Print Washer

Wash and dry photographic prints.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Print Washers do?

Washes and dries photographic prints, using print-washing pan, blotter, and wringer: Places developed prints in print-washing pan and activates mechanism that rotates pan to wash prints. Immerses prints in chemical solution subsequent to washing cycle to increase flexibility of prints. Dries prints, using blotter, or positions prints on metal plates, and dries prints, using wringer. Inserts prints in rack on open-faced frames to complete drying process. May examine prints for stains and other defects and return defective prints to developing room. May remove excess water from washed prints to prevent watermarks, using sponge or squeegee.

Should I be a Print Washer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Plate Washer, Watch-Dial Printer

    How to become a Print Washer

    Print Washers 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 Print Washer-related education!
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