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Offline brizzology

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Keycap design help
« on: Fri, 05 April 2019, 18:54:28 »
Hi, I'm new to the forum, looking for some advice on keycap design.

I work for a tech company and have gotten some people onboard with financing a set of custom keycaps which might one day be sold or given away to the public, etc.

I thought we might start with a custom f-row and/or a few modifiers, in a cherry/GMK style that would fit with many mechanical keyboards. Down the road we could try building a full set to fit a variety of keyboards.

I got approval to put together a design. My company already has some very nice icons and logos in SVG and adobe illustrator format I could use.  I've connected with signature plastics about the build. So now I 'simply' need to create an accurate representation of the keycap in illustrator, slap the logos on, and send it back to Signature Plastics.

My simple question: does anyone have an adobe illustrator template (or alternative) for common keycap profiles already setup to use for this kind of work?

I looked at http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/ but it was not obvious how I'd be able to add custom logos in, say, SVG format. Maybe this is the tool I should use but I'd love to know what others think.

I've seen tons of amazing designs come out of geekhack so I know there must be keycap designers that might have some friendly advice here. I'm sure I'm forgetting 10,000 other things :)

Offline ErgoMacros

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Re: Keycap design help
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 05 April 2019, 19:54:26 »
(I am not a keycap designer. ;-)

If you want to do a 1-off proof of concept you can turn your AI or SVG file images into keycaps over at WASD:
   http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keycap-set/61-key-cherry-mx-keycap-set.html

They have templates you can edit.
The icons/images, whatever are printed onto keys.

good luck with the project, and welcome to geekhack!
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Offline brizzology

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Re: Keycap design help
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 06 April 2019, 17:01:24 »
Thanks ErgoMacros! That link is super useful because they also provide template files for AI and inkscape, which I should be able to use to get started, no matter where I eventually take my design. Specifically I found the templates here: https://support.wasdkeyboards.com/hc/en-us/articles/115007847008-Download-Template-Files