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
£ 12,168
£ 23,386
£ 35,773

Available jobs

In the past year there were 3,582 vacancies for this type of job

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.

  • Automation

  • Python (Programming Language)

  • JavaScript (Programming Language)

  • HyperText Markup Language (HTML)

  • Experimentation

  • Scripting

  • Linux

  • Cyber Security

  • Debugging

  • Java (Programming Language)

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.

  • Communications

  • Detail Oriented

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Management

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Operations

  • Ethical Standards And Conduct

  • Smartphone Operation

  • Technical Acumen

  • English Language

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.