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Art projectors project an image onto a work surface for tracing and visualizing. This allows the artist, crafter, or designer to size, view or lay out a particular design with incredible speed and accuracy, while maintaining integrity and control. An image can be reproduced exactly or used as a proportioning guide to aid in the creation of a new design.
Art projection has been used in fine art painting since the Renaissance. The earliest form of the camera obscura pinhole viewing system, used to project and visualize images, dates back to the 1500s. You'll also learn the basics of how to use a projector and common tips and applications to jump start your creativity.
Art projectors have an almost endless array of uses and applications...
Size upThe fast, easy way to enlarge and project photographs, prints, patterns, designs and sketches onto any surface. Transparencies are no longer necessary.
Find the best compositionArrange the elements of a painting, decide on the best composition and see how an additional feature would look in the picture, before it's committed to the surface.
Define featuresEnhance and define features and tonal range in portrait painting when working from a photograph or sketch.
|Brush up your drawing skills
Trace around images to improve hand and eye coordination, understand perspective and draw better.
|Paint on a grander scale
Free up your creative skills and gain confidence to work on larger paintings and murals.
Transfer an accurate repeat image for cartooning or decorating walls, furniture, fabrics, pottery, cake icing - in fact, just about any surface to be hand painted.
Produce paintings and decorative work faster - for fun and profit.
Basic directions to get you started...
|1. Simply place the original in the copy area of the projector.||2. Enlarge the image by changing the projection distance.||3. Adjust the lens to sharpen focus, then trace around the outline, drawing in as much detail as you need.|
Projectors are available in all types, shapes, costs and makes. Recognising the need for a projector and making the right choice is a very important decision for today's busy artist, crafter or designer. The right projector can greatly increase and improve productivity and creativity. With so many projectors on the market, the decision can be a difficult one. Here are some considerations to make your choice the right one:
Projectors primarily do one thing - they project an image of something onto a work surface for tracing, scaling and viewing. This allows the artist, crafter or designer to size, view or lay out a particular design or composition with incredible speed and accuracy, while still maintaining creative integrity and control. The image can be reproduced exactly or can be used merely as a proportioning or layout guide to aid in the creation of a new design. With roots as far back as 1000 AD, the projector allows the artist to be more productive, efficient and creative.
You must first determine what your needs and limitations are. Below are some things to consider to help you get on the right track:
Once the above needs have been thought out, you can begin to shop around and ask the right questions.
Ready to begin shopping? View our full-line of art projectors!
The above information should offer some ideas of what to look for and ask for when choosing a projector. The best way to finalise the right projector decision is to visit us and request a hands-on demonstration.
Horizontal art porjectors are used exclusively for enlarging images onto a wall, canvas, and other vertical surfaces. They are most popular with home decorators, muralist, and fine artists. Horizontal projectors will save countless hours over the typical grid or measuring methods. The best horizontal projectors incorporate multi-element lenses, halogen or high output incandescent lighting. Available in compact tabletop models.
To create reduction without a special lens, simply remove the lens from the projector and extend it away from the projector with either a homemade tube or mount it on a book or raised surface in front of the lens cone or opening. If you are using a top-loading projector raise the copy area with a box.
To project small 3-D objects, mount object onto top copy area and cover copy area and object with box (to prevent light spill). Focus as usual. Some bottom loading projectors can project small 3-D objects simply by setting the projector onto the object.
Image size is achieved by moving the projector closer or farther away from desired surface. To ease sizing when projecting onto a wall, mount projector onto rolling cart or use Artograph's Projector Floor Stand.
If using certain size images frequently, mark floor with yellow tape. Position tape at desired distances and mark image size i.e. 10x simply move cart to tape mark to attain size.
Always ensure that projector is perpendicular to image plane to prevent key stoning. Project grid onto wall or vertical surface and measure each corner square for like size and shape.
Vertical art projectors attach or mount over a drawing table or horizontal surface and allow the artist to both enlarge and reduce. This type of projector is very popular and ideally suited for the graphic artist/designer and illustrator, and is available in several styles and prices. Projection range varies with projectors. There are also versatile units, which will project both vertically as well as horizontally. (Designer™*, DesignMaster, DesignMaster II, Prism™* and Super Prism™*)
*Optional Vertical Stand required
Always have extra bulbs on hand for emergency.
Never mount rare photos or artwork. If you are enlarging, the copy board is closer to the bulbs and the heat. Your best bet is to have the photo or artwork copied, and then use the copy in the projector.
Never block or cover up vent holes. The cooling mechanism is carefully balanced with the heat output.
To determine a particular scale of a projected image, mount a 6"ruler next to copy or draw 1 "grid lines onto the copy board itself.
Keep lens and mirror clean for best image. Treat and clean the special front surface mirror with same care as lens surface. Clean the lens more frequently in dusty or smoky environments. Always apply cleaning solution to cleaning cloth, never directly to lens or mirror.
Make sure the projected image is square to tabletop. Mount a grid with 1/2 or 1" squares onto the copy board and project at maximum enlargement to tabletop surface. Measure projected squares in each corner to ensure they are of the same size and shape.
|Model||Copy Area||Lighting||3-D||Vertical Projection Range||Horizontal Projection Range|
|Super Prism®||7" x 7"
18 x 18 cm
|Yes||4/5x - 3x*||4/5x - 20x|
|Designmaster® II||6" x 6"
15 x 15 cm
|No||3/4x - 3 1/2x*||3/4x - 30x|
|Designmaster®||6" x 6"
15 x 15 cm
|No||3/4x - 4x*||3/4x - 30x|
|Tracer®||5" x 5"
13 x 13 cm
|Yes||n/a||2x - 14x|
|* Vertical projection requires optional stand. * R=The Designmaster and Designmaster ll have been discontinued.|
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