Photoshop Quick Tip – How to Change the Color of Your Workspace

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change your workspace color, as shown in the above image. Here I have a photo I took on Block Island. The default workspace around the photo is a pale gray: To change the color of the work space, all I have to do is “right click” anywhere on the area of the workspace. This will bring up a menu. The default “Gray” has a check next to it: I can set it to”Black” or I can select a custom color: I’d like to make a custom color of dark gray. I’ll click on the Select Custom Color option and the color picker will come up. I’ll drag the white circle to a dark gray area. I’ll be able to see the color I choose in the preview box. Then I’ll click OK: Here is what it looks like with the dark gray workspace: If I should change my mind and decide I want the workspace back to its default setting, all I have to do is right click anywhere on the workspace. Then choose the “Gray” option: Here’s a sample of different colors to choose from:

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Comments (26)

  • Rifas

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    wow very nice

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  • bruce

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    nice,simple and heplfull.

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  • Kim Siever

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    Great tip. Thanks. Mine had changed to black without me knowing how.

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  • Lisa

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    Thanks so much for posting this!

    I changed the color of my workspace by accident (to black) and couldn’t figure out how to turn it back to default gray. Your tip saved the day! 🙂

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  • Rupa

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    I have a question on this. Why would you typically change the background color as it’s not part of the photo anyway? Is it just to make the photo not blend into the background too much while you work on it? Or perhaps I have misunderstood this whole thing? Pls clarify, sorry if I am asking a dumb question 🙁

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  • admin

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    Hi, Rupa. The reason I posted this is because some people might be interested in changing their color space. Either way, it’s something you should know about. For example, if you look at the above comments, someone changed it by accident, and this tutorial helped them put it back to the original default.

    The more you know about the program your using, the more comfortable you are with it, and you won’t be afraid to experiment.

    Lorri

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  • Alice

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    I’m using Photoshop 7 and I was wondering how I would change it in this version? No right click box comes up when I right click anyway, and I accidentally changed it to white.

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  • admin

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    Hi, Alice,

    I haven’t used Photoshop 7 in a long time, but hopefully it’ll be in the Edit Preferences menu option. Go to Edit / Preferences, then click on the Interface option. When that box comes up, at the top of the box it says “Standard Screen Mode”. Drop down the menu, and pick gray.

    I hope this helps. If not, let me know.

    Lorri

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  • Diana

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    Finally. For six weeks I could not get my workspace back to gray. Tonight out of desperation I brought up bing.com and typed the question “how do I change my workspace color in photoshop” and BING…I got your answer. Thank you thank you.

    Diana

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  • DivineChef

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    I changed this to black by accident, some keyboard shortcut and it was driving me nuts. Thanks!

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  • Thomas

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    thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu u helped so much was iratating thanks

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  • Amy

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    cnt believe it was that simple! had been bugging me that fact that some how my workspace was bright green! RELIEF! thanks so much after trying just the right click b4 it didnt work on my mac. it does work doing so after holding the ctrl button tho 😀 😀

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  • Jasmin Chadwick Photography

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    Thank you SOOO much!!!
    I accidently changed my screen to black; this saved me so much heartache 🙂 x

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  • Jackie

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    I’m a weekend user of Adobe so my learning curve is always straight up on some of the simplest things. It’s fixed! Thank you soooooooo much!

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  • Jan

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    Thanks so much, I accidently turned eveything white. It wasn’t that I couldn’t work with it but it was driving me nuts that I couldn’t change it back.

    I use photoshop 6 and it’s the same instructions as per photoshop 7

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  • Sarah

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    I too accidently change the default colour of grey to black… and was looking everywhere how to change it. This was quick, to the point and super easy! Thank you! Life saver

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  • annie b

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    I’m with everyone else Thank you!!! …quick simple fix…when you find out how!! Thank you Thank you!! Now, I’m smiling again. :-)))

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  • Rita Mead

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    THANKS for posting this. I accidentally changed the workspace to black and it was driving me crazy! It was so simple to change it back…..but not if you don’t know how.

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  • Kelle

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    Thanks so much! Yup! I tripped on the background color change too…and couldn’t figure out how to get the bright blue new custom backing to go away!

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  • Sean Wells

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    Thank you, Lorri for this post! I am one of the people who accidently changed it, but it will be helpful knowledge for matting consideration and contrast.

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  • Gary Tanner

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  • Autumn

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    OMG, thank you so much! I have been stuck working around this and it was very frustrating. I can’t believe it was so stinking easy to change back, lol!

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  • Anonymous

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    So Easy! Thank You!

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  • scott

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    this is nice to know because I did it once and didn’t no how

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  • BRUNA

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    THIS IS AWESOME, NICE. THANKSSSS

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