Arcade Marquee

Back in the 80s and 90s, video game arcades were all the rage. You’d pay a small fee to enter and play as many games as you liked. It was great fun, but it also wasn’t cheap! So, with that in mind, here’s how to build an Arcade Marquee lightbox so you can show off your favourite arcade artwork on your wall at home – no coins required!

What you need

– Epson Printer (or any other printer with a high resolution that can print on vinyl)
– The favourite Arcade Marquee artwork of your choice
– A lightbox, or something else that can act as one. I used a lamp and my parents’ Ikea coffee table.
– A sharpie and white card

The build

Arcade Marquee lightboxes are perfect for showcasing your favourite artworks. If you’re up for the challenge, follow this step-by-step guide and in a matter of hours you’ll have something truly unique! This was my entry for our company Creative Jam; an arcade lightbox.

The Software

I got a Photoshop template from somewhere on the internet. I imported all my images and lined them up. The only drawback was that there was a lot of blank space in between the images, so I had to cut out any excess black around each image, then use the distort tool to make it all fit into place. Finally, I exported the graphic file as a PNG with transparent background, which saved me some work in front end.

The Result

In the end, my idea manifested itself into a lightbox that displays your favourite Arcade Marquee artwork with your choice of five different neon colours. All you need is a smartphone, some cardboard, and a sharpie!

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