Plotter B Large Format Printing

For printing A2, A1, A0, Banner sizes.

Things to know

An all-rounder colour printer, the ColorWave 3800 is designed for wider graphic arts applications and offers high quality, instant dry and waterproof prints. Plotter B1 and B2 do not differ in quality or speed.

Trying to print A2? Scroll down for the A2 printing guide.

Large Format Printing Procedures

Read our detailed guide on how to print to our large format printers. See also printing from the Student Labs and Staff printing.

Before you begin

Pro Tip: For optimising the quality of your graphics and avoiding pixelation due to scaling issues, it is important that you are;

  • Consistent in the formatting of your prints from digital to physical print

  • Ensure the dimensions of your page in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc, to be exactly same as the dimensions to print on. i.e. Don’t set up your page as A3 and print as A1.

Printing Guides

Ensure documents are properly sized to the desired print dimensions (A2, A1, A0 etc.). Incorrect sizing/print settings will cause printer queue to pause and manually delete jobs from the printer (inconvenient).

In this section:

  • Printing Guide

  • Student Labs

  • Staff Printing

  • Banner Printing

  • Troubleshooting

How to print:

  1. Open your PDF at the quick-print station and select your desired Plotter 1 or Plotter 2.

2. Open Page Setup, select your document size and layout.

3. Open Properties to see the detailed Plotter settings menu.

  • The only two settings to change/alter in this window is the print size and the colour mode.

    • Page as in Application - select the appropriate page size (A2, A1, A0 or Custom).

    • Colour mode - Colour or True Black and White Vectors print.

    • Hit OK to apply settings and return to the print menu.

4. Once you hit Print in the Print Menu, you will be faced with the following window to confirm the settings and size of your print - if correct, hit OK to print.

5. Scan your Card on the reader (if printing from a student lab, Skip this step - your job will be sent to the print-release station).

6. Release from the print-release station.

  • Ensure the price matches the stated cost, if it is incorrect there may be an issue with your settings. It is advised to go back, check your settings and re-send the job.

  • Press Print to release the job to the printer.

7. Collect your prints from the appropriate printer.

Printing A2 on Plotter B1 and B2

Students often having trouble printing A2 because they have not selected the correct settings. Please follow these instructions for a correctly-sized print.

  1. Open your file in Acrobat and press 'Print'.

  2. In the Print window, select either Plotter B1 or Plotter B2.

  3. Ensure 'Choose paper source by PDF page size' is not ticked.

  4. Click 'Page Setup' and choose size 'A2 (420x594mm)'.

  5. Click 'OK'.

  6. Click 'Print'. The Océ Preview window will open.

  7. In the Océ Preview window, check the dimensions shown on the preview. Do not change any settings in this window.

  8. Click 'Print'. Your print has now been sent to the release station.

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