Simohamed Marhraoui
Sep 2, 2021 ⋅ 5 min read

Creating custom themes with Tailwind CSS

Simohamed Marhraoui Vue and React developer | Linux enthusiast | Interested in FOSS

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4 Replies to "Creating custom themes with Tailwind CSS"

  1. Hi, I’ve got a question about the last section “Creating the themes using custom properties”
    What is your reasoning behind using theme/extend:

    module.exports = {
    theme: {
    extend: {

    vs theme/colors (I also see in tailwind docs: https://tailwindcss.com/docs/customizing-colors)

    module.exports = {
    theme: {
    colors: {
    primary: withOpacityValue(‘–color-primary’),
    secondary: withOpacityValue(‘–color-secondary’),
    // …

    What would be the use-case to use either solutions?

    1. Hi!

      The first approach would add to Tailwind’s own colors (the bg-red-500s and the border-green-900s,) while the second approach would mean that you’re creating a color palette entirely from scratch, i.e., no default Tailwind colors.

      If your own design system already defines the color palette in its entirety (including blacks and grays, etc.) the second approach would be a no-brainer.

      Hope this makes sense.

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