Photoshop CS6 “Standard Screen Mode” and Transparent Background [Solved]

Photoshop CS5 had a transparent background, while Photoshop CS6 has a dark, non-transparent, opaque background on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion). It’s not hard to get this behavior back though.

This is an odd behavior because the “Standard Screen Mode” had a transparent background in all Photoshop programs CS5 and earlier.

Sometimes I like to toggle to the full screen mode with that has a dark grey background, but I also like to have Photoshop have a transparent (no-background) when no files are open, or sometimes I just like to work on top of the desktop and other applications so I can see what’s happening in my browser window, etc.

I got so used to using the “F” key to switch between full-screen mode and the standard screen mode (Full Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Standard Screen Mode)

Photoshop CS6 “Standard Screen Mode” and Transparent Background [Solved]

To fix this odd behavior, it’s simply a matter of going to the Window menu and unchecking the Application Frame button.

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2 Responses to Photoshop CS6 “Standard Screen Mode” and Transparent Background [Solved]

  1. mimi says:

    Does this apply to windows 7, 8 and 10? Just asking. I’ve been able to do this at my mac book but I can’t apply this to my photoshop cs6 in windows. How?

  2. knive says:

    thanks i have been looking for a way to do that! finally!!

    thanks again for this tip?/advice? or answer? dunno what to say but thanks!!

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