Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Jan. 27, 2013
Feb. 28, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name PHOTRONICS INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000810136  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --11-03  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   60,777,405
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jan. 27, 2013