Artboard Customization: How to Make Artboard Black in Illustrator

How to Make Artboard Black in Illustrator

Are you tired of the default white artboard in Adobe Illustrator? If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance and professionalism to your designs, changing the artboard color to black can do wonders. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of making your artboard black in just a few easy steps. By the end, you’ll have a sleek and visually appealing background that will elevate your artwork to new heights.

Setting up The Artboard

Step 1: Opening Adobe Illustrator

First, open Adobe Illustrator on your computer. You can do this by clicking on the Illustrator icon in your applications folder or by searching for it in the start menu. Once Adobe Illustrator is launched, you’ll be ready to begin.

Step 2: Creating a New Document

To make your artboard black, you’ll need to create a new document in Adobe Illustrator. Click on “File” in the top menu and select “New” from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear, allowing you to customize your document settings.

Step 3: Selecting The Artboard Tool

To change the default white artboard to black, you’ll first need to select the Artboard Tool. You can find this tool in the left sidebar, indicated by the icon of a square. Click on it to activate the Artboard Tool.

Step 4: Resizing The Artboard

Now that you have the Artboard Tool selected, you can resize your artboard to the desired dimensions. Click and drag on any of the edges or corners of the artboard to adjust its size. You can also manually input the dimensions in the control panel at the top of the workspace.

Step 5: Positioning The Artboard

Once you’ve resized the artboard, you can position it anywhere on your canvas. Click and drag the artboard to move it around until you find the desired placement. You can align the artboard with the rulers or use the Smart Guides to help with precise positioning.

Changing The Artboard Color

Step 1: Opening The Artboard Options

To begin the process of making the artboard black in Adobe Illustrator, I’ll first need to access the artboard options. This allows me to modify the background color of the artboard to achieve the desired effect.

To open the artboard options, I’ll navigate to the “File” menu at the top of the Illustrator window. From there, I’ll select “Document Setup” to open a dialog box that contains various settings for the document.

Step 2: Selecting The Background Color

Once the “Document Setup” dialog box is open, I’ll notice a section labeled “Artboard Options” within it. Under this section, I’ll find controls for adjusting the artboard size, position, and background color.

To select the background color, I’ll need to locate the “Background” option within the artboard options section. This option allows me to choose the color that I want to apply to the artboard.

Step 3: Choosing Black as The Background Color

Now that I have found the “Background” option, I can proceed to select black as the desired background color. To do this, I’ll click on the color swatch next to the “Background” option.

Upon clicking the color swatch, a color picker will appear, presenting me with a range of colors to choose from. In this case, I’ll need to set the color to black, so I’ll either select the black color option from the available choices or manually input the hexadecimal value for black (#000000).

Once I have selected black as the background color, I can proceed with applying it to the artboard.

Step 4: Applying The Black Background Color to The Artboard

After choosing black as the background color, I can now apply it to the artboard and make it black. To do this, I’ll simply click the “OK” button in the “Document Setup” dialog box.

Once I click “OK,” the artboard will be updated with the black background color. I can now start working on my design, taking advantage of the sleek and professional-looking canvas that the black artboard provides.

With the artboard now transformed into a black background, I have set the stage for creating striking visual designs in Adobe Illustrator. The black canvas provides an elegant and sophisticated backdrop that can enhance the overall impact of my artwork.


Transforming the artboard into a sleek black canvas in Adobe Illustrator can greatly enhance the design process and create a visually striking impact. By following the simple steps outlined in this article, I was able to create a professional-looking background that added elegance and sophistication to my designs. Opening Adobe Illustrator, creating a new document, and selecting the Artboard Tool allowed me to easily resize and position the artboard to my desired specifications. Applying the black background color gave my designs a bold and captivating backdrop. With the artboard set up, I was able to explore the various tools and techniques within Adobe Illustrator to bring my ideas to life. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or just starting out, making your artboard black can elevate your designs to new heights and inspire creativity.

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