Austin Art & Frame - Giclee Printing Services

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 08:15 AM

Lots of people would love to display fine art in their home, but artwork can be really expensive. Luckily, another alternative is to get a high-quality reproduction of a painting called a giclee. Throughout Austin and Central Texas, artists and buyers alike continue to rely on the top-notch giclee printing services of Austin Art & Frame. See how they do it and learn about their business in our exclusive TAVCO Partner Profile.

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High-Quality Signage is Still a Big Part of Real Estate

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 08:17 AM

While it may seem tempting to shrug off yard signage in the digital age where social media reigns supreme, high-quality signage is indeed still a big part of real estate. Just as importantly, you don't want to take the budget route by trying to design make your own signs or placing a placard in your window. No matter how talented you are in crafts, it is really worth it to invest in high-quality signs. Think of it as your "Go Big to Sell Home" strategy!

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Best Wide Format Printer for Photos

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 14, 2018 @ 06:14 PM

If you are in the business of producing large poster size photos or graphics, then you need a very specific type of wide-format printer. Over the years, I have seen many people try to get by with a standard, four color, CAD printer for photo quality images. While it can be done, there is no comparison to the output of a dedicated large-format photo printer.

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Use Your Drone with Camera for Stunning Aerials and Maps

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

Drones, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), have become a staple fixture in our society. The military certainly has relied on these small, remotely piloted aircraft for operations in the Middle East, but their potential is so much more than that. You can easily spot consumer models at big-box retailers and companies like Amazon are experimenting with drone-based deliveries. But, the most promising aspect of these UAVs lies in the enhanced capabilities of drones with cameras for commercial use. They provide companies of all sizes the ability to gather 3D data and capture incredible images. Then, users can send the images to a wide-format printer to make maps or aerial photos. Having the power to print and share drone images is giving companies who invest in this technology a massive advantage over their peers.

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Get Plotter Paper & More Through the TAVCO Web Store

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @ 08:42 AM

It has been a long time coming, but we have finally turned the key and unlocked our new online web store dedicated to plotter paper, toner, 3D Resins, and other wide-format and 3D printer supplies. Now, TAVCO clients will have the convenience of ordering supplies 24/7. You can access the new site at

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9 Reasons Why Canon PRO 4000 & 2000 Photo Printers Exceed Expectations

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers. And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field. Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely. See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 4000 and PRO 2000 printers will exceed your expectations.

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6 Awesome Advancements of the New Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

The new generation of ultra-high-quality large-format printing equipment is here. The Canon PRO-4000 and PRO-2000 are Canon’s newest iterations and they promise not to disappoint. Both are designed for the highest quality of output demands to meet the needs of photographers, artists, and marketing professionals. One thing that makes this new wide-format platform so different is that they have been developed as a Canon-to-Canon, camera-to-printer solution. This enables these printers to produce incredible large-format prints that maintain all of the color, texture, and emotion captured in the original image. Check out all of the advantages offered by the new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series.

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Top Requirements for a Map Plotter for Printing GIS Maps

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:35 PM

In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon declared that "knowledge is power."  Back then, the world was a lot smaller, and he was only armed with a handful of books. Today, we can all instantly get a mountain of knowledge, with a single mouse click. But, if if mapping lots of data is on your "to do" list, you should tap into the information monster that is GIS. But, the real challenge arises when you need to print the data collected. After all, GIS files can very very large, complex, and detailed. You better have the right map plotter for the job. 


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Canon Resets the Bar with New Graphics Poster Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It has been interesting to watch wide-format printing trends over the past few years. Surprisingly, the highest area of growth has been in the graphics and photography segment. This is partially due to companies of all types stepping up their marketing efforts with more display graphic materials. Canon has responded to this new demand by investing their R&D resources on the next wide-format platform, the new PRO Series. This includes both the 24-inch PRO 2000 and the 44-inch PRO 4000. Both promise to be the new graphics and poster printer standard. Here are the highlights of the new improvements.

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See New and Innovative Uses for the Océ ColorWave 700

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

Wide-format printing technology has definitely reached new heights with the introduction of the Océ ColorWave 700 system. This new, large-format platform from Canon Solutions America is designed to print both graphics and technical wide-format documents equally well. Sure, there are plenty of other printers out there that claim the same, but the ColorWave 700 (CW700) is fundamentally different in that it uses patented TonerPearls rather than ink. This difference opens a wide range of new and improved uses for the Océ ColorWave 700 system.

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See the Canon iPF 8400 Support Marvel's Captain America

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

An Unexpected Use for Wide-format Printers:

Making movies in Hollywood is usually not the first thing you envision when it comes to wide-format printers, but Russell Bobbit thinks otherwise. He is the Property Manager for Marvel's latest Captain America, The Winter Soldier. See how he has incorporated the printer into his creative process. Here's how:

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Finally, a Poster Printer that Hits the Sweet Spot

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 06:36 AM

Visual communication is vital to many types of businesses. Retail, Education, and Petroleum (Oil & Gas) are three wildly different industries that rely on the similar ability to communicate through posters, charts, and maps. Technology has made it so that producing even complex posters is as simple as clicking “print.” But, ultimately, hardware is what yields the final results and having the right hardware remains the biggest challenge, until now.

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Canon gets Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line Of The Year

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company has earned the Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) "2014 Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year" award for the imagePROGRAF iPFx400 and iPFx400S series of large format printers (12- and 8-Color models). Additionally, Canon's imagePROGRAF iPF6400S, iPF8400S and iPF765 MFP M40 printers have been recognized for three prestigious BLI Winter 2014 "Pick" awards in the wide-format category.

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Get better results from your large format printing supplies

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

How many times have you stood over you plotter, pulling your hair out because you can’t get your large format print to turn out like you hoped? In frustration, you scroll through the plotter properties and comb through the driver settings looking for the holy grail of immaculate print settings.

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Fred Meyer Grocery Stores to Print Wide Format Posters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 @ 08:16 AM

Recently Fred Meyer Grocery Stores announced the addition of Canon iPF printers in their photo kiosks. So, now customers will have the ability to print their personal photos as wide format posters.

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