Light Mode UI
We are gauging interest to see if our users' aesthetic needs are being met!
Is the current color scheme of the interface sleek and professional or do you wish it was lighter? Is it easy on your eyes during tedious edit sessions? Most importantly, do you wish it came in pink?
Here's a link for more details on current interface customizability: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/workspaces.html#brightenordarkentheinterface
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Please bring back option from really light to really dark UI slider.
If Photoshop and illustrator can have it why not premiere and after effects?
We do not always work in a bat cave. Many times we have to work in really bright environment. The current slider range is just too subtle.
Joe Unsworth commented
Really, really struggling with my editing these days because of how dark the Premiere UI is. Throughout COVID, I have been forced to work in my CONSERVATORY, which is effectively a sun room. with windows on 3 of the 4 sides - plus a transparent roof.
It has been extremely tiring on my eyes and most of the time I just fully give up and push my editing back to do at night, when I can actually see what I'm doing in the Premiere UI.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the black and grey theme when I can work from my editing den / studio, but **** has it been an awful experience working in the daylight. Maybe if I had a ProDisplay XDR that was insanely bright, it wouldn't be as much of an issue, but with a regular iMac it's been horrible. Can't see my timeline, can't see my scopes, black on black on black just does NOT work in the daylight.
Adobe, PLEASE give us a light mode!!!
Please add a light background... some might like the dark background, but when working in daylight I find it extremely tiring and the gray on gray definitely doesn't help.
Johann Mettenleiter commented
Ich nutze Adobe Premiere schon seit der ersten Pro Version 1.5 und war mit der Farbgebung der Programmfenster immer zufrieden, man konnte es schön hellgrau einstellen, konnte die Rollbalken und die Texte gut erkennen und gut damit arbeiten.
Weil mir auf HD Bildschirmen die Schriften in PProCS6 zu klein waren, habe ich mir ein Probe-Abo für PProCC 2020 geholt. Nun kann ich zwar die Schriftgröße ganz nach Wunsch einstellen, aber diese schwarzen/dunkelgrauen Programmhintergründe sind unerträglich, Rollbalken sind kaum zu erkennen, der Kontrast zu Systemtexten ist zu gering. Hier muss Adobe unbedingt nachbessern! Das kann doch nicht so schwierig sein, alternativ die Programmfenster heller machen zu können!!
Dave Dahl commented
There isn't even an option? Who decided everyone gets a dark theme? I'm really tired of Goth Adobe. If you insist on having a dark theme, fine, make it the default. But come on! At least give us an option to brighten it up. It's depressing.
Michael Crochetiere commented
I'm finally making the jump from FCP7 to a new editing program. As an occasional user (I'm a writer-filmmaker), I find the new app options daunting - Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, Avid, FCPX etc. The flat price of FCPX would work best for me vs. a subscription. I expect a learning curve with any new program. More the point: And it's a deal breaker: Like 50% of the population, I have some astigmatism, which makes reading tiny white or gray text on a black background really difficult. Much to my disappointment, almost all of the new apps have this UI configuration, more or less. I hope that Apple, Adobe, others wake up to this reality, otherwise I'll keep searching for a better choice. I loved FCP7's dark gray text on a light gray background. I've attached a FCP7 screen shot. Any response would be appreciated.
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Abhir Joshi commented
Bought a subscription. The first thing I tried to do was to change to light mode. Guess what. There isn't one. What a catastrophic start!
Lee James commented
The interface color is by far one of the worst things about Adobe Premiere Pro.
Premiere always used to be a nice light gray. Using it felt optimistic, happy, and wholesome. But all this black is SO depressing! It looks like some shady "application of the night". It might be fine for those up at 3am editing something seedy. But working during the daytime, Premiere's dark interface sends you to sleep. It's not in line with a professional application.
The current interface color options are a joke - you can either have black, or dark gray (which actually makes the text harder to read so there's no point).
Many Premiere Pro users are designers who have strong opinions about the way things look. It depresses us having to use something so dark and unattractive. Every good designer knows that dark text on light is far easier to read for prolonged periods, which is why most websites (including this one) use dark text on light. The text in Premiere Pro is hard to read, and I honestly can't see scrollbars at all!
PLEASE make Premiere Pro light again (along the lines of the colors of Premiere 5.0) or at least provide an option for it to be light. Ideally, give us more color options, perhaps even a few built-in preset themes? This would change the entire way I think about the application. Currently, I think of Premiere Pro as something dark, sinister, unwholesome, and unprofessional.
Also, the default colors are horrible. The interface uses various blue/green-blue colors that are garish, inconsistent, and too saturated to be paired with black. What you need for the program to look professional is a much softer blue, with a consistent hue throughout. And that turquoise color used for audio clips is a truly, truly horrible color! Totally harsh, unnatural and garish. It's a good job we can change that color, but it baffles me how such an ugly color could come out of the box as default.
Clair Morgan commented
Please add at least a white background option, grey on grey is so limiting, something with more contrast would be so much better... more options to switch it up from time to time.. when i'm staring at premiere pro for 40 hours + a week.. every once in a while.. i just want to switch up the view to make it feel fresh... a break from grey on grey is much needed.. please please please..
Carl Fink commented
Basic usability principles were ignored in creating the "All in shades of gray or black" low-contrast theme currently being used. I honestly could not believe you didn't have a skinning system for Premiere Pro. When all your icons and text are tiny, single-pixel-width lines, low-contrast would seem like something to avoid.
AEKYEONG WONG commented
Please add a white background / interface with dark text for all adobe products. This grey on black is terrible for offices with large windows and even worse for eye health during the day having to squint and strain for hours. Why is this not an option for a company of this size offering mostly visual apps?
Pat Finnegan commented
I agree with Bruce regarding contrast. One example is when I choose anything other than "Fit" for the zoom level in the Program panel, then go to adjust the position of the image, the scroll bars are barely visible. See attachment.
Bruce McCready commented
Not everyone works in a darkened room. Additionally, we need good contrast as well. Grey-on-grey is awful.
Mike Trivisonno commented
I just installed Premier and I can't read anything! The text is tiny. The dark gray doesn't provide enough contrast to make the text and icons stand out. I keep moving my face closer and closer to read stuff. Too much eye strain.
I would like a light background with dark text. And far more control over the text size and icon size. It should be at least as large as the fonts on the macOS menu bar.
Jon McLeod commented
It's like a lot of "designer" stuff these days. It appeals to "designers". I find the color scheme is hard to see. I've got a 32" 4K screen and I'm having to get too close to the screen to make out the symbols and text. I'd also ask for the ability to make the UI fonts a bit bigger. But yes. Give me a choice. Other than Really Dark versus Slightly Less Dark.
More customisation in general would be great.
Light background with dark text
Dark background with bright text (my preferred choice)
Bold text, italics, different colours or shades of text in effect controls panel (open an effect with loads of options like Beauty Box and it becomes obvious how much you have to search to find the parameter you need)
In general a stronger design so that our eyes naturally find things without having to scan. Kind of related, what I would love is a more obvious visual separator between the video and audio tracks in the timeline. And also alternate the shade of empty space in the tracks so it's easier to figure out whether I'm looking at V1, V2, V3 etc. Spreadsheet software does this and it would make readability so much nicer.
Thomas Mills commented
PLEASE, high contrast in the interface as a possibility. Specifically, very dark text against a light background.
I appreciate the dark space when reviewing colors and light in a video. But the vast majority of my time is spent in assembling things, getting titles just right, editing audio, etc. None of those need a dark UI and just make it very tiresome to use the software.
Joseph Francis commented
There was a time when Premiere, et. al., let the OS dictate the look and feel of the applications. Then, sometime after the Macromedia acquisition and the drive to look more "Avid-like," that capability was snared by the applications. A black UI works in an edit bay, where you used to have a full ashtray, two 3/4" decks, and two 12" monitors. It does NOT work in the typical cube-farm, which is, SURPRISE, not lit with a single 40-watt bulb. Enough with the nihilistic look already.
Nils Andresen commented
It would be very nice to have a Light Mode with dark text on a light background. Much better readability and helps in different work environments.
Josh Parker commented
And this is the worst. Who can possibly see the current gain setting of 3 dB?