Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

Manipulates, sets and composes text and graphics into a format suitable for printing and other visual media.
Training time 12 months - 2 years
Average pay $60,428
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 500

What does a Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker do?

  • operating graphic cameras and other photographic equipment to reproduce camera-ready copy onto films, plates and digital output devices
  • using computer applications to generate images, text, layouts and impositions for print and other visual media displays
  • operating plate making equipment to reproduce images from film to printing plates, digital output devices and presses
  • operating computer screen-based equipment for scanning, colour separation, colour correction, masking, creative design, combining, imposing, retouching, and other processes used to transfer copy to film and produce film for plate, digital output and cylinder productions
  • carrying out digital and chemical proofing from digital systems, and negative and positive films
  • evaluating printed proofs, checking and correcting them for quality


  • Desktop Publishing Operator

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Signs and Graphics
Diploma of Graphic Design
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design