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Artist Tool Feature: Drawing Lightbox

A drawing lightbox is a very handy tool for artists as it helps draw with precision, particularly when tracing.

However, it can also be extremely useful for a variety of artists (or aspiring artists) and helps create better-looking pieces.

That being said, today I want to break down how lightboxes are used and how to pick the right one for your needs.

What is a drawing lightbox?

Drawing lightboxes are just like their name implies: a box with a glass surface that is backlit by LED lights.

It’s mostly used by illustrators to trace drawings and designs into paper, particularly for animations or preliminary drawings.

What are drawing lightboxes used for?

  • To trace images or patterns
  • To transfer your own sketches
  • To transfer elements from resource materials
  • Crafts like calligraphy and stained glass techniques

Tracing images saves time over drawing everything freehand. If you need your images to look similar or even the same, freehand is a risky path.

Plus, it ensures you’re able to catch details and make consistent artwork.

What to consider when buying your drawing lightbox

Brightness

In order to trace well, you need high quality LED lighting within your drawing lightbox with a maximum brightness of 4000 lux. It should be bright enough to shine through 2 sheets of thick paper.

If you need the lightbox for a different purpose (like photography or drawing without tracing), 1500-4000 lux should suffice.

Also, make sure your lightbox has adjustable brightness so you can adjust it as necessary and comfortable for your project.

Dimensions

Drawing lightboxes come in regular paper dimensions, like A4, A3 and A2. So consider what sized paper you want to work with.

If you need a more portable device, A4 is the better choice. Otherwise, go for the larger devices.

Price

Drawing lightboxes are very affordable. They go for anything between $20 – $100, depending on the size, brightness and power supply.

The non-dimmable options tend to be much cheaper, so if price is a strong consideration, you can save by selecting a lightbox without adjustable brightness.

Buying Excess Industrial Equipment Online

Running a business requires that you keep some relatively expensive gear on hand. When you want to protect your bottom line as much as possible while also getting the items you need for your factory to work, you may find it easier to shop online for surplus goods like tube benders, finishers, and hose crimping equipment. If you have never before purchased such items online, you may wonder why you should shop on the Internet rather than local dealers. You may discover that online shopping can be a viable way of saving money and getting the purchases shipped directly to you quickly.

Shopping the Available Equipment for Sale

Because it is surplus, the equipment for sale always changes. You may find something for sale today, but then gone tomorrow. When you are on the lookout for a specific item, it is recommended that you visit the website often and make use of the links to find out what is available to you today. You can find an array of crimpers, benders, and more when you use the links on the page.

You also may wonder what kinds of companies are represented on the website. The inventory that is surplus has the same quality and performance capabilities of those items that are sold fresh off the factory line in stores. The brands found on the website include Goodyear, Gates, Finn-Power, Dayco, Synflex, and many others. These are name brands that you may recognize and prefer. You can find gear from them for sale on the website and at prices that do not bend your budget.

If you do not need anything right now, but possibly in the future, it may pay you to sign up for the company’s newsletter. The newsletter lets you know what inventory is on hand for sale right now and also alerts you to specials and incoming products in the future. You can sign up using your email address.

Selling Excess Equipment

If your business has equipment to sell, you may liquidate it on the website. You can use the link for selling surplus goods found on the right side of the page.

You can also have the money deposited to your PayPal account if you prefer. The payment methods are listed on the website.

Buying surplus goods can be a way to save money. You also get name brand performance with it.