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Graphic Arts Technician

Bardstown, KY

General Responsibilities: Under the direction of the New Projects & Graphic Arts Supervisor, the Pre-Press Project Analyst is responsible for all activities and coordination of pre-press operations of customer artwork and technical specifications (i.e., repro and distortion) to enable accurate engraving of print cylinders and to achieve customer color target on the press in a reproducible manner based on the AFS printing process. The Pre-Press Project Analyst is also expected to ensure quality control standards are observed at all times for these activities.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Participates in customer/design agencies pre-production meeting(s) and establishes a client brief as input for the reproduction of artwork
  • Assesses customer artwork, advises customers regarding artwork guidelines, and provides technical instructions for the reproduction of the artwork to the Graphics Repro Representatives.
  • Checks reproduction files of customer artwork jobs for color matching, trapping, layering, file structure, elements, etc. in accordance with technical specifications for repro work.
  • Determines artwork amendments (text corrections and color modifications) to bring art to meet AFS printing specifications.
  • Creates design guides for customers / design agencies and serves as a liaison with the AFS TFC on sleeve specifications.
  • Oversees the reproduction of customer artwork (pre-press operation), color management, and pre-distortion of graphic elements, and ensures quality control standards are maintained at all times.
  • Partners with manufacturing operations (engraving and print) to advise or consult on specific artwork problems.
  • Supports sales / customer / manufacturing operations for print views to execute color matching on the print and proof press.
  • Performs other tasks and/or assignments as defined by the Graphic Arts Manager.


  • Possesses extensive knowledge of the following: ESKO graphics pre-press software is ideal, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS6, GMG Epson proofing system
  • Possesses good understanding of color metric
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills which are needed to establish and maintain an influential relationship with the customer and its design agencies and/or third parties (suppliers / manufacturing operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills; must be able to manage tasks and projects with minimal guidance
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Product knowledge of shrink sleeve applications and requirements for packaging market related to graphic design a plus
  • Associate’s degree preferred in a business or technical discipline or equivalent experience
  • • Minimum of one year’s experience in a customer support role, preferably in a manufacturing environment

Job Type: Full-time



  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance


Schedule: Monday to Friday

Experience: Graphic Arts: 5 years (Preferred)

Education: Associate (Preferred)

Work Location: One location


Benefit Conditions: Only full-time employees eligible

Salary Range: $43,200.00 - $52,000.00 Salary/year

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