Setting a background color

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Do you want to set the background color of your canvas? It’s a snap in Sketchbook!

The color of the background can be used to compliment the main color in your sketch. If you are looking for a way to make the subject “pop”, the background layer can help. By reducing color saturation, the background won’t compete with for attention. If the color too intense, the background will overpower things.

Do you like to start with the darkest elements and build up to the highlights? By setting a dark background, can help you.

Keep in mind, at any time, you can change the color of the background. If you are looking for how to remove the background, especially when exporting a file, see How to create an alpha channel.

Setting the background color in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

Changing the background layer color in Sketchbook Pro

If you want to change the color of the background of your composition, tap the circle to access a color wheel and select a color. Use the Color Picker Color Picker for selecting a color either within your current canvas or from a source outside the app.

Setting the background color in Sketchbook for mobile devices

For tablet users, if you want to change the color of the background of your composition, tap the circle within the bottom layer to access the Color Editor and select a color. You can also use the Color Picker Color Picker for selecting a color.

Select background color in Sketchbook on tablet

For handheld device users, if you want to change the color of the background of your composition, tap the background layer to access the Color Editor and select a color. You can also use the Color Picker Color Picker for selecting a color.

Select background color in Sketchbook on handheld

Setting the background color for Windows 10

In the bottom layer of the Layer Editor, tap Background Color icon to access the Color Editor and set a background color.

Background color - Color Wheel