6 Altium Tutorials for newbies

If you have never worked in Altium Designer and you would like to start, or you are beginner / just starting, this selection of video tutorials is right for you.

After you watch the attached video tutorials, you should be able to start and finish successfully your first project in Altium Designer. Tutorials explain how to create Schematic, PCB, Libraries, Footprints, generate files for PCB production and files for board assembly / manufacturing.

Links are ordered based on importance with the most important link on the top:

1) Altium Designer Tutorial: How to start with Schematic & PCB

2) Altium Designer – Create BOM & Library from Supplier’s Data

3) Altium Designer Tutorial – How to Print assembly drawing

4) Altium Designer – Generating Gerbers for PCB Manufacturer

These other video tutorials will help you make your design more professional:

5)  Altium Designer – How to Create Assembly Drawing Layers

6) Altium Designer – 3D model of your PCB – it’s really easy

17 thoughts on “6 Altium Tutorials for newbies

  1. Hello Sir Thanks for your great tutorial.I learn lot form them. I had finished some project using Altium designer. But no idea of high speed designing.Can you tell me the way to start high speed designing form newbie.i am very interested to make some high speed design. 


    1. Many people ask this question. The standard way is to get a project which has high speed requirements. Problem is, normally “newbies” may not get this kind of project. It is because development of this kind of board often costs a lot of money and if done by unexperienced people, there is very high risk, the board may not work. 

      By experience, I mean, there is a lot of different things what may go wrong during design/development or can be done better – and it’s not only wrong schematic circuit. For example, when I was 10 years old and I were starting with electronics I had a lot of problems to make a simple blinking circuit with no mistakes. Now, after years of experience I am able to design board with more then 2000 components on it and 50+ pages of schematic the way, that the first version of the board is sold to customers – with no wires on PCB board.

      There are no shortcuts. Gradually do more and more complex designs and learn from yours and others mistakes. If you try to skip the learning process, you may design a board which doesn’t work or doesn’t work reliably and you will never find out why.  


  2. Hello Robert, can You help me

    In Altium  how can I create “clearance rule” that will follow the minimum distance to an object in silkscreen layer (overlay)

    Grig. K. Grigoryan


    1. Hello Grig. I don’t really know. There are some rules for silkscreen layer, but I am no sure if these can be applied to any object. You probably had a look at them:  Rules-> Design Rules -> Manufacturing -> Silkscreen Over Component Pads / Silk To Silk Clearance. 


      1. thanks for replying,
        silk to silk clearance rule, watched only for “silk text” to “silk any object” clearance  .

        my problem is a 
                               at first I did not use the 3D model of components and the component clearance rule, in altium, is calculated from the end of silkscreen, now I added 3d models on footprint and now altium began calculate  components clearance from the end of 3d models, but 3d model less than footprint and footprints intersecting.

        thanks again
        Grig. K. Grigoryan


  3. Hello there,
    I’m telling you right now, my friend, if you are not on the Altium payroll yet – you definitely should be. Your blog is most probably the best ad for them over the net, they could possibly imagine. And the main reason is your expertise and helpfulness. Huge thank you from me and keep going! You’re making young electrical engineers live much easier and helping develop much faster.


      1. Thanks, have a good one too. I guess I might stick here for a while, so I decided to register. PS: Do not worry, I am not accusing you for false advertising 😉


      1. I tried with Orcad 10.3i DSN files- same problem: :Design file not recognized”.


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