Changing the Apron Color in Photoshop

I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is the “apron” in Photoshop? I’ll tell you, but you must understand that knowing this term officially makes you a Level-9 Photoshop Alpha Geekā€”or at least it will let you pass as one in certain circles. If there were a Photoshop speakeasy back in the days of Prohibition, the secret password to get in the door would’ve been “I’m here to change the apron.”

OK, enough fooling around. The apron is simply the gray area around the canvas in Photoshop. Lots of people probably refer to it as the pasteboard, but technically this isn’t correct, since the area doesn’t function the same way the pasteboard does in an application like InDesign.

By default, the color of the apron is gray, and its brightness level is tied to the Color Theme you choose in Interface preferences.

Photoshop apron default color

To change the color of the apron independently of the Color Theme, simply right-click on the apron and choose a different gray level from the contextual menu.

Photoshop apron color menu

So, for example, you could use the Light interface with a black apron.

Photoshop apron custom color black

Or choose any custom color you like, including white.

Photoshop apron custom color white

To make the apron color match the Color Theme again, right-click on it and choose Default from the contextual menu.

The term “apron” isn’t something that the Adobe engineers made up. It can refer to any small area adjacent to a larger one. Ever seen a strip of concrete between a garage and a driveway? That’s an example of an apron.

Posted on: February 12, 2018

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

2 Comments on Changing the Apron Color in Photoshop

  1. Thanks for giving this idea…and step by step procedure…

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