Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Exploring the new dark interface


InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates

with Justin Seeley

Video: Exploring the new dark interface

Exploring the new dark interface provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates
please wait ...
Exploring the new dark interface
Video Duration: 3m 23s41m 17s Intermediate May 06, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2014

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Exploring the new dark interface provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates

View Course Description

Adobe InDesign has transformed into InDesign CC, a sleek 64-bit application with an ever-evolving toolset. But how do these changes impact designers? In this course, get an insider's take on the new feature set and performance enhancements that ship with the latest update to Creative Cloud. Author Justin Seeley reviews the most compelling features in InDesign, including HiDPI and retina display support, the modern dark interface, EPUB enhancements, and QR code generation.

Note: Adobe Creative Cloud is updated on a regular basis. We will add more tutorials as features are added or changed, so check back often.

Justin Seeley

Exploring the new dark interface

One of the most significant changes that's happened to InDesign recently, is the New Dark Interface. And then it's pretty evident when you open up the application for the first time, because you're used to seeing this light gray interface and now it's completely dark, because Adobe is starting to adopt this new darker interface. They done it for Photoshop and Illustrator, an they're sort of mimicking the video applications like Premiere and After Effects. It's meant to sort of draw your eye inwards towards the stuff that you're working on rather than focusing on the chrome of the application around the outside. And InDesign is no different, if you do not like this new dark interface, you can always change it though and I'm going to show you how to do that in this movie.

I'm going to start off by creating a brand new document, going to File >New and just hitting OK to the defaults here, that way when I get the new document open you can see the full ensemble of what it looks like to have this new dark Interface. Everything is still in its same spot. So, you don't have to worry about the Interface being rearranged or anything like that. So, you notice over here on the left hand side, your toolbar is still over here. You've still got a Control panel across the top. You've still got menus and panels over here on the right hand side, which can be collapsed or expanded. Everything is essentially the same, it's just a different color. If you don't like the color, you can certainly change that by going up to the InDesign menu and going to Preferences on a Mac or you can go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences on a PC and you can go to Interface. And once you're inside of the Preferences dialogue box, you want to select Interface from the left or if you chose Interface from the drop down menu it should automatically take you here.

You can change the color theme right here at the very top. Now, by default it's set to Medium Dark, you can also change it to Dark which is a little bit darker. You can also change it to Medium Light, which sort of mimics the original appearance of InDesign. And then, you can also go with a Light interface, which is extremely light. Now, if you notice the difference between that and the new interface, it's night and day so to speak. And I just think that the dark interface is much more pleasing to the eye. I think it helps me focus on the work that I'm working on, and I really enjoy it.

And I hope that they make this a sweet wide transition for all of the creative clad applications. But I understand there's some people that don't like it. So, I'm glad that they at least give you the option to change it back, if you don't like it. Now, you'll also notice underneath here there's a check box that says match paste board to theme color. And what that is referring to if you're not familiar and that's the area out here, the paste board out here to the left, it's asking you, do you want me to match that color to the theme color, or would you like to control that? If I unchecked that box, watch what happens. It turns white, I actually find this to be a little bit distracting, I lose track of where my pages start and stop. It's not as evident where things need to go in my document. So, I actually prefer to have that turned on.

But, if you like the all white appearance of the background, you can certainly leave that unchecked. Once you've finished out of this dialogue box just hit OK. Anything you've set up and that will automatically be applied and your interface will have the current changes applied to it. So, that's basically it for the all new dark interface here inside of Indesign like I said, it's just a basic face lift for the application making it look a little bit more updated, making it look like some of the other applications in the Creative Suite, Photoshop Illustrator, et cetera. And I understand it's going to be a little bit different at first. But I think after some time and getting used to it, you'll be really glad that you stuck with the dark interface, because not only will it look like the rest of the applications in the creative cloud, it will also be a little bit more pleasing to your eye and help you stay focused on what you're working on.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates .

Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...

Q: This course was updated on 01/16/2014. What changed?

A: When Creative Cloud applications are updated, we refresh our training to make sure it covers the latest features and interface changes from Adobe. This update includes a review of important EPUB changes and changes to hyperlink behaviors.

Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts. provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now

A trusted source for knowledge.


We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.