£18,200 Average salary at age 20
£32,240 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.

Main Tasks

  • Determines from specification the kind and size of type to be used;
  • Uses computer applications to generate images and text;
  • Scans and retouches digital images to create sample proofs, plans and lays out artwork to match planned design;
  • Examines proof copies, checks for quality and accuracy and makes any necessary alterations;
  • Processes filmsetting or desktop publishing output to produce image on film and transfers to printing plates and digital output;
  • Arranges and pastes printing material onto paper ready for photographing.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job. Apprenticeships are available as well as BTEC certificates and diplomas and other vocational courses at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.

UK Prospects

4.78% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
710 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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