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Sr Color & Retouching Operator

Brand:  SGK
Company:  Schawk USA Inc. (US103)
Line of Business:  SGK CCOE


SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company. From idea to implementation, we deliver packaging solutions and brand experiences that give brands the freedom to speak louder, scale faster and grow stronger. We simplify marketing and amplify brands to deliver value.  SGK is a Matthews International company. 


SGK believes that superior marketing performance demands a superior marketing ecosystem. We transform marketing ecosystems through consulting and industrial-scale connectivity to improve marketing performance. We also create and deliver content across channels to drive unique brand experiences while amplifying marketing ecosystem efficiency.

The Sr Color & Retouching Operator modifies and/or enhances images for intermediate production assignments to incorporate in final layout for assembly. With limited guidance from the client project team, this role performs color manipulations, retouching, photo composition, color proofs, and printer-specific color corrections or modifications for packaging or digital (pre-media) layouts per project technical specifications. This position's main focus is on retouching digital images with an emphasis on high-end tech products. This is a technical design position.


  • Work remote at a location and time that works for you
  • Engage in project-based work; which by nature varies in scope & duration to keep work interesting and different
  • Maintain a high degree of autonomy; work on projects that align with your background/lifestyle
  • Gain experience and develop professional skills to advance your career  


  • Retouching of digital images to customer specifications
  • Performing image manipulations/edits as directed
  • Creating ink recipes to match supplied color targets provided by clients or printers. May involve the process to create a recipe, produce a proof, measure the results, and adjust until the target color is met.
  • Assembles high-quality proof presentations for clients.
  • Color theory, color correction, RGB/CMYK color space, and conversions
  • Photo managing, shadows, vignettes, and silhouetting, layering, clipping paths
  • Creative approach to image manipulation
  • Camera Raw file processing
  • Working in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment


  • Consults with team and attends project meetings to evaluate individual project needs.
  • Makes recommendations and/or changes to files that have been prepared for correct output.
  • Prints proofs on all available proofing devices.
  • Performs quality checks on proofs, including measuring color.
  • Creates ink recipes to match supplied color target provided by clients or printers.  May involve process to create a recipe, produce a proof, measure the results and adjust until the target color is met.
  • Assembles high quality proof presentations for clients.
  • Assembles mockups and sales samples.
  • Reviews quality of final product before release to client.
  • Ensures high quality standards in all production client deliverables, including accurate, consistent and timely completion of projects according to budget and project specifications.
  • Effectively uses industry standard software, tools, and photo and color manipulation techniques such as photo composition, color manipulation, retouching and scanning.
  • Ensures client project team has most current information about the status of the assigned project.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Arts, Photography or related field
  • 6+ years progressive color and retouching experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficient in photo and color manipulation techniques and processes such as color separations, color conversion and correction, profiling, trapping and bleeding of imagery, etc.
  • Basic understanding of applicable color retouching and image software
  • Occasional travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary. 


•    Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk, hear and see.  
•    Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
•    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

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