Change the Photoshop CS5 Background Screen Color

Last updated on April 30th, 2023 at 02:02 pm

Photoshop CS5 makes it very easy for you to customize the way that your images look, but there are also some settings that you can change to modify the way that the program looks, too. One such way that you can do this is by learning to change the Photoshop CS5 background screen color. This screen is the gray one on which your image canvas is located. This screen is gray by default, but you can choose to make it any color that you want. Whether this choice is because your image is starting to blend in with the Photoshop background or simply because you are tired of looking at a gray screen, it is one more aspect of the program over which you have control.


Change Photoshop CS5 Standard Screen Mode Color


The default gray color scheme in Photoshop CS5 is one that I have gotten used to over the years, and have not really given much though to changing. But there have certainly been times, particularly when working with images that have a very similar gray background color, where I can see how it would be a distraction. Those are perfect examples of situations where it would be helpful to change the Photoshop CS5 background screen color.


Step 1: Launch Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Step 2: Click Edit at the top of the window, click Preferences, then click Interface.

interface screen on photoshop preferences menu


Step 3: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Standard Screen Mode, then click Select custom color.

change the photoshop cs5 background screen color


Step 4: Click your desired background screen color, then click the OK button.

Step 5: Click the OK button at the top-right corner of the window.


The next time you open an image in Photoshop CS5, the background screen behind the image canvas will be the color that you just selected.

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