How to Create Google Chrome Themes

Create your own original themes for Chrome

Create Your Own Chrome Themes

When you use your browser all day, it helps if it doesn’t look bland and generic. There are plenty of great Google Chrome themes, but if you want something truly your own, the best option is to make it yourself. There’s an excellent extension that allows you to easily build and export your own themes from a simple graphical interface.

How to Create Google Chrome Themes

  1. Launch Chrome.

  2. Either go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Chrome Theme Creator,” or go directly to the Chrome Theme Creator page.

  3. Select Add to Chrome to install the theme creator on Chrome.

    Install Theme Creator on Chrome
  4. Chrome will take you to its apps tab. Locate and select the Theme Creator icon.

  5. You'll arrive at on the Theme Creator website where you can create and customize your theme. Begin by giving your new theme a name using the field in the upper left of the page.

    Theme Creator page
  6. Choose a high resolution image to base your theme around.

    Unsplash is one website where you can find tons of great images completely free of charge.

  7. After you upload the image, you'll see a preview on the right of your screen. Use the controls below the image to adjust your background image.

    Chrome theme with uploaded background
  8. Select Generate Colors to create a color scheme for your theme based on the image you just uploaded.

  9. The website will automatically update your preview to show you the colors it detected from the image you uploaded.

  10. If you'd like to alter any of the colors, select the Colors tab. Under this tab, you can select any of the colors for your browser window and change them as you like.  

    Alter the colors for your Chrome theme
  11. Select Pack and Install to package your new theme as an extension for Chrome.

  12. You'll receive a warning from Chrome letting you know malicious extensions can harm your computer. Select Continue to install your theme.

    Download your packaged Chrome theme
  13. Chrome will take a few seconds to download and apply your theme. After it does, your browser window will change to reflect the new theme.  

    Apply and use your new Chrome theme
  14. That's all there is! You can make as many themes as you like for Chrome this way.