How can I change background colors in Illustrator?

Illustrator is an image editing tool that allows you to draw on and manipulate images across devices and platforms to create the look you want. Once you’ve chosen a stock photo image from Shutterstock’s huge selection, you may wonder how to change the background color in Illustrator. You may also be using your own photograph from your camera roll, but we have a few steps to help make it simple.

  1. First, open the file in Adobe Illustrator. Double click on the app, the choose file in the menu bar. If you have an image picked out, click open and select the file you want to work on.

  2. Next, click file and choose document setup from the dropdown selection.

  3. When the black box appears, check simulate colored paper in the transparency section.

  4. Check the upper color box on the transparency screen’s right side.

  5. Click on the color wheel to see your color options. You can change the shade with the slider bar. When you have chosen your color, the final color will show in the dialog box’s lower-left corner.

  6. Click the swatch you created and drag it to an empty square and use the empty squares on the color swatch’s right to save any custom colors you created.

  7. Now that you’ve chosen your colors, click okay on the dialog box to get out of this section.

  8. Next, click the view button to expand your dropdown options, and select show transparency grid on the list. The background will now be the color you chose in the previous steps.

Keep in mind that any objects that have line or fill colors that do not match the background are now visible. This also applies to white objects.
Important Tips
When it comes to changing color mode in Illustrator, this refers to switching from CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key) to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) mode and back. If you are designing something for a website or to go on the internet, you will likely want to use RGB mode. CMYK is often used for things that are printed or made into a hard copy. When you want to change color mode, click file and document color mode from the menu. There you can change the color mode.
At Shutterstock, we have millions of images for customers to purchase and then manipulate with editing tools like Illustrator until they get exactly what they want. Whether for your own personal use or for a company project, start browsing our selection today.

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