Specifying Color Schemes in your Theme

You can provide various “flavors” of your theme by creating color schemes. Color schemes let you keep the styles and overall design for your theme, while giving a new look for your users to enjoy. You specify color schemes with a CSS class name, which also lets you choose different background images, different border colors, and more.

Figure 1: You can offer eye-pleasing color schemes for your themes.

Figure 1: You can offer eye-pleasing color schemes for your themes.

Follow these steps to create color schemes for your theme:

  1. Create a folder to hold color schemes (color_schemes for example) in the theme’s css folder.

  2. Create an .scss file in the color schemes folder for each color scheme your theme supports. If you don’t specify a .scss file for a color scheme, the theme’s default color scheme is used.

  3. Prefix all CSS styles with the name of your color scheme. The color scheme CSS class is placed on the page’s <body> element, so you can use it to identify your styling. For example, you’d prefix all the styles with the word day in a color scheme CSS file named _day.scss:

    body.day { background-color: #DDF; }
    .day a { color: #66A; }
  4. Import the color scheme .scss files into the _custom.scss file. The example below imports _day.scss and _night.scss files:

    @import "color_schemes/day";
    @import "color_schemes/night";
  5. Open the theme’s liferay-look-and-feel.xml file and add the default color scheme for the theme. Pass the default color scheme’s CSS class name (the name of the CSS file) in the <css-class> element. If the default color scheme styling is in the theme’s _custom.scss file, use default for the <css-class>:

    <theme id="my-theme-id" name="My Theme Name">
       <color-scheme id="01" name="My Default Color Scheme Name">

    A default color scheme lets users return to the theme’s default look and feel. Note that the color scheme’s name is arbitrary. Only the color scheme’s css-class element must match the name of the color scheme’s CSS class.

    Note that color schemes are sorted alphabetically by name rather than id. For example, a color scheme named Day and id 02 would be selected by default over a color scheme named Clouds with id 01. The <default-cs> element overrides the alphabetical sorting and sets the color scheme that is selected by default, when the theme is chosen. Adding this element to the default color scheme ensures that it is selected when the theme is chosen.

    The <color-scheme-images-path> element specifies theme thumbnail image location. Place this element in the first color scheme to affect them all. For example you could use the folders /images/color_schemes/default, /images/color_schemes/day, and /images/color_schemes/night.

  6. Add the remaining color schemes to the liferay-look-and-feel.xml using the pattern below:

    <color-scheme id="02" name="my-color-scheme-name">

    The example below defines a Day color scheme and a Night color scheme for a theme named Big Green. Here’s the code as specified in the liferay-look-and-feel.xml file:

    <theme id="big-green" name="Big Green">
        <color-scheme id="01" name="Default">
        <color-scheme id="02" name="Day">
        <color-scheme id="03" name="Night">
  7. Place a thumbnail.png and screenshot.png file in each of the color scheme’s folders. Make sure thumbnail images follow the specifications defined in the Creating a Theme Thumbnail tutorial.

There you have it. Now you can go color scheme crazy with your themes!

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