Positions that fall under the title prepress specialist are available at many different paper-based media companies. This includes design firms and publishing companies that provide specialized paper printing services, either to customers or for internal use.
The daily duties of the job involve working with software and hardware to ensure prepress requirements are set in place. It usually involves working closely with a team of other graphics and publishing experts. In addition to communication and problem solving skills, specific software used can vary from company to company, but programs such as InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and PTI FusionPro are all very common. Attention to detail and consistent performance in areas ranging from layout to proofreading is also very important.
The position usually does not have specific educational requirements, though a postsecondary degree in media, publishing, or a related field may be beneficial. Most employers expect applicants to have a background in graphic design, publishing, or the printing industry. This job generally has no major physical requirements or hazards, but meeting deadlines in a fast-paced atmosphere may present some mental stress. Work is almost always done indoors during standard business hours.
Prepress Specialist Tasks
Manage and monitor image queues and approve or reject based on reproduction specifications.
Size, crop, color correct and retouch digital and scanned images for print and web usage.
Prepare, construct, and update page dummy files for all publications and products for advertising and/or editorial departments.
Support and advise the design team regularly on procedure and technical hardware/software.
Download, acquire, process, color correct, and/or fix reproduction issues with in-house.