Sometimes I prefer to publish my map in gray instead of black. But all newly added QGIS composer items are set to black by default.
For changing the colors more easily and rapidly I created the “Turn Gray” plugin. By default it changes all foreground colors (labels and outlines) to gray. But you are free to choose more cheerful colors too. And for the background as well.
Right now not all composer items are supported, but the map, legend, labels and scale bar do. Tables, arrows and map grids will have to wait.
I hope others will be happy to use this tool as well, that’s the idea behind open source!
Here some examples: