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My Illustrator document has a transparent background and some green guidelines. How can I get rid of these and return to a normal document?

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That is how a document created with a "Video" profile is set up.

  • Turn the transparency grid on or off through the View menu (View → Show/Hide Transparency Grid or SHIFT+cmd+D).

  • The green guides are the video safe areas and center marks, you can turn them off by enabling the Artboard Tool (SHIFT+O) and toggling the switches in the control bar:

Illustrator Artboard Tool Control Bar

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Go View > Show/Hide Transparency Grid. (Shortcut: Shift+CTRL+D)

I don't see any yellow guidelines in your screenshot but you can hide all guides: View > Guides > Hide Show Guides

  • This has gotten rid of the transparent background but now my whole document is white. – Harry Eldridge Mar 27 '17 at 10:26
  • @Harry ...An Illustrator document is always transparent. It's white to simulate paper normally (but is actually still transparent), the video presets simply show the transparency grid by default. – Cai Mar 27 '17 at 10:28
  • @Vinny hiding guides doesn't hide the video safe area guides – Cai Mar 27 '17 at 10:29
  • @Cai Right... video guides appear green to me, so I was wondering to which yellow guides OP was referring to ^^ – Vinny Mar 27 '17 at 10:36
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    @Harry Eldridge Just like Cai explained earlier, it's just because your document is created with a "Video" profile. It looks that it's not what you want really. First ask yourself what is the purpose of your document: i.e. print or web. Then, close all opened documents. Create a new document and assign the wanted profile (i.e. web), then close it. Now you have just changed the default profile. When creating a new doc, AI will assign this profile by default. – Vinny Mar 27 '17 at 11:48

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