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I just downloaded blender and its very bright. I want it darker. How can I change the color of it?

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What you want to change is the theme. Here is how its done. Open your user preferences Ctrl+Alt+U.1 Then one the top you will see a couple of tabs one of the labelled Themes Then one the left from the drop down you can select a different theme. If you want a darker theme try Elysium.

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And this is what it looks like.

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If you want more themes you can get them here: https://www.blendswap.com/blends/category/22

1: CMD+, on Mac. Edit menu -> Preferences in newer versions.

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  • $\begingroup$ Why are there only like 5 different themes $\endgroup$ – BlenderBoy Oct 21 '13 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @BlenderBoy you can install new ones by clicking Install theme $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Oct 21 '13 at 19:37
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    $\begingroup$ I think you have a typo in you shortcut to open the User Preferences $\endgroup$ – varesa Oct 24 '13 at 23:30
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You can customize the color of pretty much everything in File > User preferences > Themes (you can also open the User preferences by pressing CtrlAltU)

From the wiki:

The colors for each editor can be set separately—simply select the editor you wish to change in the multi-choice list at the left, and adjust colors as required. Notice that changes appear in real-time on your screen. In addition, details such as the dot size in the 3D View or the Graph Editor can also be changed.

Themes use blenders preset system, you can save a theme to an XML and install it on another system.

You may want to try using some of the presets that come with blender, or some user made ones.

Using presets

You can select a preset in User preferences > Themes > Presets:

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You can install new theme presets stored in the XML format by pressing Install theme on the header and navigating to the XML preset file:

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Some themes not included in blender yet are here.

You can also create and delete your own presets by pressing the + and - buttons next to the Presets menu.

XML Preset files are stored in /$blender_directory/$blender_version/scripts/presets/interface_theme/
For more information on where $blender_directory might be see the wiki:

Blender can be installed system wide or run from an extracted bundled with all necessary files contained.

There are 3 different directories blender may use, their exact locations are operating system dependent.

Note that there are some Contrib theme presets (see this thread for a list) that only come with SVN builds and are not included in the releases. You can get them from the interface_theme directory of a development build, or directly from the SVN repo. With the latter method you might get a security warning, see the wiki:

You will probably see an error message about the certificate that is not issued by a trusted authority. However the certificate is fully functional and will ensure secure transit of the data. You can permanently accept this certificate.

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