Change background color – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesignDimitrije (136 pencils) | Thu, 2007-04-19 13:14
Sooner or later someone will ask “How can I change the background color in my document?” A simple question, perhaps, but with various answers - depending on which Adobe application you are using.
In Photoshop, select the layer you wish to change, set the desired foreground color and press Option/Alt+Delete (MAC) or ???? (Windows). To apply the background color, press Command/Ctrl+Delete (MAC) or ???? (Windows). You could also use the paint bucket tool.
In Illustrator, set your document size to match the size of your document PLUS bleed - if you need bleed. For example, you want to print a full color artwork on A4 (297x210mm) including 5mm bleed on each side of your document. In this case, your document size will be 307x220mm and you will enter these values in the New Document window.
Next, click on Object – Crop area – Make.
Then click on Object – Crop area – Release.
You will see a rectangle with no stroke and no fill covering your document. Now click on the desired swatch or pattern and it will appear as a colored background.
TIP: Create an action in Illustrator to do this job for you automatically.
In InDesign, set your document size as in the Illustrator example above. Go to this website and download a script called “0 pt Border All Pages v2.jsx.”
Download and copy the script to your scripts folder ..\Adobe InDesign CS5\Scripts.
Open InDesign; open the scripts palette: Window – Automation – Scripts. Double click the script name and drag the swatch color or pattern from the swatches palette to your document. In the layers palette you will see a new layer called “The Border Layer”.
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