Dark dimmed... It's just gray

Just tested the dimmed dark version, but i find there is to little contrast between text and background.
Personally this makes is kinda hard to read.

Maybe this isn’t a dimmed dark, but more a grayscale dark… Because everything is just a different shade of gray.

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I agree. I know that’s the point of that theme, but it’s harder to read (in my opinion). The gray color is good, but more contrast on the text would be nice.

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I think “dimmed” should not be about less contrast, but rather less darkness. I think stackoverflow really hit the spot there. The background is soft and not super black, yet the text is light and readable.

Basically a step in the right direction here, just give it back a bit of contrast and it’ll be my preferred theme.

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While i don’t like too just copycat everything, the stackoverflow one is indeed nice.

For me has some flaws with the selected colors (green ish), but thats my minor color blindness :slight_smile:
I like the “warm” color on the white theme, but really dislike the green tint in de blackone.
But that’s not for here to discuss :stuck_out_tongue:

Point is, think about what type of colors and the impact they have.

Small side note:
It’s impossible to please everyone

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I read ‘dimmed’ to mean darker, but when I clicked it I found it to be exactly the opposite. I can’t speak to someone who would want to use this theme, but please consider using a name which more clearly indicates that this is not dimmed relative to the dark theme.

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I would like the dimmed theme to be more like Discord’s dark theme. Not totally black, but dark.

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I agree, even if it’s a good idea some texts have bad contrast and are not readable as usual.

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This is a good point. While I enjoy the background and highlight palette, and I think that the dimmed theme is a huge improvement over the original dark theme, I have to agree with the suggestion of a brighter foreground colour.

On this subject, the dimmed theme seems to be repeating the same mistake as the original dark in terms of contrasts, albeit to a lesser extent.

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I have to partially disagree with you on this one.

I tried the new dimmed dark theme on couple of different monitors, and text visibility really plummets on TN panels and less clear models in general. On my main monitor though, it’s as clear as day, and I actually find its colors more readable than the dark theme.

I suppose we have to wait until new themes arrive (or possibly theme customisation?), then it will simply be a matter of choice and personal preference.

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Half way between “Default dark” and “Dark dimmed” would be perfect IMO.

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Blue colored links in dimmed mode are of very low contrast with the background (contrast ratio 5.28). Making them somewhat white (#e0e0e0) doubles the ratio to 11.38.

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I feel the dimmed dark theme should be a bit more darker than it is as of now

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I don’t think you’re disagreeing. Yours is exactly my point, dimmed is a huge improvement over dark theme. What I’m saying is that if the great foreground colour was brighter it would improve visibility on those TN panels and further improve the theme.

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I use dark mode on every website/app I use, yet the GitHub dark mode just doesn’t work for me, I don’t think the contrast is good…
I was really happy about being able to try the dark dimmed version, but again, after a few minutes of use, there isn’t enough contrast between the text and the rest of the elements and I find myself having to focus really hard to read stuff. :confused:

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I knew Github would release a “dim” version of the current dark theme but I was hoping it would resemble something closer to what I made a few months ago. I’m actually very surprised the current themes are (at least in my eyes) hitting both extremes - either too dark or too bright.

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I second this - especially during the day, my secondary monitors aren’t bright enough for the main Dark theme, so Dimmed actually has better visibility in those cases. I have my night/day system themes set accordingly to automate it.

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Agree with the dissenters, gray makes it harder to read. FWIW UK road signs have white lower case text on a blue background because it’s the easiest to read - probably why I find Twitter’s Dim theme appealing :slight_smile:

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The ordinary English meaning of “dim” is “not bright” or simply “dark”, and of “dimmer” is “less bright” or equivalently “more dark”, so using “dim” to mean less dark is just crazy.

Perhaps we’re looking for a word more like Dulled or Muted?

But maybe the real mistake is in referring to a bright-on-dark theme as simply “dark”; perhaps we should instead call it “bright text”.

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I love the new dimmed theme! Can you make a matching VSCode theme? =)

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The dimmed theme looks good, but its a bit more difficult to read IMO. I guess the background could be slightly more dark.

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