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Topic: JPG to Vector with live type (Read 2302 times) previous topic - next topic

Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #15

We are at $60 hr


$9,000 then. I guess it's really important if they agree to pay it. I'll do it for $8,999! :laugh:
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #16

$45 an hour! You are a cheap whore. Wow, that is cheap.  :laugh:
I'm $70 an hour!


In 1990 the place I was working at charged $245 per hour. When I started at this place in 2001 they were charging $45 per hour. Hasn't moved since. Doomed!
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #17
We generally charge $50, however, each customer has they're own special cost depending on their level of PITA.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #18
our keyboard time used to be 125.

of course, that was back in the eighties when cash was easy to come by.
Prepress guy - doin' jobs one at a time

Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #19
We could charge $5,000 an hour and it wouldn't make any difference. Our customers won't agree to pay for 5 minutes at $45 per hour.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #20
our time is worthless until it comes time for a raise (or comes time to fire someone to cut the budget), funny huh?
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #21
Think we are at $125/hr here but like  everywhere, it's subjective.
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It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #22
$60/hour here... not that our customers ever really have to pay it
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #23

our time is worthless until it comes time for a raise (or comes time to fire someone to cut the budget), funny huh?


Happening here right now. I've spent countless hours designing & printing material for a big event and I don't think any of prepress time is being billed. Like Joe says, I'm paid hourly so why should I care...

I care when it cuts into paying jobs like it has the past several weeks.
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So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #24
I've bid on freelance production projects of this magnitude before. My bids were fair and my work stands for itself (i.e., they want vector art and type and that's what they'd get, and I'd use both OCR and Streamline (LiveTrace these days) to start off, in batch mode.) Never got anyone to bite for such a project. An hour each sounds about right. Some would go faster, some would be a bitch. A month's work for one person, a couple days work for a workgroup, if you can find an entire workgroup of this caliber.

If they don't want to pay a professional rate for the work but still expect professional results, you might as well be flipping burgers...
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." ...
Hunter S. Thompson

Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #25
I want to work the drive thru window.... 'cause they totally screw you at the drive thru.
vdp donkey
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type

Reply #26

I've bid on freelance production projects of this magnitude before. My bids were fair and my work stands for itself (i.e., they want vector art and type and that's what they'd get, and I'd use both OCR and Streamline (LiveTrace these days) to start off, in batch mode.) Never got anyone to bite for such a project. An hour each sounds about right. Some would go faster, some would be a bitch. A month's work for one person, a couple days work for a workgroup, if you can find an entire workgroup of this caliber.

If they don't want to pay a professional rate for the work but still expect professional results, you might as well be flipping burgers...


Customers always want professional results. Never at the professional rate though. They always expect it to be free. SOS. Day after day. :cry:
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Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.