Solarized Colors for Frescobaldi (LilyPond)

Frescobaldi Solarized Scheme - Sfs

Using Frescobaldi with LilyPond to engrave your scores?

Frescobaldi is a very powerful program which allows you to use LilyPond with a fully featured, open source, user-friendly graphical interface. However, right out of the box it can appear to be a little tough on the eyes.

By default, Frescobaldi presents itself with a bright white background, small fonts, and plain basic colors. After a while, this may begin to strain your eyes…

Since I spend several hours a day using Frescobaldi, I decided to create a “solarized” color scheme to help my workflow and reduce eye strain. It’s based on Ethan’s color scheme here.

This is what Frescobaldi looks like by default, before my color scheme:

And here is what Frescobaldi looks like after my solarized color scheme:

If you would like to use my color theme, it’s available as a free download here:

Download “Frescobaldi Solarized Theme” Sfs_Solarized_Theme_v5.8.xml – Downloaded 1988 times – 3 KB

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My solarized theme is featured in this video:
Top 3 Frescobaldi Workflow Tips

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7 comments on “Solarized Colors for Frescobaldi (LilyPond)
  1. Corrado says:

    Your solarized theme is great, thank you! I only changed the font to Calibri, I think it’s nicer, give it a try!

    Thanks again!

    • Ben Ben says:

      Hello! You’re very welcome – I’m glad you found the color scheme to be so helpful.

      Good idea on the font choice!

      I used to use the Calibri font for a while but now my eyes prefer Verdana when I’m on Windows 10. A little difference in width made a big difference for my workflow…

      – Ben

  2. Don says:

    Hey Ben,
    Your Solarized ZIP file is CORRUPT when downloaded.
    Any chance of a re-up?

    • Ben Ben says:

      Hi Don,

      Thank you for letting me know. Sorry about that, I’m not sure what happened. I tracked down the issue and it seemed to be an error with my download manager plugin. I’ve just re-uploaded the most recent version of my solarized theme now (in xml format instead of a zip). Let me know if you still have problems please.


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