As far as I can understand, earlier versions had a check-box option under Preferences > General to "Disable splash screen". This is now (again, as far as I am able to see) not there any more. We just have to live with it.
I find it ridiculous and depressing and frankly outrageous that every time I open Illustrator (or Photoshop, or InDesign) I am forced to look at some randomly chosen image that I do not want, and have not asked, to see.
Adobe: we pay (good money, every month, every year) to be able to use the professional industry standard tools that you make. Be professional about it. Let us be able to use the tools, as they are, with as little other visual interference as possible.
We are anyway constantly barraged by images. We should be able to make our workplace (which in this case includes your software) free of this noise if we so choose to.
I know I am not alone in this.
Unless there is a way to disable the splash screen visuals, and unless Adobe is willing to give us one, can we petition them? Is there a way to set up a poll on these forums?
I realize some of you may see this as a ridiculous concern, but it is doing my head in. I know I can look away or close my eyes or whatever, but why should I have to? Why should I not be able to use a tool that I pay for, undisturbed? If every time you opened your writing software, a voice would read out loud the same random poem, or if every time you picked up your camera you had to stare at the same random photograph taken by someone else, you would go insane, I think.
Please help or share your thoughts or ideas.
This setting never existed.
What you can do is go through the Illustrator application folder resp the application package (on Mac OS) and look for the splash screen png images. Change them to whatever you like (when you do it wrong, Illustrator might stop working).
If you want to file a feature request, please use: http://illustrator.uservoice.com
Maybe you want to propose one of your own images as splash screen, I assume you can use the same site for that.
Hi Monika, and thank you for your swift response.
What do you mean by "when you do it wrong, Illustrator might stop working"?
I need to do work, NOT WASTE TIME HACKING MY APPLICATIONS
I keep meaning to do this, so this topic reminded me to knock up my own throwback version.
There are three files, presumably for different screen resolutions, that you need to replace in the Support files > Contents > Windows folder if you want your own.
It works for me in Illustrator to just remove the three splash.png files, but for Photoshop it seems to be different. Again, I find it amazing (and not in a good way) that this is not something we simply get to choose.
I don't think it's such a big thing to ask to be able to disable the splash screen. OR simply that the splash screen comes without another artists illustration. For examples of the lengths people apparently are willing to go to be able to avoid them, see for instance this thread: https://community.adobe.com/t5/Photoshop/Splash-Screen-CC-19-00-Release/m-p/9414461#M120577
or for an example of a similar (and now gone) dialog option, this thread: https://community.adobe.com/t5/Get-Started/How-to-disable-the-Welcome-Screen-in-CC-2019/m-p/10203785
You can always find the information you need by selecting "About [software name]" in the File menu.