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Any way to make Show Transparency Grid the default view?

Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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I'm forever turning transparency grid on when opening a new AI file.  I'd like it on by default but I don't see anything in the prefs to force this.  Is there a way?

 

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Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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Like many settings, this is achieved by editing existing or creating new document profiles. See here for a full description if you are unfamiliar:

https://happyrainbow.art/2019/06/06/document-profiles-in-illustrator/

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Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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Thanks for reply Doug.  OK I think I understand about document profiles, but am I right in assuming that this is only for creating new AI files, and doesn't apply if I'm downloading vectors from Adobe Stock for prep for After Effects animation? The latter is my 90% use case.

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Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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Correct, it's a document setting. I'm not aware of a way to set it universally.

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Mentor ,
Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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It's a keyboard shortcut - Shift-Ctrl-D (PC)

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Jan 09, 2023 Jan 09, 2023

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You can also save your new created transparency file as Template in Illustrator. Anytime when you will open it your new document will be transparent.

Work with files and templates in Illustrator (adobe.com)

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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This really isn't very useful if you're working with existing files, which is everyone.
There really needs to be put into the preferences section. Actually, it should have been in the Preferences since day one. 

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Please make feature requests here: https://illustrator.uservoice.com

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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This was already requested in 2017. SEVEN years seems an awful long time to implement something that should take less than a day. So much for Adobe making life easier for users. SMH.

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Posting a feature request there is not a guarantee to get it implemented. If not enough people want it, then there will not be a chance. Posting a feature request in this forum on the other hand is a guarantee that no developer will see it.

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Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

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Yes, aware of that.  I'd love to not have to remember that, and just set it once and forget.

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