Neil W is a Pre-Press Operator at JW Northend. He takes the artwork from clients and prepares it for printing. He loves graphic design and went to College for 3 years. He has progressed from designing club flyers to his current job - with a 'lucky redundancy' along the way.
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Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.
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.
- 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.
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