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December 31st, 2010, 05:40 AM
Okay, so I downloaded this gorgeous theme, LaGaDesk N-12 (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/LaGaDesk-N12-GTK+Collection?content=136036), and I wanted to tweak it slightly to make the windows a bit darker, more of a charcoal than an industrial gray.

The application background can be controlled by a pixmap, which is where it gets that sort of scuffed texture in the application backgrounds (something I added,) and all of the usual color controls in Appearance settings work, but I can't find anything in the gtkrc file that will let me change the window frame, title bar, and menubar, which seem to refer to the Clearlooks engine.


Anyone who understands GTK willing to put this in little words for me? = )

December 31st, 2010, 07:01 AM
ook....im not an expert, and i'm not even sure if i understand your question very well....but i think "gnome-color-chooser" is what you're looking for, it allows you to change the color of almost everything, background, letters, butons, entry boxes, scrollbars, etc...

you really should give it a try
it can be installed directly from synaptic

hope it helps you;)

December 31st, 2010, 07:38 AM
Sorry, I guess my question was a bit oddly phrased. I'm just trying to understand the very-very-basics of tweaking GTK2 themes. I'll try that app - thanks!

December 31st, 2010, 02:44 PM
The window borders etc are set using an xml file in the Metacity-1 folder of most themes.
If there isn't a Metacity-1 folder it usually means that the theme uses one from another theme.
I.E. If you look in the theme, if it has no Metacity-1 folder, open the "index.theme" file,
you will see that near the bottom it says "MetacityTheme=????????".
Have a look at this link it should help.


I hope this helps.

December 31st, 2010, 03:05 PM
Excellent - thanks! And there is a Metacity folder in there. I'll check that out, then!

Edit - It worked. Thanks!