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Production Artist

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Actively seeking candidates for a temp-to-hire production artist opportunity here in Milwaukee!

Responsibilities
Develop final mechanical files from creative layouts for print and packaging production
Revise creative files accurately and efficiently throughout rounds of reviews and edits
Help manage and organize large amounts of files and directories
Effectively prepare files for print
Build Photoshop banners and PDFs
Take photos and retouch images
Create catalog layout and magazine ads
Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned

Required Skills
Checking the sizes, resolutions, and color modes of all graphics
Proofing and retouching art, fixing tints, and recreating logos
Checking plate separations for offset printing and making any changes to trapping
Knowing the difference between an overprint and a knockout, CMYK vs. RGB, spot color vs. process, vector vs. raster, and understanding of a bleed, a trim, and a live area
Knowing how to create or work with a clipping path or a die cut
Knowing when to convert type to outlines in Adobe Illustrator, when to add a slight stroke to "beef-up" the type or ensure proper positioning, and knowing how to extract elements from a PDF file and when it’s not a good idea
Understanding of kerning, tracking, and word spacing, identifying when ragged copy looks bad, and when excess hyphenation or bad spacing makes it look even worse
Understanding of widows and orphans, hanging indents and columns, soft returns on every line in a layout vs. strategically using non-breaking spaces, and keeping page layout master pages pristine by not disrupting their elements after document pages are generated from them
Comfortable working closely with external vendors as well as various internal departments
Ability to switch tasks in order to complete multiple projects on quick timelines within a given day

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