How to become a Graphic Pre-press Tradesperson

Graphic pre-press tradespersons use computerised typesetting and image assembly to design layouts and assemble text and graphics into page formats for printing.

Personal requirements of a Graphic Pre-press Tradesperson

  • enjoy technical work
  • interested in typography, art and design
  • able to carry out detailed work
  • good knowledge of the English language
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • high degree of concentration and patience.

Duties & Tasks of a Graphic Pre-press Tradesperson

Graphic pre-press tradespeople may perform the following tasks:

  • develop visual concepts
  • prepare layouts and finished artwork by deciding the type size and style, line width and visual composition of illustrations and photographs
  • manipulate images and type to meet production and design requirements using a variety of computer hardware and software
  • produce and process photographic images
  • electronically scan, separate and correct the colour of images
  • prepare a variety of printing mediums, including letterpresses, offset lithographic plates, gravure cylinders and flexographic plates or blocks
  • input, transfer and manipulate electronic data for a variety of devices, including typesetting systems, scanners and multimedia systems
  • manage digital data and client files.
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