Photoengraving Sketch Maker

Sketch cloth designs onto transparent paper.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Photoengraving Sketch Makers do?

Sketches cloth designs onto transparent paper for subsequent transfer to printing rollers by photographic process, using drafting tools and artists’ work aids: Studies customer’s design to locate one complete repeat of pattern. Lays out reference points on design according to location of pattern repeat and motifs within repeat, using ruler, dividers, and pencil. Places design on lighted drafting table, covers design with sheet of transparent paper, and transfers reference points from design to paper. Holds paper against design with stylus and sketches each color in pattern repeat on separate sheet of paper, using pen, brush, sponge, opaque, india ink, and watercolors. Varies intensity of sketch according to design so that printing rollers will be etched in manner that will produce shades and tones of color. Corrects flaws left in design by artist or designer and alters design to make it practical for printing, employing knowledge of fabrics, colors, and etching and printing techniques. Assembles sketches into composite sketch and compares composite with design to determine if parts of design join together to reproduce complete design. Routes sketches to PHOTOGRAPHER, PHOTOENGRAVING for transfer to film.

Should I be a Photoengraving Sketch Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Sketch Maker, Photoengraving

    How to Become a
    Photoengraving Sketch Maker

    Photoengraving Sketch Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Photoengraving Sketch Maker-related education!
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