Elegant Brit

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This theme is a mod of Elegant One, by Dzakusek (which was also a mod of Black-White, by Lyrae). When I saw Glossy Fall, created by Crimesaucer, I fell in love with the colors and decided I just had to apply them to the Elegant concept. Red and blue would be my master inspirations.
After some more personal changes, I came out with what I decided to call Elegant Brit. I hope you enjoy it.

The Metacity version was based on the Alessandro theme. I built it in order to follow the layout of its Emerald equivalent, that is, the title is on the right (the buttons' position is regulated on Gconf; in this theme's logic, they'd stay in the left). If you want to change the title position to the center, please follow the instructions on the Metacity XML file. However, if you have any doubts, please don't hesitate and contact me. I'll be pleased to help. I hope you like it, and if you don't, make suggestions!

The package includes a GTK theme, a Metacity theme, a PNG icon for the main menu (if you want) and a userChrome.css (copy it to the "chrome" folders of both .mozilla and mozilla-thunderbird folders under your $HOME).

The link to the Emerald theme is below. I separated them in this new edition in order to put each element of the theme in its correct category.

I'm open and very receptive to any opinions, comments and suggestions.


TO DO:
Fix Sonata bug (white on white song title when hovered);
Fix Sunbird bug (crashing altogether with Elegant Brit enabled);
Fix NetBeans bug (unreadable menu titles).

I'll appreciate all help I can get.
I'm facing some hard situations in my personal life, thus the lack of updates. I'm still researching in order to achieve the above goals.

We have such a wonderful community.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I've been facing some serious personal issues. I promise to keep working on the theme.

IMPORTANT:
Arialis111 created a Xfwm4 version for Elegant Brit. I'm providing below the link to his work, for those who, like me, use Xfce. All credits of this Xfwm4 version go to Arialis111, to whom I'm tremendously thankful. I'm lost for words. Vote for his version! He deserves it.

The above also applies to Envyouraudience, who created an Openbox theme to match Elegant Brit. I'm linking to his work too. Thanks a lot for improving the Elegant Brit experience for the Openbox users. And of course, all credits go for Envyouraudience himself for the work he developed.

Thanks to Lyrae as well for pointing out the solution to some bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME, the left pane on Gedit, and the weather and clock applets on the Xfce-panel. Thanks also for the creation of the marvelous PekWM theme to go with Elegant Brit.

Also many thanks to Ayoli, for having created an Elegant Brit mod compatible with the Mac Menu patch and for allowing me to upload it and make it available to the community. I couldn't have made it all alone. I really appreciate it. Plus, he's been doing a good work helping me out with other bugs. Merci, Ayoli!

I've also been helped by several other people in order to make Elegant Brit a better project. I thank PurposeOfReason, Sousuke, El Mariachi, DasGewitter and all those who have been commenting my theme and overally everybody for helping me to solve bugs, giving me suggestions, giving me strength and support and overally working to improve Elegant Brit. This is truly a work from the community to the community. Thanks, everybody!

On the screenshots, I'm using Eikon, a personal collection of icons I found across the Web, along with some modifications I made. It has evolved a lot in the last few weeks, so there are some considerable changes. I'm sharing Eikon on a non-official basis, with all those who are interested on checking it out.

To get the most recent updates to Eikon, now on its second generation, please check this website: http://drop.io/fmrbpensador
Last changelog:

11 years ago

1.0.1: Emerald theme included inside of the theme package;
1.0.2: Solved Emerald issue that prevented the theme from being imported by the Emerald manager; the theme was stored one folder below the expected by the program. Also a slight improvement on the tabs;
1.0.3: Several improvements on buttons and text entries, for better harmony. Screenshots updated;
1.0.4: Fixed Firefox and Thunderbird issues;
1.0.5: Some improvements in several widgets for overall smoothness. The Emerald theme has its own address, and its buttons are now always visible;
1.0.6: A different handle in the lower right corner of the windows, and also visible steppers on the scrollbars, as requested (as always, Firefox and OOO don't respect all the GTK definitions...); let me know if you liked it;

1.1.0: Metacity theme released; corrected bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME and also the left pane on Gedit;
1.1.1: Fixed some issues in the Metacity theme;
1.1.2: Changed the colour of Spin/arrow-up.png as pointed out; changed the Y thickness from 1 to 2 at the menubar-black.rc;
1.1.3: Changed that same Y thickness to 4;
1.1.4: Fixed some bluriness in the Toolbar/toolbutton-pressed.png pixmap; fixed some odd grayness in the text of some buttons when prelighted;
1.1.5: Fixed the Tomboy bug (thanks, Ayoli);
1.1.6: Included the main menu icon appearing on the screenshots, inside of the theme's package, as requested;
1.1.7: Attempt to fix the OpenOffice.org bug;
1.1.8: Further colour changes relating to the bug above, for aesthetic and visual clarity purposes;
1.1.9: More colour changes on the colour of the menus, trying to be more compliant with the general theme's scheme; fixed the clock and weather applets on the Xfce-panel (thanks, Lyrae!); switched the SVG icon for a 24px PNG icon, inspired on the Kryan solution;
1.1.10: Attempt to fix the Firefox 3 menus' bug (new userChrome.css);
1.1.11: Attempt to fix the Evolution Mail bug (thanks to Ayoli!);
1.1.12: Fixed the commented code for centered window titles on the Metacity theme; toned down the colour of the handles pixmaps; set the menu-images parameter to 1, as requested;
1.1.13: Attempt to fix the second Evolution bug, concerning the unreadable text on the preferences dialog (thanks to Ayoli, once more!).

stefan1975

11 years ago

hi,

i just tested the OOo fix. For me it still doesnt work even in the new version. It is sort of changed, by default I don't see the menu's but when I hover over them they turn white with blue text in them.

Stefan

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ochosi

11 years ago

for me version 1.1.8 fixed both ooffice and ff.

even though i agree with at least some of the scepticism concerning the blue color i'm quite happy with the fix. thanks a lot for the great theme!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thanks for commenting, and sorry for the lack of replies here in the comment box. I've been feeling quite tired in the mental sense, but I'll catch it up.

As for the polemic blue colour, that was my only choice, with the poor knowledge I have for now. Thanks to OOO and FF's odd structure (and who said FF3 was more GTK-compliant? Gee... I'd rather have it built on QT if XUL is such a pain), in order to fix the unreadable menus I had to affect other parts of the theme. And since I could not keep the dark blue-nearly black of the menu text that existed before, since it made the menus on OOO unreadable, and because to put the latter on a white colour would turn all the other menus unreadable, I had to come to a midway solution: a lighter blue. First I tried to use the same light blue of the prelight buttons of the panel. It turned out to be too clear over a white background. Then I darkened that colour in several ways, and the one that I found today seems to be the best by far. In my way to see it, gray would definitely off tone with the rest of the colour's scheme. I could definitely do whatever I wanted with my theme and my ideas if the programs didn't restrain me. It is frustrating indeed.

Thanks again for your concern and care about Elegant Brit. Even if I don't answer, all of you who write comments can be sure that I'm reading you and taking note of all your opinions, bugs and suggestions. It means a lot to me that you even bother writing and giving your contribution to this project. Thanks a lot. Tight hugs. I hope you're all enjoying Elegant Brit.

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flightlessbird

11 years ago

I actually quite like the blue - while it certainly isn't optimal it is a pretty good half-way house, and it falls in well with the rest of the aesthetic. At least I can read my OO menus again! Thanks for such a wicked job

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stefan1975

11 years ago

imho it would look best if the FF3 / OOo menu's appear the same as other applications, i mean white on grey, maybe that helps.

stefan

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stefan1975

11 years ago

i did notice however that at least in Firefox3 the new blue menu's get replaced by a white-on-white menu / tab when selected thus rendering them unreadable.

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SchattenGessang

11 years ago

Great job! Theme looks simply and pretty clear. Now all, that we need is Wallpaper, fully completting the theme =)

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flightlessbird

11 years ago

One last thing - I've noticed that the text on the xfce4 weather applets is unreadable - white on white it appears.

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stefan1975

11 years ago

hi,

thanks for a wonderful theme. I really like it and use it as my default XFCE theme currently.

There are just a few minor issues i am experiencing with it, none of which are bad enough to make me switch back though..

Before I used Fawn by Lyrae which was perfect too but i like these colors better. However What I preferred about Fawn was that unselected windows had no window decorations whatsoever thus giving a more minimal look, is that something you can do too?

The other thing i noticed is that in Evolution selected mails that don't have focus in the list are unreadable white on light grey and of course the unreadable XFCE clock.

thanks so far though,
stefan.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello there!... I'm trying to work on the Evolution bug, but meanwhile, just let me know, that feature you mentioned about Fawn is actually related to Emerald, right? Just to make things clear. Thanks for the compliments! Enjoy!

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stefan1975

11 years ago

hi,

thanks for picking this up so quickly. what I was referring to regarding Fawn is not regarding emerald but rather just the regular (gtk) themeing. it is visible in this screenshot:

http://gnome-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&id=58426&file1=58426-1.jpg&file2=&file3=&name=Fawn

and this is the theme (also by Lyrae incidently):

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Fawn?content=58426

what you can see in the screenshot is that the inactive windows have no decorations at all, i really like this behaviour.

thanks,
stefan

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JB101

11 years ago

I've never really felt the need to post a comment to a gnome-look theme. However, this theme just forced me to register.

Awesome job! It looks very sleek and clean, and that's the way I like it, keep up the good work, it's honestly the best theme I've ever come across (well it's the most fitting theme for me, I'm sure that there will be others who will not share this opinion), and most of all very original!

I'll be looking forward to your next work...

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flightlessbird

11 years ago

I notice the same bug you mention on your to-do list for OpenOffice in firefox. Wicked theme though

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flightlessbird

11 years ago

sorry - my own stupid fault for putting the css file in the wrong place. This truly is an excellent, professional piece of work. Thanks so much for making my destop such a beautiful place

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Djainette

11 years ago

Your theme rocks. Just one tiny bug on XFCE : the font color of the clock applet in the panel is the same color as the background. So there's no way to know what time it is.

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Kafedzou

11 years ago

I really like this theme, too bad that there is a bug in firefox. I can't see the navigation bar (font is in the same color as the background, only in firefox), and it's really necessary for me since I use it a lot. That bug forces me to change to an other theme in the mean time.

Maybe you can fix it in the future. It would also be nice to see the same red line in the edmerald, that way you can see the difference between the title bar en the navigation bar.

The close, minimize en maximize buttons is a big change to me (to the left?), I guess it's something to get used to. Maybe it would be better if you dubbel (2x) the size of it. But that's just my opinion.

Great job ;)

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ayoli

11 years ago

This is a common know bug and ther is a fix included in the theme package for that.
There is a file called UserChrome.css. Copy this file in your .mozilla/firefox/<VARIABLE_CHARS>.default/chrome/
directory in your home (replace VARIABLE_CHARS with chars corresponding to your profile), then restart firefox to see effects.

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flightlessbird

11 years ago

I did this but to no effect in either ff2 or ff3. Any ideas - I'd love to get this working

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raulnds

11 years ago

Viva! =)

Good work. I wonder why there is a discrepancy between the decoration and the menu bar colors. Things work fine with the terminal, but in other apps (firefox, nautilus, pigdin, etc) the decoration is darker. using emerald or metacity decorations.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Olá! Obrigado por escreveres.

Back to English... Thank you, and please tell me: is this happening with the newer versions of Elegant Brit, and did this problem happen since the first use of the theme? Does it only happen with Elegant Brit? I never had that problem and I can't seem to reproduce the bug in my side, but I would appreciate the biggest amount of information possible to know what is going on. I don't know if this is a stupid question, but I'd like to know if this is happening with other OS's besides Arch. But anyway, I want to ask to all those reading this to let me know if they are experiencing the same, so I can see what is in common with all cases, in order for this to be solved quickly. Thanks again, and sorry for this issue.

Obrigado!

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Freddan80

11 years ago

Yeah after a closer look I also noticed that the new emerald theme you uploaded is just slightly darker than the menubar.

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Freddan80

11 years ago

After some testing I did this change to your emerald theme. Changed color from #252628 to #262729. Now I can't see any difference in color between the titlebar and menubar.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

The issue with the Emerald theme is that some computers or system configurations (I have no idea of what is causing it) are displaying the theme's colours in a different way from what was programmed on the gtkrc file and from the colours used on the theme's pixmaps. Therefore, what was programmed as #262729 is appearing as several different colours to some users, even though Emerald is respecting it's own colour. This was my case, and of many other users who complained about a colour discrepancy between the window's title and the menu bar, and my last Emerald update followed a different colour from the usual in order to respect the way my PC was displaying #262729. I am aware that several other users STARTED having a bug after that update, but I came to the conclusion that everytime I fix that colour issue there will be someone else having problems with the way GTK is rendering the colours. It's a very odd bug, and it also causes that what might seem a good colour for me becomes unreadable or too clear/too dark for others. I guess all I can do is count on the bug reports people present and try to find a way to help all users. Thanks for pointing that out, and yes, what you did solves the problem for those who are having that kind of issues.

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Freddan80

11 years ago

Greetings.

First of all, I really love your theme, it's just great but I guess you already knew that after all praises you have received :).

I just wondered what folder icons you are using and from which theme your menu icon comes from?

/Thanks

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toxich20

11 years ago

I read it somewhere further back in the comments i believe but the icons he said he has gathered from several sources. He hasn't published them with his theme out of respect for the original creators.

I ended up using the "MIST" set of icons that come with gnome and it achieves a similar look.

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11 years ago

1.0.1: Emerald theme included inside of the theme package;
1.0.2: Solved Emerald issue that prevented the theme from being imported by the Emerald manager; the theme was stored one folder below the expected by the program. Also a slight improvement on the tabs;
1.0.3: Several improvements on buttons and text entries, for better harmony. Screenshots updated;
1.0.4: Fixed Firefox and Thunderbird issues;
1.0.5: Some improvements in several widgets for overall smoothness. The Emerald theme has its own address, and its buttons are now always visible;
1.0.6: A different handle in the lower right corner of the windows, and also visible steppers on the scrollbars, as requested (as always, Firefox and OOO don't respect all the GTK definitions...); let me know if you liked it;

1.1.0: Metacity theme released; corrected bugs concerning the Shutdown/Create Launcher dialogs under GNOME and also the left pane on Gedit;
1.1.1: Fixed some issues in the Metacity theme;
1.1.2: Changed the colour of Spin/arrow-up.png as pointed out; changed the Y thickness from 1 to 2 at the menubar-black.rc;
1.1.3: Changed that same Y thickness to 4;
1.1.4: Fixed some bluriness in the Toolbar/toolbutton-pressed.png pixmap; fixed some odd grayness in the text of some buttons when prelighted;
1.1.5: Fixed the Tomboy bug (thanks, Ayoli);
1.1.6: Included the main menu icon appearing on the screenshots, inside of the theme's package, as requested;
1.1.7: Attempt to fix the OpenOffice.org bug;
1.1.8: Further colour changes relating to the bug above, for aesthetic and visual clarity purposes;
1.1.9: More colour changes on the colour of the menus, trying to be more compliant with the general theme's scheme; fixed the clock and weather applets on the Xfce-panel (thanks, Lyrae!); switched the SVG icon for a 24px PNG icon, inspired on the Kryan solution;
1.1.10: Attempt to fix the Firefox 3 menus' bug (new userChrome.css);
1.1.11: Attempt to fix the Evolution Mail bug (thanks to Ayoli!);
1.1.12: Fixed the commented code for centered window titles on the Metacity theme; toned down the colour of the handles pixmaps; set the menu-images parameter to 1, as requested;
1.1.13: Attempt to fix the second Evolution bug, concerning the unreadable text on the preferences dialog (thanks to Ayoli, once more!).

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