Artboard color and opacity

Like page objects, groups and layers, artboards have their own color and opacity properties.

Color properties

Any color (gradient or solid) can be applied to an artboard's fill using the Color or Swatches panels or the Fill Tool. It will appear behind any objects placed on the artboard—therefore acting as a background color.

For information on applying colors to an artboard's fill or stroke, see the Selecting colors and Gradient editing topics.

Opacity properties

The artboard's fill can also have a solid opacity or gradient transparency applied. This can be achieved using the Color panel or the Transparency Tool, respectively. For more information, see the Selecting colors and Transparency topics.

However, artboards also have an overall Opacity property which is controlled on the Layers panel. Adjusting the opacity of the artboard in this way will affect all objects placed on the artboard.

To change the opacity of an artboard:
  1. Select an artboard.
  2. On the Layers panel, use the Opacity control to set an opacity value.
To use opacity quick keys:
  1. Select an artboard.
  2. Press a numerical key, or two numerical keys in quick succession, to set the opacity. For example:
    • Press 4 for 40% opacity.
    • Press 0 for 100% opacity.
    • Press 4 and 5 for 45% opacity.
    • Press 0 and 7 for 7% opacity.