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Color & Retouching Operator

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

San Francisco, CA, US, 94107

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.


We are currently seeking talented Freelance Color & Retouch Operators to join our team for day and evening shifts. Applicants must be able to work in a team environment and be well versed in RGB & CMYK workflows. This role, in partnership with our clients, performing 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


  • Connecting consumer experiences with brands to drive engagement and action.
  • Creating comprehensive brand identities, meaningful brand stories, and engaging brand experiences.
  • Helping brands and retailers creatively, efficiently, and cost-effectively develop relevant messages.
  • Producing brand assets required to represent brands accurately.
  • Collaborating with peers and colleagues across the globe.


  • 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Arts, Photography or related field
  • 2+ years progressive color and retouching experience within a premedia environment.
  • Proficient use of Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to identify and note deviations from established specifications
  • Ability to comprehend complex version information
  • Basic analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • 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.
  • 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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Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland