Is this the grid you see:
If so, that is transparency, that means there are no pixels to fill that area and you are seeing through to the void (which has to be represented in some fashion). If you are seeing this in all new files you create, it's just a setting in File > New. Down near the bottom you have Background Contents. Sounds like yours is set to Transparent. You can change it to the default setting of White.
Thanks for getting back to me!
My 7-year-old iMAC 20” blew up on Friday AM — CRACK!!! and smoke issued forth.
A techie friend suspected it was a power supply component
and hoped my HD & two External HDs survived the explosion. (They did.)
So I bought a new iMAC 21.5 and re-installed CS3 from disc.
Any new files I created since the CS3 re-install were fine (WHITE already clicked on.)
It was all my old PS files (hundreds of them) that Opened with the grid present
after the reinstall of CS3 in my new computer. They had not been created with a grid.
As an artist I was frantic as the checkerboard effect was impossible for me to work on
and simply adding a layer of white underneath did not resolve the layer thumbnail images
which were a strip (my files can be 600 layers) of tiny checkerboards.
I have resolved the issue using this advice from an artist PS user friend:
Go to Pref. in Photoshop — then Transparency & Gamut —
I made the grey checks into white using Custom.
What I am now troubled with are the FONTs this CS3 re-install on my iMAC 21.5 has eliminated
causing me no end of work to fix. Six of my favourite fonts. Gone.
O well. Perhaps I will find I have been given beautiful new ones to play with.
Thanks again, Brett.
ANSWER — how to remove the checkerboard grid from your PS files:
Go to PS Preferences, then Transparency & Gamut and hit the first line of Grid options: NONE
Reinstalling Photoshop CS3 on a new computer doesn't remove fonts. You are on a new computer, you will have to reinstall those fonts, just like you had to reinstall CS3.
Will my fonts they automatically return with the re-install of my old HD into my new MAC?
If you are adding your old hard drive to the new computer, then no. You have to add your fonts to the system folder. There is no automatic process for adding your fonts that happen to be on a disk.
If you are replacing the hard drive on your new computer with your older hard drive (NOT A GOOD IDEA), then yes they will be installed, the fonts were already in the fonts folder.
Where do I find my old fonts? Are they on the old HD? Can I transfer them into the new HD?
The old HD was too old — incompatible -- to download,
so am using it in a SATA case as my third External HD.
The transparency is still there its just not display with a checkerboard to show transparency. Transparency is displayed as white which make it hard to know what is white and what is transparent.
Thanks, JJMACK, and I did find where to turn off the checkerboard pattern. It was just too distracting.
Yes, you fonts are on the other hard drive, that's how fonts work. If you can't get them off the drive, then you will just have to get a new copy from wherever you got them in the first place.
A technician downloads my CS3 program from the original CD. Were they on that and he just didn’t check "download fonts”?
There are some default fonts that are installed along with Adobe applications, but there is no option to enable or disable this. Here is the list of fonts installed this way: Fonts Installed by Adobe’s Creative Suite « Typblography
If you are looking for additional fonts, they would have come from another source, and you will have to determine what source that was.
Arial is not listed there, which IS on my CS3 Font list.
Most of the ones I use ARE there. I am getting a yellow TRIANGLE notice on most of the text layers
when I bring up an old file. If I try to edit them, they will change to another font completely or they will stay the same.
It is most odd. My Photoshop CS3 font lists very different from the one you linked.
Photoshop doesn't have a separate font list. In order to use a font in Photoshop, it has to be installed on your system. When you use a font in a Photoshop document, the information about what font was used is stored in the file, but the font itself is not. If you move that Photoshop file to another computer that does not have that font installed, you get the behavior you currently see. So you have to figure out where you got the font for your other computer and download/install it on this computer as well. The fonts in question, unless they are listed in the link I provided, did not come from Photoshop. Also, your system comes with a bunch of pre-installed fonts as well. You will have to check their documentation to verify whether you are missing any fonts that they are supposed to supply.
Right now I have a landline issue — no phone for 3 days and not likely even for another two.
Have a cell, but in a high-rise condo, the land line connects us to our lobby buzzer.
I’m going offline for the night. Time for escape TV.