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Working As A Prepress

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Prepress does

  • Position: Mac Output, Digital Imaging Duties include: Outputting electronic files to film.
  • Identify page layout issues (wrong margins, no page bleed, wrong page count, etc.).
  • Performed scanning, retouching and color correction of 40 to 60 scanned transparencies and digital images per week.
  • Consult clients on file preparation and technical support of prepress programs.
  • Designed and pre-flighted jobs for press.
  • Started position as negative table stripping and worked to desktop output.
  • Ripped files on pcc's pageflow/packflow.
  • Design and processed print files.
  • Make calls and send emails back to customers to keep them updated on their orders.
  • Refine postscript and PDF files for digital proofs & CTP using Heidelberg Prinergy and Rampage.
  • Fix problem files on a daily bases, using Pitstop, Acrobat, and all prepress programs.
  • Operate Xerox iGen and new generation series digital printer.
  • Train employees on Use Of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark Express, trapping, etc.
  • Convert PC files to Mac.
  • Copper Resume Page 3 Made Corrections on the Film and on Disk before Final Output to Film to be Press Ready.
  • Maintained digital files for clients records.
  • Maintained all relevant equipment, including film processor, plate processor, and matchprint.
  • Prepped, troubleshot and output client files to film separations, large-format and Iris prints.
  • Mounted offset, flexo, and blankets for presses.
  • Work closely with Sales, Customer Service, Planning and Scheduling.

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Prepress Demographics

Gender

Male

57.2%

Female

33.0%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

69.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

9.0%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Japanese

25.0%

Prepress Education

Schools

College of DuPage

10.0%

Sinclair Community College

10.0%

Western Technical College

6.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.7%

Tyler Junior College

6.7%

Santa Ana College

6.7%

Texas A&M University

6.7%

Granite State College

6.7%

Dakota County Technical College

3.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.3%

Lewis and Clark Community College

3.3%

Gustavus Adolphus College

3.3%

Suffolk County Community College

3.3%

Washington State University

3.3%

College of Lake County

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Hagerstown Community College

3.3%

Southeast Community College Area

3.3%

Community College of Vermont

3.3%

St. Philip's College

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

47.8%

Design And Visual Communication

6.5%

Graphic Communications

6.5%

Business

5.1%

Fine Arts

4.3%

Computer Applications

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Science

2.9%

Photography

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.4%

General Studies

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

31.8%

Associate

28.3%

Bachelors

28.3%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

2.3%

Diploma

2.3%

License

1.2%
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Top Skills for A Prepress

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Layout
  3. File Prep
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with the press and bindery departments to help standardize work processes and created a set of master layouts.
  • Consult clients on file preparation and technical support of prepress programs.
  • Composed and formatted business ad material for numerous offset press specs.
  • Increased capabilities while reducing outside production costs.
  • Job Responsibilities: Photo-manipulation, retouching and color correction of digital scans.

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