How To Effectively Set A Dark Or Light Theme In Photoshop CC

johnboscoville

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Apps that we use for extended lengths of time can bring about critical strain. An app like your web browser is one that you use constantly, night or day. The same can be said for Photoshop; if it's a tool you use day by day, you won't be comfortable with having an overly bright or overly dark theme. Either any of them, depending on the amount of light in the room, can begin to cause strain. Photoshop CC 2017 has a quite flawless selection of theme that users can set for the interface. The themes range from dark gray and black to a lighter gray and an almost white. They are all aimed at lessening eye strain and not intended to make the interface look beautiful. Here's the way you can set a light or dark theme in Photoshop CC 2017.

Open Photoshop and go to Edit>Preferences>Interface. The "Appearance" area at the very top gives you a chance to choose the theme color from black, light gray, dark gray, and white. The theme is applied when you select a color. There is no need to restart Photoshop for the color to take effect.



Notwithstanding changing the theme color, you can likewise change the "Highlight" color. There is a default highlight color associated with every theme color though you can likewise choose a blue highlight which is easier to distinguish.

The highlight color is what shows a selected element in Photoshop, e.g, the highlight color will separate a selected layer or group from all other, non-selected, ones. If you find the default highlight color is a bit hard to separate, and that was the reason I went searching for themes, you can set it to blue.

The theme is applied to all windows that open in Photoshop including the ones you add from the Window menu and the preferences window.

Microsoft's Office Suite of applications also has dark themes as of Office 2016. You can actually choose the default colors or a dark gray theme for any of the applications in the suite.
 

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