Artograph Prism Art Projector Review

Artograph Prism Art Projector Review

I love working on DIY projects and adding an artistic touch to my home. One item that has come in handy over the years is my manual Artograph Prism Art Projector for scaling and tracing such items as photos, images and artwork and even small 3D objects. This Artograph Prism Art Projector Review details for crafter and artist alike all its features and benefits, pros and cons.

The Artograph Prism Art Projector features a reversible lens. The lens can enlarge images and even small 3D objects up to 20 times and the lens can also reduce by 80%.

By projecting in a darkened room the original item face down you can scale the original item up to the size you require and then trace it onto the surface of your working project, be it murals, furniture, canvas and so on. The list is endless.

You can adjust the size and sharpness of your projected image by, in turn, adjusting the distance between the projector and the intended project surface (the greater distance between them, the bigger the image projection) and then focusing the lens by sliding it in or out.

Features

  • A reversible lens that allows an enlargement range of up to 20 times the original image and also that allows a reduction of 80% of the original image.
  • The maximum copy area that the lens can see is 7 inches x 7 inches but the bigger the enlargement required, the less the copy area size becomes - usually down to 5 x 7 or 4 x 6. If your original image is larger than the copy area, you can remove the lid from the projector and move the original image and project and trace it section by section. Or you can also reduce the original image either digitally or by a copier to fit the 7 x 7 copy area.
  • Small 3D objects can be projected but you have to remove the projector lid and place a box or black cloth over the object to get rid of any ambient light which will compromise the image sharpness. For a 3D object that is larger than the copy area, the best solution is to simply take a photograph of it instead to project.
  • To prevent overheating, at the back of the projector there is a fan that draws air through a dual cooling channel system.
  • In addition, to protect from overheating the projector features a thermal overload circuit.
For vertical desktop projection, a sturdy Prism Table Stand is available that attaches easily. A Mobile Floor Stand with Adjustable Height for easy positioning is also available. Both are sold separately.

Product Performance

I've had my manual Artograph Prism Art Projector for a good 5 years now and have made very good use of it. In the beginning, it took a bit of time to adjust the positioning and focusing to get it just right but the more I used it, the easier and faster it got to do so. I place mine on a rolling cart but am really considering now purchasing the Mobile Floor Stand basically because it will take up less space the adjustable height will be much more convenient.

If I could change one thing about the projector it would be for a larger copy area. That would be a great time saver for me. Even so with my many hours of use, I have learned to work around that quite comfortably.

Also the projector will work best for you in a really dark room. My best tip I can offer is to do your projecting and tracing in the evening.

Dimensions

The Artograph Prism Art Projector weighs in at 11.9 pounds and measures 16 x 15 x 9 inches.

Pros

  • The reversible lens can both enlarge up to 20 times the size of the original image or reduce to 80% an original image.
  • The top-loading copy area is 7 inches x 7 inches.
  • The lid is removable and perfect to project large flat images and also books and small 3D objects as well.
  • A fan located at the back of the projector with cooling vents protects from overheating.
  • A thermal overload circuit also protects the projector from overheating.

Cons

  • The copy area of 7 inches x 7 inches could be bigger to avoid time-consuming tracing of larger originals in sections.
  • Absolute need to project in a completely dark room to be able to project and trace the clearest images.
  • Never use original images (especially old photographs) that are irreplaceable as the light and heat from the projector can be intense. Use copies instead.

Price

The manual Artograph Prism Art Projector falls into a higher price bracket but worth every penny.

Artograph Prism Art Projector Rating

Considering the years of service it has provided me and all the various ways I have used it to decorate my home, the Artograph Prism Art Projector is an excellent buy. It is actually a bargain when you compare it to a digital art projector which can run up to 3 times the cost.

Artograph Prism Art Projector