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When working with a large number of images in Photoshop, it’s inevitable that you’ll either need to create a transparent image or work with one that already exists.

The transparent parts of the file are indicated by a gray grid when you encounter one like this.

However, depending on how you work, that transparency grid’s current color may not be ideal.

Our tutorial below will show you how to change the color of this Photoshop element so that you can distinguish between opaque and transparent areas of your image more easily.

How to Switch to a Darker or Lighter Transparency Grid in Abobe Photoshop

Photoshop CS5 was used to complete the steps in this article.

When you have transparent parts of your image, you will be able to choose from several different color options for the grid that appears.

Step 1:

Open Photoshop.

Step 2:

Click the Edit tab at the top of the window.

Step 3:

Choose the Preferences option at the bottom of this menu, then select Transparency & Gamut.

Step 4:

Click the dropdown menu to the right of Grid color, then choose the desired color scheme. Note that you can also specify the size of the grid squares as well. When you’re done, click the OK button.

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