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Affinity Designer Unwanted White Background Color in Text Frames: A Solution.


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Yeah, I'm making this a new post because searching through the manymany threads that already exist on it has been a huge waste of time.

Problem: Text frames in Affinity Designer inexplicably have a white background. No matter what the fill color or outline color of the text is, pasting, pasting without formatting, retyping text doesn't help. Every new text frame ALWAYS has a white background. There's no way to change it in the character studio and Designer doesn't have a text frame studio

Solution:

  1. open a new blank document,
  2. go back to the original,
  3. delete all of your text layers,
  4. copy the remaining layers and art boards,
  5. go to the new document.
  6. paste them into the new document.
  7. Re-create all of your text boxes.

Why it happens: for me it was an issue caused by opening a template my printer needs me to use. Apparently the document was setup to have white backgrounds in text boxes and since Designer shows the background frame color but has no way to get rid of it, all of my text boxes had white backgrounds.

Other solution if you only have a couple text boxes:

  1. Create a new shape layer,
  2. set the background to transparent,
  3. convert it to a text frame
  4. then paste the text
  5. repeat for every single text box 

I've found thread after thread about this issue here, on Reddit and elsewhere going back to 2019. Hey, Serif. It's been 3 years!  just quit showing text frame background color at all if you aren't going to give us any option to control it. 

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33 minutes ago, dmstudio said:

Why it happens: for me it was an issue caused by opening a template my printer needs me to use

You should probably talk to your printer about that :)

 

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It turns out the Text Frame Studio panel is available in AD, but just really hard to open: it's not listed in View -> Studio and not available from the Context Toolbar for Frame Text or Artistic Text.  But it is available from the Context Toolbar if you have Text on a Curve.  So, create a curve, then select the Artistic Text tool, and click on the curve to create the Artistic Text.  Now the Context Toolbar should include an option to open the Text Frame panel:

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The panel will open

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and can be docked and used any text frames, artistic text, text on a curve, etc.

 

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7 minutes ago, pbasdf said:

It turns out the Text Frame Studio panel is available in AD, but just really hard to open: it's not

My memory of this is that this is a bug and will most likely be fixed. Meaning we are not supposed to be able to do this and it may not be available in future versions. As I stated this is my memory which is not perfect.

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Affinity Designer 2.0.0 | Affinity Photo 2.0.0 | Affinity Publisher 2.0.0 | Beta versions as they appear.

I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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2 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

My memory of this is that this is a bug and will most likely be fixed. Meaning we are not supposed to be able to do this and it may not be available in future versions. As I stated this is my memory which is not perfect.

Noted.  Thanks for the warning.  R C-R has just made the same point in another post, so your memory serves you well:

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/161401-text-path-now-showing-black-stroked-path-under-text/&do=findComment&comment=917658

Odd that two people should post about issues with "text frames" doing things they shouldn't (strokes in one case, fills in the other) in AD within a few hours.

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2 hours ago, pbasdf said:

Odd that two people should post about issues with "text frames" doing things they shouldn't (strokes in one case, fills in the other) in AD within a few hours.

One of them thinks they could have created the text frame in APub & later opened it in AD, or copied it & pasted it into an AD document.

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  • 2 months later...

EDIT: Ok just found out how to change that thanks to @pbasdf answer here. This is really odd that I have to open a contaxtual menu that is not present on my context but that has an effect on it. If the text frame panel has an impact on the Artistic Text tool then it should be possible to open it from that tool.

I have the same issue on a document.

Every text I create using the Art text tool or the Zone text tool has a pink background.

I don't get how to change it, I can't see any options

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I can create that behaviour if an original document was created in Publisher and then "Edit in Designer..." is used. Do you have Af Publisher?

Windows 10 Pro, I5 3.3G PC 16G RAM

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