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Lithographers make and prepare metal plates to be used as the original in various printing processes and media. Plates are usually laser-etched from digital sources with computer-to-plate technology, but can also be made by applying types of emulsions to the printing plate.

Alternative Labels

plate worker

CT technician

master printer/lithography

CTP worker

certified master lithographer

metal lithographer

computer-to-plate specialist

platesetter specialist

CTP operator

computer-to-plate technician

computer-to-plate operator

lithographic printer


offset lithographer

platesetter technician

CTP specialist

lithographic operator

lithographer and digital printer

platesetter operator

Regulatory Aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: