Lightboxes are constructed to display a transparent slide or film and even a piece of thin paper with illumination from behind. They are useful for both displaying signs where an lighted display will attract more attention, and also for viewing slides, transparencies and other translucent media. Often they are used for tracing using tracing paper on top of the main image and tracing over it. Animators in particular used this tracing technique in their art.

Artograph has designed a revolving lightpad for animators to more easily work on their drawings from each angle.

    Artograph Lightpads and Lightboxes

    Artograph is an industry leader in lightboxes and projectors. They have recently dominated the market with their new Lightpad seies of light boxes.These are an indispensable aid for backlighting photos, calligraphy, stenciling, tracing, quilting, and more.

    Artograph Lightpads and Lightboxes

    Porta-Trace Light Boxes

    The tough stainless steel frame and the thick plexiglas top team together to provide a durable tool for years to come. Porta-Trace lightboxes provide bright even light and virtually eliminate “hot spots”. UL listed cord and on/off switches.

    Porta-Trace Light Boxes

Using Light Boxes and Tables for Art


Light boxes and light tables are traditionally associated with looking at film, slides, transparencies, and other light-sensitive mediums, but they are an amazing tool for other art mediums as well! Explore the possibilities of using a light box in your artistic process, and get inspired by reading through a few of the more mainstream artistic uses we talk about here.

Transferring a drawing from one medium to another is a very common use of a light table, and for good reason! Lit tables make tracing a snap: they ensure better accuracy, better detail, and exact proportions, so if you are looking to use a favorite drawing, design, illustration, or other visual, consider using a light box to make the transfer seamless.

Lettering and calligraphy are beautiful forms of art, so why not use them in your own work? You can achieve a beautiful hand-drawn look to your typography by using a light box behind your guide. Hand drawn, but closer to exact spacing and size. When it comes to lettering, consistency is the key to a successful reproduction.

We have already established what a great tool light tables are for reproduction, and that of course applies to stenciling as well. The more layers that a particular stencil has, the easier it is to line up the various layers, reproduce the stencils accurately, and achieve a much higher level of precision. Also, once you create a stencil, use the light box for every application to almost any medium!