PHOTOSHOP - Checker board transparency (not white transparency) for artboards

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It's important to know what is transparent, and what is not transparent. While this distinction is clear in a single document, artboards don't follow this behaviour, instead showing (confusingly) white as being transparent. In the "vector" print world this is fine, but in the digital "pixel" world, it's incredibly unhelpful for digital designers. By making transparency white, it's literally impossible to see white shapes with transparency in artboards. 

Artboards have been embraced by digital designers to mock up multiple screens, usually responsive pages, in a single photoshop doc. There is a huge benefit to see all of one's pages together and to be able to edit them simultaneously. As digital designers have embraced them, artboards need to work with them - not against them. Not knowing if something is transparent, or worse not seeing the white icon that is on a transparent bg... is a real set back for digital designers.

Recommendation: allow users to choose how to represent transparency in all document types; be it single documents or in artboards.
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Torgny Hylen

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