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This is my first PCB design and would like some advice on it.  Basically it's just a 595 Shift Reg that will control a series of LEDs hooked to an Arduino.

Secondly, would like to know a reputable online source for this PCBs fabrication.  Just need a few boards made.  One problem I am finding with online fabs is that I am using Fritzing for design.  When I export to Gerber files, the online sites don't like them. Can anyone recommend a good site for Fritzing?  I looked at Fritzing for the fab work and they seem expensive. 

Any thoughts?

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* MICA v1.2.2.zip (64.72 KB - downloaded 15 times.)
* Shift LED v1.2.2.fzz (54.71 KB - downloaded 13 times.)
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I can't see anything unusual with your gerber files. I didn't check for electrical sanity though.

If you only need a small number of boards made, have a look at OSHPARK (formerly Laen's PCB service - dorkbotpdx). Very good quality, but the boards are purple ;-) It costs 5$ per square inch for 3 boards. Everything is US-made if you should care for these things.
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Thanks for the reply.  I did check that site, but I seen they only do 2 or more layers.  Mine is only single-sided.  That was also the site that gave me trouble on the files.  Says I was missing files..

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The following errors were found with your design:
I couldn't identify a top layer
I couldn't identify a top solder mask

Should I just email them?
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Ah...

Surely you can export an _empty_ top-copper and top-mask layer? Is there a specific reason why your mounting holes are not on both copper layers? That would solve that 'issue'.

Believe me, they don't care if layers are empty ;-)
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How do I do that in Fritzing?  This is my first design.
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Ok, I got it.  Had to change the PCB board to Double-Sided...

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