Why work with filled text boxes (bottom)
when keeping the box transparent gives you a better idea
of what’s going on around you?
MAYBE THERE’S SOME REASON I’m unaware of, but I don’t get it—other than the fact that it’s often set up as a default. Why is it that so many designers work with filled text boxes? It’s one of those details that drives me nuts when I’m working with pages sent to me by a client. I know it’s a default in QuarkXPress. My problem with filled text boxes is that the white fill hides the column guides. As a result, I occasionally lose touch (especially when I’m zoomed in to a small area on the page) with the details of my design. I keep all text boxes empty. It makes my work go much more quickly.