Backgroundcolor outside the artboard

Explorer ,
Sep 22, 2009 Sep 22, 2009

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hi,

is it possible to change the background color [outside the artboard] to a dark grey? because i really dont like having a big white screen while working in illustrator.

when you normally work in illustrator, the artboard is indicated by a black border line

but when you select the artboard editor tool, the background changes to dark grey, so it is possible

and that is the effect im looking for, but then permanently...

is it possible to do this via the preferences somewhere, or via a hack?

here is an image to clarify what i mean:

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Engaged , Nov 05, 2012 Nov 05, 2012
Click on "View"Click on "Overprint Preview"

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Contributor ,
Sep 22, 2009 Sep 22, 2009

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I dont know, but i would kill for that AND a preview mode like ID:)

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Enthusiast ,
Sep 22, 2009 Sep 22, 2009

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A grey scratchboard is much better, I agree, that's why I drew a grey "frame" around the artboard, locked it, created a new layer above it and set that as my default canvas.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 22, 2009 Sep 22, 2009

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Joe's referring to one artboard document though I guess you could use the transformation command to copy the openings

to coincide with the number of artboards and placement on the canvas with action that has stops for the number of vertical and number of Horizontal repeats.

But here is probably why they did not opt to give the user the choice, when in the artboard creation and editing mode it has a dark background
as well what would be the method of distinguishing between the two modes one that the vast majority of user can find effective for them?

BTW deciding a dark gray background is better rather than asking for a simply method to allow the user to choice they way they want to set this up  is not productive IMO as it ill not allow for others to say I would like it differently. I would ask for a method to make changes to canvas look.

Keep in mind that if you are working with a color the same as the background color you won't be able to see it so there hast o be a way for the user to have a choice of how to distinguish these objects.

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Explorer ,
Sep 23, 2009 Sep 23, 2009

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i really dont understand what you saying there...

but if you saying this, i agree:

introducing an option for the users to change the background's shade of grey, would be awesome 😄

but is it possible?

@ Joe: yeah, that is possible, but that would make the filesize much larger, wouldnt it?

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Explorer ,
Oct 03, 2009 Oct 03, 2009

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so.... nobody knows a solution that works properly?

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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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I had this problem in InDesign and I solved it by going to VIEW then clicking MATCH PASTEBOARD COLOR THEME

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 07, 2010 Jul 07, 2010

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Interesting, I just upgraded from CS3 to CS5, and I want to do the opposite. I want to change the background color back to white. It's maddening to have it be slightly off because I often use the eye dropper to select pure white from the background.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2010 Jul 08, 2010

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I couldn't figure out how to do what K-Swoosh sought but

Hi Display Type,

the one you are requesting can be achieved via  document setup dialog.

File->document setup, check simulate colored paper and click on the the two colored rectangles to choose their color also set the Grid size to large, if you choose the same color for both the rectangles your artboard will be of uniform color .

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 10, 2010 Jul 10, 2010

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That doesn't change the background color. I'm not trying to change the artboard color. The method you descibed only allows me to change the artboard color, but does not control the area outside the artboard.

In previous versions of Illustrator the area outside your artboard was still white. Now it's light gray. I want it to be white again, K-Swoosh wants it to be dark gray.

The best solution I've found is to just hide artboards while I'm working, but this is less than ideal.

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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benbarry... did you manage to find a solution for this? Minus the hiding artboards thing.

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Engaged ,
Nov 05, 2012 Nov 05, 2012

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Click on "View"

Click on "Overprint Preview"

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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2015 Aug 30, 2015

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This worked.  Thankyou.

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New Here ,
Apr 11, 2018 Apr 11, 2018

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This is the answer to this question, at least in cc 2017 or is it 2018. I have no idea how that option got checked and I have no idea what an overprint preview is.

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2012 Nov 19, 2012

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In CS6: Go to preferences: Interface: The choice will be there to make it as white as you want, or as dark as you want.

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2013 Apr 22, 2013

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Just figured it out
View > Show Artboards (: or shift+cmd+H

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Enthusiast ,
Apr 23, 2013 Apr 23, 2013

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As sammib said, in CS6 you can change this color to your own taste.

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New Here ,
Mar 10, 2016 Mar 10, 2016

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thanks man

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New Here ,
Jun 27, 2016 Jun 27, 2016

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I HATE WHEN THIS HAPPEN TO ME! I accidentally click on something and it happens then I forget how to put it back! It's so hard to find this precise problem on forums so THANK YOU!!

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New Here ,
Jun 27, 2016 Jun 27, 2016

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View > Show Artboards (: or shift+cmd+H

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2017 Sep 27, 2017

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THANK YOU!!!! I pressed some sort of short cut by mistake and everything went white...

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New Here ,
May 16, 2013 May 16, 2013

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You can change the background grey:

Go to: Preferences/User Interface

Adjust the brightness..

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2014 Apr 12, 2014

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Hi,

I've change my pastboard or canvas (area out artboard) color white to grey by changing preference setting..

go to  

Edit>Preferences>User Interface.. and then choose

1.User Interface option to Medium dark or Dark from the drope down menu.

2.Canvas Color option to Match User Interface Brightnes.

3.Now, hit Ok to save your changes.

Troubleshooting tips: If that don't worked for your current opned document then creat new document and do the same. Or restart illustrator and and creat new document and do the same preference setting change

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2015 Jul 21, 2015

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SHIFT/CTRL +  H

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2015 Sep 27, 2015

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I was trying to fix that as well because it was so annoying, this option isn't fixing it, but it's a good temporary fix. You make your Artboard and then go over to layer and where it says "Artboard" you right click and then scroll up and select 'ungroup art-board" Hope this works for you.

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