Light Table




Artists, designers and animators often need to use light tables to see the page beneath the one they are working on. However, since buying light tables from a store can be really expensive, so here we will make a light table out of cheaper household items.

Step 1: Materials

  • A clear plastic box (Mine was 14x14.3x3 inches)
  • Frosted adhesive contact paper (large enough to cover the inside of the lid of the box)
  • 2 Flat flashlights (I used round inspection lights)
  • Scissors
  • Metal scraper

Step 2: Cut the Advesive Paper

Open your clear box and place the frosted adhesive paper against the inside of the lid. Cut off the edges that don't fit into the lid.

Step 3: Adhere the Paper

Stick one edge of the paper to the inside of the box lid and smooth out any air bubbles trapped underneath with the scraper. Press the rest of the paper down with the scraper as you move away from the edge.

Step 4: Lights

Turn the flashlights on and place them inside the box. When you're done using the table, you can open the lid and turn them off again and store them inside the box when not using them.



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    1 year ago

    That's a neat simple way to make one out of materails on hand :)

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    Reply 1 year ago

    It is! And it's a lot cheaper than buying a premade lightbox, which is especially good for someone who wants to practice but isn't yet a professional animator.