The Ultimate Lightbox Guide

The Ultimate Lightbox Guide

What is a lightbox?

lightbox (which is also known as a ‘Lightpad’) is a flat surface that is illuminated via LEDs from behind. It is most commonly used to trace images or patterns from one element to another.

Lightboxes are perfect for when these elements need to be seen with high contrast, as the surface of lightboxes are generally made from glass or plexiglass with a light shining through the surface. They are available in all different shapes and sizes dependent on your needs.

Uses of a lightbox

The uses for a lightbox or lightpad are endless, however some of the most common uses are listed below -

  • Tracing drawings
  • Paper piecing
  • Embroidery
  • Appliques
  • Quilting
  • Needlework
  • Scrapbooking
  • Embossing
  • Cut-outs
  • Illustration

How do you use a lightbox?

  1. Firstly, you must switch your lightbox on so that the LED light is shining through the surface.
  2. Next, place the element you wish to trace from, on top of the surface of the lightbox.
  3. Now place your drawing paper on top and you should see the image of the element you wish to trace through your drawing paper.
  4. Now you can accurately trace the element on to your paper.

Using a lightbox is a great way of learning how to draw and is one of the simplest and quickest methods for drawing something accurately.

You should make sure that the size of the light box that you are using is compatible with the size of the paper that you want to use. We offer a variety of lightbox sizes including A4, A3 and A2.

Daylight and Native Lighting Lightboxes

We stock both Daylight and Native Lighting, who manufacture multiple sizes of lightboxes that are perfect for different types of applications, including quilting, tracing, embroidery, illustration and more!

Both brands' lightboxes are equipped with dimmable LEDs to provide the user with an even spread of light from edge to edge, and they emit low heat allowing for long periods of use.

If you’d like to learn more about the lightboxes that we sell, then you can visit the listings below -

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