Old 01-13-2018, 08:38 PM   #1
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Life is short. I've spent a bunch of it trying to figure out how to do something simple, which is changing the colors of media items in tracks. (I don't mean the track backgrounds, which I have found, though not easily.)

This does not work the way the instructional video works (it's using Reaper 4), and the exact theme used in the video also doesn't appear the same (and actually seems to not work). Not sure why something as marginal as this would get more complicated from one version to the next!
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:00 AM   #2
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Life is short. I've spent a bunch of it trying to figure out how to do something simple, which is changing the colors of media items in tracks. (I don't mean the track backgrounds, which I have found, though not easily.)

This does not work the way the instructional video works (it's using Reaper 4), and the exact theme used in the video also doesn't appear the same (and actually seems to not work). Not sure why something as marginal as this would get more complicated from one version to the next!
In Reaper's Action List you have this Action:
Item: Set to custom color...

- Select one or more Items
- Execute this Action
- Choose color from the Color Chooser window that pops up.

Outcome:
All selected Item(s) will be given that color.
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:15 AM   #3
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You might be looking for how to make items get the same color of whatever track they're on?

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Old 01-14-2018, 05:59 AM   #4
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This does not work the way the instructional video works (it's using Reaper 4), and the exact theme used in the video also doesn't appear the same (and actually seems to not work).
All of Kenny Gioia's instruction videos linked above the forums ("Videos") are for the v5. Setting Up Shop: Colors
https://www.reaper.fm/videos.php#2FtR8-H3u-A

If you are using some older or custom themes, the possible settings depend on each given theme. As for why the changes to theming, read the sticky: 1. How to use a REAPER theme
https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=172074

Shortly, it is to give themers more control over the appearance of their themes:
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When you custom colour a track, the appearance of that colour on track panels, mixer panels and track items may have been defined by the theme maker, who has (from V5 of REAPER onwards) full control over where, and how strongly, the custom colour is applied.
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