How to Change Background of Affinity Photo Canvas During Editing but Not in the Photo Itself

Another from the “This should be easy but it’s not!” pile. Today I wanted to change the canvas color within Affinity Photo from transparent to black for a transparent image I was working on that had a lot of white in it. After lots of googling & reading forum posts, it turns out there’s not an option to change the canvas color within Affinity Photo! Thankfully, there’s this hacky workaround that comes to us courtesy of Lagarto & the Affinity Photo forums.

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Create some layers, and you have your custom background color in Affinity Photo! Just remember to hide those layers before you publish/print/save/etc.

I hope this saves someone else from hours of googling!

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