Before You Start

If you have not done so already, read the Plotting FAQ. Any problems encountered while plotting can be handled by Campus Operations.

Note: These instructions assume that you are printing Plot36 or Plot42. Accordingly, one of these printers must first be installed on the machine from which you are working in order to follow these instructions verbatim. If the machine from which you are working is in need of plotter installation, please consult the instructions given at the Installation Page or contact your college consultant for help.

Furthermore, do NOT use these resources unless you are aware of the plotters' margins, which DIFFER between  Plot36/42. Ignorance results in a waste of paper and ink, but individual awareness helps keep printing services at a low cost on campus for Clemson's users.


Generally speaking, the process of printing to a large-format printer is simple and can be summarized quickly. One can, however, become quickly lost in the process of setting up a plot without first reading this documentation.

All users with a Novell username are authorized to print to the queues entitled CCIT Plot 36 and CCIT Plot 42. Only Employees using a departmental account number are authorized to print to the queues entitled CCIT Plot DEP 36 or CCIT Plot DEP 42. Employees (wanting to use personal tigerstripe card) and students of the university may submit jobs to two (2)  print queues: Plot36 and Plot42. Both queues are managed by a single plotter, also summarized below.

Resource Information

Plot 36/42

The printer which services these queues boasts an impressive six-color ultraviolet resistant ink system as well as a capacity for meeting very high standards of print quality. When supplied with proper media, the HP DesignJet T1120PS can astound the most demanding user with highly realistic photography and professional digital artwork. Since the plotter supports up to 42" paper, two queues exist, each representing the output format desired by the user. In other words, artwork intended for 36" paper should be submitted to Plot36, whereas that which is intended for 42" paper belongs on Plot42. Please familiarize yourself, the user, with the following information regarding this resource:

  • The plotter has rather large asymmetric (unequal) margins, displayed by the graphic below. During the printing process, Windows® supplies the application (e.g. PowerPoint) with the dimensions of the plotter (i.e. the area formed by the margins indicated below). For proper plot printing, your plot should be designed to fit within these margins. As a result of the plotter margins, artwork may appear slightly offset whenever printed.
  • As a rule of thumb, simply allowing for 1" and 2" extra on the dimension spanning the width of the paper and the dimension running the length of the roll, respectively, should prevent any artwork from getting clipped.

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  • The logic regarding your plot's orientation (Portrait or Landscape) follows the same guidelines as do regular printers.
  • At this time, jobs submitted to Plot36 and Plot42 are printed on HP Heavyweight Coated Paper, which produces a pleasing output quality.
  • Maximum paper size for Plot36 and Plot42 is 3 ft. x 100 ft. and 3.5 ft. x 100 ft. respectively.
  • For large scale jobs we ask that you call ahead for comformation of paper supply avaliablity. 864-656-4766 (Campus Ops).
  • Discouraged dimensions included all dimensions between 42 inches and 46 inches. These dimensions will often result in your document being clipped. If you must have a dimension in this range, then you should adjust the paper size (located under "printer properties") to a dimension less than or equal to 42 inches or greater than or equal to 46 inches. For example, if your document size is 36" x 45" and you must have the dimension of 45 inches, then simply change the paper size (under "printer properties") to 36" x 46". This will add 1 inch of "white space" to your document, but it will ensure that your content does not get clipped. You can then cut off the excess paper resulting in your required dimension of 36" x 45". NOTE: If your document size does not matter, then you can simply adjust the document size to a proper dimension under the "page setup" menu and then use that as your paper size also.
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