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  • Why does the Film and Video template have no background?

  • David Goodwin

    January 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This is how it looks when I create a new document. I’m not even sure where the artboard edges are, quite hard to see. It seems to be just a TV safe guide and transparency grid. The Photoshop version is the same.

  • Vincent Rosati

    January 14, 2017 at 12:45 am

    What you are seeing is the Transparency Grid.
    View > Show/Hide Transparency Grid.

    However, if you hide the transparency grid, you might be under the false impression that your artwork has a background, which it doesn’t.
    If you want a background, you have to add it. Otherwise, you will have transparent areas in your art, which might be good for a title roll, for instance.

    Also look at View > Show/Hide Artboards.

    If you have snapping enabled, you can easily create a background with the Rectangle Tool.

    Further, if you create a document with the base components that you like, you can add that to your templates folder, thereby making your updated template a template that’s available to illustrator.

    Another note, those safe guides were deprecated in 2010 by the National Association of Broadcasters…
    So, that might be another reason to create your own template.


    *Please remember to Like an answer if it solves your question or gives you a good idea.

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