Adobe Photoshop uses a dark theme by default when you first install it, but it’s easy to quickly switch to a light theme (or anywhere in between) on Windows and Mac. Here’s how to do it.
Set a light or dark theme with preferences
There are two ways to change the interface theme from dark mode to light mode in Photoshop. The first method is to use the Preferences menu. To do this, first open Photoshop on your computer.
If using Windows, click the “Edit”
In the Preferences window, find the “Color Theme” option in the “Appearance” section. Click the colored square that corresponds to the theme color you want to use in Photoshop.
After clicking a square, Photoshop immediately applies your selected theme.
In addition, you can change the color Photoshop uses to highlight selected items (such as layers in the “Layers” panel). You may be able to do this if you are using a dark or gray theme, as the default highlight color is not clearly visible in these themes.
To change the highlight color, click the “Highlight Color” drop-down menu in the Preferences> Interface window and select a color.
While in this menu you may want to experiment with other styling options. When you are done, click “OK” to save your changes and close the Preferences window.
Set a light or dark theme with keyboard shortcuts
The second way to set the theme color in Photoshop is to use two similar keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts (which work on both Mac and Windows) let you quickly switch between the four light and dark interface modes. Here’s how to use them:
- Shift + F1: Photoshop’s interface theme darkens one shade.
- Shift + F2: Photoshop’s interface theme is lightened by a shade.
There are currently only four brightness levels, so once you get to the darkest theme you can’t get darker, and vice versa with the lightest setting. Experiment with the theme colors until you find which one is most comfortable for you.
In fact, Photoshop will remember your theme color setting the next time you run the app, so you don’t have to reset it during your next session. Lots of fun!
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