The plugin comes prebundled with a bunch of color schemes adapted for the Material Themes, resulting in a flat, borderless and slick experience.
If you’ve read the previous section, you’d have learned how to switch themes using the Theme Switcher. However, as strange as it may sound, switching the Material Theme does NOT switch the editor’s color scheme, thus allowing you to customize even more by having a color scheme different that the UI Theme. You can even put a light scheme with a dark theme (it is not recommended though).
There are multiple ways to change the color scheme:
- Through the settings, in
Editor -> Color Schemes
- Through the
Quick Switch, with the first option
In this list you’ll find all your installed color schemes alongside those provided by JetBrains. The color schemes provided by the plugin are:
- Material Oceanic
- Material Darker
- Material Lighter
- Material Palenight
- Material Deep Ocean
- Atom One Dark
- Atom One Light
- Arc Dark
- Monokai Pro
- Solarized Dark
- Solarized Light
(Credits for https://github.com/altercation/solarized for the Solarized Themes)
Though the color schemes have been built for an optimal day-to-day usage, if there are colors you don’t like, you can have your own configuration and select which colors or fonts are best suited for you.
To do so, open the
Colors and Fonts editor at
Settings -> Editor -> Color Scheme, there click on the small icon next
to the scheme selector and select
Duplicate. This will create a copy of the color scheme that you can customize however
You can also directly modify the original color schemes and it will create a copy in the colors folder with the name
_@user_<schemeName>.icls. The color scheme will then appear in blue in the list.
However, this is not recommended to do so because the IDE will use the copy from then on, meaning that you won’t be able to get the updates from further versions of the plugin.
In order to revert the copies to their original state, in the previous menu select
Restore Defaults. Be careful
however, as that means that all the changes you’ve made will be lost. Therefore I would suggest you to make a copy
(of the copy) using the
Duplicate function, this way you can go back to your changes one by one.
These are only for Material Themes:
Dark variant Light variant