Apple has just released iPhoto 9.1.5 and has continued its trend towards dull grey icons, which I really don’t like. So I’ve bundled up the coloured icons from 9.1.4 and simple instructions for their installation. Someday I might automate the installation, but for now it’s just a manual copy (and authenticate).

Download iPhoto9ColuredIcons

Update 2012-01-22: I’ve tested this in iPhoto 9.2.1 and it seems to be working fine.
Update 2012-05-08: I’ve tested this in iPhoto 9.2.3 and it seems to be working fine.

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15 Responses to “Restore colour to iPhoto 9.1.5”

  1. Rainer Says:

    the grey is stupid and dull.

  2. Ralf Says:

    Maybe Steve Jobs suffers a depressive mood.

  3. Charlie Says:

    Nice job, though the icons from iLife ’09 would have been better. The icons in early ’11 were just too much! Perhaps this is what Apple had intended — for us to hate the original ’11 icons so that the ‘dull grey’ ones for this and other Lion apps were more palatable.

  4. Johnnie Walker Says:


    Huge thanks for this – so much nice to have some colour back.



  5. Erwin Says:

    Thank you, Craig. Now we’re back to a life in colour. So much more joyful!

  6. Filip Says:

    Thanks a lot!

    Is there any chance to add photo stream (for RECENT) and facebook (for WEB)? I tried to find them manually in the resources folder and was able to find the grey photo stream one, but not the fb.


  7. Filip Says:

    Great tip, works like a charm, also on OS X Lion!

  8. craig Says:

    It’s been a while since I looked but I was sure I got everything I could. Maybe FaceBook and Photo Stream were not available in the previous version of iPhoto.

  9. DD Says:

    Hey! Does it work with 9.2.6??

    cuz I was trying to do it on my iPhoto and when I compare the downloaded folder,
    and my resources folder they do not match,..

    Do you want me to just put the icon folder into my resources folder?

    Thank you!!!!

  10. craig Says:

    It works for me in iPhoto 9.2.1. What you need to do is put the *contents* of the downloaded icons folder into the Resources folder. The folder called “icons” does not move into the app.

  11. Rio Says:

    I’ve tried what Craig wrote on 22/1/12 and this worked. Thanks for providing these to restore the colour icons.

  12. Rachel M. Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks! So excited to have the color back.

  13. Jeffrey Says:

    Anyone check to see if this works on the new Macbook Retina display?

  14. Daniel Says:

    Any change for Aperture to get its color back?

  15. craig Says:

    I don’t know. I haven’t got Aperture so I haven’t looked.

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