Tracing Artist

Minimum Diploma in Printing Technology

Not required

The tasks a Tracer is expected to perform include:

Making copies of plans and drawings from the original by spreading tracing paper or cloth on the original and tracing in ink or pencil

Placing the original drawing on the drawing board and securing it with drawing pins

Spreading tracing paper or tracing cloth on the original drawings

Tracing the outlines and other details of the original drawing on tracing paper with a pencil or special ink

Checking and ensuring that the tracings contain complete and accurate details, as shown in the original trace drawings, on the tracing tables or tracing boxes fitted with reflected or electric light arrangements

Operating the pantograph machine to make enlarged copies of maps, layouts, plans, etc. and computing the area

Printing letters uniformly or planning and sketching using a special printing set

Making blue prints, ammonia prints and Ferro prints from tracings, using a printing frame or machine

Skilled in tracing designs off paper or cloth

Ability to trace the exact same design without distorting it

Skilled in using the drawing board, pens, pencils and other tools adequately

Knowledge of the operation of a pantograph machine

Proficient in understanding and printing blue prints, Ferro prints and ammonia prints

Knowledge of the criticality of preciseness required in tracing and related jobs

Not Applicable



Team player




It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pain, back pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 16,000

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trend of the Printing Sector in India

The Indian printing industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises of more than 2,50,000 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 to 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 in leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.

The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in to the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors is bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry. Therefore, Tracers have a promising future in India.

Publishing houses

Government and private printing presses

Cities and towns across India