Tips & Tricks: New Interface Themes in Creo 4.0
Written by: Aaron Shaw

The Creo interface has been carefully designed to provide good contrast with most designs, but what happens when your model blends into the background colors? Now you can pick from three pre-defined themes, or define your own. Here’s how.

Change to a Pre-Defined Theme

You can quickly chose a pre-defined (or saved custom) theme.

  1. Click File > Options.
  2. Click System Appearance.
  3. Select a theme:
    • Gray Theme is the default, with medium gray as the main color.
    • Light Theme is similar to the Creo 3.0 theme.
    • Dark Theme is a dark gray in the graphics area with dark borders on the interface.



image with three default colors in background

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Light, Gray, and Dark themes.


Create a Custom Theme

If the built-in themes don’t suit you, create your own personalized theme.

  1. Click File > Options.
  2. Click System Appearance.
  3. Change the following:
    • Interface colors are used in the menus, ribbon, quick access bar, model tree, etc.
    • System colors are used in the graphics area.

A custom theme is automatically created when you change any of the default colors.

 Background color dialog

Changing the background color.


Save a Custom Theme

When you create a custom theme and change the system colors, you can make your changes persistent by following these steps:

Export the system modified system colors, by clicking the Export button as shown below:


 Export button


 Set a config option to load the system colors file


 Find Option dialog

Watch the Demo

You can see a brief demo of these tips in the video below.

To learn more, read the PTC Creo Help Center page, Themes in the User Interface. 

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About the Author Aaron Shaw

Aaron Shaw joined PTC in 2013, currently he is the Senior Manager, CAD Demand Generation. He is responsible for the CAD marketing strategy and execution worldwide. He enjoys playing golf, eating spicy foods, reading, traveling, and rooting for all Boston teams. Aaron is a graduate of Penn State, you can follow him on Twitter @AaronEShaw.