How to simulate paper color in InDesign


When you’re designing for colored paper, you need an easy way to simulate the design.

You can change the on‑screen color of your paper. InDesign makes it easy for you to design for nonwhite paper.
The Paper color appears on‑screen only and does not affect output; it is intended only to simulate designing for colored paper.

  1. Choose Windows > Swatches.
  2. With no text or objects selected, double-click the Paper color in the Swatches panel.

    Define paper color

    Define paper color

  3. In the Swatch Options dialog box specify a color value. (Check Preview to see what it looks like), and click OK.
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  1. #1 by Gionimo on October 5, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    And how dow do you change the paper color in a way that it does affect output? I want to export my paper in blue.

  2. #2 by color picker on January 9, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Nice post about how to select paper color. Useful post.

  3. #3 by franisco on March 22, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    I have a document with some images inserted. When I change the paper color, the tint of the images also changes. How to prevent it?

    • #4 by Vikrant on March 22, 2012 - 3:53 pm

      This feature only simulates how your layout will look when you print on colored paper. The paper color will be output when you print on white paper. But if you print on colored paper, this is what the printed output will probably look like. If it distorts your images too much, maybe you want to choose a lighter paper.

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