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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox iOS devices
In a recent hint it was mentioned that you could use your laptop as a lightbox for tracing artwork. Even better, you can trace on an iOS device, such as an iPad, with apps like Photoshop or Illustrator, if you want to trace something.

Using a screen forwarding utility like Air Display, you can use your iOS device as a secondary monitor for your desktop Mac. Simply drag your Illustrator/Photoshop/whatever window to that display, and you can walk around and trace whatever artwork you have displayed on the iOS screen. It servers as both the lightbox and the source artwork in one.

[kirkmc adds: I would be much more likely to do this with an iPad than a laptop, because of the iPad's glass screen. I guess you could even do this on an iPhone, if your art is very small.]
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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox
Authored by: geoffliang on Mar 01, '12 08:30:50AM

I've been using my iPad as a lightbox for my photography slides, especially to check out my images immediately after collecting them at the photo shop. Works better on my iPhone with the Retina Display (but not for long).

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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox
Authored by: redfood on Mar 01, '12 09:35:14AM
I would be much more likely to do this with an iPad than a laptop, because of the iPad's glass screen.
Huh? I don't all apple laptops have glass screens now? I wouldn't worry about the screen, I'd worry about stress on the laptop hinge.

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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 01, '12 09:43:31AM

My MacBook Air doesn't. (Late 2010.)

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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox
Authored by: marksch on Mar 02, '12 03:46:30AM

You can also use your iPad as:
- a cricket club
- a beer coaster
- a serving tray
- photo frame
- mirror
- frisbee
- ...

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Use your iPhone/iPad as portable lightbox
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 02, '12 10:44:43AM

Thank you. :-)

But the contributor has a valid point, given that people might own an iPad, and only occasionally have need for something as unwieldy as a Cintiq.



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