Diagram Theme Options

It is possible to apply a theme to all diagrams in the project that you display on your workstation; that is, how the diagrams and their contents appear when you display them in the Diagram View. By applying a theme you can change the color, font, gradient, line thickness and background image (tile).  Each design helps bring your diagrams to life with brighter colors, better contrast and stylish new designs. As you select a theme, the appearance settings are immediately applied to any diagram that you have open. Enterprise Architect includes a number of basic built-in themes, which are useful to a wide range of users and are good examples of how a theme can enhance the diagrams that you have open.

You can also create your own themes, capturing the set of colors, text font, line thicknesses and/or gradient properties that you have currently defined in the Options dialog, on the:

Gradients and Background page
Standard Colors page
Appearance page, and
Links page
 

You select or deselect a checkbox for each set of properties you want to include or exclude, from the Options dialog pages.

Access     Tools | Options (Ctrl+F9) | Diagram | Themes

Configure themes for diagrams and elements

Field/Option/Button

Action

See also

Name

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the theme you want to either:

Apply as the default appearance of your diagrams
Edit (user-defined theme)
Use as the base for a new user-defined theme, or
Delete (user-defined theme)

 

 

Delete

Click on this button to delete the selected user-defined theme.

A prompt displays for you to confirm the deletion. Click on the Yes button.

The Name field defaults to High Contrast White; click on the drop-down arrow and select another theme to apply instead of the deleted theme.

 

 

Font

Select the check box to include the User Font Font Face and Font Size settings from the Appearance page of the Options dialog (click on the Configure Default Element Fonts button on the Appearance page to set these fields).

Deselect the check box to retain the previous font applied to the diagram.

 

Diagram Appearance Options

Color

Select the check box to include the element, connector and diagram colors defined on the Gradients and Background page and the Standard Colors page.

Deselect the checkbox to retain the previous set of colors applied to the diagram.

 

Diagram Gradients and Backgrounds

Standard Colors

Line Thickness

Select the check box to include the Default Element Border Width from the Appearance page, and the Pen Width (for connector line thickness) from the Link page of the Options dialog.

Deselect the checkbox to retain the previous set of line widths applied to the diagram.

 

Diagram Appearance Options
Links

 

Gradient

Select the check box to apply the setting of the Show Gradient Fill for Paper Color checkbox (which applies a color gradient to the background color of the diagrams you display) and the Gradient Fill Direction for an Element field on the Gradients and Background page of the Options dialog.

Deselect the checkbox to retain the previous color gradient settings applied to the diagram.

 

Diagram Gradients and Backgrounds

Background Image

Select the checkbox to incorporate the currently-set diagram background image in the theme.

 

Diagram Gradients and Backgrounds

Save

Click on this button to either:

Create a new user defined theme, or
Save changes to an existing theme
 

The Diagram Theme dialog displays for the theme name. Either:

Type in a name for the theme and click on the OK button to create the new theme, or
Simply click on the OK button and then click on the Yes button to save the updates to the theme under the same theme name
 

 

Close

Click on this button to close the Options dialog.

If you have edited an existing theme, this applies all changes to the theme to the diagrams you have open.

 

 

Notes

You cannot edit or delete a built-in theme; you can use a built-in theme as the base for a user-defined theme
A theme draws its properties from other pages of the Options dialog, therefore if you select the Gradient checkbox the theme will apply the status of the Show Gradient Fill for Paper Color checkbox on the Gradients and Background page, when that status might be disabled because you have applied a background tile image