Graphic Pre-press Worker Kaimahi Whakairoiro (Mua Perehi)

Graphic pre-press workers use computers to prepare text and designs for printing.

Graphic pre-press workers may do some or all of the following:

  • receive material from clients to design or lay out for printing
  • input and set out text
  • scan and set out graphics
  • check that the text and layout meet printing requirements
  • proofread text
  • send proofs to clients for approval
  • prepare computer files for printing onto film or directly onto the press
  • send the files to a printer or to a digital printing press
  • manage the production of files from a digital printing press
  • keep up to date with new versions of computer software.

Physical Requirements

Graphic pre-press workers need to have normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for graphic pre-press workers includes:

  • work in printing or publishing companies
  • work with computers
  • design work.

Personal Qualities

Graphic pre-press workers need to be:

  • adaptable
  • organised
  • skilled at communicating and writing
  • good at problem solving and decision making
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good at measurement and calculations
  • able to work well under pressure and unsupervised.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for graphic pre-press workers includes:

  • work in printing or publishing companies
  • work with computers
  • design work.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, design and visual communication, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking (practical art), digital technologies and processing technologies. 

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

Related Courses

Graphic Pre-press Workers can earn around $34K-$50K per year per year.

Graphic pre-press workers may progress to work as graphic designers, web developers, or advertising art directors. Some choose to start their own graphic design companies.

Graphic Pre-press Worker