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: • 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.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.7%

NSW NSW 54.3%

NT NT 0%

QLD QLD 9.7%

SA SA 4.8%


VIC VIC 28.5%

WA WA 0%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 84.9%

Female 15.1%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 0%

25-34 - 0%

35-44 - 60.6%

45-54 - 20.9%

55-59 - 2.7%

60-64 - 15.8%

65 and Over - 0%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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