Read all the internet but cannot find how to make a caption on the copper "ratsnest" (either top or bottom) in Eagle.

I want to make it "negative", i. e. no copper where letters are supposed to be. Now when I add the caption to the top or bottom layer, Eagle makes a no-copper square and puts a copper caption inside (copper is brown):

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But I want it to be like this:

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The question is: how to do that?

Tried to put the caption on the keepout and restrict layers. In case I set it to the "restrict" layer, just the empty box is drawn without any copper including text itself:

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In case I set it to the "keepout" layer, nothing happens:

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Please help. Thank you.

  • \$\begingroup\$ copper keepout area. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 25, 2019 at 20:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarcusMüller as I wrote, it does not work. Eagle just fills it with copper. Even tried to make a box connected to the ground plane and to put caption on it - no effect, after ratsnest it became filled with copper. \$\endgroup\$
    – BUKTOP
    Oct 25, 2019 at 20:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ ah sorry, in eagle that layer is called "tRestrict". Draw text or polygons on that layer. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 25, 2019 at 20:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MarcusMüller Marcus, I appreciate your help, thank you for it so much, but I tried that and wrote about that in the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – BUKTOP
    Oct 25, 2019 at 20:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ ah, missed the "Tried to put … and restrict", sorry. What does it do instead, when you put text in tRestrict? The same seems unlikely. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 25, 2019 at 20:37

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Same problem , different tool, 4 ways

Adapt to your tool

  1. Polygon method
  2. Bitmap Import
  3. DXF Import
  4. Custom TrueType Font

Polygon method

Home | Fill - a filled polygonal shape with any number of vertices

Home | Solid Region - a simple filled rectangular shape

Home | Polygon Pour - a filled polygonal shape that will repour around other objects ... Like text


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