Artboard background color needs to be user-assignable
We need to be able to change artboard background color.
Working on pure white is straining on the eyes and it's rarely appropriate for non-print projects (99% of my work). Having to draw colored rectangles, lock them or put them on separate layers, and then manage them when we resize or duplicate artboards is painful and tedious.
Let's have an icon for it next to the artboard name (in the Artboard palette) where we can choose a swatch (including transparent).
Let's support changing multiple artboard colors at once with multi-selection.
Jayse Hansen commented
Hugely agreed. Making a dark box as a background for every document is highly tedious. Changing to transparency grid and making both checker-box colors dark SHOULD work - but it doesn't because it messes with all your thumbnails and also makes a 'broken line' outline to your artboard. Please add this essential option asap.
Agreed! I understand that for print documents "paper" color can change how printed media looks, but in 2019, the majority of users are probably creating work for screens almost exclusively. White graphics are almost impossible to create or edit in illustrator without using silly hacks or work-arounds.
Jeff D commented
It's a cruel joke that this function is still missing from Illustrator.
as Pierre-Francesco Costa said. But it would be nice if we could set the *default* grid colours to our choosing - e.g. dark for all (new) documents
Pierre-Francesco Costa commented
View > Show Transparency Grid
File > Document Setup
You're welcome ;)
this is needed asap please... doing all white text designs is impossible with the default of white in edit mode. the workaround is to place a colored rectangle, then remove it on export.
Eli Crow commented
More importantly, exporting artboards with a rectangle as a"background color" is highly error-prone. I have on multiple occassions exported a file, only to have someone else catch a 1 or 2px white border. I have to tediously adjust the rectangle and re-export. Artboard background colors would make this mistake impossible.
To really be low-light friendly, the non-artboard canvas color should to be user-assignable as well. Would be right at home under [Prefs/General] or [Prefs/User Interface].