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    So How many prepress technicians got laid off because of Covid-19

    The problem with getting fired in this country is not only do you lose income, you also lose health insurance. If this country could untether health insurance to employers things could be better. I wouldn't say most companies don't fire employees on the spot, it happens more times than you may...
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    So How many prepress technicians got laid off because of Covid-19

    Sounds like you work for a company that cares about its employees.
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    So How many prepress technicians got laid off because of Covid-19

    At least you got a warning which gives you some time to plan. Here in US most states are "employment at will", which means you can get fired without warning for any reason at any given moment, which is what happens all the time (happened to me). This is a horrible way to treat loyal employees...
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    So How many prepress technicians got laid off because of Covid-19

    Got laid off in April, over 55, not looking good at this point. Many companies used this crisis as an excuse to "go lean" or "restructure". I realize a lot of work has dried up but the government bailouts were supposed to prevent layoffs. Some companies took the bailout and laid off workers anyway.
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    Do you still have healthcare?

    I just got laid off from my prepress job. 56 years old and screwed now. Luckily my wife has our health insurance through her work otherwise I would have to pay for Cobra which is as much as my mortgage payment. Our healthcare system is joke. Not sure what I'm going to do now that I'm unemployed.
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    What machines are used for printing on sign material?

    Great point about using trade shop to do your printing for you. I design and sell vinyl banners online and use a vendor to print my banners, the price is right, the quality is superb and they ship for free. The cost of owning one of these large formant printers is just too much for a startup...
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    Prepress outsourcing to india

    Lifelong prepress tech, retoucher...blah blah. Most of the clipping path and color correction work is being done in India. Go on Linkedin, its filled with people from India trying to get your clipping path business. India is taking all of the eCommerce retouching away from USA. What I used to...
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    Commercial Printer is no longer an official job

    The article is correct about one thing. Conventional prepress jobs are few and far between. If you do go digital prepress expect you salary to be about half what it used to be.
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    QuarkXPress 2018 Announced

    Quark why? Very few companies use this antiquated software anymore. Indesign is king, sorry Quark
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    You’re not better your just naive. Your time will come. I hope for your sake your not thinking about a career in prepress cause it won’t last long
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    Im right there with you with the depression! Sounds like you fought your way back with persistence and hard work. Good for you, that is inspiring to hear.
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    I hear you my friend and my heart goes out to you and any of us going through this but that is our reality.
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    You are right about that. I have thought about opening a business but simply don't know the first thing of how to do it or where to get funds for that. I have a small startup online where I design and sell banners on my website and etsy (alterimagebanners.com) but I just started and it doesn't...
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    Thank you for the replies. I was a prepress tech for the offset side, Prinergy, Metrix ....etc. My specialty was as a retouching/color correction guy. I saw the handwriting on the wall the last couple years but felt I couldn’t walk away from a good paying job, now I’m paying the price for my bad...
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    Over 50 unemployed Prepress Tech, should I call it quits for printing?

    Hello all, I was laid off 6 months ago, I have been a prepress technician for most of my career. My company moved, restructured than laid myself, along with other long time employees off. I was with the company for 13 years, was paid well above scale for a prepress tech and that I believe is the...
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    Prepress Retoucher Available

    Hello, My name is Bill, and I’m a high end retoucher and I’m looking for some freelance image work in the area. (Or full time work). I can retouch and color correct your images for you, and do image compositing. I can do virtually anything you need done to your images with quick turnaround...
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    Prepress Technician need job

    Experienced prepress tech looking for job in the Chicago area. Prinergy workflow, Metrix imposition, Fuji Javelin platesetter. Strong on Photoshop, retouching, color corrections. Resume attached
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    In Design or Quark Xpress

    Indesign! Indesign! Hello, I've been in prepress for the last 25 years, and I work in quark and Indesign everyday. In my opinion Indesign is far superior to Quark. One of the things I like best about Indesign is the ability to jump back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator when doing...
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    Anyone transitioned from prepress to web design

    Thanks Thanks for the replies, some good insights and opinions. I see a common theme, prepress skills don't seem to carry over to web much. A bit discourging. May have to rethink that idea and look into something else. :)

Automatically Autonomous Automation

Automatically Autonomous Automation
Although the autonomous car is not quite ready, a lights out print operation is something you can do right now if you have a comprehensive Print MIS (Management Information System). The advantages can put money on your bottom line. So what’s your next step? Link to Article

 
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