Here are 2 ways of getting a graphic onto your PCB design:
Pasting from the Windows Clipboard
The PCB Editor supports pasting a metafile directly from the Windows clipboard, onto the current PCB layer, using the standard Windows CTRL+V Paste command. Note that not all image editors place the image data into the clipboard as metafile data. One approach to ensure that this happens, is to first paste the image into Microsoft Word, then copy it from there and paste it into Altium NEXUS.
Supported metafile data includes bitmaps, lines, arcs, simple fills, and true type text - allowing you to easily paste logos and other graphical symbols. Imported data will be put onto the current layer, adopting the color you have chosen for that layer. The PCB objects created during the paste process are automatically added to a Union. After pasting, the Union's editing handles can be used to fine-tune the size of the pasted image. Unions resulting from a paste can also be resized at any time using the Resize Union command from the right-mouse menu (click to select the required union after launching the command).
The Paste from other applications option, on the PCB Editor - General page of the Preferences dialog, is used to set the Preferred Format to Metafile or Text. For a graphic this option has no impact - each independent shape in the graphic is converted to a region object. When pasting a text string, each character is converted to a text string if the option is set to Metafile, whereas the entire string is pasted as an Altium NEXUS string, if the option is set to Text.
The Altium logo being pasted as a graphic, each letter in the graphic is converted into a region object.
Placing a Graphic as a Font
It is possible to create a custom TrueType font that contains a graphic as a glyph (one of the characters in the font) and then place a string on the PCB board that uses that font. As well as the ease of use, another great advantage of this method is that if the font glyphs are created from vector graphic images, then they can be accurately scaled.
A font of many standard symbols used in PCB design, including: lead free, recycle, static sensitive, Earth, C-Tick, UL, CE, FCC, and many others, has been created by one of the leading experts in designing with Altium NEXUS, Darren Moore from Mooretronics. The font is available for download here (dated June 2015), and you can also check the Altium NEXUS forum thread, for more recent versions in the latest posts.
The font is licensed as Cardware, refer to the
Readme.txt included in the download ZIP for conditions of use. The readme also includes a list of the available graphics. Note that many are available with text or without text, the preferred version is chosen by using the upper or lower case letter. The image below shows a sample of the graphics available in the font.
A sample of some of the useful graphics in the Mooretronics font.