Ok, now I think I understand! You got part way through creating a project in Eagle, before realising the free Eagle version would not let you create the board layout. You have the schematics captured already.
You imported your partly complete version using nightly version of KiCad
Now you want to use KiCad to finish the board layout.
You want to use PCB photos as a template to create the layout. That is a pretty common request, and is fairly straightforward, but you will need to understand KiCad fairly well. I think the Eagle part is not relevant to what you are trying to do, which is what confused me. A better title might be “Replicate board layout from image”.
If you are trying to duplicate an existing PCB, you may be able to use the standalone utility ‘autotrace’ to more efficiently extract the tracks from the board photos in a format which can then be imported.
Part of the following instructable describes its use, resulting in svg format export of the tracks:
If you manage to get most of the board duplicated this way, you really only need the netlist from the schematic to populate the layout, since the imported board (.brd) is a bit useless by the look of it.
I think you are out of luck for a couple of reasons. KiCad is in feature freeze in preparation for for v5, so no new features are likely to be accepted until after v5 release. This feature has been requested before, there is a wishlist item https://bugs.launchpad.net/kicad/+bug/1672422. However, it could be a long time before a developer takes an interest in such a feature, since reverse engineering PCBs is quite a niche activity.
It seems that you have already created Gerbers for the same PCB using Sprint Layout, why not use those as a template?
Well so far i have used a copy of the top copper layer that sprint layout made
so i have allmost every component placed but it might not be 100% correct
next step is to place all the via’s
after that i think i will start to rotate all the resistors and capacitors so they point in the right direction
i have also found out that the schematic i had in eagle does not match up with the board, there are about 4 components in the schematic that are not on the board. but that is typical commodore, they did not have the same level of control and documentation as we do today.
if the feature of having a picture as background is not added when i have everything in place and schematic corrected my next step will be using the drill gerber to make the super fine adjustments
will be left with just the silk screen to copy
my goal is still to make a 99.99% copy of the org board
I am a bit unsure why you would need such precise replication of a board.
Did you create the original board or do you try to reverse engineer someone elses work. (If you did it what program did you use originally. Maybe there is some script that can import your board into kicad directly)
I have a damaged board for the first batch of C64’s that came out, and as you can guess its cheaper to create the board than getting another C64. And commodore filed for bankrupcy in 1993 so no chance of getting a blank board
I’m not sure what that means. If you have a drill file, you can read coordinates out of it then place components accordingly.
“Smashed” is an Eagle term (may be other CAD packages use it) to mean that the refdes, value can be freely moved instead of being at their default locations. In KiCad the default is to allow free placement already.