Pre-press Technicians

Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.


New workers

New workers start around £11,479. Normal pay is £26,288 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £38,677.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 2,731 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Arranges and pastes printing material onto paper ready for photographing.

  • Processes filmsetting or desktop publishing output to produce image on film and transfers to printing plates and digital output.

  • Examines proof copies, checks for quality and accuracy and makes any necessary alterations.

  • Scans and retouches digital images to create sample proofs, plans and lays out artwork to match planned design.

  • Uses computer applications to generate images and text.

  • Determines from specification the kind and size of type to be used.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Prepress

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Artwork

  • Video Editing

  • Digital Printing

  • Flexography

  • Proofreading

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Editing

  • Organizational Skills

  • Time Management

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Operations

  • Quality Control

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.