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Graphic Pre-press Tradesperson

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Graphic pre-press tradespersons use computerised typesetting and image assembly to design layouts and assemble text and graphics into page formats for printing.


    Graphic pre-press tradespeople may perform the following tasks:

  • develop visual concepts
  • prepare layouts and finished artwork by deciding the type size and style, line width and visual composition of illustrations and photographs
  • manipulate images and type to meet production and design requirements using a variety of computer hardware and software
  • produce and process photographic images
  • electronically scan, separate and correct the colour of images
  • prepare a variety of printing mediums, including letterpresses, offset lithographic plates, gravure cylinders and flexographic plates or blocks
  • input, transfer and manipulate electronic data for a variety of devices, including typesetting systems, scanners and multimedia systems
  • manage digital data and client files


  • enjoy technical work
  • interested in typography, art and design
  • able to carry out detailed work
  • good knowledge of the English language
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • high degree of concentration and patience

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a graphic pre-press tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre- press).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Graphic pre-press tradespeople are employed by newspapers and printing firms. Technological development has been rapid in this trade with widespread application of computerised systems. Tradespeople familiar with the new techniques and technology are in greater demand.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to progress to supervisory and management positions.

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