Plotter Mastery

Do you own a plotter but suspect you’re not getting all you can out of your investment? Have you thought about integrating a plotter into your workflow but don’t know how?

The plotter has quickly become an integral tool in the custom painter’s arsenal thanks to the increasing demand for complex art produced in the shortest amount of time possible.  Learning when to use the plotter and how to integrate masking techniques into your painting is crucial for achieving a final product with a finished, high quality look.

Mike Learn will show you how to make the plotter do some of the work for you, covering a variety of uses for plotted files in automotive custom painting and illustration. You’ll learn how to convert your ideas from paper to digital with the latest design programs, and how to decide if a plotter is the right solution for your project.

This course is geared toward those who are considering investing in this technology but need to learn more, and for those who own a plotter and wish to add more tricks to their arsenal. You’ll increase your productivity and work quality, learning hot techniques and new uses for your plotter in today’s custom paint market.

Please note: This hands-on class also focuses on how to effectively and efficiently combine a plotter with traditional freehand and loose masking techniques.


  • Vector Basics
  • Pen Tool
  • Overlaps
  • Repeating Patterns
  • Sizing
  • Multilayer Masking
  • Positive and Negative
  • Text Effects
  • Transfer & Application
  • Curved Surface
  • Planning
  • Pounce Patterns
  • Multi-Technique Projects


  • The do’s and don’ts of vinyl masks
  • When to plot and when to hand mask
  • Lettering without the pain
  • Textures and backgrounds



SKILL LEVEL: For experienced users: Learn how to get the most out of your plotter. For beginners: Learn how to master and integrate a plotter into your workflow.

DATE: Feb. 24 - 27, 2017

Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
2540 Meacham Blvd,
Fort Worth, TX 76106
Phone:(817) 625-9911
Website: [Click here to book online]