Pamela Palmer

Freelance Graphic Designer & Proofreader

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Location:Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/pamelapalmer
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Pamela Palmer
606 Post Road East, Suite 637, Westport, CT 06880
pammi0215@hotmail.com • 914-830-7102

CAREER OBJECTIVE: To find a position offering challenge and growth that utilizes my talents and allows me to improve both personally and professionally.

Computer Background
Extensive experience using the following programs on both MacIntosh and PC platforms: Quark XPress, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Professional with Pitstop Pro, PageMaker, Freehand, Streamline, PowerPoint, PrintSmith and the Microsoft Office Suite.

Work Experience
2010 - 2011 – Vanguard Temporaries – White Plains NY
November, 2010 – March, 2011
Temporary Hire: Questar Assessments Inc
Production Artist
Description: As a Production Artist I was responsible for producing layouts and print-ready files for test booklets, manuals, miscellaneous answer documents, header sheets, reports, brochures, and labels. Performed graphic department changes on assessment test books and manuals for state assessment tests. Assured that all editorial changes were made accurately and in a timely manner. Created PDF proofs for editorial review. Worked with editorial department to assure that all changes were accurate and in accordance to customer specifications and internal quality standards.
Tasks:
• Developed InDesign templates.
• Laid out and pre-flighted files for print.
• Followed pre-flight procedures and completed checklists to ensure quality and usability of documents.
• Reviewed supplied files and make changes as needed to prepare for final output.
• Performed color correction and graphic adjustments as needed by editorial department.
• Packaged final files for delivering to vendor including final proofreading and content verification.
• Exhibited strong attention to detail and ‘clean’ file output.

2010 – CCL Label Corp – Shelton CT
May, 2010 – October, 2010
Graphics Pre-press Technician
Description: Assured the production of customer proofs, films, plates and screens were completed in accordance with customer specifications, in a timely and efficient manner, while meeting both customer and internal quality standards. Performed graphic and color correction changes as needed for client press approvals.
Tasks:
• Reviewed supplied files and make changes as needed to prepare for final output. Checked files for fit and trapping on high speed, roll fed presses.
• Maintained digital files and archives for file retrieval and output.
• Downloaded client files from FTP sites and uploaded revised graphics for client retrieval.
• Inspected work coming off presses to ensure it maintained client standards.
• Performed color correction, retouching and graphic adjustments as needed by clients on press approvals.
• Esko/Barco system expertise and digital workflow mapping
• ICC profiling for Kodak Approval, digital plate making, and multiple presses
• Comprehensive color management for high end artwork
• Customer corrections and press approval experience
• Experienced with file preparation for Offset, Flexo, Screen and Gravure as it relates to pressure sensitive printing equipment.
• Served as final proofreading check before products went on press.
• Demonstrated the ability to handle stressful situations, while maintaining a professional attitude.

2010 – High Ridge Print & Copy Center – Stamford CT
January, 2010 – May, 2010
Graphic Artist / Mac Operator
Description: Designed graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. Preflighted supplied files to ensure they are press-ready. Utilized Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop to create and modify documents and artwork.
Tasks:
• Created designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
• Reviewed supplied files and make changes as needed to prepare for final output.
• Developed graphics and layouts for product illustrations, and company logos.
• Proofread all typeset files prior to client review.

2006 - 2009 - Total Printing - Trussville AL
March, 2006 - November, 2009
Production Manager / Senior Graphic Artist / Mac Operator / Systems Admin
Description: Designed graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. Preflighted supplied files to ensure they are press-ready. Utilized Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop to create and modify documents and artwork.
Tasks:
• Created designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
• Design and layout sports program books for 5 high schools and 2 dance schools annually.
• Complete working knowledge of the printing process (4-color process, spot colors, mechanical preparation, file formats, finishing and bindery techniques)
• Developed graphics and layouts for product illustrations, and company logos.
• Digitally prepared illustrations and material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
• Estimated jobs using PrintSmith job tracking software.
• Maintained archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
• Operated and trained others in the use of Xerox DC5000 Digital Press.
• Prepared files for direct-to-plate output.
• Supervised staff of 3 designers and allocated work assignments.
• Maintained digital files and keep up-to-date on all computer software applications.
• Performed proofreading tasks on all files prior to printing.

1996 - 2005 - Brady Palmer Printing - Carmel NY
November, 1996 - July, 2005
Senior Graphic Artist / Mac Operator / Systems Admin
Description: Preflight supplied files to prepare them for final press output. Install application software and updates as required. Maintain computer systems and archive and restore old jobs as needed.
Tasks:
• Designed, layout, and typeset packaging labels, brochures and related material for over 350 clients.
• Preflighted supplied files and made changes as needed to prepare for final output.
• Proofread all files to ensure correct output.
• Created final PDF files for film and direct-to-plate output.
• Worked with customer service to make customer corrections to supplied files.
• Scanned supplied artwork and color correct and retouch as needed for optimum output.
• Attended press runs to ensure that the final output matches customer specs.
• Used Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop to create and modify documents and artwork.
• Restore files from archives for revisions or reuse and maintain Unix-based Xinet fileserver.

Wendy Tittel Graphic Design - Briarcliff Manor NY
September, 1995 - October, 1996
Graphic Artist
Designed and produced advertisements and charts for magazines, direct mail coupons and envelopes.
• Produced four-color ads and editorial pages for quarterly and monthly magazines.
• Illustrated detailed charts and graphs for monthly aviation magazine.
• Produced four-color and spot color direct mail ads.

Clarion Marketing & Communications - Stamford CT
March, 1994 - January, 1995
Proofreader
Description: Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors.
Tasks:
• Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
• Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.
• Read corrected copies or proofs in order to ensure that all corrections have been made.
• Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.
• Consult reference books or secure aid of readers to check references with rules of grammar and composition.
• Route proofs with marked corrections to authors, editors, typists, or typesetters for correction and/or reprinting.
• Measure dimensions, spacing, and positioning of page elements (copy and illustrations) in order to verify conformance to specifications, using printer's ruler.
• Proofread United Parcel Service manuals in English and French.

Education
Pace University - Pleasantville - New York
September, 1983 - May, 1987
Successfully completed 4 years of course work - accounting and management

References available upon request
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Proofreading