GIMP 2.10 comes with a slightly different look than many of you may be used to. In some cases, the user interface may be darker than previous versions, and the icons may take on a different look as well (which can make it more difficult to find the tools you commonly use).

Luckily, it is pretty easy to customize your user interface – something the GIMP team focused on incorporating specifically into GIMP 2.10. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change the theme colors and icons style in GIMP 2.10.

To start, go to Edit>Preferences. This will bring up the preferences dialogue box.

On the left side of this box, you’ll see a menu containing a variety of items you can edit the preferences for (i.e. System Resources, Color Management, etc.). Find the menu item labeled “Interface,” and click on the “+” icon to dropdown the sub-menu items within it (denoted by the red arrow – it’ll display as a “-” icon after you click on it).

You should now see more options, including “Theme,” “Icon Theme,” etc. Click on “Theme” to bring up the options for changing the color of your GIMP theme (denoted by the red arrow in the image above).

You can choose from “Dark,” “Gray,” “Light,” and “System” themes – whatever you prefer. Click on each one to preview what your GIMP theme will look like with that particular theme. In the photo above, I chose the “system” theme as this is the most similar to the prior GIMP 2.8 version (which is what a lot of you are used to).

To change the appearance of the icons in your GIMP, click on the sub-menu item labeled “Icon Theme” (denoted by the red arrow in the image above).

Here, you’ll see four options, including “Color,” Legacy,” “Symbolic,” and “Symbolic-Inverted.” The “Legacy” setting will make your icons appear as they would in previous versions (i.e. GIMP 2.8) – which will make it easier to find the tools you are used to using.

There is also a dropdown box (denoted by the red arrow in the image above) that allows you to change the resolution of your icons. For example, you can set the option “Guess icon size from resolution” to have the size of your icons be based on the size and resolution of your computer screen.

The next option allows you to have your icons be the default size that comes with whatever icon theme you selected.

However, if you prefer to have larger or smaller icons, you can select “Custom Icon Size” and use the size slider below to adjust the size of your icons (denoted by the red arrow in the image above). You have four options here, including “Small,” “Medium,” “Large,” and “Huge.” I chose Medium for my set-up.

Once you have set your Theme color and Icon theme, click OK to apply the changes. GIMP should now be updated with your new settings.

That’s it for this tutorial! Check out more video and text tutorials on our Tutorials page or see GIMP video tutorials on our YouTube channel.