Elements: A way to change the UI colors

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Is there a way to change the Photoshop CS5 and Elements 9 user interface and application colors? With the black and dark grey colors it is extremely difficult to use. Earlier versions like Photoshop CS4 and Elements 5 have a much cleaner user interface and background colors that is so much easier to see and use. Please help, I'm going blind trying to see dark gray on black.
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That's all good for you. I'm happy you like it. But I like the whole interface to be dark. Like it was in Photoshop 7. Or at least have a option to change the UI. Then everybody could be happy. Wow, I hope to be enjoying software at the age you said you are. That's great.
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I certainly don't argue against having an option to change the color of the UI to suit one's taste. That would be the best of all worlds, and, as you say, Adobe has done that before.
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Thank you. I'm glad you agree with me on that one. And have fun with Photoshop. Oh yeah, also. Have a good week.
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Ok Really. The Question OVER A YEAR AGO WAS...Is there a way to change the Photoshop CS5 and Elements 9 user interface and application colors?
Point, in that time Adobe has had more than enough time, to make a free plugin, to change the program colors(all of them), The fact that they neglect the wants of the people, who make it possible for them to get a paycheck, is just down right funny.

Microsoft gets away with it because people don't want to learn something new, they like to use, and not have to learn new LAYOUTS. And learning a new OS is a lot more than most want to attempt because, well it is a lot of having to find out where the setting is and if it even is possible, just hurts the mind of most Zombies.

That Being said, If Adobe chooses to change things, to the point that it becomes like using a "NEW "program, Well there are others out there and at least 10 of them are getting really close to mixing all of Adobe and Coral in one.

WE ARE INVESTORS in Adobe, and if you want change, sometimes you have to go without until a Someone, somewhere, wakes up and will take your money for doing as you ask, WANTING TO MAKE AND KEEP YOU HAPPY.

We are not asking them to make money grow on trees, as they think it does, having us pay $80 a year, for changes that make it UN USABLE.
I know that for myself i will not be feeding any of their staff, until i see something, FREE FROM THEM ! THAT RENDERS THIS LINE OF PROGRAMS USER FRIENDLY TO THE EYES.
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Photoshop already shipped a way to change the UI colors in CS6.

Elements just changed their UI colors to provide better contrast in version 11, but did not provide a way to change the colors yet.

And none of that is possible in a plugin.
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Absolutely amazing!! After all this time, Adobe has goofed it yet again! Yes, apparently they have provided a more readable UI - and one that I myself could work with (though what I require is a free replacement or patch of PSE10 - and in any case, on my limited means as a 'pensioner', I do not have the cash currently for an upgrade at the asking price) - but they couldn't be bothered to give any option for people who wanted a dark or otherwise different UI colour scheme. And early on during that time, the Paintshop Pro people did the intelligent thing and brought out a service pack update for their X4 version, which included a small choice of 'themes', which gave users the choice of light, dark or middling UI colour scheme according to their particular requirements. It's just a crying shame that PSP and indeed all other PSE alternatives that I've yet tried don't match PSE for speed and accuracy of use for the usually simple image adjustments for which I normally use a photo editor.

I suppose the idea is that a choice of UI colour scheme may be included in some future version of PSE as an incentive to get people to pay all over again. It's really shabby business practice, and I rate Adobe as being among the lowest of the low (i.e. among those who are keeping within the realms of at least the letter of the Law).
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I agree. Photoshop should give that option. They did in a couple of the Elements version. Then they took it away. I wonder why. Some people like dark. Some like light or medium. But Adobe is greedy. Afterall they started the dark, light thing. So it's their fault. I'll be glad when they get all the updates and added features for their product. And wait 5 years for another version.
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Philip - I agree with what you say. But if you only need to make simple changes, have you tried Picasa? I downloaded it because the UI for PSE10 was totally unusable for me, and although PIcasa doesn't even attempt to match PSE, I find that it provides 90% of my day-to-day requirements - and it's free! I also have an old copy of Photoshop CS2 which does the job when I have something more complex to do. And Picasa also includes GPS mapping/tagging, which PSE10 doesn't, although I see that has been rectified in PSE11.
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Mike - I appreciate your suggestion, but Picasa was the first photo organizer / editor that I got using 'seriously'. It had a great interface, but, although its adjustment functions were brilliantly easy to use, they were crude in their effects and spoiled my photos. Indeed, the 'straighten' function completely ruined anything that I applied it to, by making it unacceptably unsharp. Sure, Picasa has moved through some version improvements since then (back in 2007), but the reality is that although in a sense my own requirements are simple, I am a cussedly exacting old b*r with regard to the accuracy and precision of the effects I get, which is why I'm still stuck with PSE. Its particular range of adjustment controls enable me to have very precise control over my image quality in a way that more basic editor programs don't achieve.

Still, having said that, I'll check out Picasa again just to see how it's doing these days, but I don't seriously expect it to be a match for PSE for my purposes.
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Wow.. This is the Hole Point, If there is NO WAY TO CHANGE THE UI in the program i have already learned and love, then why learn a now "Picasa" program? When it is a SMALL thing to make a plugin for all of The Versions and DESPENCE IT FOR FREE. Come on what, a day or two of one employe, working this out? Yet you implement tons of new things.all the time. I have spent alot of money over the years and im not getting the ability to use the program to the fullest without the Headache of struggling to see the UI.
Ill tell you what here is my last words. Ill sell Adobe a CLUE for 51% ownership of their company, and next year ill give them the understanding of why they lost income and had to make the deal with Me. BUT it will cost them 49% more of their company.
Xara Designer Pro 7 Is the Program i will be spending my money because THEY LISTEN... wow what a way to make a product that people will love forever STOP LISTENING ADOBE AND YOUR COMPANY WILL START TO STRUGGLE LIKE Microcrap.. having to make deals at the corporate level. and you will be paying them to include your closed door method to their open door. SAD so SAD
You loose over a greed for more money over a UI tool, SO SAD
BY THE WAY VERSION 9 IS WHEN ALL THIS STARTED POSTING... AND STILL HEY GET THE NEXT VERSION WE WILL MAKE CHANGES THERE. IM NOT SPENDING 100 MORE FOR YOUR EMPTY WORDS. and fix you Flash update IT CRASHES . POINT AND CASE .
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To Daniel. Do you think Adobe can make a UI fix? Because I hate this eye burning light gray interface. And what is your ideal shade interface? Adobe cheats, they add a couple of "new" things and they're ready to sell it as a new version. Yet the styles, shapes, gradients, etc. are the same old ones for every version. And sucker me have been buying Elements since version 5. But I skipped 8. Tried 10 on trial. Didn't like the over contrast interface. And now 11 has that ugly gray UI. Plus the icons are childish. Photoshop 11 was catered to Windows 8. Just like my other software Axialis IconWorkshop. But at least that software lets me upgrade for life at a free price.
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happy66, I believe it has been noted (see halmo1927's post from 3 days ago) that you CAN change the background color in Version 11.

I'm not sure what the complaint is about "childish" icons. My older eyes NEED the larger icons and clearer UI that PSE11 provides. Why would anybody object to larger, clearer icons? They're not "cool" enough? This is a real question, not an attack. I'd really like to know.

They still didn't give us the adjustability we want in the actual User Interface (tool bar, icons, etc.) but it is certainly easier on the eyes.

Yes, I broke down and bought Ver. 11, as much as I object to paying upgrade price instead of getting a free fix for a problem that they created in the first place. I'm just sick of fighting city hall, which, of course, is what big companies like Adobe count on. (Plus I really wanted some of those new features.)

So this is sort of a "thanks" to Adobe, sandwiched between two slices of "you still haven't really fixed the problem of UI adjustability." Close enough, though ... I guess.
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The big icons take up a lot of space. I like them to be like 7,8 and9 Photoshop. And I like to change the background plus the whole interface. But I don't see that happening. And what's up with the right side of the layout. I use to be able to have the layers and effects on the same area. Now I can only have layers or effects. Not both together. Unless I' doing something wrong. Adobe should have 2 versions, one for regular eyes and one for older eyes. I'll stay with 9 right now. If I pay Adobe $80 every year, I might as well put that money to a faster internet service. Or something for the house. Plus $200.00 a year for the Photoshp CS# "upgrade".
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To tab or otherwise change the layout of the panels on the right, click the downward facing arrow on the More button in the bottom-right. Select the very bottom option: "Custom Workspace". Now you can drag the tabbed panels into any configuration you like.
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Thank you. That's better.
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I guess being human nobody can please everybody, but...I have been a desperate pleader for a better UI for—well, ever since PSE9, having been a CS3/PhotoShop user for years. Now in PSE11 I believe I have found my ideal: I CAN change the background once I have a file opened. Right click in the background and, voila! what color would I like? Also the whole layout is great now—at least for me! My only lament (as with many others) having to pay $80 to get what I originally paid for!
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This reviewer seeems to side with the many of us who like the new version 11 UI
http://reviews.cnet.com/software/adob...
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Well they still should have a option to change the whole UI to any color that the user is comfortable with. I can deal with the big icons. But the light gray takes away the attention of the project for me. Afterall Adobe started the dark-light UI ideal. I hope the next version has that interface option. They should have a small and large icon option too. But that would be to hard for Adobe to do. So CS6 gets darker and Elements gets lighter. That's no fair.
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Maybe Adobe will add the option to change the whole UI color -- in the next version for another $80! I definitely will buy PSE 11 to get the UI improvements (my opinion) - but not until someone comes up with a price better than $80. After I get PSE 11, I may never buy another PSE update unless the improvement is absolutely, positively OUTSTANDING. The Adobe business model is deplorable, for the consumer, and I intend to feed it as little as possible (as I do with M$FT - I still use Office 2003!). Modern digital cameras, even good point-and-shoots, produce such good results that, in most cases, the editing required for most of us amounts to maybe some cropping, sharpening, and a few other minor tweaks that can be done with most any version of PSE. I'll leave the critical editing to the pros using CS6.
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I agree. Adobe charges too much for upgrades. Photoshop 11 is okay, but I'll wait and see what 12 offers. How many updates can a software get before it's considered complete. Thanks.
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Costco right now for $50. That's the right price. Mine is on order.
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To: Happy66... I have The Icon Workshop too, and yes, the one thing that really got me was lifetime of FREE updates.
Lets see if you use that program to scan your Adobe folder .. what do you get? Wow the icons for Adobe, Right? A tool to adjust size would not be that hard either, But hey there must be a thousand programs out there that let you change the icon size and UI color to something USEABLE for the investors of their programs (so why would Microsoft... oops i mean Adobe do that?). So it has to be really, i mean Really, a stretch for them to locate the folder that has the UI SETTINGS IN IT ( A FOLDER THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A LOCKOUT FOR CHANGES) and make a plugin for that... They lock you out they can Let us in. They just want more money for that .. LOL That would make everyone happy, the ability to change the UI to what ever color or hue or brightness they so feel is pleasant to use the program at. It is a lesson they need to learn Extreams please a few! Bread or Burnt toast? I like mine in the Middle of that setting thanks and yes it is easy for them, they are just choosing NOT to do this, it is called self destruction. and in the world of making something to sell. It does not last to long, You and i are tired of the pain trying to use a good tool...they like a child refuse to change.. i say ill sit back and see what happens. They will fall from the top, or they will fly higher uplifted by the love of investors that have fueled them to where they are now.
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To Daniel. You are so right. And smart too. I wish you were on the Adobe interface team. Icon Workshop is great and very nice about the free updates too. Unlike greedy Adobe. I would love to see some other software top them. For me I like the styles, shapes and brushes. That's why they have a hold on my wallet. Of course with every installment Adobe adds the same old rerun styles, brushes and shapes. People have to get different ones somewhere else. Because Adobe does not make new ones.
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To Happy66: The Brushes keep me using Adobe because i have made quite a few i love and it is like loosing the ability to perfect what i want , when i cant use those brushes in other programs.All-tho The GIMP allows them to be used without any changes... Open-source Gotta Love the people that get tired of stunts companies like Adobe and Microsoft pull. If you Search who to make the brushes you will be really happy to find they are really easy to make.:)
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The Background WE ALL KNOW can be changed with TOTAL EASE... so lets just forget about the UI and spend another year and $80 more...
If i do what i know can be done Adobe will bring on a lawsuit. I don't want that.( any self respecting programer can see it is easy and foolish not to do.) I want them to get off the "this is your only choice couch" and DO THIS! We are not asking them to make Breakfast for us.. Just let the Focal point of the programing be used in the UI. THE ABILITY TO FREELY CHANGE THE COLOR TO WHAT EVER THE USER SEES BEST FOR THEM. this could go on 10 more years... My Aspergers is flaring up at the Stupid, LACK of Logic and Abundance of Arrogance Adobe has. This has gone on how long and you know they know of the problem and yet nothing has been done I say everyone send them a Email telling them that you will not be spending another $80 until they FIX THIS ISSUE... weather you really chose to buy it or not is up to you.. the question is How bad do you wan the change and ability to adjust what you see. Keep doing what your doing People and they will Keep DOING what they want and Pretending to care about you. .
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I'm just getting started with PSE 10. I'm 62 and am having difficulty seeing all the icons, small triangles, options, etc. on such a dark backdrop. They don't pop off the page and it is frustrating having to keep tilting my laptop in order to see all of these small items (and I still can't see all of them). I understand that previous versions of PSE gave the user an option of a light or dark background. That is a great feature for people like me. Please put the option back in in the next version. It's frustrating enough trying to learn a program like PSE with all of its capabilities on top of the fact that options, menus and everything else is blending in with the background. Please help!

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