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Desktop Publishers

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
    • Position text and art elements from a variety of databases in a visually appealing way to design print or web pages, using knowledge of type styles and size and layout patterns.
    • Check preliminary and final proofs for errors and make necessary corrections.
    • View monitors for visual representation of work in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process, making modifications as necessary.
    • Enter text into computer keyboard and select the size and style of type, column width, and appropriate spacing for printed materials.
    • Prepare sample layouts for approval, using computer software.
    • Import text and art elements, such as electronic clip art or electronic files from photographs that have been scanned or produced with a digital camera, using computer software.
    • Transmit, deliver, or mail publication master to printer for production into film and plates.
    • Study layout or other design instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
    • Collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.
    • Select number of colors and determine color separations.
    • Convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.
    • Enter digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
    • Edit graphics and photos, using pixel or bitmap editing, airbrushing, masking, or image retouching.
    • Enter data, such as coordinates of images and color specifications, into system to retouch and make color corrections.
    • Store copies of publications on paper, magnetic tape, film, or diskette.
    • Create special effects such as vignettes, mosaics, and image combining, and add elements such as sound and animation to electronic publications.
    • Load floppy disks or tapes containing information into system.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Originality

      The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Scanners
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Graphics tablets
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data conversion software

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