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Scale & Transfer Basics: Enlarge and Transfer your Art to Any Size Canvas

teacher avatar Amanda Rinaldi, Teaching you to Art with Confidence

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Class

    • 2. Supplies You'll Need

    • 3. Scaling Method I (Part 1)

    • 4. Scaling Method I (Part 2)

    • 5. Digitizing your Image

    • 6. Getting the Right Proportions for your Digital Image

    • 7. Scaling Method II

    • 8. Scaling Method III

    • 9. Assemble and Transfer to Your Canvas

    • 10. Scaling Method IV

    • 11. BONUS: Build your Own Manual Projector

    • 12. BONUS: Build Your Own Digital Projector

    • 13. Congrats & Next Steps

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About This Class

Do you have a drawing you want to enlarge and transfer to your canvas without redoing hours of work? Or maybe you want to transfer an image you really like onto canvas but can’t quite figure out the right proportions or where to really start.


If this sounds like you, this class is going to show you several easy ways to transfer your creations onto any size canvas without all the tedious work and grueling hours, because time is of the essence- and you want to be busy making art not dreading it.

Over the years, I have learned to scale and transfer lots of drawings onto different sized canvas quickly and efficiently- so I can stop procrastinating and make art I love.

My class, Scale and Transfer, will show you:

  • Several proven methods to scale your drawing or image onto any size canvas or support you desire (both manually and digitally), and you’ll be following along with me step by step on how I go about doing that. Within the class, I’ll be showing you how I transfer this small 5”x5” drawing I made onto a larger 11x14 support. 
  • You’ll also learn how to quickly (and cheaply) transfer your image to canvas using simple tools and items you already have lying around.
  • You’ll be able to take these techniques I show you and use them for your own artwork transfer projects - making you an absolute scaling wizard without breaking a sweat.
  • As an added bonus, I'll share my tips for creating your own projector using common household items.

Plus, you'll follow along with me step by step, putting everything you learn into practice, giving you a properly scaled image that is perfectly transferred to any surface of your choice.

But above all else, this Scale and Transfer class will give you the confidence to quickly and efficiently get your drawing or image onto canvas, so you can get to painting faster and see your ideas come to life, without all the dread and hours of rework.

Supplies Recommended for this Class*

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will make a commission, if you click thru and make a purchase.

Be sure to try my other acrylic classes

1. The Magic of Acrylics: Acrylic Painting Basics for Beginners

2. The Paint Slapping Magic of Acrylics: Master your Brushes & Drastically Improve your Acrylic Paintings 

3. The Magic of Color: Create Colorful Art That'll Grab Attention

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Amanda Rinaldi

Teaching you to Art with Confidence


Hi, I'm the Buzzed Artist, but you can call me Amanda!

I am a self-taught pencil and acrylic artist, dedicated to teaching people to art with confidence for over 3 years on my Youtube channel and blog, The Buzzed 

On those platforms, I do step-by-step art tutorials, courses, crazy, zany painting and drawing challenges to CHALLENGE YOU to let go of your creative anxieties and just make art!

 Painting, drawing, and creating art was always a beautiful escape for me. It was my place to just be without fear of judgement or the need to always be perfect.

Firstly, I believe in providing you fun, practical, and educational art content aimed at helping you flex your creative muscle while loving yourself in the pro... See full profile

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1. Welcome to the Class: [MUSIC] Do you have a drawing that you want to scale and transfer onto a Canvas without having to redo all of the work but you're not quite sure how to get the right proportions or really where to start? If this sounds like you, this class is going to show you several easy ways to transfer your creation onto any size Canvas without having to redo hours of work because time is of the essence and you want to be busy making art, not dreading it. Hi, there. My name is Amanda, also known as The Buzzed Artists, and I'm a self-taught acrylic artists, ready to show you the magical world of painting and how to unlock your creativity, and actually love the art process. Over the years, I've learned to scale and transfer lots of drawings onto different size Canvas quickly and efficiently, so I can stop procrastinating and make more art that I love. My class, scale and transfer, will show you several different ways to scale your drawing or image onto any size Canvas, or support that you desire, and you'll be following along with me step-by-step on how I go about doing that. You're also going to learn how to quickly and cheaply transfer your image to Canvas using simple tools and items that you probably already have lying around your house. Most importantly, you'll be able to use these techniques that I show you and apply them for your own artwork, transfer projects, making you an absolute scaling and transferring wizard without breaking a sweat. Without much further ado, I will see you inside for the next lesson. [MUSIC] 2. Supplies You'll Need: Hey there and welcome to this class. I'm so excited that you're here. Before we dive in, I want to just walk you through a few of the supplies that you'll be needing in order to do the techniques that we illustrate in this class. Number 1, you're going to need an image or a drawing of your choice that you want to transfer. In case you don't have one, I will include the drawing that we will be using for this class specifically in the class notes. So be sure to go ahead and check that out if you don't have your own image or drawing to scale. Next you're going to want to choose your support, aka, your canvas, your canvas paper, whatever medium that you want to have your drawing transferred onto, you want to have that picked out and you want to know what that size is so that you can apply it in these lessons. You're going to want to use some sort of scanner and if you don't have a scanner, you can just use a camera or your camera phone to take a picture of your drawing so that you can then digitally bring it into your computer, which brings me to the next thing you'll need, which is access to a desktop computer. You're also going to need some tracing paper or transfer paper if you happen to have one. In the event that you don't have transfer paper, going to need some sort of charcoal pencil or chalk. You're also going to need a regular pencil, a ruler, and a calculator, although this one might be optional for you, and you're just going to need a little bit of masking tape. Oh gather all your supplies and I will see you in the next video. 3. Scaling Method I (Part 1): Now we're going to talk about how to use a more traditional way of scaling an image to any size canvas, and that is using the grid system. This is a very common one used by a lot of artists. We're going to walk through how you go about, and do that. So really the grid system is going to utilize boxes. You basically will do a grid on your image, and then a grid on your final support. Then you just draw what you see in each of the little boxes that you've made in the grid. That's pretty much that, you're taking a lot of shortcuts to make something go from so super small to whatever size you want. So you can use a pencil for this part or would I actually prefer to use some sort protector, something that's got some clear area to it, and a dry erase marker. Usually what I'll do is I'll put my image at the corner of the protector, and that's where I'll draw my grid, I don't want to ruin my original drawing. So this is a really cool hack that I found that really works well. I'm making sure that my corners of my drawing match up the corners of the paper here [LAUGHTER] so I can get a more accurate read. So before we begin, we got to take something into account, which is size, and proportions. You'll notice here that the image that I have is more like a square versus the 11 by 14 is more like a rectangle. So that can lead to a little bit of wonkiness if we don't take into account that shape. In order to just help us avoid any future delays we're just going to do a simple trick, which is we're going to try to make the square look more like a rectangle. That's really all we're going to do. So I'm just going to do a little bit of simple math here, proportionality wise, if I want this to be fitting on 11 by 14, I need to make that adjustment on the original drawing. I'm just going to use the rules of proportionality. I've measured out the lengths, and the widths of this drawing so I know that this is 4.5 inches by 5 inches. We already know that 11 by 14, these proportions are not the same, more like a square, this is more like a rectangle. So I'm going to try to figure out what do I need to change for one of these dimensions in order to have this proportionally fit. I definitely want to bring in the sides a bit more, so that means I'm going to be adjusting the widths. So I just make sure lengths to lengths, widths to widths are in the same areas. We said we're going to change the five, 11 is to 14 as X, this to 4.5. I'm just going to do some cross multiplication, 14X is equal to 11 times 4.5, 14X is equal to 49.5. X is equal to 3.54. What this tells me is that my new knew needs to be 3.54 inches. So if I go back here, we already see that this is five [LAUGHTER] inches, which is not going to work for us. We need it to be 3.5. So we're going to find the center point, this length here, which if it's five inches, it's going to be 2.5. Then from there this should be 3.54 inches total, so 1.76, that's like right around here. So that in total should give me 3.54 inches. With that being said, I'm just going to draw in my lines. So these should be pretty much proportional to what 11 by 14 canvas should be. Now, I figured out my composition, I figured out this is the grid layout, so this is the boundary of my grid that I'm going to be making. Now what I'm going to do is draw in one inch squares. So I'm just going to take my ruler starting at the boundary of the boxes that I made. I'm just going to make one inch lines, so if you have grid that goes outside the box, that's okay, just mark the final grid line point. Repeat that on the top. You want to make sure you're staying consistent with how you're marking everything. Then I'm going to do one inch for sides. Then we're going to just connect the dots. So now you've created your grid system. Now we're just going to go ahead, and label them. I like to label across as the alphabet, so each grid is going to have its own separate letter. So this will be A, B, C, D, and this will be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So what I just essentially did here was a grid system with a naming convention. If I want to look for grid B2, I just go to B, go to two and see where they overlap, and that's B2. So that's just a really easy way for you to figure out where everything is. Just as a reminder, these are our reference borders for our drawing. So that's how you can go about making a grid for your drawing. I'm going to show you how to go ahead, and make a grid for your final support, and then how you can use the grid system in its full actuality. [BACKGROUND] 4. Scaling Method I (Part 2): [MUSIC] [NOISE] Now, it's time to draw the grid onto your final support, this is our 11 by 14 canvas paper. In order to do that, we're not necessarily going to be making one inch by 1 inch grid that we did with our image, we're going to be doing a little bit of extra math to figure out what size those boxes need to be for our new grid. Let's assume a little demo. [NOISE] This is our 11 by 14, and this is our drawing image. By measuring it, I know that the width is 3.54, then I know that our height is four-and-a-half. In the previous step, we figured out that these are pretty proportional to one another. What we're going to do is to find the new length of our grid. We take the length of our support over the length of our drawing, and define the new width. We do the width of our support over the width of our drawing. The length of our support, we know is 14 inches, and the length of our drawing is four-and-a-half. Then the width of our support is 11 inches, width of our drawing is 3.54 inches. 3.11 inches is 3.107. We know grid for our support needs to be 3.11 by 3.11 inches. We're going to go ahead and add those grid lines. Let's start at the edge and measure out 3.11, just about this length right here. You can try your best, it doesn't have to be perfect. [NOISE] We're going to do that to the sides as well. Now, you just go ahead and connect the dots. You've just created a grid, and you'll notice here that it's the same amount of boxes that we had for our reference grid. We have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 boxes and it's cut off like how this one is. Then we also have 1, 2, 3, 4 across same as this. That's how you ensure that you have the same amount of boxes throughout. Now that you have your boxes all set up, it's now time to transfer. Just for reference, I'm going to call these A, B, C, D, and I'm going to say these are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I'm going to look at each and every single respective box and draw what I see in the box. Let's start with 1A of our reference picture. I notice that it's about this much of that line that's in there, so you just draw it in. Then I go to 2A [NOISE], 3A halfway [NOISE]. Then you're just going to repeat, go box by box. [MUSIC] As you can see, practically in minutes, I've been able to replicate and transfer and scale something that was so small or a 1/2 by almost 4 inches to 11 by 14 and it worked out perfectly. That's how you can go ahead and use the grid system to transfer and enlarge any drawing or image that you have. [MUSIC] 5. Digitizing your Image: [MUSIC] Now we're going to talk about how to digitize and adjust your image so that it's read on your computer. First of all, you're going to take your image or your drawing and you're going to put it into your scanner and then scan that right into your computer. Pretty easy. If you don't have a scanner, here's another trick. Make sure that you have all the ample lighting in a room, take your image, take a phone and take a straight on picture of that image, which you can then email or air straight into your desktop computer. Now, before you start cropping away at your scanned image, you're going to want to take a look at your final support, aka the thing you're going to be transferring your drawing or image onto. You're going to want to know first of all, what size you're going to be using and you're going to want to know what orientation you're going to want your final support to be. In our case here, I'm using an 11 by 14 canvas paper and I'm going to orient it in the portrait, that means vertically oriented. I'm going to keep in mind those dimensions and that particular orientation for when I am adjusting my scanned image. Be sure to do that first before you do any more cropping or going forward. Now that we've got that settled, let's get into some editing. Once you scanned in your picture, you're just going to go to your desktop and look for that picture, which is right here, then double-click it and we're just going to do a few minor adjustments. I'm just going to crop this picture to the size that I want. I'm using a Mac here for my editing software, but you can use whatever computer settings you have in order to do these little editing details, every computer should have one. If we want to get something that's a little bit closer to a proportion of an 11 by 14, then we would want to crop this so that it has more of a 11 by 14 proportion, meaning we have a longer height, shorter width. This is just a really quick eyeball trick to get you to get this close to proportion that you like. Once I have this all cropped, which I'm liking, what we're going to do next is adjust the picture resolution so that we can make sure that this is nice and crisp and clean for when we're blowing it up in the next lessons. I'm just going to go over to my Tools and go to Adjust Size. I'm using a Mac so this is the presets that are in the Mac already. I believe that PCs have a similar thing. You just going to have to go through the default picture editing programs in order to do this, but they're pretty simple to find. I'm going to make sure that my resolution is at 300 pixels per inch. This is basically going to reconfigure your picture so that there are going to be 300 pixels per inch of that picture so when it blows up, it's actually going to look very clear and crisp and we'll click "Okay", and we are ready to move on to our next steps. [MUSIC] 6. Getting the Right Proportions for your Digital Image: Let's say you want to get the dimensions of your scanned image to be exactly on proportion to that of an 11 by 14 Canvas. How do you go about doing that? Well, it just involves a little bit of math, but totally possible. First, you're going to want to figure out what the actual dimension size of your scanned image is. If you just go to adjust size, you'll see that it's a width of 1.39 by 1.84 inches high. That is illustrated here. You can see in terms of values of the widths and lengths in comparison to the final support of 11 by 14, the numbers are starting to look right. The width 1.39 is less than 1.84, just like 11 is less than 14. That, we have an indication that we're close, we're close to a proportion. But how do we make sure that this is pretty much on par to the exact proportions on 11 by 14 Canvas. First of all, you're going to want to decide which of the dimensions of your scanned image you want to change. For our sake, I'm going to choose the bigger of the values, the length, and we're going to call this X. All we're going to do is a simple proportionality multiplication. We're just going to compare width to width, height to height of both our final support and our scanned image. Eleven is to 14, as 1.39, which is our scanned image dimension, is to X. We need to find out what X is in order to understand what the exact proportionality dimensions need to be of our scanned image to match that of 11 by 14. Solve for X. 11 times X equals 14 times 1.39, 11X is equal to 19.46, X is equal to 1.77, which means that our desired length for the scanned image needs to be 1.77 inches in order for this to be proportional to that of 11 by 14. How do we go about doing that? Well, we can go back to our image here, and we can see that it's at 1.39 and the height is at 1.84. What we can do is just crop this even more so to fit that of a 1.77 that we calculated. I'm just going to eyeball this and then check to make sure that we're getting close. We're supremely close. I can maybe cut off just like a tiny pixel more if I wanted to. That should get me right to 1.77. There we go. I just edited this perfectly so that it'll fit the exact proportions of 11 by 14, but that's the trick. If you want to get something that's extremely close to 11 by 14 as possible, you're just going to have to do a little bit of a proportionality multiplication in order to get there. But it is totally possible. I hope that helped you out. [MUSIC] 7. Scaling Method II: [MUSIC] Hey there and welcome to this lesson about how to digitally scale your scanned in image. We're going to be using a particular site that I personally loved to use for scaling my image to any size that I want and it's called This is something that I discovered a few years ago and it is a godsend. Basically, you take any scanned image like a JPEG or a PNG, specify the size you want to scale this to, and you specify your printer page size and it'll print out your entire poster with the specification that you wanted using your printer paper size, and then you can assemble it all together to make a big poster. The first thing you're going to want to do is to click on "Create Your Poster" and then you're going to be brought to a select source image page. You can either upload your file or drag your file image. I'm going to just go ahead and drag the file image. Once your image is uploaded, it's going to bring you to the next step, which is the sizing. This is where you're going to be toggling and playing around with the settings to get it to the exact size of the poster that you are looking to make. The first thing I like to do is go to paper settings. This is where you specify the printer paper settings that you actually have. For me, I want to print all of these on US letter sizes and we'll just do that in the portrait mode for now. I usually uncheck the add margin box and then I'm just going to direct your attention over to this area over here where it says paper size. Poster size with margins and margins cut away. What I'm going to do is I'm going to switch over to inch because that's what I'm familiar with, but you can keep it in millimeters if that's what you're more comfortable with. Then it's going to show you dimensions with margins and with margins cut away. What you're going to want to pay attention to is poster size with margins cut away. You're going to want to pay attention to this set of dimensions here. This is going to be the final total size of your poster when it's blown up. As of right now with the settings that are put into this, this poster size is going to be 34 by 43 inches. That's pretty big. What we're going to do is adjust and toggle output sizes as well as the sheets to get to the number that is as close as possible to the number we want. We're going to attempt to do 11 by 14-inch poster size. We're just going to go ahead and start toggling. I'm going to start with 1.2 and you can see here poster size margins cut away we're at 10.2 by 12.93. We're getting pretty close to 1.3 wide. Yeah. Look how that's pretty close. You're going to see in the GUI here, there's a set of lines, each of these boxes represents 1.58 by 11 US letter piece of paper. That when it gets all assembled it will look like this. If you're happy with that, that's cool. If you want to change things around, you can change the sheet orientation. You can also do it in landscape and then readjust the sizes as you see fit. Some of these may not be extremely perfect, but it gets you really close to an 11 by 14 in this case here I have a 10.94 by 13.86. That's pretty close with me. Again, this is up to you if you want to keep toggling. But what's going to happen here is that the current configuration I have here is that it's going to take up two sheets worth and it's going to be about 10.94 by 13.86 inches. When you're doing this, play around with the toggles, play around with the landscape or portrait orientations, as well as width and height and output size to get a poster size with margins cut away as close to what you think is good for your canvas. Once you have something that you're good with, that you're happy with. You're going to hit "Continue" and then you're just going to hit "No Effects" for style. Hit "Continue". I'll leave that as is hit "Continue". Then we're just going to hit "Complete Two-Page Poster" and then it's going to start to create a PDF copy of this image, lips, 11 by 14 poster. Here is the saved poster from Rasterbator. By double-click on that, I'm just going to show you what it's going to look like as an output. Then you can see here, this is the first page is going to get printed out and the second page, that's what's going to look like when printed out on my printer. All you got to do is hit the "Print Button". It's going to print these out individually and you just have to assemble them together. Pretty simple and straightforward and that's why I love using Rasterbator. A great way to scale images to any size that you're looking to do. Take some time to play around with this website to put your image in and scale it to whatever size that you see fit. [MUSIC] 8. Scaling Method III: [MUSIC] Now another way that you can take your image and adjust it to any size that you like is with Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a free resource and I think it's actually fantastic to use. What you're going to do is just go to From there you're going to click "Download Reader" and follow the steps, and get it probably download it to your desktop. That would be great. Once you have that installed, you're going to go back to your picture. What we're going to do is convert this picture into a PDF. What you would have to do is go File, Export as PDF. I'm just going to make sure I got it properly named. [MUSIC] Now I have my PDF right here. Double click on that. This should open using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. When you open up your PDF, it's just going to be a ton of whitespace with a tiny image. One thing we can do is we can scale our original image so that it'll mostly fit your standard size printer paper, which in my case is 8.5 by 11. We'll just go back to our picture. We'll go to adjust size. Then I'm just going to put 8.5 by 11. That's very close. Click "Okay " then I'll go back to File, Export as PDF. Place that image. Now I zoom out. That should give us a much more better representation [MUSIC] and scale for our picture. If you're happy with that and you don't want to blow it up anymore, just go to the printer icon up to the left, and you're going to see a bunch of toggles to choose from. I'm going to make sure that this print and grayscale is unchecked. But again if you want to save on ink when you're printing, the printing grayscale option is great. Then you're going to want to go to page sizing and handling. This is where we're going to make our scaling magic. This is very similar to how Rasterbator works, where it's going to print out multiple sheets of paper that you put together in order to form the bigger image. We're going to go to Poster, and you can see in the GUI here that there's a large rectangle with a dotted line. These represent two pieces of paper put together, and on each piece of paper is going to be a portion of that drawing, which then when you put together will form 11 by 17 output. Of course 11 by 17 also includes all of that whitespace. We can go ahead and go to Tile Scale, and just work around the numbers a little bit. We can hit 140, and that'll make this even bigger. That makes it 17 by 22. If we want to go with 11 by 14, we'll just have to keep working with this until we get something that we like. This is the best that I can do. I have it scaled to 111 percent as two pieces of paper that will produce 11 by 17 total dimensions. But because there's so much white space, it's probably going to be more like an 11 by 11 to 11 by 12 picture. I think I'm happy with this. Out of the two methods digitally that I've shown you, this is the least favorite of mine, but it still gives you a lot to work with. Once you have the tile scale that you are happy with, you're going to go ahead and hit "Print". From there it should pop up your printer and the corresponding images should start to print on your printer. That is how you can go about scaling using Adobe Acrobat Reader. [MUSIC] 9. Assemble and Transfer to Your Canvas: [MUSIC] Here's my printout of a scaled version of this drawing. Look how crazy that is. We went from going from this size to a large size that's going to fit our 11 by 14 canvas. What we're going to do now is cut out the pieces, some of them together, and then get them ready for transfer. You'll also see that these are cut lines, so you know exactly where it is you need to cut. [NOISE] Then once you have everything cut out, we're just going to take some tape, align your edges of your paper. There you go. Now, I'm going to show you how you can go ahead and transfer this drawing onto your canvas. I do this with an extremely easy method that doesn't really use much. You could use one of two things. You can either use some transfer paper, [NOISE] basically, a very thin piece of paper that has carbon on it. It'll technically take whatever lines you draw on top, and transfer it onto your canvas. The way to use transfer paper, you want to make sure that the darkest part of the transfer paper is facing down onto your final surface. Then place your drawing on top of that transfer paper using a pencil. You just want to carefully apply those pressure points along the outlines of whatever you want to trace. Once you're done, you simply just lift everything up and it should easily transfer. If you don't have transfer paper, I'm going to show you this other method. You can simply just turn this over and then grab a piece of charcoal like this, and then apply your charcoal around the entire image. We're just going to go ahead and do that because that's actually a way easier and cheaper method. [NOISE] You're just going to turn your charcoal to the side, [NOISE] and just lay down your lines. [NOISE] You can go side to side, up and down, all over. [NOISE] Way gets you to [NOISE] get most of your medium out. [NOISE] Of course, wherever you put your tape, that might interfere a little bit so you can always just take the tape and move it back a little bit. That's totally up to you. [NOISE] Next, I usually like to take a little bit of Kleenex, crumple it up, and just smooth out the layer so that it doesn't make it as messy when we're doing our transfer. Totally optional, but this is just something I found that helps. Now, we're ready for our transfer. We're going to take our final support, this is 11 by 14 and you're going to turn over your scale, and then you're going to place it exactly where you want it to go on your paper. I think this looks good. I'm just going to want to take a little bit of masking tape and just secure this down so this doesn't move while you're doing your transfer method. Now, you're going to grab a pencil. You're going to carefully make an outline of whatever you want to transfer. I'm just going to do an outline of my lips, and that should hopefully transfer everything that I want. You only want to put pressure on the areas that you want to have transferred. Then once you have everything traced out, just going to remove your tape and you're going to slowly lift, and voila, you now have transferred the small little drawing onto an 11 by 14 canvas. That's how you can use a simple little transfer trick to take any full image that you have ready to put onto your canvas and do it with ease without having to redo a lot of work. [MUSIC] 10. Scaling Method IV: [MUSIC] We've gone through several methods on how to scale and transfer a drawing onto a different canvas of any size of your choosing. But there's actually another way that artists like to take and transfer their work onto different size canvas. That is by the use of projectors. The main gist of how a projector works is that it takes your drawing or your image, blows it up and allows you to trace out the drawing or the image onto another canvas. An awesome tool for many artists who want to save time on their projects without having to do all the extra work. On the world of projectors, there are typically two that a lot of artists like to use. One is a typical projector that uses a light bulb with some lens combinations to help you magnify your drawing and then you would just need to get a super dark room, project that drawing onto a wall or onto a canvas, and then you trace. Then there's another type of projector called a digital projector, which takes it to the next level. You don't necessarily need to have a super dark room. You can take a digital copy of your image or any image that you're looking to do, then magnify and focus it onto your surface to which you can then trace. Both of them have their pros and their cons. More manual projectors do take a little bit more finagling, have a bit more hardware associated with them. Parts may break, light bulbs may go out, and you may need to replace those parts. However, they are pretty inexpensive versus digital projectors tend to be a bit more expensive. However, you don't need to worry about overheating within your mechanism parts. Sometimes even better clarity and quality and magnification of your image with a digital projector. Now, of these projectors, the company, Artograph, makes both kinds. They make the manual type as well as the digital type. They are both highly recommended depending on the type of projector that you're looking for. For the manual projectors, they have the easy tracers, and for the digital projectors, they have the flair layer series. All of these have come highly recommended and have worked for many types of artists, from the canvas painters all the way to the mural painters, where they have to really blow it up on a wall. If you want to check out what these specific projectors look like and what they can do, you can go into the class notes and find that out. But this leads me into my next point, which is maybe you're not quite sure if having an art projector is right for you and you don't want to have to be spending all that money in order to try it out and see if it is the right choice. In the next couple of videos, I want to show you how you can actually make your own type of projector, a manual type, as well as a semi-digital type, and use it in your own art projects to magnify and scale it onto any size canvas of your choosing. These will involve materials, a little bit of DIY, and it will include a lot of common household objects that you probably already have lying around. If you're interested in learning how to make your own DIY art projectors, be sure to hop on over to the next two lessons. I'll see you there. 11. BONUS: Build your Own Manual Projector: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how you can make your own manual art projector, which can blow up and scale your image to any size that you wish onto your canvas or any support. This will involve a few materials from you, so let's head on over to the desk and see what we got to do. For this project, you're going to need a 20 by 30 inch black foam board, an Exacto knife, duck tape preferably black, a ruler, a light source, or just your regular phone with a flashlight setting, clear page protector or any form of acetate paper, as well as a dry erase marker or a Sharpie. The first thing you're going to want to do is to measure out and cut out the faces of your box because we're going to be making, as you can guess, a little box for projector body. I will include the build plan for this with all the dimensions that you're going to need and you're going to be using the foam board and Exacto knife, as well as the help of your ruler, figure out your dimensions. Then, using your duck tape, you're just going to assemble everything together and of course a bill plan also shows you how everything is put together as well. Once everything is assembled, you've got yourself a nice little box with the front face open so that you can actually project your image onto the wall. [MUSIC] Just to show you how this is going to work, your acetate paper, your page protector will go on the front face of that box. You're going to go take your drawing that you want to transfer, put it inside of your page protector or on the bottom of your acetate paper, and then using a Sharpie or a dry erase marker, go over the areas that you want to have transferred. You can see this is what my transfer is going to look like. [MUSIC] Then, taking your light source, in my case I'm just using a phone. I turn on the flashlight setting so that it's at its brightest and connect as a way to project and shine the trace that I made straight onto the wall. Then you're going to grab a steady little table or a little surface and then position everything into place. Now, you can either tape your phone to the back of the projector wall, or you can just use a simple little phone stand that works too. Then you're just going to secure your page protector paper on the top, shut the lights and then you can adjust your protector position going forward and backwards and adjusting it to the exact size you like. As you can see, when I push it forward, the image gets smaller. When I pull it back, the image gets bigger. Depending on how big you want this, you're going to have to play with how far away your projector is from the wall. Then once you're satisfied, you get your desired support, overlay it on the projected image, and then go at it with a pencil and start tracing and you're going to get a nice scaled image. Pretty cool for a DIY project. [MUSIC] 12. BONUS: Build Your Own Digital Projector: Hey there. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how you can create your own version of a digital projector or as close to a digital projector as you can make [LAUGHTER] within the confines of your house and materials. Let's head on over to the desk and I'm going to show you exactly what it is that you need, and how to make it. Check you're going to need is a shoebox, and if you don't have a shoebox, you can just grab a 20 by 30 black foam board, in case you want to build it to the dimensions that I have for the shoebox here. You're also going to need black duck tape , an X-Acto knife, black acrylic paint, and a paintbrush, a smartphone, and a magnifying glass. Preferably, one that has 3-10 times magnification. Plus a glue gun with some glue sticks. Start by taking your shoebox and turning it to the side like so. Then, you're going to take your magnifying glass and you're going to be cutting a hole into that side of the box. Pop out the glass in the magnifying glass, create an outline using any marker or pencil that you have on hand. From there, you're just going to want to cut that out using your X-Acto knife. You want to open up your box and paint the insides totally black to help your projector perform at its finest. Just a little hack in case you run out of black acrylic paint, you can also substitute using black construction paper and just a little bit of glue. [MUSIC] Once everything has dried, you're going to grab your magnifying glass, get a heated glue gun, and just add here the glass to that hole that you created on the side of the box. [MUSIC] Then you're going to want to find a steady surface, and place your box facing the wall directly. Now for the digital part of your projector, you're going to be using a smartphone and you're going to orient it to the side like this. Now, because you're using a magnifying glass, the image needs to be adjusted so that it appears correctly on the projector itself. The first thing you're going to want to do is make sure you have a digitized version of your sketch. You can use the previous lessons in this class to do that. Then it's time to adjust your digital image. You can do this in several ways. You can do this on your smartphone using apps like Canva or even the built-in features of your phone or my case, I just decided to do it on my computer and then send it to my phone. What you're going to want to do is take your image and flip it horizontally, and then you're going to rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise. Be sure to save that orientation and make sure that that image ends up on your phone. [MUSIC] Then finally, you're going to want to adjust the screen brightness to the max setting on your phone display so that your projector will have the maximum lighting. Now it's time to take the show on the road. I picked up an iPhone stand or something just to keep my phone as close to upright at 90 degrees as possible. Tip it to the side like we talked about previously, placed it inside the shoebox, closed the cover, and shut the lights, and then it was time to test this puppy out. You can adjust the focus and clarity of your picture by moving the box forward and backwards. You can also move the iPhone stand on the inside forwards and backwards too, to get the perfect focus that you're looking for. Then all you have to do is just take your final support, put it right over the image as projected on the wall and trace. Then you've got yourself a scaled image using a do-it-yourself digital projector. Pretty neat. [MUSIC] 13. Congrats & Next Steps: [MUSIC] Hey there, I hope you enjoyed this class and learned just a few extra techniques that you can use to scale and transfer your hard work onto any size canvas that you wish. I would love to see how you apply these techniques, so be sure to share your scaling and transferring projects onto the project section of this class. With that being said, I wish you all the best in your creative journey, and happy arting. [MUSIC]