Finisher, Photograph

Retoucher, Photographic

The tasks a Retoucher, Photographic is expected to perform include:

Retouching photographic negatives, prints and enlargements using pencils, brushes and water colours to increase contrast against background

Placing negative film on retouching desk to obtain illumination of negative film

Fading out spots and blemishing on print or negative, using water colour or pencil

Smoothening contours, eliminating stray hair, blotting out facial blemishes and wrinkles

Softening or reinforcing highlights and shadows, using fine brush and colour or black pencil

Knowledge of retouching

Proficient in examining negatives and prints for retouching

Proficient in fading out spots and blemishing on print or negative, using water colour or pencil

Knowledge of smoothening contours, eliminating stray hair, blotting out facial blemishes and wrinkles

Knowledge of eliminating excess light or shadow in negative or print to produce clearer and more attractive appearance

Will be updated

Ability to follow instructions

Result oriented

Eye for detail

Ability to focus for long hours

Diligent and hardworking


It is a desk job

Needs to handle a team

Local travelling is 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 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from factory to factory

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 Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, laser light, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, repetitious motion of arms, skin allergy, burns, etc.

For fresher - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

For candidates with 2 yearsof experience and above - INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Market Trend of 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 to modernize, 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 the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today 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 the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at 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

Towns and cities across India

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Indian Institute of Photography Foundation

Institute of Printing Technology

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