This is an attempt at a guide for anyone working with me to understand my behavior patterns and set some clear expectations in advance
I use Dark and Light modes equally in all my editors and the OS – Light mode during the day and Dark mode during the evening and night.
My thinking here is simple: if the app developers decided to support both themes, to put in the extra work, I’ll use both modes to maximize their impact. 🙂
I’ll be referring to IntelliJ IDEA most of the time, but almost any JetBrains IDE should behave the same way. The color schemes for code I use with Darcula and Default themes are heavily customized, so I thought my color configurations are worth sharing. They’re freebies, see below.
With IntelliJ IDEA’s
2020.3 update, I now see a setting to automatically sync the theme with the OS theme. Yes! If you don’t have it, my suggestion is to go grab the latest IDE version and check it out.
OS theme sync
I turned this on in my IntelliJ IDEA through Preferences → Editor → Font, and toggled Font Ligatures. Some examples are marked using green.
Font ligatures on the bottom
Schemes? Themes? It’s confusing.
Whether you’re using Darcula (dark) or IDEA’s Default (light) theme, your code editor is set up with a default code color scheme for that mode. You can spice up your editor appearance. 🔥
My personal dark and light color schemes (for code editors) are available for download as a
Unzip after downloading. To import each of them, use the following menu:
Importing color schemes
The look you’ll be getting after importing those: