When you open your Silhouette Studio software, does the interface appear too dark? If so, would you like to change it? Or maybe it’s not dark, but you’d like for it to be? Whatever the case, it’s very easy to change the display colors using the options available in the Preferences menu. Let me show you how!
The Preferences menu in Silhouette Studio contains a whole host of options that can be customized to your liking. Finding the right combination to suit your needs will not only speed up your workflow but make working in Studio an overall more pleasant experience. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing several of these options in more detail but today my focus is just on display colors.
Note: All screenshots are from Silhouette Studio version 4.1.206 (the most current version as of this writing), taken on a MacBook Pro running OS X El Capitan (10.11). In higher versions of Mac OS X, specifically High Sierra (10.13) the White and Dark themes appear reversed (i.e. the White theme is dark and the Dark theme is white).
First we’ll need to access the Preferences menu. There are several different ways to do this:
Option 1: Click on the Edit menu and choose “Preferences” from the dropdown menu
Option 2: Use the shortcut CTRL/CMD + K
Option 3: Click on the gear icon in the lower right hand of your screen
With the Preferences pane open, click on “Display” (3rd icon from the left). There are three Theme options available – White, Grey, and Dark. Select the one that appeals to you the most. To see the change take effect, you must hit “Apply”.
Once you’ve chosen your theme, select from four different background color options. (Don’t forget to hit “Apply”!)
- Current Theme – background color changes in relation to the chosen theme (the White and Grey themes both have a grey background, the Dark theme has a dark background)
- White – the background color remains white no matter what theme is chosen
- Grey – the background color remains grey no matter what theme is chosen
- Dark – the background color remains dark no matter what theme is chosen
Here are some examples of the various combinations:
To quickly toggle through the different Theme options when you’re not in the Preferences pane, use the shortcut icon in the lower right of your screen. Note: The background color will not change unless you have chosen “Current Theme” in the Preferences Display menu.
And that’s it! Your theme and background are now set to your liking but can easily be changed again any time you choose.
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As you spend more and more time in Silhouette Studio, you’ll no doubt find even more ways to speed up your workflow and make the overall experience more pleasant. What are some of the ways you’ve customized your Studio software? Share your tips in the comments below and then be sure to come back next week when I share more about the different Preference options!
Until next time,
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.