Creative Southfield, Michigan Chicago, Illinois
The Mars Agency is a global marketing practice, specializing in marketing to shoppers, consumers and retailers across the ever-expanding omni-commerce environment. Mars uniquely refers to this environment as the A-to-V Commerce SM space, which incorporates everything from Autonomous to Voice commerce.
Mars, proud of its independence and growth-for-clients focus, operates internationally across the Americas, Europe and Asia through its network of 13 offices.
We’re looking for a Senior Retoucher/Prepress. As a Senior Finisher/Prepress, you are an expert in production- having years of hands on experience prepping files at a print shop. You know without a doubt how each file type needs to be set up to be produced. And your investigative skills are top notch- being able to unravel how someone created it to then re-build it correctly is key.
Details matter especially in the technical aspect of a file set up.
You must know:
- what ink density is and how to prep a POA accordingly
- how to set up a file when its run litho, flexo or digital
- the difference in CMYK/RGB conversions and how to correct undesired color shifts
- how to determine if a POA is HR if it’s been scaled up too much
- how layers are organized in in-design so that it produces correctly
- why it’s bad to set type in photoshop on a print project and correct it
- how to set up a spot color in photoshop, in-design and illustrator
- how to eliminate banding on gradients
- when to run a packed black
- when a vector or a raster image is necessary
- how to work in and read die lines
- know how to work in templates
Beyond your print expertise, you must have creative retouching chops. Things like retouching product shots, cleaning up table top food shots- by eliminating blemishes, adding cheese, sauces, making a poorly shot food image look tasty. Knowing how to correct color tone, balance highlights, mid-tones, make specific color shifts, painting in hair /missing elements. As well as being able composite stock art together and creating a final image that looks believable.
You are used to working under constant deadline pressure and have the ability to manage multiple tasks under stress. You catch the little things that everyone else missed. And most important of all, you genuinely care about the quality of your work. Because you know it’s important. Because it’s ultimately your work that goes out into the world, establishing and maintaining our clients’ brands and our agency’s reputation.
Additional responsibilities include:
/collaborate with creatives while re-building files to assure that their vision has been met.
/attend pre-production meetings and discuss needs of the job, die lines, time lines, client concerns,
/ensure highest creative quality and integrity are maintained
/run proofs on every die line project and or jobs that need checking for retouching, color etc
/communicate well with the Account and creative teams.
/pro-actively work with the creative teams on their projects to help them with production challenges.
/seek out solutions to challenges
/go beyond the ask to make a project even better
/take direction from creative leaders, art directors, designers, and clients.
/ability to multi-task and keep everything going
/have digital production knowledge
/have experience working in retail packaging
The Mars Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, ancestry, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or handicap, HIV, veteran, marital or family status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state and/or federal laws, except where a bonafide occupational qualification applies.
The Mars Agency has developed a wide variety of inclusive benefit plans and policies that address and promote the needs of all employees and their family members, including comprehensive group health plans, a parental leave program that includes paid maternity and paternity benefits for pregnancy, adoption and surrogacy, flexible paid time off, a broad and confidential employee assistance program, ongoing wellness support initiatives, trusted financial health advice and guidance, promotion of education through tuition support and assistance, and a flexible and supportive work environment and culture.