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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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Backgroundcolor outside the artboard

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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:

Click on "View"

Click on "Overprint Preview"

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

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

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

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Click on "View"

Click on "Overprint Preview"

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This worked.  Thankyou.

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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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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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