creating themes



creating themes

Postby boarder428 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:47 am

I'd like to learn more about creating themes and such. Where can one find some info to get started with. I love Ultimate Edition but the dark colors get tiresome on my eyes after some time at the screen. I'd like to create a theme to the color pallet much like Mint but with all the cool effects that Ultimate Edition uses!
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Re: creating themes

Postby pam » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:58 am

Congratulations boarder428!

Finally the bug has bitten you too. Allow me to enlighten you...
Theme creations in gnome/kde/lxde/xfce/openbox/twm etc etc are all similar. More aptly put they are all same.
You only need to know how to create themes in gnome; and then overnight you can create it/replicate it in kde etc etc.... in minutes, maybe seconds.

To begin with i'd recommend you learn how to use gimp and inkscape.
Gimp does everything. It can create wallpapers, icons, clickable-buttons etc....but inkscape is a vector drawing tool. Which means its always better to use it for making icons and clickable dialogs, radio buttons etc. For widget type fancy buttons, wallpapers and curvy designs and fancy filters you can use gimp... Neways...i dont want to confuse you. Check up this forum for gimp tuts. Check out youtube on videos on gimp and inkscape, download them if need be.

Start with the configuration file .gtkrc which pulls in settings for gnome to assimilate a window...eg: when you click on lets say nautilus file browser icon, apart from system level events .gtkrc calls in various configurations to spawn up a window...

Here is something for your reading: https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeArt/Tutorials/GtkThemes
https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeArt/Tutoria ... cityThemes

Famirialize yourself with terminologies by reading up on them from wikipedia and video howto's from youtube etc:
metacity
mutter
kwin
compiz
qtcurve
.gtkrc
gnome theme engines
kde theme engines

For startup i hope this is helpful... <BREW>
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Re: creating themes

Postby BBOSAK2143 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:48 pm

I put one up on Gnome Looks a bit back that I called "The RGB Theme Trainer" has a lot about coloring in there that might just help. It takes a lot of time to get just that part right!!! So hope this will add to learning along with pam's suggestions which are always above par!!!! Also since all the colors are contained in the gtk.main.css in that theme they can be changed very easily, that sheet alone is worth the download. It took me a month to get that far coordinated! I wish you the best of luck on this endeavor is a rough one, as personally, I feel I have just scratched the surface in all this, takes time. So please, have some patience, make sure you allow yourself enough time and by all means enjoy what you are doing and let no one cut you down for it!!!!!
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Re: creating themes

Postby boarder428 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:39 pm

Thanks guys. I shall begin my endevor! <BREW>
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Computer1: Nvidia 650i
Computer Name : corey-NF66
Processor : 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHz
Memory : 4048MB (640MB used)
Operating System1 : Ultimate Edition 3.4 LTS
Kernel : Linux 3.2.0-38-generic (x86_64)
Operating System2 Windows 7 (x86_84)
-Display-
Resolution : 1680x1050 pixels
OpenGL Renderer : GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2

Computer2: Acer Aspire 5515 Notebook
Computer Name : corey-Aspire-5515
Processor : AMD Athlon(TheeMahn) Processor 2650e
Memory : 2824MB (1101MB used)
Operating System1 : Ultimate Edition 3.4 LTS
Kernel : Linux 3.2.0-38-generic (x86_64)
Operating System2 Linux Mint 14 32bit
Operating System3 Elementry Os 32 bit
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