Printing and Plotting

The School of Architecture and Planning have the following printing resources for the student usage:

Name Location Quantity Fee
HP 3005 HP 3005 8.5 x 11 Black and White




 One (1) each location $.10/page
HP 2025 HP 2025 8.5 x 11 Color Print Lab
One (1) $.15/page
HP 5500 HP 5500 11 x 17 Color Print Lab
Two (2) $.15/page
HP T610 HP T610 44" Color/B&W Plotter Print Lab
Two (2)
$.60/Linear Foot (B&W)
$.75/Linear Foot (Color)
HP 1055 HP 1055 36" Color/B&W Plotter Print Lab
One (1)
$.60/Linear Foot (B&W)
$.75/Linear Foor (Color) 


The School of Architecture and Planning utilizes the printing management system, PaperCut, to monitor printing and plotting. At the beginning of each term,  each student receives a printing account balance credit.  Students can monitor their printing account balance by viewing the dialog box at the upper-right hand corner of their computer screen on any SA+P networked computer. Once that account has been exhausted, the student may add funds to their account by acquiring a TopUp Card through their Bear Necessity Card (Retail Account).  Click here to learn more about the TopUp Card. 

How to Print and Release a Print Job*:
  • Student prepares print job (orientation, color, page size, etc.) from any one of the computer lab locations.
  • Save file type as "PDF" file
  • When student is ready to print, the student must select the respective plotter and/or color printer with printer names starting with the location of the printer and send the print job.  
  • A message from PaperCut will appear stating the job is being held in a queue.
  • Student will go to a SA+P Print Lab's release station, located in Montebello C-212, log in with their Morgan Account, select their print job and their job will be printed and their account will then be charged the corresponding amount. 

*These instructions are for printers and plotters located in the Print Lab (Montebello C-212). For the HP 3005 BxW printers, they are located in the respective computer areas.

General Printing and Plotting Tips**

1. Keep file sizes as small as possible

The smaller your file size, the faster it will print. Most of the waiting time is for the file to be sent from the server to the printer. Optimize your file size and you will get your print faster. Also important is the resolution of your images/files--we recommend sending images/files no higher than 200 dpi. If necessary lower the resolution--this can dramatically decrease the printing time.

2. Plotting and printing from PDF files is the recommended digital workflow

We prefer that output be sent to the plotters as PDF files. A PDF can be created from any lab computer program by printing to "Adobe PDF", which creates the PDF file. Some programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator let you save directly as a PDF. You can then open the newly created PDF in Acrobat to print it. Check out the guide on how to optimize a PDF to decrease the file size before printing.

4. Do test plots before deadlines

If this is the first time you are printing or plotting, do a test print weeks in advance. This way you know you can plot correctly, and you thoroughly understand the settings. Plot small subsections of large dimension files ahead of time to check the color and quality of output (use Acrobat's crop function to set up a small section for test plotting).

6. Give yourself enough time to plot before your review

Give yourself plenty of time for plotting. Chances are everyone else will wait until the last minute to plot; do not make that mistake yourself. Give yourself at a minimum 24 hours to plot before it is due.

7. Seek help when needed

If you have questions, please ask the Manager of Information Technology, Raul Valdez  at 443-885-3677 or visit Montebello C-212.

**From Syracuse School of Architecture and Planning
Below are additional tips for Printing and Plotting

How To Optimize PDF Files Using Acrobat Pro

Application Specific Printing/Plotting Instructions