Unlock your inner artist!
So many creative possibilities
Your imagination is the only limit!
Learn to Draw!
Learn proportions and important lines by tracing photos of anything!
Amaze your friends!
Share a video of your freehand drawing! It makes a great personal greeting on their social media!
Create real one-of-a-kind artwork!
Trace on your Face!
Great for face painting or artistic makeup!
History - Camera Lucida
Tracing Projector is a modern take on an invention from more than two hundred years ago!
Camera Lucida consists of a mirror or prism that you position above the drawing surface. The mirror or prism reflects the object you would like to draw so that your eye sees the object superimposed on your drawing surface.
With Tracing Projector, you position your device above the drawing surface and aim your camera at the drawing area. Your device displays a photo of the object you would like to draw, superimposed on the camera view.
Learn more about Camera Lucida.
Easy to use
It’s easy to get started, and there are many advanced tricks you will discover as you draw more!
You’ll be amazed when you hold your device above a sheet of paper, and start to trace the image on your screen. Several built-in tools make it easy to focus on details, work in low light, and show off your creations with your friends!
The Home Screen
Once you launch Tracing Projector, you’ll have a few options. Not all of these are always presented depending on your device, as explained below.
Tripod Mode or Handheld Mode
If your device is iPhone 6s/6s Plus or iPad Pro or later, and running iOS 11.3 or later, you’ll get to choose between Tripod and Handheld modes.
Otherwise, your device only supports Tripod Mode, so the choice is not offered.
Tripod Mode: This is the simplest mode - you’ll need to hold your device very steady, and parallel to your drawing surface. Use a tripod, a stack of books, a drinking glass, or some other means to prop up your device where you can see the screen and also reach the drawing surface.
Handheld Mode: This mode uses Apple’s Augmented Reality framework to keep track of the drawing surface while you hold your device. You can move around somewhat freely while you draw. Important: Your device is not tracking the paper; it’s tracking the surface it’s on. Make sure the surface is horizontal or vertical, and fix your paper in place using tape or paperweights. Since your device is tracking its position using both camera and orientation sensors, you’ll need to be able to hold it far enough from the drawing surface that it can see most of the drawing area while you work. Works best on stable horizontal and vertical surfaces with good light and some visible surface detail.
Choose a photo
You can bring any image into Tracing Projector, or pick up where you left off.
Use your camera to take a new photo.
Open a photo from your Camera Roll to trace.
If you have an image on your clipboard you can start with that too.
Pick up where you left off. Tracing Projector saves your drawing image during each session. You can also return to any image you’ve traced – you can find them in the Saved Files screen.
The tool bar at the top of the screen gives you more to explore.
Visit the Tracing Projector page on Photility.com : It’s easy to return to this web page if you want to look for more information!
Look for available upgrades : This is where you will find the add-ons described under Pricing below.
See your past tracing images, snapshots, and videos : Return to your previous tracing images, snapshots, and saved recordings to trace again, view, or share. If your recording was interrupted, you can combine videos using the Edit mode here.
Change application settings : A variety of customizations are available. Control whether video is recorded automatically while drawing, automatically export snapshots and videos to your camera roll, control video speed, mute application sounds, and so on.
See the Help screen : Look for this icon throughout the app! Explanations for all of the controls throughout the application are available on the Help screen.
The Drawing Screen
Once you’ve selected an image to trace, there’s just a little bit of set-up before you start to draw.
Getting Started with Tripod Mode
Your device screen will shift to a view where the image you’ve selected is overlaid with whatever your device camera is pointed at.
Try dragging the images around on your screen. You can move the image with one finger, and change the size and rotate it with two fingers. The same goes for the camera view.
Get your device physically into position where the camera shows the area you want to fill with your drawing. Now move and resize the tracing image so that it fills the space you want to draw into.
Position the image on your screen so you can see what you’re doing. Use one finger to reposition the tracing image or the camera view. Use two fingers to stretch, pinch, or rotate the tracing image. Tap twice quickly to reset the position and size.
Now, jump down to Start Drawing to continue.
Getting Started with Handheld Mode
Your device screen will shift to a full-screen view of what your device camera is pointing at. Follow the animnated prompts on the screen, which will guide you through these general steps:
Normal Tracking - Watch the blue rectangle as you wave your device around slowly in the air above your drawing surface.
Surface Detected - The blue rectangle will flash solid when a surface is detected. Continue moving your device to make sure the blue rectangle is tracking the surface correctly.
Tap to Place Image - At this point you can tap the screen to place the image on the surface.
Position the Image - Drag the image around with one finger, or use two fingers to change its angle or size. If your device detected multiple surfaces, you should be able to find the desired surface by dragging the image around.
Now, jump down to Start Drawing to continue.
Look for the “lock canvas” icon on the toolbar.
Once your image is in place on your drawing surface, you’re ready to start drawing. Touch the “Lock Canvas” button to lock the image in place the drawing surface.
Now, you can us two fingers to zoom in on your drawing area, and the image will stay put. This allows you to trace fine details of the image.
Peek at your work
Use the slider at the bottom of the screen anytime to change the transparency of the tracing image until you can see both what you’re drawing and what you’re tracing. If your device supports Force Touch (iPhone 6s and later) you can press hard anywhere on the screen to “peek” through the tracing image to see how you’re doing.
Check out the tools!
Tracing Projector provides several tools while you’re drawing.
Work in good light : Use the flashlight to light up your drawing while you work! (Caution, consumes battery faster.
Lock the view : Tap the hand icon to lock or unlock the camera view to the tracing image so that you can position and resize them together
Lock the focus : If the camera keeps hunting for focus while you draw, tap the flower icon to lock the focus while you work. This stops the camera from hunting for focus and blurring your view.
Hide the Toolbar : Tap the menu icon to show or hide the toolbar icons while you draw.
Filters enhance your artwork : Try different filters to bring out different details and make your image easier to trace
Record a video : Tap the movie camera to record a video while you trace your image. You can share the video and amaze your friends with your drawing skill
Take a snapshot : Tap the snapshot icon to take a photo of your drawing while it’s in progress or when finished. You can share the photo and impress your friends
Trace on your face : (only available in Tripod mode) Tap the Swap Camera icon to switch between the back camera and front camera so that you can draw on yourself. Your tracing image is automatically flipped like you’re looking in a mirror.