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Pre-press Technicians

Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.

Tasks

  • Determines from specification the kind and size of type to be used
  • Uses computer applications to generate images and text
  • Scans and retouches digital images to create sample proofs, plans and lays out artwork to match planned design
  • Examines proof copies, checks for quality and accuracy and makes any necessary alterations
  • Processes filmsetting or desktop publishing output to produce image on film and transfers to printing plates and digital output
  • Arranges and pastes printing material onto paper ready for photographing.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job. Apprenticeships are available as well as BTEC certificates and diplomas and other vocational courses at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £25,000 per annum and can progress up to £29,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 0 employed Pre-press Technicians in the region.

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