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Production Artist

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West Chicago, IL
Posted April 01
Freelance
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to nina@thesmartdept.com.

The smartdept is in search of a Production Artist to work for a global agency based in West Chicago. While design skills are welcome, this is not a design position, but strictly a production job to work with preexisting layouts and take design direction from Art and Creative Directors. The ideal candidate is a technician at heart, but may have basic design sense to handle simple graphic projects independently or with minimal direction.

In addition to a high level of technical skill with Adobe Creative Suite, efficiency, flexibility and versatility are highly valued. Requires a high degree of focus and extreme diligence in handling detail, typography and creating 100% accurate page layouts. Must feel comfortable in a fast-paced work environment and be deadline-driven. Must also be willing to work a few hours of overtime when occasionally needed.

What you'll do:

  • Builds, maintains, and releases digital files for pre-press or other production hand-off from design team
  • Produces/uploads collateral to production software
  • Produces multiple versions of layouts and maintains all history of revisions
  • Works closely with design team to implement changes in a timely manner
  • Maintains asset database on server, and uses consistent naming convention for assets
  • Maintains knowledge of current creative and publishing software
  • Responsible for building correctly to all specs
  • Locks files down once final approval is received
  • Produce multiple versions of direct mail packages or collateral using InDesign layers, master pages, Paragraph and Character Styles (Must keep all versions organized, labeled and filed according to preset file-naming standards)
  • Have full understanding of the graphic and photo reproduction process to troubleshoot problematic graphics, photos, layouts and unexpected challenges prior to release

Must have's:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Able to create accurate physical samples/mock-ups
  • Knowledge of the most recent Adobe Creative Suite
  • Exceptional photo/image retouching skills
  • Knowledge of regulations regarding applicable media
  • Technical HTML skills
  • Working knowledge of both digital production for web versus print production (2C to 6C print process to properly set up electronic files for reproduction)
  • Understand digital printing, offset printing and web printing, and know the distinctions in file preparation for various printing processes
  • Working experience in producing mockups for multi-page brochures, elaborate direct mail and POP artwork
  • Understands and adheres to U.S. Postal regulations and press/production guidelines as they apply to Direct Mail

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to nina@thesmartdept.com.