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Digital Image Transfer

Discussion in 'Projectors/image transfer' started by SiRoxx, May 28, 2022.


  1. SiRoxx

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    Hey Everybody.
    A few of us were talking about different ways to transfer a trace or line drawing before painting. I have used Procreate on the iPad to trace the lines, then drop the opacity so they’re pretty faint and then print. But because I do most of my work on Aluminium panels, I don’t often do this. Anyways, I thought it would be a good talking point as no doubt some of you have genius methods that my feeble brain hasn’t thought of yet lol.
    So help a brother out and let me know your digital methods. Or any transfer method come to that!
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    I print and use graphite paper to transfer it.
    Also have an Artograph Tracer. for larger surfaces. (but a digital would be better)
    I've been thinking about using the Cameo for tracing On synthetic paper.
    Ordinary pencils wear out too quickly.
    But 2 layers of paper on the mat with graphite paper in between and a ballpoint pen might work. haven't tried it yet.
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    Short throw DLP projector:)
    For relatively big and flat surfaces, of course.
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    I scan the sketch, then divide it into severa a4 sheets, print the sheets, quickly cover the back sheet with a pencil / graphite, stitch the sheets in the substrate (cardboard), and then transfer the major proportions by tracing them.
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    I use graphite paper and hand trace the ref photo , to me tracing a ref by hand is a major part in studying the ref finding all shapes and shades I need
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    Using the Cameo is a really interesting idea. I often don’t think of the drawing capability.


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    Yes, you can also put pencils in the original.
    But the pencil wears out with large designs or with a lot of detail.
    I had too dark lines in the beginning and almost nothing at the end.
    Especially with soft pencils.
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    My plotter has pen holder, why yours can not do the same? Actually, it holds not the whole pen, but inner thing that hold ink in it. I'm a bit lazy to search for translation of the thing:) I think, you understand what I'm talking about.
    I saw tons of holders for different plotter models on Ali, you could search there. More likely, you'll find what you search for.
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    I didn't get an idea there are pen holders available. I don't know how that slipped my mind :lipssealed:
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    Smth like
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    If they're flat, you can use a computer projector to project an image onto the substrate.

    If you're painting on a curved aluminum surface, you might consider printing the line drawing on vellum, then spraying a coat of low tack adhesive onto the back of the vellum drawing and then placing that directly onto the subtrate.

    Other options for smaller drawings could be to used a traditional Camera Lucida or the Camera Lucida app for the iPhone. It's a really effective way to transfer drawings for small projects.
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