How to Become a Lithographer

Lithographer Job Description

Lithographers prepare metal plates or transfer information into computer programs which are used to print books, magazines, labels and other items.



Lithographer Job Duties

  • Select types of plates to be used based on length of press runs
  • Using erasers and needles, perform minor deletions, additions or corrections to completed plates
  • Operate and maintain laser plate making equipment which converts electronic data to plates without the use of film
  • Scale copy for reductions and enlargements, using proportion wheels
  • Prior to printing, examine photographs for obvious imperfections
  • Enter, store, and retrieve information on computer-aided equipment
  • Adjust scanners to meet specific color densities, sizes, screen rulings, and exposure attributes



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