Great method of PCB reverse engineering by using a Photoshop

Rriccibitti has sent us his latest work on reverse engineering of simple keypad circuit. The solution seems to be very simple but effective. He used a digital camera to take a picture of the printed circuit board and a photo editing software to track PCB traces with different colors.

PCB reverse engineering by using a Photoshop

OK, for this one, he used Photoshop to have lots of valuable tools that make this work much more manageable. To be more specific, let us see what he’s done:

  • Took the same size pictures of both PCB sides with a digital camera;
  • Put both pictures in different layers in picture editing software. Of course, one has to be mirrored.
  • Transparentized top side of PCB so the bottom connections and tracks could be seen;
  • With the magic wand tool, he removed the color of the free top area.

After this simple preparation, he took a bucket fill tool and marked different tracks with different colors.

After all, this is a really great method of analyzing unknown PCBs, especially if you need to repair some electronic device or even hack it.


  1. Is is possible to do it with a multi-layered pcb?

  2. You can visit here:

    That is a good software of PCB reverse engineering.

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