Color Printer Operator

Control equipment to produce color prints from negatives.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Color Printer Operators do?

Controls equipment to produce color prints from negatives: Reads customer instructions to determine processing requirement. Loads roll or magazine of printing paper into color printing equipment. Examines color negative to determine equipment control settings for production of prints meeting acceptable color-fidelity standards. Sets controls in accordance with examination, loads negative into machine, and starts machine to produce specified number of prints. Removes printed photographic paper from machine and places paper in film bag for further processing or in developing machine. Inspects finished prints for defects, such as dust and smudges, and removes defects, using brush, cloth, and cleaning fluid. Inserts processed negatives and prints into envelope for return to customer.


Should I be a Color Printer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Color Corrector, Copy Camera Operator, Digital Printer Operator, Digital Print Operator, Positive Printer Operator See More

    How to become a Color Printer Operator

    Color Printer Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Color Printer Operator-related education!
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