David Bevel

My steps to making a pc board.

1. draw a schematic
2. layout board from schematic
3 double check everything twice.
4. print layout to my inkjet printer on deluxe photographic paper.
5. make a pc board transfer from photo paper image on a laser printer using a special transfer sheet from Techniks Inc. The sheets go by the name PnP-BLUE  Press-n-Peel
6. Iron transfer on to very clean and buffed pcboard using moderate heat.
7. place in cold water till board is cold.
8. Peel of transfer sheet.
 9 .Viola! One ready to etch board.
10. etch board.  (method here  http://www.atmsite.org/electronics/circuitboard/pcb-howto.html )
11. drill holes.
12. tin plate or cover runs with thin film of solder.
13. stuff board.

Keys to success.

1.  Make image on laser printer as dark as possible.  The more toner the better.
2.  Don't over heat board, especially small boards, the film will melt if heated to long. I set my iron at 3/4 the max range.  Some experimentation may be necessary so make multiple images of your pattern so you can work on doing a transfer till you get the hang of things.

The Press-n-peel is  $11.95 for five sheets from All Electronics under Printed circuit supplies in their catalog.

This method makes a board that is almost as accurate as a photo masked board at a whole lot less mess and trouble.  I haven't used my photo positive developer system in ages since this method became available.

Success may vary depending on the quality, resolution,  and accuracy of your laser printer.