The work of a print originator covers a range of pre-press tasks from the design and approval of artwork, images, illustrations and text up to the actual printing process. These tasks can include:
The type and size of the employer will determine how many of these different roles any one print originator performs. Many companies specialise in pre-press production for design houses or printing firms. Familiarity with computerised technology is increasingly important as digital printing processes become more widespread .
Origination printers work on the production of a wide variety of products including newspapers, magazines, books, stationery and packaging.
Printers work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but flexibility is often needed to meet urgent deadlines. There are opportunities for overtime and shift work.
Print originators are mainly office- or studio-based. Some travel may be necessary to discuss contracts or products with customers.
Those involved in the preparation of material for scanning or checking of films will work in a clean and dust-free environment. Print originators responsible for outputting films may have to wear appropriate protective clothing to handle inks and when cleaning and maintaining machinery.
To be a print originator you should:
The printing, packaging and graphics industry is the UK’s fifth largest manufacturing industry, and employs around 200,000 people in over 12,000 companies. The largest concentrations of employment are found in London and the south-east, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow.
Opportunities for print originators exist in specialist pre-press production companies, design houses, reprographics houses and printers. Many companies are small to medium enterprises, so duties may span several aspects of the print process. It is possible to move into printing administration roles such as estimator or production controller, or related areas including account management and general management.
Increasingly, traditional reprographics houses are diversifying into design, artwork, new media, website design and management. It is possible to move into any one of these areas with the skill and knowledge gained from print origination.
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