In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to change the Inkscape default template, otherwise known as the startup file.
I’m making this tutorial in response to some feedback I received about my dark theme tutorial. Many of you remarked that you’d like the work space (or canvas) to be dark as well. There’s two ways to do this. Let’s briefly go over both.
The first way is to manually change the background color yourself using the Document Properties menu.
Go to File -> Document Properties, then click on the white stripe in the Background Color area. Another menu will pop up where you can manually change the background color of the document to whatever you’d like.
Inkscape Default Template
The second method is to change Inkscape’s default startup file. This would be recommended if you don’t feel like manually changing the background color of your document every time you use Inkscape.
Open a folder in Windows and go to Local Disk (C:) -> Program Files -> Inkscape -> Share -> Templates and look for a file titled default.svg.
This is the Inkscape default template. Whichever file is titled “default.svg” in this folder will be the file that Inkscape loads when you launch it. So all we’re going to do is swap out the default template with another template that has the background color already set.
Change the name of “default.svg” to “old-default.svg”, then download the new default startup file here: inkscape-startup-files.zip
Grab the file titled “new-default.svg” and paste it into the Templates folder, then change its name to “default.svg”. This will now be the Inkscape default template on startup.
Here’s how the old default template look…
And here’s how it will look with the new default template…
I’ve also included a copy of the original startup file in case something goes wrong and you need to recover it.
If any of these steps were unclear then I would recommend watching the video tutorial at the top of the page. As always, thanks for watching!
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