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Re: Transparent Artboard not working

New Here ,
Feb 07, 2023 Feb 07, 2023

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I am having this same issue on the latest PS (Feb 2023). There is no option to make artboard backgrounds transparent, only to chose a colour. The only work around I can find is opening a new file and making a new artboard, selecting transparent background from the start. I just don't know why this option is not in the properties panel for the artboard.

 

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Hi there,

Thanks for reaching out.

When you select the Artboard background color do you see the drop downs? What type of file are you working with?

Please try the steps suggested here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/why-is-there-no-artboard-transparency...

 

Let us know how it goes.

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Ranjisha

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Thanks Ranjisha, 
Sorry for the slow reply but the problem is there are no drop downs, just a colour box as in the screenshot above under 'artboard background colour'. When I click on the white box it takes me to a colour picker but again there are no options for transparent. I have read through other discussions on this but the fact that there is just no option for transparency in the properties menu is frustrating. Even if I chose any different artboard preset, it makes no difference.

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Hi!

I thought of a work around for you until this issue gets fixed. If you double click on the background layer, It will bring up the New Layer Dialog box which will turn the Background layer into a normal layer and you can create transparency on that layer. As I said, it doesn't fix the issue, but it could be useful in the meantime.

Michelle

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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@sarar27324216 – Have you tried resetting preferences, changing workspaces, moving the panel etc?

 

The following JavaScript may provide a workaround:

 

#target photoshop

if (activeDocument.activeLayer.typename === "LayerSet" && isArtboard() === true) {
    // Set the artboard background: 1 = White, 2 = Black, 3 = Transparent
    abTrans(3);
} else {
    alert("The active layer isn't an Artboard...");
}


///// FUNCTIONS /////

function isArtboard() {
    // modified from a script by greless with hints from jazz-y!
    // returns true or false
    try {
        var d = new ActionDescriptor();
        var r = new ActionReference();
        r.putEnumerated(stringIDToTypeID('layer'), stringIDToTypeID('ordinal'), stringIDToTypeID('targetEnum'));
        var options = executeActionGet(r);
        return options.hasKey(stringIDToTypeID('artboard')); // test for the required key
    } catch (e) {
        //alert(e);
    }
}

function abTrans(theBackground) {
    var ideditArtboardEvent = stringIDToTypeID("editArtboardEvent");
    var desc520 = new ActionDescriptor();
    var idnull = stringIDToTypeID("null");
    var ref129 = new ActionReference();
    var idlayer = stringIDToTypeID("layer");
    var idordinal = stringIDToTypeID("ordinal");
    var idtargetEnum = stringIDToTypeID("targetEnum");
    var desc521 = new ActionDescriptor();
    var idartboard = stringIDToTypeID("artboard");
    var idchangeBackground = stringIDToTypeID("changeBackground");
    ref129.putEnumerated(idlayer, idordinal, idtargetEnum);
    desc520.putReference(idnull, ref129);
    var idartboardBackgroundType = stringIDToTypeID("artboardBackgroundType");
    desc521.putInteger(idartboardBackgroundType, theBackground);
    desc520.putObject(idartboard, idartboard, desc521);
    desc520.putInteger(idchangeBackground, 1);
    executeAction(ideditArtboardEvent, desc520, DialogModes.NO);
}

 

  1. Copy the code text to the clipboard
  2. Open a new blank file in a plain-text editor (not in a word processor)
  3. Paste the code in
  4. Save as a plain text format file – .txt
  5. Rename the saved file extension from .txt to .jsx
  6. Install or browse to the .jsx file to run (see below)

https://prepression.blogspot.com/2017/11/downloading-and-installing-adobe-scripts.html#Photoshop

 

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