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$1,328 per week


Graphic Pre-Press Trades Workers manipulate, set and compose text and graphics into a format suitable for printing and other visual media.


  • 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
  • preparing and exposing carbon tissue for laying on cylinders by transfer method, and developing images.

To become a Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

  • You usually need a certificate III or IV in print communications or printing and graphic arts to work as a Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts

  • Interested in developing your digital skills? Try one of 2000 free online courses at

    SkillFinder is a project funded by the Australian Government, through the Digital Skills Platform Program.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Adobe Indesign

  • Microsoft Powerpoint

  • Communication Skills

  • Pre - Press Production

  • Adobe Photoshop

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