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The Professional Association for Design

Here at PPT, we have been proud, longtime supporters of AIGA (The Professional Association for Design). Their mission to bring design to the greater world and also to bring the world to designers is one that fosters the right creative environment.


One of the most exciting and engaging aspects of AIGA is that they regard design as multifaceted and diverse. They endeavor to advance design in the professional sense, the strategic sense and, perhaps most importantly, the cultural sense. Without design, what would the world and its societies look like? It is hard to imagine a world devoid of design as anything but sorrowful and uninspired.


The global reach of AIGA is possible because of the people who make it up and the force they provide. In the world of design, AIGA is known to be both the oldest and largest professional membership organization. To put this into perspective, AIGA is 70 chapters wide and more than 25,000 members deep. There is no denying the humanity at the foundation of the group is the reason for its longstanding success. Better yet, designers from all backgrounds and skill levels are welcomed in with open arms—there are no barriers to sharing the love and power of design.


So know that you know exactly who they are, you need to know just what they do. One of the biggest missions of AIGA is to make sure society understands the intrinsic value of design and how designers are important members of various industries and practices.


Moreover, AIGA encourages professional development for designers and serves as a tool for networking and education. Another educational component comes in the form of their desire to inspire the larger community by impressive design and illuminating minds. They do so by hosting events and programs to encourage the celebration of design.


Without the guiding presence of AIGA, the design community would not be so robust, celebrated and inspiring as it is today. Visit to find the chapter closest to you and to explore the magic that is the organization. Start getting connected with your fellow artists and designers today to start helping AIGA on this mission tomorrow.


You can also follow them on social media, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. In this way you can access the vast network of designers and design enthusiasts from anywhere in the world at anytime of the day. There is no right time for design except for all of the time.

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Amateur Photography Tips








Admit it: the idea of being a professional photographer is an enticing idea. What could be better than telling stories through beautiful photos? You do not have to be a certified professional photographer to make your dreams a reality, but you should know some basic photography tips to ensure you are cultivating and producing the best content to tell the most intriguing stories. Here are some of the most helpful amateur photography tips to help you on your journey.


Did you know photography (and good photos) is mostly about capturing the right light and manipulating it to your favor? Even if you have a sub-par camera, you can produce a fantastic photograph if you just pay attention to the light and know how to use it to your advantage. Therefore, you must learn the exposure triangle. To get going, you need to know the three components of said triangle: aperture (size of lens opening), shutter speed (the length of time the shutter is left open), and ISO (sensitivity to light). Familiarize yourself with these terms and how to implement them and you are off to a great start.


Next up is the rule of thirds. This theory entails mentally and visually segmenting your shot into—you guessed it—thirds. By using two horizontal and two vertical lines and focusing on the positioning of the resulting intersections, you are on your way to shooting your best possible shot.


To get a great shot you need to by dynamic and willing to make yourself uncomfortable or push yourself outside of what feels normal. Lie on the ground and shoot from below or climb up high and shoot from that perspective. Whatever you do, make sure you are approaching your shot with personality. Make it your own and let the image tell the rest. Follow your subject or watch your landscape to search for the right moment to communicate your desired message.


Finally, you should familiarize yourself with the appropriate editing tools. This is not to say you should over-edit or make your hard-earned photograph unrecognizable with post-processing tools. Instead, you should utilize this technology to bring out the best elements of your shot. Less is often more, and if you follow the aforementioned tips, you should not need to completely edit your image.


Finally, fulfill your passions and make sure you are having a good time. At the end of the day, if you are not enjoying yourself it will show in your resulting photos.


Grab your camera and get in the best headspace for capturing some great content. Trial and error are your friends and your camera is your artistic instrument.

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Different types of photo paper

Much of the general population likely assumes the only type of photo paper is the kind from the one-hour printers from places like pharmacies and convenience stores. However, the reality is much different and way more varied. For example, there are many commonly used types of photo paper including glossy finish, matte finish, luster finish and metallic finish. Read on to find out more about each type of finish and which kind works best for you and your photos.


Glossy Finish

Much like the name suggests, photos touting a glossy finish feature a visually reflective and shiny surface along with a smooth physical texture. Photos with a glossy finish are known for showcasing vibrant and bright colors that are more saturated. For your most basic, everyday photo needs a glossy finish is one you should consider.


Matte Finish

Unlike its glossy counterpart, a photo with a matte finish is not reflective or shiny; instead, it emits no glare at all. Photos with a matte finish are good candidates for framing and portraiture. Moreover, matte finish photos are less likely to be scratched or harmed by fingerprints. For your special and keepsake photos, like wedding and baby pictures, choose a matte finish.


Luster Finish

Photos with a luster finish are sort of in between those with a glossy or matte finish. This is to say luster finish photos are a little bit shiny with saturated color, but are also anti-glare and scratch.


Metallic Finish

This last finish is bold and eye-catching. As the name infers, photos with a metallic finish look almost like chrome or metal when printed. For photos that really pack a colorful punch, a metallic finish is a great option.


Now it’s time to get to printing! Pick the finish best suited for your photos and the visual affect you wish for them to have. Just remember: not all finishes are created equal. Depending upon what you want your photos to convey or how you want to present them, you should pick the corresponding finish to optimize your goals.

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The FineTouch Brand

Not all printing paper is created equal, and this much is easy to see once you start using the FineTouch brand over any other brand out there on the market. So what makes FineTouch that much better or different? Read on to find out why you should only shop for Professional Plotter Technologies’ FineTouch media.

The experience behind the brand is unbeatable

The team behind the FineTouch brand has over 10 years of experience in wide format printing, so it’s clear they really know what they are doing and how to do it better. You can visit their showroom to find out just how knowledgeable the Professional Plotter Technology team truly is.

Their product range is extensive

Once you find a brand you love and can trust you want to use that brand for all of your various printing needs. With the FineTouch brand, you can do just this. They have over 60 media products on their roster ranging from clear film to graphic tack removable fabric. Needless to say, once you fall in love with one product from their line you’re sure to fall in love with another.

If you buy FineTouch, you’re buying local

It is so important to support the community in which you live, which is exactly what you would be doing by shopping for FineTouch products. Though PPT is nation wide, it is an Austin based business. Stacked with a team of experts. The folks behind the brand (Professional Plotter Technologies) poured their knowledge, passion and expertise into the product line.

The product quality cannot be matched
Because the brand is directly attached to the company’s name, you know that the products are topnotch—why would they soil their name or reputation by putting out sub-par products? You can trust the products and the people who create them, which is integral when printing your content.

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Own The Process: Why in-house printing is integral to owning the process

It’s no secret that printing can be quite pricey, which is why many photographers turn to third parties to process prints. For many photographers—both amateur and professional, the thought of dropping major money on an at-home printer is a daunting option, and therefore many end up continuing to send their work off to printing centers instead.

But did you know that in house printing is an absolutely integral element in owning the process? First of all, owning the process essentially refers to retaining your creative control and direction over the entire process—from the moment you snap a picture until the moment you grab it hot off the printing tray.

When you send off your work—work that you have more than likely spent hours sifting through and editing—to an out of house printer, you no longer totally own the process. Basically, you lose the critical time in which the prints are electronically sent over and formatted for print. You do not get to make sure everything is exactly how you intended for it to be, and you do not even get make sure you actually like the finished product.

For these reasons, in house printing is the production method you need to be following. After all, you took the shot and did all of the hard work that comes with getting that perfect snap so why would you hand over your perfect bundle to someone else to physically produce?

If the cost is still a deterrent for you, you should know that investing in an at-home printer will actually be way less expensive in the long run. Sure, it hurts a little bit when you have to front a large amount of capital for a machine, but when you do the research, it quickly becomes clear how in house printing is far superior than any other option—both financially and creatively speaking.

So if you, as a photographer of any level, want to completely own your process from start to finish, and to have total creative direction in order to make your vision come to life, you absolutely have to begin in house printing.

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Plotter Pro Teams up with The National Forest Foundation

Austin, TX (May 2017)

FineTouch is the house branded, private label media introduced by Professional Plotter Technologies / Plotter Pro, to meet the needs of their growing customer base.

Taking care of the environment has never been more important. Here at Professional Plotter Technology, we strive to do our part by practicing extreme sustainability and recycling programs to ensure we give our environment the care and attention it deserves. As part of our new campaign, we have teamed up with The National Forest Foundation in an effort to educate others on the importance of keeping our lands and its forests as healthy as can be.

For every box of FineTouch brand paper that is purchased, we will donate $1 to The NFF to plant a tree through our tree-planting program, helping restore National Forests damaged by wildfires, insects, diseases and other impacts. 

The land upon which we live sustains and provides for us, so it is natural to want to give something back. Our interactive initiative not only benefits our planet, but it educates its inhabitants about how to leave it better than we found it. We look forward to this partnership and the positive impacts sure to come.

About PlotterPro: Since 2004, PlotterPro has been a preferred provider of wide format imaging solutions, with satisfied customers in the US and beyond. Well known as the Wide-Format Digital Output Specialists, PlotterPro delivers both new and reconditioned HP, Canon, Epson, Contex and Dietzgen products. Additionally PlotterPro is the exclusive source for FineTouch media, a complete range of product solutions for the CAD, Signage, Graphics, Photo, and Fine Art printing marketplace.


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latest promotions – September 2016

Check out our latest promotions

  • ZERO percent financing is back for all imagePROGRAF models.
  • NEW Instant Rebates on imagePROGRAF PRO Series.
  • Increased iPF Printer Rebate on L Series models.
  • Pass thru Bundle Rebate – iPF6450 + SU-21 Spectrophotometer
  • End User Rebate – $1,200 on iPF9400

Ask about our “MatchPro” Price guarantee!
We beat any advertised price and give you a free box of paper!
Ask how to receive a FREE 2 year extended on site warranty just for joining our Customer Loyalty Program
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50% off paper in July

Save 50% on paper in July.



PPTC, Inc. Newsletter July 2016


In This Issue
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Art Alliance 

July 25th we will be speaking at an Art Alliance Seminar, for local art gallery’s and studios, about the benefits if in house printing.

Become a member


Stay Informed


Beyond Aqueous Printing



8 ways to retain customers



Building Codes and Regulations




We just finished a very busy month at Professional Plotter Technologies.  Q2 2016 went well, and we want to thank all of you for your loyalty and continued business.
Sincerely,Professional Plotter Technology Corp, Inc.




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Is Eco-Solvent Ink Hazardous?


‘Eco’ is derived from economic, not ecological.  Eco-solvent inks are made of a solvent vehicle, which can be hazardous and needs to be evaporated and carefully controlled. While manufacturers are making improvement in the smell of eco-solvent inks, that doesn’t mean that they are safer. In fact, they still carry the ‘dangerous goods’ logos in the cartridges, indicating the risk of health issues for anyone exposed to them.

So, what does this mean for you?  We recommend that you house your eco-solvent, low-solvent or mild-solvent printer in a well ventilated area, and use air scrubbing equipment to clean the air you and your employees are breathing.  While there is cost involved in setting up these systems, it is a drop in the bucket compared to what your health is worth.

If you would like to read the detailed FLAAR report click here.

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Canon imagePROGRAF Rebates

Canon imagePROGRAF End User Rebate

Customers can receive a rebate check by mail with a purchase or lease of one of the following imagePROGRAF Large Format printers between October 22, 2015 to December 23, 2015.

Qualifying Products:

  • imagePROGRAF iPF6450
  • imagePROGRAF iPF9400
  • imagePROGRAF iPF6400
  • imagePROGRAF iPF8400


Canon offers state-of-the-art large-format printing solutions designed with exceptional speed, flexibility and quality. With four distinct lines of printers; 12-color for the Photography and Graphics markets, 8-color for the Production market, 6-color for the Infographic and Poster Printing market and 5-color for the Technical Documents and General Use markets, Canon has a large format solution to fit your needs. Canon includes many technological advances in our printers including a one-inch print head with 15,360 nozzles, an L-COA print processor, as well as workflow printing software. With printers ranging in size from 60-inches down to 17-inches, Canon has the answer.

Graphic Arts Printers

Witness the vibrant colors and outstanding neutral and stable grayscales produced by our line of Graphic Arts printers – featuring a 12-color pigment ink system using Canon’s LUCIA EX ink – for every project you take on from photography to design to proofing.

Infographics and Poster Printers

Create vibrant, large-scale signs, banners and point-of-purchase displays with our line of Infographics and Poster Printer. With high speeds and an emphasis on red ink, featured in Canon’s LUCIA EX 6-Color pigment ink system, these solutions are ideal for creating vivid and eye-catching prints to help draw your viewers in.
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MFP Imaging Systems

Large format scan-to-copy / file / share solutions for technical document environments, the imagePROGRAF iPF MFP M40 imaging systems provides a fast and effective system for copying, archiving and distributing technical maps, drawings, renderings, posters and more.

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Technical Documents and General Use Printers

Technically skilled, business savvy. If you’re looking to ensure your drawings, documents and presentations are accurate, bold and compelling, search no further than our Technical Documents and General Use printer line, featuring a unique five-color dye/pigment ink set so your prints will stand out and deliver every

Architecture, Engineering and Construction Printers

Professional Plotter provides a wide range of reprographic Printers & Supplies. Especially for architects, engineers and contractors, and Print houses that provide drawings to these firms. Our partner’s Canon USA have some of the best Wide Format, Large Format Printers on the market today. That combined with our impeccable service makes us the top Printer distributor.

Our Services

  • We sell printing supplies for;
  • CAD plotting
  • CAD printing
  • Color printing
  • Digital document management – realize faster information sharing with quick digital access to viewable and downloadable documents using scanning technology
  • Digital document management
  • Document conversion
  • Eco-friendly solutions and recycling
  • Large-format digital printing
  • We also offer MPS’ On-site services – Get cost-per-copy efficiency with a customized print center in your office. Eliminate the expense and hassle of owning or leasing equipment.
  • Scanning
  • Small-format black and white copying and digital output

Terms of Offer

1. Rebate promotion is redeemable only by end user on the purchase or lease of a NEW large format printer. Purchase or Lease must be made between August 1 and September 30, 2014. Limit of one (1) rebate per eligible printer. Cash value of 1/100 of one cent.

2. Refurbished, recycled, used, returned or reconditioned printers are not eligible.

3. All claims and backup must be submitted online within 30 days from date of purchase.

4. To be eligible, submit a legible copy of your sales receipt, clearly stating the dealer/store name, purchase/lease date and imagePROGRAF printer purchased and price paid. Handwritten invoices or sales history reports will not be accepted. Canon and/or its agents reserve the right to substantiate claims and request additional identification and/or documentation.

5. For your records, keep copies of all documentation submitted for this offer. All claims and their accompanying documents become the property of Canon U.S.A., Inc. and will not be returned.

6. All fields are mandatory. Incomplete claim forms and claims that do not comply with the terms and conditions of this offer will be rejected.

7. Offer valid to legal residents of the 50 (fifty) United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Rebate Check will only be mailed to a street address (except where prohibited by law) in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. Void where taxed, restricted or otherwise prohibited by law.

8. Returned printers are not eligible for this offer and Canon USA reserves the right to collect any rebate or promotional item value paid on a printer that is later returned.

9. Canon U.S.A., Inc. direct and indirect retailers, dealers, distributors, and other resellers and their owners or operators (in either their professional or individual capacities) are not eligible to participate in this offer.

10. Offer may not be assigned or transferred.

11. Allow 60 days for processing. Rebate checks are void after 90 days if not cashed.

12. Canon U.S.A., Inc. is not responsible for lost, stolen, misdirected or undelivered mail (electronic or otherwise), nor for misprints or typographical errors.

13. End users, including without limitation, National Account Customers who receive a bid directly from Canon U.S.A., Inc. are not eligible to participate in this offer.

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