52111 – Graphic arts technicians



52111 – Graphic arts technicians
Graphic arts technicians assist in conceptualizing a project, interpreting design specifications or sketches, preparing the page make-up, lay-out and lettering, and preparing production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing. They are employed by publishing, communications, advertising, marketing, printing and multimedia establishments, and by television and film production companies. They may also be self-employed.


Index of titles
Airbrush artist
Animated cartoon inker
Animated cartoon painter
Animated cartoon technician
Animated cartoons inker and painter
Animation camera operator
Animation inker
Animation painter
Apprentice sign painter
Art work assembler
Cartoon background artist
Compositor - animation
Compositor - film
Computer graphics design technician
Computer graphics operator
Computer graphics technician
Design assistant - advertising production
Digital graphic design technician
Graphic arts assembler
Graphic arts copy stylist
Graphic arts renderer
Graphic arts technician
Graphics technician
Hand painter - graphic arts
Lettering artist
Mannequin artist
Multimedia graphic design technician
Multimedia graphics technician
Paste-up artist
Photo editor
Photo process letterer - graphic arts
Photo stencil maker
Photograph retoucher
Photographic airbrush artist
Photographic colourist
Photography colourist
Poster layout designer
Poster painter
Rendering specialist
Screen stencil cutter - graphic arts
Sign layout detailer
Sign painter
Sign writer
Silkscreen stencil cutter
Silkscreen technician
Stencil marker
Stencil marker - graphic arts
Traffic sign painter
Video game artist
Vinyl lettering artist
Visual effects (VFX) artist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Review the graphic designer's instructions
Produce or assist in developing and producing design concepts
Capture elements such as titles, text, drawings, illustrations, graphics, lettering and colour harmonization, using a computer
Produce computerized images and drawings
Digitize images using peripherals and transform them using retouching systems, graphic palettes or specialized software
Perform the layout, page make-up and placement using the conceptual mock-ups provided
Produce proofs and camera-ready materials and prepare film and any other prepress materials
Paint or ink individual cells of 2-D or 3-D animated drawings according to animator's specifications using an electronic palette
Lay out, draw or paint letters, figures, logos and designs for windows, advertisements, billboards, vehicles, books and publications using specialized software or painting equipment
Work in an interdisciplinary environment.


Employment requirements
A college diploma in commercial or graphic arts, computer graphics or animated design is required.
Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required.
Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.


Additional information
Progression to graphic designer positions is possible with experience or supplementary training.


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