I am currently creating a layout with RF elements. On my RF traces I want to remove the soldermask. I found a helpful solder mask expander plugin (“RF Tools for KiCad”), but that removes all solder mask - but at least between the pads of a series-cap, I want to have a little strip of mask remaining, as a trade-off between RF and solderability.
I understand how the mask works - you can remove it by adding polygons - so right now I only see two methods, and I’m wondering if anyone has a better idea. Or if anyone knows a helpful plugin, or any upcoming feature I could wait for.
My Method 1 - add many separate polygons
Benefit: does what I want
Drawback: tedious, as many hand-drawn polygons are needed
My Method 2 - solder mask expansion with plugin
Drawback: no way to get a thin strip of solder mask back at specific places (under the series cap)
Thanks a lot!
*Edit: swapped method 1 and 2 to match the graphic I posted…