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 for 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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