? Or is there an easy way to draw one myself?

Thanks,

Bret

Hey Bret, you an easily draw one with the polygon tool and a series of lines.

You can also snag a jpeg of it from google images and then use the live trace function in AI.

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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 08:41:40 AM »
Ah...sounds good Dave! I will try this and report back.

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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 08:57:44 AM »
I was able to get a jpeg and get this into the live trace mode easily--thanks! There seem to be a few options that come up when you go into live trace (preset, theshold, min area, etc.)--any suggestions on what would be best to get this into a usable format?

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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 10:49:07 AM »
I was able to get a jpeg and get this into the live trace mode easily--thanks! There seem to be a few options that come up when you go into live trace (preset, theshold, min area, etc.)--any suggestions on what would be best to get this into a usable format?

The first thing I would do is try all of the different live trace presets with the preview function enables.  The default live trace isn't always the best option.  I woul try that before tinkering with threshold or min area.
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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 10:53:13 AM »
Will do! I appreciate it.

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Re: How to get a diode symbol in a vector format?
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 02:28:38 PM »
Hey, just to report back on this, the "black and white logo" preset seemed to work best for this. Is there any important next step to take after figuring that out?