Lithographic Artist

The tasks a Litographic Artist is expected to perform include:

Exposing the sensitized metal plate to positive or negative film, using a vacuum frame to produce an offset lithographic printing plate

Using chemical and photomechanical methods on halftone negatives or positives to be used in the preparation of lithographic printing plates

Punching holes in the light-sensitive plate with a register punch and inserting register pins in holes to prepare the plate for contact with positive or negative film

Aligning positives or negatives with each other

Placing masking paper on areas of the plate not covered by positives or negatives to prevent exposure of those areas

Examining the film on the light table to determine the specified colour and colour balance

Comparing the proof print of colour separation negative or positive with the customer?s original sample or copy

Determining the accuracy of reproduction

Applying the solution to produce the colour effect by the chemical method

Blocking out or modifying the colour shades of the film, using a template, brushes, and opaque

Placing masks over separation negatives or positives and exposing the film for the specified time

Using the contact frame and automatic film processors to reduce the size of photographic dots to increase or reduce colour

Knowledge of photomechanical methods

Proficient in using tools like template, brushes, and opaque

Proficient in increasing or reducing the size of photographic dots

Well-versed in identifying and marking colour discrepancies on print and film

Proficient in using a magnifying glass or densitometer

Knowledge of inserting positives or negatives on register pins

Well-versed in preparing dyes or other chemical solutions according to standard formulas

Knowledge of applying opaque to block out blemishes and pinholes

Well-versed in placing the plate on the bed of the vacuum frame

Knowledge of different colours for printing

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Will be updated

Diligent and hardworking


Ability to follow instructions

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 8/10 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. It varies from institution to institution

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL), and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, chemical adhesive, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, skin allergies, burns, etc.

Will be updated

Current and Future Market Trend of the Printing Sector in India

The Indian printing industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than INR 50,000 crores (USD 11 billion). The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian print industry and helped modernize it, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities. The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from a heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. Today Indian printers are equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at an annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at a robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other, with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths. The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Printing companies across India

Local printers across India

Towns and cities across India