InVision Hacks: Customizing the Overlay Color

Jason Spidle
December 17, 2018

InVision is the nerve center of all our design efforts at Foundry. It allows us to quickly prototype high level concepts for clients at early stages in a project, collect feedback from stakeholders, perform user tests (with the help of the excellent, and facilitate easy developer handoff using Inspect. That said, InVision has a few shortcomings that remain unaddressed despite having been requested for years.

Today, we will answer the everlasting question: why is the overlay background color WHITE(!?) in my InVision prototype?

If you've ever added an overlay to a screen with a transparent background in InVision, you surely know how strange it is that there is no way to set the background color. Often, it comes out white and who uses a white transparency for modals!? It doesn't have to be that way...

This is going to sound weird, but the color of the background is entirely determined by a single pixel. In particular, the pixel at the bottom right of the screen you are overlaying. You want a dark background? Just add a 1px x 1px rectangle to the bottom right of your overlay.

Don’t just limit your overlay backgrounds to black. There's a whole world of color to explore!

Don’t just limit your overlay backgrounds to black. There's a whole world of color to explore!

Shout out to Great Simple Studio for their excellent UI Kit Administrator, currently available as part of an absurdly cheap bundle. Lovely starting place for admin interfaces. Are there any tricks you employ to get InVision (or your prototyping tool of choice) to go the extra mile? Let us know on Twitter.

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Jason Spidle

Director of Product Design

A self-styled product therapist, Jason leads our talented team of product designers in uncovering digital solutions both obvious and unexpected. When he’s not sharing his latest discovery in the world of digital tools, you can find Jason working on the next theme song for Foundry with his band.

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