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    HOWTO: Customize Clearlooks Theme Colors

    This is a brief guide to changing the color scheme of your Ubuntu desktop. It is subject to change as the little theme colorizer becomes more powerful and or easier to use.

    1) sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-clearlooks
    (or grab it using synaptic)

    2) Go to System->Preferences->Theme, Select Clearlooks. Hit Theme Details, Go to icons, select Human. You can also select a Window Border of your choice. You should end up with 'Custom theme' if you change anything. Select 'Save Theme' and give it a reasonable name. 'MyTheme' will be used for the remainder of this guide.

    3) wget http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/cl...ustomizer-0.05
    (or grab it using firefox).

    4) python clearlooks-customizer-0.05 > ~/.themes/MyTheme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    (Where 'MyTheme' is the name of your customized theme.)
    This should bring up a somewhat primitive gtk+ applet. Select a reasonably light background color and a medium-dark accent color. The clearlooks options are already set to the defaults and can be safely ignored (or not, you won't break anything). Hit the 'Print gtkrc' button after your colors are selected.

    5) Go back to System->Preferences->Theme. Reselect MyTheme to reload it.

    6) Repeat 4) and 5) until your desktop suits your mood. If you don't like the results you can always reselect 'Human' from the Theme selector, or just create a new scheme.

    Here are some quick example screenshots. In ClearCharcoal I have just picked a light grey background and a dark grey accent color off of the color picker's palette. In ClearSlash I typed in the slashdot colors (#FFFFFF and #006666).

    http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/im...arCharcoal.png
    http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/images/ClearSlash.png

    Michael

    Edit: bumped up clearlooks-customizer version number, added screenshots
    Last edited by callahan; April 10th, 2005 at 03:06 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    I have got to try this. I was a diehard KDE user until Ubuntu. Now that I have been exposed to Gnome, here is where I will stay. I was a little upset that Gnome did not give me the options for "customization" as did KDE. I posted an earlier thread along the lines of what you ahve provided here.

    After dinner I will indeed give it a try, Thanx!
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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    This didn't work for me. When I tried step 4, I got "No such file or directory". When I used "python clearlooks-customizer-0.05 > ~/.themes/MyTheme/index.theme" I got the gtk+ applet. But after I made changes and hit "Print gtkrc" and went back to System -> Preferences -> Theme, MyTheme was gone.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    even worse for me all I get is no such directory or file no matter what I enter.
    edward@IABusinessProjects:~$ python clearlooks-customizer.py > ~/.themes/my_theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    bash: /home/edward/.themes/my_theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc: No such file or directory
    edward@IABusinessProjects:~$ python clearlooks-customizer-0.05 > ~/.themes/my_theme/gtk2.0/gtkrc
    bash: /home/edward/.themes/my_theme/gtk2.0/gtkrc: No such file or directory
    edward@IABusinessProjects:~$
    whats is being done wrong here???

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    This has great potential. I got the same directory not found error. So I went to my home .themes directory and there was a mytheme directory there. So I created a gtk-2.0 directory inside that. Then ran your nifty python program. It created the gtkrc file and I got the dialog, but when I saved it (printgtk button) and then reloaded the theme it didn't retain my color choices. I went back to the python dialog and the changes weren't reflected there either. Do you think the permissions on the gtkrc file need to be adjusted? Currently they are 644.

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    I looked in the gtkrc file and it appears that the python program is writing my color choices into it. It seems like the file is not being read by the system.

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Clearlooks Theme Colors

    Quote Originally Posted by callahan View Post
    This is a brief guide to changing the color scheme of your Ubuntu desktop. It is subject to change as the little theme colorizer becomes more powerful and or easier to use.

    1) sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-clearlooks
    (or grab it using synaptic)

    2) Go to System->Preferences->Theme, Select Clearlooks. Hit Theme Details, Go to icons, select Human. You can also select a Window Border of your choice. You should end up with 'Custom theme' if you change anything. Select 'Save Theme' and give it a reasonable name. 'MyTheme' will be used for the remainder of this guide.

    3) wget http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/cl...ustomizer-0.05
    (or grab it using firefox).

    4) python clearlooks-customizer-0.05 > ~/.themes/MyTheme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    (Where 'MyTheme' is the name of your customized theme.)
    This should bring up a somewhat primitive gtk+ applet. Select a reasonably light background color and a medium-dark accent color. The clearlooks options are already set to the defaults and can be safely ignored (or not, you won't break anything). Hit the 'Print gtkrc' button after your colors are selected.

    5) Go back to System->Preferences->Theme. Reselect MyTheme to reload it.

    6) Repeat 4) and 5) until your desktop suits your mood. If you don't like the results you can always reselect 'Human' from the Theme selector, or just create a new scheme.

    Here are some quick example screenshots. In ClearCharcoal I have just picked a light grey background and a dark grey accent color off of the color picker's palette. In ClearSlash I typed in the slashdot colors (#FFFFFF and #006666).

    http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/im...arCharcoal.png
    http://www.xmission.com/~callahan/images/ClearSlash.png

    Michael

    Edit: bumped up clearlooks-customizer version number, added screenshots
    I think this script is a good idea !
    Is there any update to set other options like colorize_scrollbar, animation, radius, style, ETC ?
    I don't know all of them, so if someone can tell me where I can find a doc about Clearlooks features : Thank you in advance !

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    Necromancy.

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    Re: HOWTO: Customize Desktop Theme Colors

    A lot has changed in the last 6 years, it might be a good idea to start a new thread and let this one go back to sleep.
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