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Top 49 Prepress Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Prepress. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Prepress resumes they appeared on. For example, 13.2% of Prepress resumes contained Adobe Photoshop as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Prepress actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Prepress:

1. Adobe Photoshop

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2. File Prep

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Here's how File Prep is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Consult clients on file preparation and technical support of prepress programs.
  • Design & Prepress -Design & file preparation for laser color, offset & large-format printing.

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3. Offset Press

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Here's how Offset Press is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Composed and formatted business ad material for numerous offset press specs.

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4. OS

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Here's how OS is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Increased capabilities while reducing outside production costs.
  • Output hi & lo resolution proofs, imposition press layouts in preps for sheet-fed and web presses.
  • Die and emboss set up for die cutting and emboss type jobs as well as package design.
  • Adhered to closely monitored proof and print dates to remain on schedule.
  • Cropped and positioned photographs to ensure that images fit within template layouts.
  • Work with Advertising staff to ensure proper ad positioning and placement.
  • Weigh and affix proper postage to varying classes of out-going mail.
  • Operate and maintain postage meter for various USPS letters and packages.
  • Cross platform using both Mac and PC daily.
  • Plate output and maintenance of those devices.
  • Post and retrieve files on network.
  • Created signs, banners, brochures, posters, forms, stationery, logos, ads, etc.
  • Worked on a Mac OS.
  • Design & digitally create production art for clients needs, Ads, box designs, logos etc General service bureau work.
  • Transferred into Digital Prepress, accepted entry-level position responsible for trapping, output and quality control of film.
  • Worked using the Adobe Creative Cloud using: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Cross trained in finishing including routing, lamination, and installation..
  • Communicate with Prepress and Pressroom staff regarding press run summaries, page count and color positions.
  • Use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign output electric proof)
  • Work in the Plateroom, making Plates for the 400 900, 954, 900-3 and Goss C700 presses.

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5. Pre-Flight

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Here's how Pre-Flight is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Designed and pre-flighted jobs for press.
  • Facilitated RIPs, pre-flight systems, and plate-making machinery to ensure efficiency of output and deadlines for various publications.

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6. Quark

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Here's how Quark is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Prepared print graphics for four color process on Mac OS using QuarkXpress.
  • Use of Adobe Photoshop and Quark Express.
  • Train employees on Use Of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark Express, trapping, etc.

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7. Color Correction

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Here's how Color Correction is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Job Responsibilities: Photo-manipulation, retouching and color correction of digital scans.
  • Utilized color correction and photo manipulation to enhance visual impact in the retail marketing of upscale home products and furnishings.
  • Performed scanning, retouching and color correction of 40 to 60 scanned transparencies and digital images per week.

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8. PDF

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Here's how PDF is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Edit and create PDF's that comply to industry standards.
  • Invoked a PDF standard and process.
  • Created PDF policies and standards through out the company for all graphic designers to follow.

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9. Plate Processor

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Here's how Plate Processor is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Maintained all relevant equipment, including film processor, plate processor, and matchprint.

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10. PCS

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11. Customer Files

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Here's how Customer Files is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Adjusted and paginated customer files for process and spot color offset printing as well as digital.
  • Designed and prepared customer files for proof, approval and print.
  • Experience in Film Layout and Prepress Duties: Proofing and Plating Computers - Editing customer files and processing to production.
  • Preflighted and processed customer files for print.
  • Optimized and imposed customer files for print using HP Smartstream Designer and Enfocus Pitstop Pro.

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12. Desktop

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Here's how Desktop is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Gained professional experience using desktop publishing applications like QuarkXPress and various Adobe products.
  • Started position as negative table stripping and worked to desktop output.
  • Worked in various desktop applications to create PDF or PostScript files for a Scitex work flow.
  • Instituted a desktop publishing and graphic design department Assisted customers and associates with design and printing decisions Produced camera-ready copy for printing

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13. Large Format

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Here's how Large Format is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Optimized and printed large format posters on a variety of paper and vinyl substrates.
  • Create large format proofs with hp's and iris's for folding dumies and mock-ups.

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14. Customer Service

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Here's how Customer Service is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Work closely with Sales, Customer Service, Planning and Scheduling.
  • Image plates for a verity of different litho presses and provide customer service when art or other issues arise.

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15. Epson

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16. Xerox

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Here's how Xerox is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Operate Xerox iGen and new generation series digital printer.

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17. Business Cards

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Here's how Business Cards is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Designed, printed, and cut business cards, brochures, posters, and forms.

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18. Troubleshoot

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Here's how Troubleshoot is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Job duties required an extensive knowledge of the field, and excellence in troubleshooting.
  • Process and troubleshoot ads supplied from agencies and sales.

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19. Setup

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Here's how Setup is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Design and Setup for Press Production

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20. Client Files

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Here's how Client Files is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Prepare Client files and in house jobs for one to six color printing.
  • Output client files from various programs to film, final proofs, duoproofs or color copies.

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21. Pitstop

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Here's how Pitstop is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Fix problem files on a daily bases, using Pitstop, Acrobat, and all prepress programs.

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22. Kodak

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Here's how Kodak is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Registered films, programmed Miso-Mex, made plates, Cromalin, Kodak Waterproof.

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23. Rampage

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Here's how Rampage is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Refine postscript and PDF files for digital proofs & CTP using Heidelberg Prinergy and Rampage.
  • Job Duties: Preflight, assemble, and impose files for output to ctp, Fuji plate setters and rampage rips.

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24. Email

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Here's how Email is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Make calls and send emails back to customers to keep them updated on their orders.

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25. Scitex

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26. Variable Data

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Here's how Variable Data is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Experience with variable data for digital projects.

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27. Film Output

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28. Digital Presses

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29. Electronic Files

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Here's how Electronic Files is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Position: Mac Output, Digital Imaging Duties include: Outputting electronic files to film.

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30. Pagemaker

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31. Job Tickets

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32. Digital Files

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Here's how Digital Files is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Maintained digital files for clients records.

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33. Pre-Press Production Techniques

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35. PCC

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Here's how PCC is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Ripped files on pcc's pageflow/packflow.

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36. Iris

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Here's how Iris is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Prepped, troubleshot and output client files to film separations, large-format and Iris prints.

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37. Imposition Software

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38. Art Files

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Here's how Art Files is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Prepare art files for proofing and printing Bindery work

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39. Flexo

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Here's how Flexo is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Mounted offset, flexo, and blankets for presses.
  • Prepared files for wet and dry offset, rotary and flat silkscreen, gravure, and flexographic printers.

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40. CSR

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Here's how CSR is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Work directly with CSR/customer as necessary to resolve issues/problems.
  • Communicate concerns found in preflight procedure to CSR, customer, and/or production personnel.

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41. Analog

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42. Final Output

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Here's how Final Output is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Copper Resume Page 3 Made Corrections on the Film and on Disk before Final Output to Film to be Press Ready.

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43. Cmyk

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44. G7

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45. Display ADS

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Here's how Display ADS is used in Prepress jobs:
  • Processed photos for newspaper and color reprints; designed display ads.

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46. Quality Control Methods

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47. Digital Color

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48. Technical Support

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20 Most Common Skills For A Prepress

Adobe Photoshop

18.2%

File Prep

7.3%

Offset Press

7.0%

OS

7.0%

Pre-Flight

6.2%

Quark

5.6%

Color Correction

5.3%

PDF

4.2%

Plate Processor

4.2%

PCS

3.9%

Customer Files

3.9%

Desktop

3.6%

Large Format

3.6%

Customer Service

3.4%

Epson

3.1%

Xerox

3.1%

Business Cards

2.8%

Troubleshoot

2.5%

Setup

2.5%

Client Files

2.5%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Prepress

Rank Skill
1 Adobe Photoshop 13.2%
2 File Prep 5.3%
3 Offset Press 5.1%
4 OS 5.1%
5 Pre-Flight 4.5%
6 Quark 4.1%
7 Color Correction 3.9%
8 PDF 3.0%
9 Plate Processor 3.0%
10 PCS 2.8%
11 Customer Files 2.8%
12 Desktop 2.6%
13 Large Format 2.6%
14 Customer Service 2.4%
15 Epson 2.2%
16 Xerox 2.2%
17 Business Cards 2.0%
18 Troubleshoot 1.8%
19 Setup 1.8%
20 Client Files 1.8%
21 Pitstop 1.6%
22 Kodak 1.6%
23 Rampage 1.6%
24 Email 1.4%
25 Scitex 1.4%
26 Variable Data 1.4%
27 Film Output 1.2%
28 Digital Presses 1.2%
29 Electronic Files 1.0%
30 Pagemaker 1.0%
31 Job Tickets 1.0%
32 Digital Files 1.0%
33 Pre-Press Production Techniques 1.0%
34 Print Production Techniques 1.0%
35 PCC 0.8%
36 Iris 0.8%
37 Imposition Software 0.8%
38 Art Files 0.8%
39 Flexo 0.6%
40 CSR 0.6%
41 Analog 0.6%
42 Final Output 0.6%
43 Cmyk 0.6%
44 G7 0.6%
45 Display ADS 0.6%
46 Quality Control Methods 0.6%
47 Digital Color 0.6%
48 Technical Support 0.6%
49 Print Files 0.6%
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