Production Artist & Photo Retoucher

Position Title: Production Artist & Photo Retoucher
Reports To: Director, Information Technology and Production


Who we are

Perennial Inc. is one of North America’s leading retail consulting and design firms, specializing in combining exceptional retail thinking with best-in-class creative talent to deliver unique, brand-driven customer experiences. Since 1989, we‘ve been transforming a wide range of businesses with comprehensive consumer insights, strategic positioning, brand development, store design, kiosk design, merchandising, package design, and retail communications.

Our team structure encompasses the most diverse range of creative and strategic expertise under one roof, allowing us to benefit from the capabilities of a large company while enjoying the flexibility of a small studio. Regardless of a project’s size, we welcome each and every opportunity to leverage the breadth of our services and deliver more powerful, end-to-end retail solutions.


The kind of person we are looking to join our team

The successful incumbent will be a specialist in the art of retouching and color correction in addition to being an expert in the fundamentals of production artwork. This individual will need to think strategically, be highly skilled at problem solving, thrive at thinking outside the box, love challenges, work well within a team and even better under pressure.

Perennial is a fast-paced environment, where the ability to think quickly on your feet, adapt positively to change and demonstrate well-organized thought and work processes are considered great assets.

To fit into our culture you must be team-oriented, fun, friendly, honest, and respect others and their ideas.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Ensures all design and conceptual art is built or formatted to required specifications, as determined by clients, printers and their agents. Core responsibility for performing retouching and color correction will be to maintain and enhance the creative integrity of the final product.

Primary functions include:

• Prepares artwork for print production

• Creates files to printing specifications

• Ensures that client artwork is delivered to specification, on time and within budget

• Assists in the creation of mock-ups of art work for client approval

• Checks vendor proofs of artwork produced to assure that all files have been output properly and the job is ready to be printed

• Executes revisions in a timely manner

• Ensures that all work is error free

• Performs color correction, photo retouching and manipulation

• Prepares, names and files all images according to production specifications

• Produces technically accurate and content-correct material within defined timelines to meet design and production expectations and requirements

• Maintains print specifications and continuously refines for optimal printing results

• Maintains quality results, proactively evaluating projects from a technical and stylistic standpoint and effectively communicates concerns and opportunities to drive continuous improvement

• Ensures the Production Director reviews all work before it goes to Project Managers and out to our clients



• You will report to the Director, IT & Production. You will be judged on your overall production, retouching and print knowledge, and your ability to ensure quality and consistency and your interpersonal skills both within and outside the studio.

• It will be a focus for this individual to manage him or herself in a responsible way, providing a source of leadership to all members of the team as well as providing a constant sense of assurance and project responsibility to members of the team. This may include being a coach and mentor to more junior members of the team.

• Ongoing, and as each project is given, this individual will provide support to all facets of the job including;

o Demonstrate understanding of strategic and specific client needs and objectives

o Adjust and adapt to any changes throughout the process and flag any potential problems throughout

o Keep members of the team aware of all aspects of the job through regular internal touch points while potentially managing more junior members of the team working on the specific job

o Deliver assignments on time and within approved budget

o Ensure clear communication and specifications when final product is relayed to suppliers

o Bring innovative solutions that meet or exceed Perennial quality and production standards


Tools of the Trade and Key Competencies

The candidate will be proficient in a broad range of software applications working in a MAC environment. Some of these technologies may include:

• Adobe Illustrator

• Adobe Photoshop

• Adobe Acrobat

• Adobe InDesign

• Microsoft Office

The candidate will clearly demonstrate their ability to effectively work with internal resources to ensure common understanding, direction and priority. This individual will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to maintain a positive relationship with the internal studio, client and 3rd party suppliers through positive and sound business judgment.


Education and Experience

The qualified candidate will possess 15 years experience in a prepress-to-print environment, with experience in preparing files for four-color printing and a strong understanding of color theory. The ideal candidate will be highly detailed oriented, possess excellent communication skills, assertive, self-starter, ability to keep projects moving on predetermined production scheduled, and have strong computer skills with ability to apply to troubleshoot. The ability to function within deadlines, while working both independently and as part of a team, is essential. An "artful" color sensibility, with the ability to visually inspect material and distinguish all colors and color ranges a must.

*Please be prepared to submit examples of before and after non-illustrated retouched digital art upon request.


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