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Colour schemes for Visual Studio  

The default syntax colour/color scheme in Visual Studio seems to be stuck in the 16-colour era so once you’ve found your perfect font you are going to need a great theme to go with it.

Here is the theme I’m currently using at home (currently on a 42″ 1900×1200 LCD TV until I can find space for my monitor) that a couple of people have asked for.

To to take full advantage of this theme you will need to download:

  • Envy Code R for the syntax font with the italics hack
  • PalmOS for the output window’s tiny text

Alternatively you could remap it to your coding font of choice (but you won’t get italics because of limitations within the Visual Studio IDE).

Screen shot of Envy Code R PR7 with HumaneStudio theme.

If this scheme doesn’t appeal to you then why not try:


14 responses  

  1. Yesterday I posted my color schema as well, inspired by Rob Conery’s one (which I guess is quite similar ScottHa’s one)

    Simone ChiarettaOctober 14th, 2007
  2. Thanks Damien!

    Great font and great theme. My two new best friends :)

    Sasa – October 15th, 2007
  3. This is the first time I’ve moved away from the standard VS theme and I must say I do like this theme. It’s so much easier on the old eyes!

    Adrian RitchieOctober 18th, 2007
  4. Any chance of getting a version of this for Eclipse? I’d love to use this with Android Sans Mono.

    Phil Desrosiers – November 16th, 2007
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    […] Damien Guard’s Humane […]

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    […] Damien Guard's Humane […]

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  7. Rock On Damien. Very nice theme. It has the feel of a canvas.

    Enoc Pardue – October 3rd, 2008
  8. Hi,
    I usually resist any changes to the IDE, but this theme was too fantastic to skip. So so so much easier on the eyes, and the italics really help clarify matters. Thank you for sharing this.

    rouftop – July 8th, 2009
  9. Is it possible to get these themes to work in VS2010 or has the format changed? I tried to import this in 2010 and it caused VS to crash until I restored it to default.

    Simon HartcherDecember 21st, 2009
  10. I think that is because the PalmOS font is not supported in VS2010 as it is a bitmap font. Uninstall that font and it should work.


    Damien GuardDecember 21st, 2009
  11. Hello Damien, thanks for the awesome font & VS color scheme. They rock! =D

    Gerardo Orozco – February 24th, 2010
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    […] With VS 2010, these problems are just harder to get around. The new version adds yet more color-coding, all of which is useful. So this time, I tried a few of the compromise themes…. Ones that aren't based on black/near-black backgrounds. The most interesting of these turned out to be a theme called HumaneStudio: […]

    Visual Studio 2010 - Revisiting Themes and Fonts : Reddnet ScribblesMarch 12th, 2010
  13. Excellent theme… Been using it since the first time I imported it.

    Marc – May 7th, 2010
  14. I created an adaptation for use in Eclipse, available at: It is colors-only, but it is possible to reset the font as well (I’m using Incosolata).

    Steve – February 19th, 2011

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