Color schemes for Visual Studio

The default syntax color scheme in Visual Studio seems to be stuck in the 16-color 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:


11 responses

  1. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta

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

    Simone Chiaretta October 14, 2007
  2. Avatar for Sasa

    Thanks Damien!

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

    Sasa October 15, 2007
  3. Avatar for Adrian Ritchie

    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 Ritchie October 18, 2007
  4. Avatar for Phil Desrosiers

    Any chance of getting a version of this for Eclipse? I'd love to use this with Android Sans Mono.

    Phil Desrosiers November 16, 2007
  5. Avatar for Enoc Pardue

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

    Enoc Pardue October 3, 2008
  6. Avatar for rouftop

    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

    rouftop July 8, 2009
  7. Avatar for Simon Hartcher

    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 Hartcher December 21, 2009
  8. Avatar for Damien Guard

    I think that is because the Palm OS font is not supported in VS2010 as it is a bitmap font. Uninstall that font and it should work.

    Damien Guard December 21, 2009
  9. Avatar for Gerardo Orozco

    Hello Damien, thanks for the awesome font & VS color scheme. They rock! =D

    Gerardo Orozco February 24, 2010
  10. Avatar for Marc

    Excellent theme... Been using it since the first time I imported it.

    Marc May 7, 2010
  11. Avatar for Steve

    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 19, 2011