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DIY Lightbox by K3lit0 DIY Lightbox by K3lit0
This is a quick tutorial to show how you can make a lightbox out of mats. I work in a frame shop and put together one of these a while back and just wanted to show people how they can do the same thing.

To make a larger one try 8-ply mat board. The best part about this lightbox is you get the mats cut by a framer and you don't have to use a box cutter on cardboard, and the end result looks a little more professional. The mats are usually cheap (mine were $.50 each) so there's no reason not to do it if you can find them.

If you have any Q's just comment and I'll do my best to answer. I've never done a tutorial before, and there are probably typos in there, so apologies in advance. :3

And for the record I'm by no means a skilled or experienced photographer- just good enough to photograph the D&D Miniatures I painted. This is just to give someone with no knowledge of photography something to start with!


ETA- Wow, thank you so much =Romaji and ^shelldevil. I hope some of you browsing the DD's find this useful. <3
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DIY Lightbox by ~K3lit0 Suggester Says: Gives us an amazing step by step guide describing in detail on making an inexpensive lightbox. K3lit0 should be praised for giving us artists with not much spending money a way to create a cheap and a well needed item to further our art. ( Suggested by Romaji and Featured by shelldevil )
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trekatu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
many thanks.
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emmavictoria88 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so amazing! Thank you, you may have just saved me weeks of stress and worry!
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
glad it was useful for someone, good luck with the photography :)
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MRPennisi Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool idea. I will use that too. THANK U!!!=)
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mederu69 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
What a wonderful tutorial! I will definitely have to make one of these.
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Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Simple yet effective.
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AdeliciaKaya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
WOW
if i wasnt too lazy i would have made it hihi
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
It's not too hard if you get somebody else to cut the mats! :)
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Ruby-Blackthorn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Photographer
Oh wow :D Im going to have to try this. I can never get the right lighting in my house and this should be great for my new college project.
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lcuadrado Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Faving for future reference! Thank you :)
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
You're welcome. Thanks for the fav, and I'm glad it is useful to you. <3
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Kachumi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thats cool!
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMFGOddess, it's absolutely cool! :)
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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Tuedelluetti Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a lightbox could be very useful for me to take photos of all the things that fit into it :D
Thank you very much for this Tutorial and congratulations on the DD! :party:
:+favlove:

Yami ~
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Thanks! I hope it is useful to you. :)
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for putting up this tutorial.
I've been looking into making a lightbox like this for a while for my business. This tutorial helped a lot!
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Ah I'm glad it was useful to you, thanks for the comment!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The pleasure's all mine.
Thanks again!
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you so much for this! congrats on the DD as well.
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thanks!
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Shunhades Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Very useful thank you =3
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thank you! :)
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illusionwaltz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
YOURE A GOD, dsbvxcgfjhghagsdjga thank you for sharing! :la:
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
You're welcome! :) Glad you liked it!
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princesstrawberry27 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
This is awesome! Thank you so much for this! :)
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you / You're welcome! :)
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DoomSong8765 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
OMFG. SO THATS HOW PEOPLE DO THEM PHOTOS WITH WHITE BGS :U Epic win man. I fav'd [and no i not being sarcastic i never knew that ^^; ]
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
:) it's ok, I didn't think you were sarcastic. I didn't know until about a year ago either, and it's really surprising to see the difference.

Thank you for the fav and comment!
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DoomSong8765 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
NP c:
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soraxriku09 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconvladsmileplz: nice
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
:o

Thanks! lol
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you for sharing this. Congratulations on the DD.
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you and thank you :D
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house-mouse Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I wasn't expecting to find this, but it's one of those times when I know I'll need it, since I'm putting together a portfolio. Great, thank you!
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Oh I hope it's useful for you! If you take any photos with it, I'd like to see!

Good luck with your portfolio.
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InperFectionCreation Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Total respect... :clap:
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thanks!
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Dykah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
wow that is so cool <3
it would totally come in handy.
did you think of this yourself?
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Sort of. I saw a tutorial online that involved cutting up a box. It didn't go well, and so I was going to make it out of foam-core but my boss said, "just use the precut mats," and I did. It turned out better than I could have ever hoped, so I made instructions hoping to save some people time/money etc.

Thanks for the comment :D
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burdensdown Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
incredible stuff
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you!
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ilopezmiranda Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Exelent, Ideal to my miniatures =P
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Yes that is what it was originally designed for, so it should work well for that scale ;D It's cool to see other people on dA who paint minis lol.
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Disney-shit23 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
thanks for this 'cuz i was thinking "how can i do..."
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
You're welcome. Glad I could help :nod:
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monkeypress Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Cool
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K3lit0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thanks :nod:
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Quaisor Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
so that's how they do it! this is freaking awesome. it's going to help me so much! thanks for doing this.
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