Photographer (graphic prepress) - Salary and Career
Graphic prepress workers

Photographer (graphic prepress) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They plan graphic prepress services. They perform graphic visual programming and edit texts and images. They operate image processing processes, assemble photoliths and electronic imposition. They operate proofing systems and copy plates. They engrave matrices for rotogravure, flexography, chalcography and screen printing. They work following safety, hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

How much does an Photographer (graphic prepress) earn

A Photographer (graphic prepress) earns between $1.242 and $3.759 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.793 and a median salary of $1.499 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 2.026 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Photographer (graphic prepress)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.793 21.518 448 8
1º Quartile 1.242 14.909 311 6
Median Salary 1.499 17.982 375 7
3º Quartile 2.867 34.404 717 13
Higher Salary 3.759 45.111 940 18

Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • workers in the textile, tanning, clothing and graphic arts industries
      • graphics production workers
        • graphic prepress workers

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Main workplaces

Graphic prepress workers they operate in the segment of editing, printing and reproduction of recordings and in various business activities as salaried employees with a formal contract. They are organized individually, under permanent supervision, in a closed environment and in shifts (day/night). They work under pressure, in uncomfortable positions for a long period of time and remain exposed to toxic materials, radiation and intense noise.

What does it take to work in the field of Graphic prepress workers

In order to perform these occupations, a completed high school education and a professional qualification course of 200 to 400 class hours are required, given by institutions or schools specialized in the area. The full performance of activities takes up to one year of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Photographer (graphic prepress)

Graphic prepress workers must:

  • assembling photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • engrave die for rotogravure;
  • engrave calcographic matrix;
  • operating image processing processes;
  • perform graphical visual programming;
  • mounting photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • mount photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • edit text and images;
  • write serigraphic matrix;
  • edit texts and images;
  • operate evidence systems;
  • operate image processing processes;
  • etch die for rotogravure;
  • operate proofing systems;
  • record chalchographic matrix;
  • write matrix for flexography;
  • etch matrix for flexography;
  • etch die for flexography;
  • operate proof systems;
  • operate image treatment processes;
  • engrave serigraphic matrix;
  • operating testing systems;
  • copy plate;
  • engrave matrix for rotogravure;
  • plan prepress services;
  • record calcographic matrix;
  • engrave matrix for rotogravure;
  • copy plate;

  • Activities

    • set raw material;
    • check condition of cylinders and photoliths;
    • get organized;
    • develop films (manually or in processor);
    • define graphic visual programming characteristics (color, format, weight);
    • position mounting on plate;
    • preparing chemical solutions for developing and fixing the photoliths;
    • retouch cylinder;
    • position the photolith on the matrix;
    • evidence visual acuity;
    • engrave cylinder (by chemical process);
    • position the negative over the matrix;
    • define production process;
    • analyzing original characteristics;
    • demonstrate attention;
    • calibrate electromechanical engraver;
    • check matrix and negative conditions;
    • show creativity;
    • analyze work order;
    • identify customer order;
    • demonstrate motor skills;
    • check the conditions of the matrix and photolith;
    • write matrix (manually or in processor);
    • design design;
    • dry silkscreen matrix;
    • sensitize plate with photosensitive emulsion;
    • prove metric acuity;
    • exhibit dynamism;
    • diagram texts;
    • select mounting bases;
    • finish the plate;
    • illustrate texts;
    • ink matrix;
    • enter texts;
    • create budget;
    • analyze work order;
    • reproduce images with contact press;
    • make digital proof;
    • maintain attendance;
    • reduce images with scanner and/or camera;
    • follow safety, environmental and work procedures;
    • chemically prepare the cylinder surface;
    • positioning matrix on test equipment;
    • making final assembly (analog or digital) according to the printing process ;
    • operate electromechanical engraver;
    • transfer image to cylinder or pigmented paper;
    • print evidence;
    • check equipment condition;
    • position support in the registry;
    • checking heliographic evidence;
    • retouch films;
    • retouch plate;
    • show visual acuity;
    • make doll (core and cover);
    • open digital file for proof printing;
    • cleaning equipment and materials used for assembly;
    • identify originals;
    • order material to the responsible department;
    • set printing characteristics for proof (format, paper, printer);
    • retouch serigraphic matrix;
    • select matrices and support;
    • mount texts, images and other elements (manually or electronically);
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • enlarge images with scanner and/or camera;
    • prepare plates with chemicals;
    • reveal plate (manually or in processor);
    • operate copier;
    • making templates;
    • making heliographic and digital proofs;
    • order material for the responsible department;
    • final assembly touch up;
    • engrave with acid;
    • check plate condition;
    • dry die for final finishing;
    • set spine size;
    • identify the economic and technical feasibility of the project;
    • act with zeal;
    • engrave serigraphic matrix;
    • format texts;
    • copy image on plate;

    Sectors that hire Photographer (graphic prepress) the most in the job market

    • microfilming services
    • furniture wardrobe
    • printing books, magazines and other periodicals
    • printing material for other uses
    • data processing, application service providers and internet hosting services
    • photocopies
    • information technology consulting
    • printing material for advertising use
    • prepress services
    • photo production activities

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