Photoshop: How do I turn off Artboards?

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This change is going to make an entire group of photoshop users stop updating at CC 14.
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Dean Wilhite

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  • I really hate this feature.

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Chris Cox

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Turn them off in what context?
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Dean Wilhite

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I don't like the new art board feature at all. My image is too easily moved out of center. In the old photoshop a simple command + or - would center everything back into view. No more.
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Chris Cox

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We can't turn them off entirely.
And while we might be able to make them easier to avoid - we need to know in what context you are creating or using artboards where you didn't want to.
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Dean Wilhite

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I don't want art boards to be a part of my files.
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Cristen Gillespie

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> I don't like the new art board feature at all.>

Artboards are automatic with Web, Mobile apps, and Iconography presets. Or you can choose Artboard, which I doubt you're doing. Why don't you make your own custom presets for the web/mobile/icon documents you want? That way you avoid artboards altogether and still need only a single click to set up your document.

FWIW, it might be a good idea if Adobe could add a checkbox to use artboards or not use artboards with these presets—if possible.  But I think for those particular documents, they're there by popular demand because so many designers like creating all the pages for an app or web site in a single file.
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Dean Wilhite

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What do you mean I can choose Artboard?
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Cristen Gillespie

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Choose File> New, open Document Type, and near the bottom of the list is Artboard. It offers the combined Document Size list of mobile devices, typical web sizes, and icons, and like all the other preset dialogs, lets you create a custom artboard at a custom size, resolution, and background.

Basically, these 4 Document Type presets are all just one preset for artboards, but broken down in the other 3 types for user-convenience when selecting a size. I merely mentioned that since you don't want artboards, you're obviously not choosing the one preset where it's obvious you'll get an artboard. So maybe Adobe can do something equally obvious with the other 3 document types to help users such as yourself avoid the surprise of creating unwanted artboards.

I'm thinking a "Create Artboard" checkbox, for instance, would let you decide whether or not your Web Document Type was set up according to the legacy method of no artboards or not. Of course, that only sounds easy to me as a non-programmer.<G> In the meantime, before it gets fixed, it will only take you a few minutes to set up some presets the way you want by starting at Custom (bottom of the list).

Custom, btw, remembers the last settings you used, so one way to save typing everything in if you like one of the web or mobile devices presets, is to choose it and let that document, with artboard, get created. Immediately go back to File> New and now choose Custom. All the fields should be filled in the same as your chosen preset. Save it as a new preset with a name you'll understand, and open it. No artboard, and now you've got a preset you want.
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Dean Wilhite

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I stumbled on the art board option while working on files created before the feature was added. I couldn't understand why my art wasn't centering in my window as it had done forever.
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I'm sorry. I didn't understand this is a legacy file. I'm puzzled. I can create a file with a web or mobile device preset in CS6, then open it in 2015, and it comes in centered. It also doesn't come in with an artboard.

So are you saying you found the option to create an artboard and did so with a legacy file? No matter how many artboards I have, Cmd/Ctrl-0 will center them all, but it will always center them all.

So you're saying with multiple artboards you wanted Cmd/Ctrl-0 to center the selected artboard, as it would have if there were only one document? Am I following you now?

Because if so, you're right that what you would expect doesn't work. For artboards we do need other commands. I've set View> Fit Artboard on Screen to Cmd-Opt-Shift-F in Keyboard Shortcuts, since I had nothing else taking that slot and it's easy to mash all those keys down with F for Fit.

It's not exactly intuitive the first time we encounter it. Easier on us if Cmd-0 always centered the active artboard as it does an active document. But it may not have been so easy to treat multiple artboards as if they were multiple documents. It's still one document.
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If you accidentally create an Artboard, right click on the Artboard and select "Ungroup Artboard"
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No solution to this still?..I hate creating a new Web document and aaalways have to disable the artboard without a previous checkbox saying if i want it or not.. It gets annoying!

Using latest PSCC version as for today
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The only "solution" I have found is to create custom document presets. Don't use the Web preset. Just make a document that has the size, resolution, background, and color profile you want, and save that naming it by its size. I've always had to make some custom presets anyway.

It would be a lot quicker if they made the Artboard a sticky checkbox option when creating a web document.  But, while we wait for the day, which could be tomorrow or not for another decade, we can take matters into our own hands, even if initially not terribly convenient. The right click solution is quick enough, but means every time we use the Web preset, we have to do that. If Web is what you work with all day long, it would be very annoying.

If you go the route of your own presets, know that saving these custom document presets so you don't have to recreate them every time you delete prefs has been deeply obscured. The files I found in the user library Preferences, in the version of PS Settings I was using, were New Doc Sizes.json, and New Doc Sizes.psp. Maybe both aren't needed, but easy enough to save outside the library where you back up your other presets.

And yes, I think Adobe knows they need an easier way for us to backup our presets, especially since Sync wasn't working well enough to support, apparently.
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That helped
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Artboards is the lamest feature!
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Cristen Gillespie

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> Artboards is the lamest feature!>

It may not have all the features yet that Illustrator has, but then again, it hasn't been offering multiple artboards for very long. It needs to be constantly improved, but most of it works better than it did when first offered, and we can certainly make feature requests for further improvements if we use them often enough we need those features.

Artboards do allow us to contain multiple files in a single document, so I wouldn't call having the feature lame. It can be very useful. I've been using multiple artboards for a long time now in AI, and while there are some features I still want to see AI get, I wouldn't want to go backwards and not have them. I use them in PS less, but I do still find a reason to and I'm not a web/mobile app designer, the target customer for this feature in PS.

If you have something specific you think should be done to make artboards function better in PS, how about turning that into a feature request so at some point, with enough votes, Adobe might consider it when they think they can make another improvement to this feature.
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Forcing people to use artboards is probably the best way to promote gimp, paint.net, or Krita ever invented. It's crap, nobody likes it, stop forcing them on us.
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Cristen Gillespie

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> It's crap, nobody likes it, stop forcing them on us.>

No one is forcing you to use artboards. It's very easy to disable the artboard option on the fly in the New Document dialog. It's also very easy to create custom presets for the documents you typically create and to create them without artboards.  Adobe is accommodating both those who always use artboards when designing for websites and mobile apps, and those who don't, but choose to use the Web section to create their files rather than Print, Video, Art & Illustration, or Photo—which by default don't use artboards. However, if I want to use Print and artboards, which I sometimes do, I certainly can. I merely have to enable the Artboards checkbox, rather than disable it.

Now IF you don't use the new New Document dialog, but use the Legacy New Document dialog as I do, you will be doing yourself a favor if you create custom presets in, say, Print, because the legacy dialog lacks the Artboard enable/disable feature. Or, and this is very easy, go to Preferences>  General, and turn off the Use Legacy New Document Interface. You don't have to restart your computer. Now you can use the easy feature to choose document size with Web or Mobile, but turn off Artboards. Save your preset with a distinct name, go back to Preferences and enable Use Legacy again, and from now on, you'll be able to choose that preset and not have the artboard.

Of course, if the worst were to befall and you accidentally created a document with the artboard active, just right click over the Artboard title and choose Ungroup Artboards. You won't want to do this every time, because obviously if you want a solid white proper Background layer, you will have to create it when this happens. So really, custom presets is the way to go.

When applications get large to accommodate what everyone says they need for their work, they get somewhat complicated. I'm sure we could think of an even better way to handle the issue for all concerned, but I doubt very much it will be a priority for Adobe to do that, seeing as how they've given us several pretty easy ways to deal with it.