Artistic Projection: Top Projectors for Creative Cinematics

An art projector could be the tool you never knew you needed. As an artist, using a projector can improve your artwork and simplify your processes.

Photorealist artists have been using these useful gadgets for decades. But any artist can benefit from adding a projector to their studio.

It makes it so much easier to enlarge your designs, trace on canvas, or even outline a mural. 

SaleBestseller No. 1
BenQ TH575 1080p DLP Gaming Projector, 3800 Lumen, 16.7ms Low Latency, Enhanced Game-Mode, High Contrast, Rec.709, Dual HDMI, 3D Ready, Auto Vertical Keystone, 1.1x Zoom, 3 year Warranty
  • NEW 2023 MODEL: Upgraded 3800 ANSI Lumens paired with an improved 15,000:1 contrast ratio (FOFO) when compared to its predecessor, TH585P.
  • 1080P RESOLUTION: 1080p Full HD image quality with 3800 ANSI lumen for ultimate gaming experiences in well-lit environment
  • LOW LATENCY: 16ms (1080p@60Hz) low input lag and microsecond DMD fast response ensure ultra-smooth gaming experiences
  • HIGH CONTRAST RATIO: Produces deeper black fine details in dark scenes without washout.
  • TAKING VIDEO GAMES TO THE BIG SCREEN: The short throw projection produces big 100" images from just 10.8ft for total gaming immersion
Bestseller No. 2
[Auto Focus/4K Support] Projector with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, 600ANSI Native 1080P Outdoor Movie Projector, WiMiUS P62 Auto 6D Keystone & 50% Zoom, Smart Home Projector for iOS/Android/TV Stick
  • ➤【Innovative Auto Focus and Auto Keystone Correction】WiMiUS's first auto focus projector is here! P62 video projector adopts auto-focus and 6D auto-keystone technology, Say goodbye to troublesome manual adjustment, and you can get a clear rectangular picture within 5 seconds after starting up! The built-in displacement sensor can detect the movement of the projector at all times. Even if the projector is moved, the P62 can automatically adjust the focus and correct the image.
  • ➤【Native 1080P & 600 ANSI & 20000:1 Contrast Ratio】P62 WiFi and Bluetooth projector adopts imported concentrating technology glass lens, with high-definition native 1080P and 20000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio, and supports 4K video. With 99% NTSC technology, it highly restores the original image without compressing the picture quality, giving you the best game and movie look and feel.
  • ➤【The First Wi-Fi 6 Projector】Wi-Fi 6 is not only compatible with 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, the maximum rate can reach 9.6G bps. As the first projector equipped with WiFi 6, the P62 can achieve smoother and more stable content transmission when used with a WiFi 6 router, and the projection will no longer be delayed and stuck, which greatly improves the gaming experience and wireless projection experience. Ideal for patrons who prefer a big screen movie/game experience.
  • ➤【Upgrade Bluetooth 5.2 and Hi-Fi Built-in Speaker】The Bluetooth projector P62 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 chip, which supports stable connection to various Bluetooth speakers, bringing you more shocking and immersive sound. With built-in 12W stereo speakers, P62 is both a smart projector and a standalone Bluetooth speaker, providing great loud sound for your home theater without connecting external speakers.
  • ➤【Fully Sealed Engine and Multi-device Connection】P62 is based on a fully sealed optical core, which is not easy to enter dust, effectively reducing screen black spots and image quality loss, so that P62 can accompany you for a longer time. Equipped with AV/USB*2/HDMI*2/audio ports, it can easily connect Phone/PC/TV Stick/Switch. ➤For any questions, our 24/7 after-sales email support, 2-year Money Back guarantee, 3-year Repair, and Lifetime Technical Support are at your service.
SaleBestseller No. 3
[Auto Focus/4K Support] Projector with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, YABER Pro V9 600 ANSI Native 1080P Outdoor Movie Projector, Auto 6D Keystone & 50% Zoom, Home Theater Projector for Phone/TV Stick/PC
  • ➤【Smart Auto Focus & Auto 6D Keystone Correction】Effortlessly getting a clear and well-aligned image in 5 Seconds after powering on! YABER 4k projector comes with auto-focus and 6D auto-keystone technology, save hassle of manually adjusting, easily set up for movies or games.With the built-in displacement gyroscope and sensor, this smart projector can automatically detect changes and movement in the environment, adjusting the picture accordingly to ensure it stays clear.
  • ➤【4K Support & 600ANSI & 20000:1 Contrast Ratio】Light up your viewing!The wifi projector utilizes latest AI optical algorithms, paired with German high-transmittance lens, boasting an impressive 600 ANSI lumens of brightness. Features native 1080P resolution and support for 4K movie playback, the V9 delivers a 20000:1 high contrast ratio for perfect detailing. Also, our projector offers a wide color gamut, including 121% sRGB and 99% NTSC, ensuring the most precise color reproduction possible.
  • ➤【Latest WiFi 6 Projector】Wi-Fi 6 is compatible with 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, with the maximum rate up to 9.6G bps.Compared with the 5G network,it has three times faster speed, larger capacity for data transfer, and lower latency, which means our 4k projector with WiFi and Bluetooth can provide more stable and smoother transmission between devices and projector when used with a WiFi 6 router.Say goodbye to the lag and hello to uninterrupted wireless projection.
  • ➤【Upgraded Bluetooth 5.2 & Hi-Fi Speaker】Yaber V9 home theater projector 4k has 12W built-in Hi-Fi Speakers, offering a 360 degree surrounding immersive experience, and bringing you a stunning and loud sound enjoyment for home theater.Besides, you can link to various external Bluetooth devices such as headphones and speakers. The upgraded Bluetooth 5.2 chip can transmit stable audio 60% more efficiently and minimize damage to sound quality.
  • ➤【Fully-Sealed Engine & Wide Compatibility】V9 outdoor movie projector is designed base on fully-sealed optical concept, which means it will not easy to enter dust, effectively reducing black spots and image loss, and extending the lifespan of the projector.Equipped with AV/USB*2/HDMI*2/audio ports, it can easily connect to Phone/PC/TV Stick/Switch.Any problem please be free to contact our after-sale email, Yaber offers 24/7 service6-Month back and 3-Year repair, lifetime technical support:)
SaleBestseller No. 4
HAPPRUN Projector, Native 1080P Bluetooth Projector, Portable Outdoor Movie Projector, Full HD Mini Projector with Speaker for Home Bedroom, Compatible with Smartphone,HDMI,USB,AV,Fire Stick,PS5
  • 💖 【Native 1080P Full HD Resolution】If you looking for a high quality projector of 1920*1080 clear picture, HAPPRUN H1 Native 1080P projector must be your top choice. You could enjoy Full HD movies and TV Show with HD sharper, brighter, and richer images at night. H1 projector equipped with 1920*1080 native resolution, excellent brightness and 10000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio.
  • 💖 【Bluetooth 5.1 Function & HiFi Stereo Speaker】 Watching movies and videos with cinema-level surround effect would please you more, and all you need is a 1080P Bluetooth projector. Wireless connecting to headphone, speakers, soundbar and other audio equipment through Bluetooth for crisp clear sound quality. Or You could also enjoy in your small movie room/bedroom by mini projector built-in Hi-Fi stereo speakers. (Could only connects to Bluetooth audio devices)
  • 💖【Plug & Play,Connect to Smartphone】We all know that WiFi would cause signal delay, but a wired connection from phone to hdmi projectors would provide a more stable signal. Especially when go outside traveling or have outdoor night party, its hard to find WiFi. But you could still have a easy time with a phone projector. Have a good time at garden parties, backyard movie night, outdoor camping and more. You deserve it.
  • 💖【40"-200" Projection Size For All Rooms】Searching for a mini portable projector that would work in your bedrooms? Also want it portable to work for the outdoor movie night? Then you should try HAPPRUN projectors. 40-200 inches projection display at 6.8-16.4 feet projection distance, home or outside at your will. The portable projector supports desktop/overhead ceiling/tripod placement. ±15°Keystone correction & 50% zoom make setting up and getting the perfect screen position a breeze. Indoors & outdoors in one go.
  • 💖【Compatible with TV Stick,Endless Entertainment】A TV that can go up to 200inches cost thousands, but a HD TV projector won't. The home theater video projector equip with ports of HDMI / USBx2 / AV / 3.5mm headphone jack, compatible with Fire TV Stick, Roku, DVD, Laptop, USB Flash Drive, Computer, Headphone, External Speaker, iPhone, Android,apple iPad, PS5, PS4, etc. HAPPRUN mini projector is perfect for home entertainment, backyard, gaming, yoga, music and parties.
Bestseller No. 5
GooDee Smart 4K Projector with 5G WIFI and Bluetooth, Netflix/Amazn Prime Video Certified, Dolby Audio, 800ANSI Outdoor Projector, 400" Zoom Home Theater Projector Compatible with TV Stick,iOS,Android
  • Smart Projector with Netflix-Certified: GooDee upgraded YG600-Movin got the authorization from Netflix/Prime Video/YouTube etc which allows you play video movie directly. Mirror or cast from mobile phone cannot play movie (for Netflix/Amazon Prime Video/Hulu/Disney+ etc) due to copyright issue. Support wireless screen mirroring for IOS, Android, and Windows devices.
  • FHD 4K Projector with 5G/2.4G WIFI Support: GooDee Adopt Native 1080P Screen to display which have Higher clarity, delicacy, brightness. We are truly full HD home theater projector. 4K Projector Support allows you to decoding 4k 3840*2160. You can enjoy the stunning effects of 4K movies. Ultra-fast 5G WiFi offers you much smoother and lag free online video streaming experience. Perfect for sport TVs, playing games, etc.
  • Dolby Audio & Latest 5.2 Bluetooth: Built in 2* 5W speaker, YG600-Movin brings an ultra clear and powerful stereo surround sound. Genuine Dolby audio ensures crisp highs, strong midranges, booming bass. With latest Bluetooth 5.2 projector, you can enlarger the sound via bluetooth speaker especially in your outdoor backyard. Immersing yourself in a cinematic experience.
  • Max 400” Screen & 800 ANSI Lumen: GooDee wifi projector adopts 6 layers high Refractive glass lens which delivers a evenly distributed, no-blurry-edges image; Using Germany imported chips and Japanese native light bulbs which double level up the image brightness, clarity, color richness, restore the authenticity of color to the maximum extent. Perfect for indoor outdoor home theater. The adjustable, extra-large screen offers wonderful visual effect.
  • With 50%-100% Zoom & No More Black dot & Keystone: GooDee outdoor movie projector not only offers 50-100% zoom, enabling screen adjust up to 400" without relocating the projector, but also supports manual keystone to correct distorted images. Adopting imported High-tech materials, it can block dust and prolong the life of the projector. GooDee provides lifetime technical support, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Bestseller No. 6
GooDee Projector 4K With WiFi And Bluetooth Supported, FHD 1080P Mini Projector For Outdoor Moives, 5G Video Projector For Home Theater Dolby Audio Zoom Portable Projector TV Stick PPT (YG600 Plus)
  • 💝 4K Projector & 600 ANSI Lumen: GooDee all new upgraded mini wifi projector adopts 6 layers high Refractive glass lens which means this portable projector will deliver a evenly distributed, no-blurry-edges image; Using Germany imported chips and Japanese native light bulbs which bouble level up the image brightness, clarity, color richness, restore the authenticity of color to the maximum extent. Best suits for indoor outdoor use.
  • 👫 Faster & Stable 2.4G/5G WiFi & Bluetooth Connection: Owning GooDee projector with wifi and bluetooth, which allows you to synchronize smartphone screen by both 2.4G and 5G WiFi, Ultra-fast 5G WiFi offers you much smoother and lag free online video streaming experience. Just one -time wifi connection. By connecting newest built-in 5.2 Bluetooth, you can enjoy the various bluetooth speaker sound.
  • 💝 300 “Max Screen with Zoom Function: GooDee outdoor movie projector provides zoom 50% to 100% which means you can adjust the screen size at a fixed place, you don’t need to move the video projector any more. Just bring the home movie theater back to your home, enjoy ultra-clear large-screen movies as if you were in a movie theater.
  • 👫 Dolby Audio & Built-in Hi-Fi Stereo Speaker: As a multi-function home cinema projector, YG600 Plus has built-in 2* 5W speaker giving a ultra clear and powerful sound. Just one click to start your night life. Genuine Dolby authorization, so that you will no longer have only the picture but no sound, and enjoy the ultimate 3D surround sound.
  • 💝 No More Black dot & Lifetime Warranty: Adopting imported High-tech materials, it can block dust and prolong the life of the projector. GooDee provides a lifetime warranty, if there have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 7x24 online.
SaleBestseller No. 7
AuKing Projector, 2024 Upgraded Mini Projector, Full HD 1080P Home Theater Video Projector, Compatible with HDMI/USB/VGA/AV/Smartphone/TV Box/Laptop
  • ★【AuKing 2024 Upgraded Projector】With latest 1080p Full HD resolution supported, AuKing portable projector brings you a clear and sharp detailed images. Adopted the latest color reproduction technology, every details on the screen is accurately restored to ensure a real and color-vibrant viewing effect.
  • ★【Huge Screen & Long Bulb Life】200 inch large projection screen brings an immersive viewing experience. AuKing portable projector provides a 35~200 inches projection size with 3.6ft to 16.4ft projection distance. Use it for more than 15 years due to the powerful cooling system cools the heat of bulb effectively, extending the lamp's life up to 55,000 hours. More durable than previous models.
  • ★【Low Noise & Dual Stereo Speakers】Thanks to advanced noise reduction technology, the fan noise of AuKing Upgraded phone projector is reduced by 80%. Built-in dual stereo speakers provide you with loud and crystal clear sound quality. Connecting to external speakers will achieve a higher sound quality If you want.
  • ★【Multiple Devices Connection & Portable】Our portable movie projector is fit for playing videos, photo sharing, football matches, etc. Equipped with HDMI, VGA, AV, and USB interfaces, it can be perfectly connected to smartphones, laptops, pads, USB drives, and TV boxes to enjoy big games. ★★★When connecting with phone, an extra HDMI adapter is needed to be purchased separately. Due to copyright of Apps, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, etc. can only play via TV Stick, Roku, etc.★★★
  • ★【2 Year Satisfied Warranty】AuKing team offers every customer 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If you have any problems while using it, please feel free to contact us. Please rest assured that we also have 2-year warranty. Not recommended for PPT, or business presentation, it is a home theater projector. Just feel free to enjoy a fun outdoor home theater.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Mini Projector for iPhone, ELEPHAS 2024 Upgraded 1080P HD Projector, 8000L Portable Projector with Tripod and Carry Bag, Movie Projector Compatible with Android/iOS/Windows/TV Stick/HDMI/USB
  • [Smallest HD Projector]: Elephas mini projector is designed with 2024 new upgraded technology, comparable to the size of a smart phone, you can easily hold it in your hand. This HD projector compatible with the iOS/Android/Windows.
  • [Projector With Carry Bag & Tripod]: The portable projector includes a mini stand and carry bag, portable power station support, enjoy your leisure life is very convenient to use the projector indoors or outdoors. (portable power station not include)
  • [Projector With the Latest Technology]: The smart projector using Germany's OSRAM LED projection technology, 1080P HD support; Equipped with German emerald glass lens, 24-bit true color(more than 16.77 million colors) support, 200 inches huge screen, provide detailed images for indoor and outdoor entertainment. Mini projector use the efficient heat dissipation system, which greatly reduces fan noise, with built-in HIFI speaker, provide excellent sound quality without external speakers.
  • [Multimedia function] This Movie projector is equipped with multiple ports, such as USB/HDMI/AV/Audio/Chromecast interface, which can be easily connected to a variety of media devices, compatible with Laptop, PCs, TV Box, TV Stick, Chrome Book, Tablets, Blue-ray DVD player, USB Flash Drive, Media players, Smartphones. ❀( Note: Due to HDCP copyright, this mini projector doesn't support Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, but you could use Amazon Fire Stick or Roku Stick.)
  • [Specialty support] ELEPHAS projectors possess CE, FCC, RoHS, PSE certificates, we also provide 3-years factory support, with 2 months free return. For any questions, please contact us, we will be here for you 24-7 for your satisfaction.
Bestseller No. 9
[Electric-Focus] 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector, TOPTRO TR23 Mini Projector Support 1080P, 15000 Lumen, 4D/4P Keystone& Zoom, Latest Dust-Proof Portable Projector, Outdoor Projector for iOS/Android/PS5
  • ❤️【15000 Lumens & Supports Full HD 1080P 】TOPTRO 2024 upgraded version TR23 projector supports 15000 Lumens, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 20000:1 contrast ratio, providing you with vivid, saturated images with outstanding clarity. This projector support 100%-50% zoom, allows you to get the right screen size without frequently adjusting the distance, especially when it is suspended from the ceiling. TR23 portable projector will create the perfect personal home theater for you and your family.
  • ❤️【Electric-Focus & 4D/4P Correction】In order to meet customer needs, the TR23 mini projector has been upgraded with electric focus, just press and hold the focus button to quickly focus the screen to capture a sharp image. Compared with other home projectors, it is more convenient and faster to focus. The 4D/4P correction function allows you to easily adjust all four points and all 4 sides on the projection screen through the remote control, you can adjust the image to a rectangle easily.
  • ❤️【Fully Sealed Optical Machine Design】The TR23 bluetooth projector uses unique craftsmanship to make every detail exude exquisite charm. It breaks the traditional appearance and makes it both fashionable and portable. Adopting a fully sealed optical system that prevents dust pollution on optical components (IP5X certification), Say goodbye to screen yellowing, black dots, and light leakage issues. And the noise is greatly reduced, allowing you to enjoy an immersive home theater experience.
  • ❤️【Ultra-fast 5G/2.4G WiFi & 5.2 Bluetooth】This WiFi projector is equipped with an advanced 5G WiFi chip, which can effectively avoid signal interference. This makes the transmission more stable and faster preventing lag and freezing of the screen during playback. Also, this mini projector includes two built-in speaker and supports the 5.2 Bluetooth function, which allows connection with Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth speakers, Sound bars, and AirPods without hassle.
  • ❤️【Shocking Stereo Sound & Professional After-Sales】After 5 years of polishing the sound design technology, the customized super large sound cavity has created the TR23 projector's 360-degree stereo surround sound quality. Strong heat dissipation, more stable performance and longer use. TOPTRO provides 1-year money-back guarantee and 3-Year repair, lifetime professional technical support. Any problems, please let us know.
SaleBestseller No. 10
[270°Adjustable Stand] Mini projector with WiFi and Bluetooth, Outdoor Portable Movie Projector 1080P Support, Auto Keystone Home Projector for Phone/TV Stick/Laptop, WiMiUS Latest S27
  • 🌟【270° Built-in Stand & All in One Hand】More stable triangular stand, allowing you to effortlessly adjust the angle for the perfect viewing experience. With a net weight of just 1.32 lb, small but not simple, instantly project your movie further onto the ceiling. Take it anywhere, and savor high-quality visuals, whether you're indoors or enjoying an outdoor movie night.
  • 🌟【Superior 1.26:1 Projection Throw Ratio & Zoom】Whether you're in a cozy attic, bedroom, RV, or a larger space, this mini projector seamlessly adapts to your environment. Compared to others, it saves you 1.74 ft of distance for a 100" screen. Offering a projection size range of 40~200 inches with distances from 3.6ft to 17.7ft, it has 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios and 85% zoom out for a versatile viewing experience.
  • 🌟【Auto Keystone Correction & 1080P Supported】Say farewell to distorted images with our auto vertical keystone correction, enjoying your home theater without alignment concerns. With 1080P supported resolution and remarkable 15000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio, it faithfully reproduces real color content. Additionally, benefit from convenient features like Online Update(OTA), Auto Sleep mode, and Brightness & Color Temperature Adjustment.
  • 🌟【2.4G/5G Dual Band WiFi & Bluetooth 5.2】Dual assurance with both 5G and 2.4G speedy WiFi options, along with dependable wired connections. In addition to wireless screen mirroring through Miracast and Airplay, S27 supports wired screen mirroring, enabling seamless YouTube streaming under a wired connection. Connect Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or AirPods more stably with Bluetooth 5.2.
  • ❤️️【Versatile Interfaces & Seamless Shopping】Equipped with HDMI, USB, and 3.5mm audio port, S27 projector easily connects to your Phone, Laptop, PC, TV Stick, PS5, or Switch. Plus, it makes a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, and New Year celebrations. ➤Note: S27 is not battery-powered and needs to to be plugged in during use.➤For any questions, our 24/7 after-sales email support, 2-year Money Back guarantee, 3-year Repair, and Lifetime Technical Support are at your service.

Depending on the type, you can project either a digital or physical image onto a larger surface. That makes it very handy to enlarge sketches on a canvas for example.

It’s also essential if you want to keep the same dimensions as your original design, but on a large scale. Not only will it save you time, but you’ll get more accurate results than sketching it from scratch.

Digital projectors have other uses, too. You can transform a room into a mini home cinema by projecting movies onto a wall. In an instant, any blank wall can become a cinema screen!

But choosing the right projector isn’t so straightforward. There are a few different types of projectors to pick between.

It used to be that you had to use slide projectors and get a slide made up for every design. But with improvements in technology, things have changed a lot since then.

Now, you can find digital art projectors at reasonable prices. That makes them more accessible, so it’s not only professional artists who can afford one.

That means you have the choice of a digital art projector or the traditional slide projector. Not to mention opaque projectors and overhead projectors!

It’s enough to make your head swim with all the options!

And that’s before we get onto different brands, prices, and features to consider.

If you’ve been considering investing in a projector, don’t stress. I’ve put together this comprehensive guide to the best art projectors out there.

First, I’ll get onto the reviews. I’ve shopped around and researched the best art projectors to save you the work! 

Then, I’ll explain quickly the various types and how they work. I’ll share my tips on what to look for when shopping for the best art projector.

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Digital Art Projector

Before we get onto the reviews, there are a few basics you should know about. So, let’s get stuck in! 

What Are Art Projectors Used for?

If you’re not familiar with projectors, then this article could be a revelation for you! 

Many artists use an image projector to enlarge a sketch, photo, or image onto a canvas. You can even project it onto a wall to paint a giant mural.

That makes it so much easier to create large-scale projects that are accurate. You won’t need to spend so long trying to get your proportions right.

Art projectors are essential tools for Photorealist or abstract artists. If you want to recreate a picture down to the tiniest detail, you need the accuracy of a projector.

Once you’ve created a sketch you’re happy with, you can project it onto your canvas. It means you can perfect your design on a small scale and just blow it up onto your larger canvas.

That makes your process so much quicker, easier, and stress-free. You won’t need to worry about messing up your canvas or having to start over from scratch many times.

They are also handy when you’re working to a strict deadline and need a quick turnaround on a project.

Other uses for art projectors include displaying digital art, animations, and 3D projects. 

If you like to work with media like optical illusions or art displays, a projector could be vital.

As you can see, a projector for drawing and tracing is a useful tool. Almost all artists will find it a helpful addition to their art supplies.

What are the Different Types of Projectors?

There are four main types of projectors available. Which type you go for will depend on the kind of artwork you make, your needs, and your budget.

Here’s a quick explanation of each type of projector.

Digital Projectors

Digital projectors tend to be the most expensive but also the easiest to use.

Another name for digital projectors is a home theatre projector. These are the type of projectors you can also use for projecting animations, videos, and movies.

Digital projectors have improved hugely in recent years in accuracy and brightness. They are also more affordable than they used to be. 

Another big bonus is that they can project any digital image. So, you don’t need to worry about printing it or getting your design made into a slide.

You can generally project your images from a memory card. The other option is to transfer them from your laptop, tablet, camera, or smartphone.

Having these different options makes it very versatile and user-friendly. Plus, it means that you don’t need to prepare materials in advance like with slide or opaque projectors.

Opaque Projectors

An opaque projector can be handy if you’d like to enlarge a sketch or photo onto a canvas or a wall. 

There are a few things that you’ll need to keep in mind. Firstly, the room needs to be dark for an opaque projector to work well. 

Secondly, you’ll have to print out the image or sketch it by hand to use with your opaque projector. It needs to fit the opening of your model, so it should be around 5 inches large.

That requires some forethought and access to a printer. 

Opaque projectors vary in power and price. You can get very basic models for a cheap price, but they may not be very accurate or powerful.

If you can pay a little more, you can get better quality. But in that case, you might be better off saving up for a decent digital projector with less hassle to use.

Slide Projectors

The third type of projector dates back to the ’60s. Artists commonly used slide projectors to enlarge their designs. But this process is a bit more complicated.

That’s because before you can use a slide projector, you’ll need to make a slide of the design. You might have to outsource this part of the process.

Once you have the slide, you can fit it into the projector to blow up your sketch. 

Slide projectors can be more accurate than opaque projectors. But that depends on the brand and model. 

You also have to accept the inconvenience of slide projectors. If you like to create spontaneous art, it can cramp your style.

Overhead Projectors

You might be familiar with the good old overheard projector from the classroom. Many teachers used them to project worksheets or lessons onto the whiteboard.

But artists can also use overhead projects to enlarge their sketches. This way, you can transfer a small design onto a much larger canvas.

To use an overhead projector, you’ll need to create a transparent version of your design. But that’s easy to do nowadays.

You can print on transparency film using a printer you already have if you buy the right type of supplies.

But it’s worth noting that overheard projectors don’t come cheap. I’d recommend thinking carefully about how often you’ll use it before you shell out for one. 

Slide projectors and overhead projectors can both be found much cheaper secondhand. So if you’re on a budget, don’t rush into buying the first projector you come across.

If you’re willing to shop around and wait for a bargain, you could save a lot of money!

Do I Want a Digital Projector or An Opaque Projector?

Digital projectors are more modern and versatile. You can display digital images and connect a digital projector to your laptop or even for your phone.

As a result, they are speedy and easy to use. You can also play videos or films on a digital projector, making them multipurpose.

Another benefit is that you can adjust the image on the projector itself. For example, you can switch before color and black and white on many digital projectors.

However, digital projectors don’t tend to come cheap. That makes them less accessible for anyone on a budget, including students.

If you just need to transfer your designs onto a larger surface, an opaque projector may be all you need.

Opaque projects tend to be less expensive than digital models. But they’re not as convenient because you’ll need to print out the sketch to fit the projector opening.

Once you’ve done that, they’re pretty straightforward to use. For a cost-effective way to enlarge your designs, consider getting an opaque projector.

Opaque projectors are also simpler bits of kit, making them easy to repair or maintain. For example, you can swap out light bulbs yourself. 

How to Choose the Best Art Projector

When you’re looking for the best art projector for tracing in instance, there are a few factors to consider. 

You know all about the different types of projectors now, so you should know which type fits your needs.

But there are other things to think about to ensure you get the best tracing projector for you.

Portable or Overhead Projector?

First, you should decide whether you need a fixed or portable projector. A fixed or overhead projector can sometimes be more precise.

But you lose a lot of flexibility if you have a fixed projector. If you’re looking for the best projector for murals, portability is essential.

Unless you only ever work from one place, you should go for a compact, portable projector. That’s true even if you just want to switch up the direction or angle within your studio, too.

There are some excellent portable projectors on the market now. So, getting a smaller, compact projector doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.


Some projectors will be brighter than others. The best digital art projectors tend to have LED lights rather than regular bulbs. LEDs are brighter, last longer, and don’t overheat.

The projector’s brightness shouldn’t be a significant problem if you’re working in the studio.

But if you need to work outside, then checking the brightness is critical. That’s especially true if you’re working on murals in bright daylight and full sun.

In that case, look for the brightest projector possible. The brightness is measured in lumens (sometimes referred to as lux). 


You’ll want to check the connectivity of any model before you buy. The best digital projector will have WiFi connectivity so you can transfer images without cables.

But this feature isn’t available for all models. However, most projectors will have USB ports and memory card slots. 

Size of Your Room

One last thing you shouldn’t overlook is to double-check the projector will work with your studio’s size. 

You should look up the throw distance of the projector and see whether it matches your studio.

Projectors can fall under three different categories. These range from ultra-short throw to short throw and long throw.

You’ll need to buy the right type of projector for your room. So, make sure you measure up first!

Otherwise, you could find that the projector doesn’t fit your room’s dimensions. You don’t want to discover that after you’ve parted with your cash.

How Does an Art Projector Work?

Projectors used to work by shining light through a translucent film onto the wall.  Nowadays, most digital projectors work in a similar but slightly different way. 

You choose an image or video and open it on your projector. Then, it will appear on the display of the projector.

Next, a very bright light shines through the LCD. As a result, the pixels on the display are projected onto the surface in front of the projector.

Slide projectors will throw the image on the slide onto the wall. And overhead projectors enlarge whatever is on the transparency film in the same way.

Opaque projectors differ as they also use mirrors. They still work by beaming bright light onto the physical image (hand-drawn or printed). 

But you’ll also find mirrors and a lens carefully positioned within an opaque projector. They reflect the image in larger proportions onto the wall. 

Best art projectors - Digital projector

The Best Projectors for Artists

The Wrap Up

Buying the right art projector can seem like a daunting task at first. But once you narrow down the type of projector you want, you’re halfway there.

You need to compare the different factors laid out in our buying guide and consider your budget.

Keeping these things in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect projector for tracing and drawing.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out the recommended products above! 

There’s something for everyone at every price point. But they’ve been carefully picked out as the best art projectors around right now!

Let me know which one you go for in the comments. And if you have any questions about the best projector for tracing images, ask away. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Happy tracing!

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Outmane is the founder of Proactive Creative. He is an artist/designer.

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