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artboard background color

Apr 29, 2010 12:06 PM

Can you make a background color in Illustrator like you can in photoshop?

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    Apr 29, 2010 12:20 PM   in reply to cheryl Uhl

    Just by making a filled box the desired color. Put it on a layer by itself at the bottom of the layer stack and lock it.

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    Apr 29, 2010 2:42 PM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider



    Use the transparency settings in the Document set up and set both colors to the same thing and check "Simulate Colored Paper"




    I generally use Larry's method though.

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    Jun 6, 2012 4:39 PM   in reply to [scott w]

    If you need to use the grid,

    and therefore see it over the rectangle you are using as a background:

    (Edit>Preferences>Guides&Grids) and uncheck "Grids in back".

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    Jan 15, 2012 2:34 PM   in reply to [scott w]

    This does change your background but  the background color covers over all your other layers/objects. This means you really can't do any design if your art board is set to a black or too dark background. If you are doing web work, you can save for web as a .png and then open in Fireworks. Once in Fireworks, you can easliy change the background color. In fact, Fireworks is a much easier to to use  drawing tool then Ilustrator or Photoshop. If you have'nt tried FW,  give it a shot.

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