Many visual artists use tracing boxes in their daily work for things like looking at photographic negatives and tracing patterns on drafting paper.
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A lite tracer box was originally designed for artists but quilters find them very useful with applique work.
A light tracer will look something like a lightweight briefcase with a top that opens to reveal an inside storage area.
It is designed with a slanted top to make tracing of printable quilt patterns easy.
The box consists of a backlit piece of plexiglass or frosted glass for the top to reduce glare.
Quilters like it because it can be easily ported from place to place.
Art supply stores sell a variety of tracer boxes. Another term for a light box is a light table.
Usually, a light box is distinguished from a light table because it is much more portable and it lacks adjustable legs.
A light box tends to be substantially less expensive than a light table, since it does not have a complex framework of legs.
The placement of the lights inside the box is very important. The goal is to achieve even, crisp lighting without hot spots.
Diffusers and numerous lights are often used to accomplish this. The glass or plexiglass is usually fogged or shaded to reduce glare from the lights underneath.
Light boxes have improved dramatically after the introduction of LED lighting technology.
Any light box will be illuminated by fluorescent light bulbs or LED lighting strips.
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