GNOME-colors

Full Icon Themes

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This is an extensive set of icon themes based on GNOME and Tango, with some inspiration from Human, Tango Generator, Elementary, and other open source projects. The project's goal is to integrate closely with gnome-icon-theme, while greatly expanding its available icons and allowing users to choose from 7 completely different and unique color schemes. With the additional source pack, an unlimited number of complete color variations can be rebuilt from source.

The icons and their color schemes are designed to complement my Shiki-Colors GTK Themes and their additional artwork.

There are 7 color variations: Brave (Blue), Wise (Green), Human (Orange), Noble (Purple), Wine (Red), Dust (Chocolate) and Illustrious (Pink).

GNOME-Colors consistently themes 99% of default icons + 1000's more in almost every popular linux distribution. Every single icon included in the set is drawn perfectly at each and all sizes, so you will never have to see a blurry icon ever again!

Important, must read or clowns will eat you:
* To install, drag and drop the .tar.gz file into GNOME's Appearance Preferences, or extract it and copy the gnome-* folders to /usr/share/icons as administrator (i.e. sudo nautilus /usr/share/icons in Ubuntu). The gnome-colors-common folder is a required dependency. You MUST install it in order for all the icon sets to work correctly.

* You may alternately use the included Makefile for system-wide installation, just type make install as administrator or make user-install for per-user installation. For more options, type make help.

* You may want to install the 'extras-gnome-colors' package for extra icon themes (Liferea, Comix, Exaile, etc.) by following the instructions in the readme.

* If you installed the icons through the appearance preferences, for the icons to theme root/admin applications in Ubuntu, you must type in a terminal:
sudo ln -s ~/.icons /root

* In Ubuntu, you can use the official PPA repository for easy installation and upgrades. For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install gnome-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories. The packages are also available in Debian Sid.

* Visit the GNOME-Colors project page for bug reports, feature requests, SVN and more downloads:
http://code.google.com/p/gnome-colors/

* Consider donating a small amount to the GNOME-Colors project if you wish to support it, or to show your appreciation. You can do so by clicking on the "donate" button next to the download section.
Last changelog:

10 years ago

GNOME-Colors depends on the package "gnome-icon-theme". If you don't use GNOME, make sure you have it!

5.5.1 (2009-10-28)
* Add icons for Empathy.
* Add better support for Ubuntu Karmic's panel applets.
* Minor updates and clean-ups on some icons.

5.5 (2009-09-25)
* New, redesigned folders!
* Add folder-xdg icons for Karmic/GNOME 2.28.
* Add some new icons/update others for better Karmic support.
* Minor bugfixes.

It's very recommended to remove any existing version before upgrading!

You MUST install "gnome-colors-common" as well! otherwise you'll have a broken icon set and clowns will eat you.

jackp

10 years ago

I think this is one of the best icon theme for the linux desktop.
The only things I don't like are the menu logo (I'm using Ubuntu) and the rhythmbox icon. How can I use the defult icons (if it's possible)?
Thanks for this beautiful work.
Keep it up

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perfectska04

10 years ago

You can open nautilus, go inside the icon set of your liking, click on the "Search" button and search/delete for the following icons:

rhythmbox
gnome-main-menu
gnome-start-here
mandrake
mintmenu
mandriva
novell-button
start-here

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amrhassan

10 years ago

Great work, seriously. the new icon set looks amazing.
A few remarks though, my trash icon when scaled down to fit in the gnome panel, has sort of a snake/question mark thing on it. I'm not sure what it is, but it's not visible in the big version.
Also I really liked the colored play/pause icons. It looked really nice. If you can bring them back, it would be super.
Keep up the great work =)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

It's dust and garbage inside the trash icon, it makes it easier to notice that it's full inside. The scalable version has a bit less garbage because it's larger, so it's easier to determine it's not empty, and because including too much detail would make the file 250KB instead of just 100KB, so it renders faster.

As for media icons, I doubt they'll be colored again... They looked great on the blue version, but the other versions looked really bright and inconsistent. You can get them from an earlier version, though... I always host the latest three in the google code project page in case people prefer an earlier version.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Ok, I posted this in the Arc-Colors page but that's not very active. This is about the future of Arc-Colors GDM's/Wallpapers, which is a related project:

I want the next version of Arc-Colors to use photorealistic wallpapers (kind of like Arc-Dust is doing right now).

If anyone wants to help, go to Wikimedia Commons (or deviantart) and look for existing wallpapers/images that you love and might want included in the arc-colors set! I've already picked some out, but there are too many images for me alone to go through.

Guidelines for recommending a wallpaper:
-Wallpapers must be licensed under creative-commons-by-share-alike 3.0 (no 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, non-commercial or non-distributable can be used), public domain or GPL-2+.
-Original image must be at least 1920x1200 or larger.
-Colors of wallpaper must complement an arc-colors set (for example, an orange-ish sunset could go well with human, wood/trees with dust, sky/ocean with brave, forest/grass with wise, etc...

Some examples:
For Brave (cc-by-sa-3.0)
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/4286/bohinjskojezero2ccbysa3.jpg

For Dust (cc-by-sa-3.0)
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/8772/crepuscularraysccbysa3.jpg

For Noble (Public Domain)
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/8619/sunsetcavanaughbaypubli.jpg

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abecat

10 years ago

...you are my God!

GNOME-Colors is - in my opinion - the first real good-looking icon theme for GNOME/Xfce ever made (and most likely the last).
Constant updates, beautiful icons, all icons looking great in every single color and size - just perfect, something I've NEVER seen before in any of the 100+ icon themes I've been through in the last couple of years! :-)
Okay, Tango is pretty consistent too, but it's ugly as hell and nowhere near as complete as GNOME-Colors - I always ended up using strange mixes of Tango and a bunch of ugly PNG/SVG icons stolen from other icon sets and websites, which resulted in icon themes with half of the icons being blurry and unfitting.

An icon theme like this was the last thing the open-source world needed. Thank you! :-)

Donating right away...

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Thanks!

I know there are many prettier and photo-realistic icons out there designed by more talented artists, but gnome-colors and it's "simple and consistent" approach makes it easier to develop by me and to modify by other users.

Besides, the important thing about an icon set is that the visual metaphors are accurate and that users don't have to see blurry icons. With these guidelines in mind, I'm sure anyone with minimal artistic skill (like me) can come up with something just as good, if not better.

As for Tango, I have nothing but good things to say about it; gnome-colors is almost entirely based on the work and sources of Tango and GNOME artists :), and I'm sure the next release of Tango and gnome-icon-theme will be even better than Oxygen or gnome-colors. Just look at the current devices in this set, most of them are already based in the future version of gnome-icon-theme.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Use this comment thread to voice which color set you want. I'll go with only one for now, although it could come out as quick as this week. The newer gnome-colors base makes it possible to create a new icon set by only redrawing 200 icons instead of 1000 like it was in the past. At 1/5th the work of what it used to be, it's a good chance to expand color coverage just a bit more.

I've made a little mockup of possible new versions:
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/4104/folders.png

If you do choose pink, it'd be better if you submitted a better color palette than the one in the mockup, that one is even brighter than "human" and makes my eyes sad. That is all.

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Hadret

10 years ago

I also really like the aluminium one. Would love to see an oposite one (dark - black) as well. Those two are something I've been missing in GNOME-colors (now I'm using the darkest one - Dust) for a long time.

I think it would be a good idea to make consistent tray icons too (for example all of them aluminium or something like that). A bit like in Mac OS, but it would be much better (:

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perfectska04

10 years ago

The problem with aluminium for tray icons is that the changes happens everywhere, so for example an OSX style transmission icon would just be a white shape anywhere outside of the panel.

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Hadret

10 years ago

I thoughts so :( Such a shame that panel haven't got his own icons. It would be really nice to have in icon sets "panel" section, where you can put icons reserved only for panel :(

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StrangeQuark

10 years ago

I think a softer pink would look much better.

Something more like this maybe?
http://www.b3tards.com/u/842412241b81055b679d/pink.png

Maybe even a tad softer.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Perhaps something along these lines, they're not too bright... Although I'm not really sure about these, they're not really good looking either.

http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/3897/59848416.png

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StrangeQuark

10 years ago

Hmm.. Maybe the vibrant version with a duller stroke?

I'm sure you'll figure something out that works. :)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Softer would be nice, but that's still way too bright...

I think I'll be going with pink since the others didn't work out, but the palette needs to be a very dull pink, since I don't want another ultra-bright-makes-your-eyes-bleed set like human already is.

Think of the green set, the palette for wise is really boring and dull, but that's the reason it works so well... it doesn't stand out and lets you do your work.

tldr; I need a very dull pink palette before doing a pink set.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Alright, so it's between these two aluminium palettes unless someone prefers the "Arctic" look linked above.

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/648/41241824.png

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Hadret

10 years ago

Is there any chance for pallete of those aluminium colors? Really like them and know everyone could make those themselves (:

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I don't really remember the palettes I used for them back then... I imagine just shades of gray will work:

LightFolderBase: Light gray / near white
LightBase: A few shades darker than above.
MediumBase: Darker than above.
DarkStroke: A dark color for borders.

I don't remember, but perhaps try the "tribute" set in the meantime, I'll work on aluminium now that SVN can use multiple palettes for different type of icons.

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Hadret

10 years ago

Fair enough. I'm using tribute icons + gnome-wise for about month and I really love this set! I can wait for your aluminium set, cause I believe it will be a lot better than any mine of my own. Thanks for reply! (:

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Well, here goes.

*Hopes gnome-aluminium and it's lack of color in a project called "colors" doesn't become the most hated icon set ever.*

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/7647/places.png

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schollidesign

10 years ago

Great. I hope u didn't throw the aluminum-folders etc. u made yet in the trash-can. I can do a version of aluminum-folders with my mod. It should fit well with the handful white icons I made right now.

:)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Sorry, I did throw them out... They just looked as if I'd ran a grayscale filter instead of actual icon sets.

Perhaps in the future I'll come up with a better aluminium palette and make it inheritable by the other sets, so the package is only 10MB and other artists such as yourself can just inherit the gnome-colors-base and replace/recolor only the icons you want more easily.

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schollidesign

10 years ago

ohhh It's a great pity. :)
Maybe it's better at moment that they don't exists any more. So I can enjoy more the summertime at moment without thinking in some stupid icons - though. :D :D :D

I don't think that the idea with the inherits is very well. I don't know, but I think you have to maintain so much things yet that every extra package is a new timekiller for you. Let the artists pick things what they needs by themselves. ;)
Hope u understand me what I am meaning ...

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schollidesign

10 years ago

:o ohhh I understand finally! Yes, of course ... it's a really good idea. ;)

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I understand, although what I meant - was that if there is a base library with all the common icons, I only have to add icons to a single folder as opposed to 6.

Since there would be essentially no duplicates, other than the icons that are specific for each set - the package could also end up being less than 10MB and occupy less disk space for a user that installs all themes (20MB uncompressed, as opposed to 70MB)

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10 years ago

GNOME-Colors depends on the package "gnome-icon-theme". If you don't use GNOME, make sure you have it!

5.5.1 (2009-10-28)
* Add icons for Empathy.
* Add better support for Ubuntu Karmic's panel applets.
* Minor updates and clean-ups on some icons.

5.5 (2009-09-25)
* New, redesigned folders!
* Add folder-xdg icons for Karmic/GNOME 2.28.
* Add some new icons/update others for better Karmic support.
* Minor bugfixes.

It's very recommended to remove any existing version before upgrading!

You MUST install "gnome-colors-common" as well! otherwise you'll have a broken icon set and clowns will eat you.

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