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One trick which may become very handy. Under the hood, converting the theme is a two step process.
- Assign the new theme to the layout
- Apply all the theme styles to the objects on the layout
You can take advantage of this
- Convert your Classic theme by selecting another theme from the list
- Your beautiful layout will be ruined
- Immediately use control/command - Z
- All of the layout objects will now have "default" styles plus over-rides
- Your layout will look as it did before
Before you start, choose an existing theme as the basis for your look and feel. Duplicate it and give it a distinct name.
Next, duplicate a layout that has the most common layout objects on it. Use the trick above to convert the classic theme to your new theme. You can use your own styles to redefine the default styles for the theme and add new styles as necessary. When you have changed all the objects on the layout from default+over-ride to named styles you could try converting another layout using this method. At some point, you will be able to convert a layout to your theme and you will only need to apply existing styles to a few objects.