Change Photoshop CS6 Dark Interface Color Scheme to Light

Apr 20, 2012 - 16 Comments

Change Photoshop CS6 Color Theme

Don’t like the dark user interface and color scheme of the Photoshop CS6 beta? You can easily change it by cycling through four different theme choices, ranging from the default darkest grey, dark grey, medium grey, and light gray.

Hit Shift+Function+F2 to lighten the Photoshop UI or Shift+Function+F1 to darken the interface elements. If you’re averse to keyboard commands, you can find the interface options within Photoshop Preferences as well.

This tip comes to us from the unofficial, thanks for sending it in Max!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Tips & Tricks


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  1. SHREYA says:

    it works but it when i create new page it again shows dark black background so can you Solve this problem??

  2. bugzkie says:

    thanks for the info.. =)

  3. ArnoldBocklin says:

    Great tip – really not lovin’ the dark theme!

  4. Howard says:

    So glad to be able customize all the way from dark gray to light gray!

  5. Khurram says:

    this is great, It is hard to work on dark theme

  6. kunal says:

    Thanks a lot.. i hate that black

  7. Peter says:

    Shift+F1/F2 is for windows.

  8. cbrant says:

    I happen to like the dark look. It works for me

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  10. Meh says:

    Is it just me or did they seriously dumb down Photoshop in recent years :O

  11. EagleTiTi says:

    @Ruben Stadman option is not alt just press shift+F2 to lighten and shift+F1 to darken photoshop UI.

  12. Jim says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, I hated that dark look!

  13. Ruben Stadman says:

    it doesn’t work for me, option is alt instn’t it?

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