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!).

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Toxich20 pretty much explained the situation. It is indeed a mix of several icon themes and individual icons found throughout the Internet. It started out based on a Mac OSX icon theme (blergh, yes, I know), back when I started using Linux, last June. But then I felt there was a poor colour variety, too much gloss and an overall boredom to it, so I started doing some mixes to make it more playful and interesting. Plus, the smaller icons (still a work in progress) are a bit closer to the Tango looks. Anyway, I'm not fully satisfied with it, and I'd love to find a good icon theme I could work with all the time. But the few alternatives I'd consider are either poorly maintained, not consistent or even... Paid??... Oh well, I guess all people have their own issues to solve. Can't complain.

Anyway, I know there are several icon themes here on the openDesktop.org websites who are highly based on proprietary icons, or even totally copied from them. But in my case I'm also using free icons, icons from DeviantArt, mods I made out of them... And I sincerely can't remember who all the authors involved were. Not to mention that each one of them had a different license, of course. So, how to publish those icons here? Under what conditions? Would it be fair for the anonymous authors whose work would be published and enjoyed without even being recognized? I mean, here on Elegant Brit I try to be transparent about who did what, what inspired me, the people who have been helping, the themes I based myself on, etc., especially since I'm completely new to the theme creation process. But what to do with a set of icons whose authors' name I just forgot or that perhaps wouldn't like their work to be published by other people?

Meanwhile, in case you or someone else is interested on the icon set as it is, we can discuss it in private so I can share it, one to one. I simply don't think it would be fair if I published something like that to a wide audience just with my name on it.

Thanks, and let me know of whatever comes across your mind.

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Freddan80

11 years ago

Yeah I saw your previous post about the icon situation. I just wondered from what theme or icon pack you took that menu icon and all the folder icons. I believe that I have seen that icon somewhere but I cant remember where.

I simply love that menu icon, it looks stunning with your theme.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

You know what, since I did create THAT icon (it's an SVG file, btw), I'll include it on the Elegant Brit theme package from now on. What do you think?

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Freddan80

11 years ago

I think that's a excellent idea :), that icon seems to belong to your theme. Actually I'm a KDE guy, I only installed Gnome for this theme, it's just THAT good!

I wish that there would be themes similar to this one and Lyrae's for KDE, the cleanness is simply amazing.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Done!

Yes, I also feel it's a pity that there are no minimalistic-like thems for KDE. I'm wondering if there is any QT theme engine capable to do a theme like Elegant Brit, the Nova or the Mire series, or anything Lyrae (a wonderful themer) created.

Thanks again for the compliments. Keep passing by!

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h4roldpb

11 years ago

ok i see now, installing xfce just for the heck of it... might try that out later, now im getting to bed, its really late down here... algo me dice que hablas español, no se si sera tu nombre, pero probablemente saltaran algunos nazis a recriminarme si hablo en español, so back to english again:
there's an ancient japanese saying: "if your problem has a solution, then why worry about it... and if it doesn't have a solution, then why worry about it"
you see, i hope you get it right :D

congratulations on your designing job, is really good, and the rest of the things...
just be cool...

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

That's ok, but in case you want to try out Xfce one day, let me tell you it's wonderful. For my personal taste, of course. It's the perfect balance between a full DE and that *box feeling I always loved in those lightweight window managers. And besides, as for the clock, you can do wonderful things with Conky, and you can get a similar effect. Then you could try to pretend it's a part of your panel with some screen gymnastics, I don't know... Give it a try!

Thanks for that Zen saying. It's very true, I try to do my best each day, though the mental energy isn't always the best. As for this theme, I definitely wouldn't have come to this point without the precious help of all those people who let me know they found this or that fix, people who do suggestions and give ideas, etc. I have a certain aesthetic sense (not perfect, of course), but the technical part is still a mystery to me. It's a lot easier to build good things when you work with a community. I guess that is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Linux.

Meanwhile, si, yo hablo un poquito de castellano, pero en verdad soy portugués. (Yes, I do speak a bit of Castilian [most known as Spanish], but I'm actually Portuguese.) Be free to contact me in the language you prefer, especially if in private, since there must be some rule about non-English messages here in the OpenDesktop.org sites.

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h4roldpb

11 years ago

nice work there, i really like the theme, using it now in fact, but i must confess you, what i like the most of your screenshot is the clock you got there in the panel, is ths the regular gnome-panel clock? i really want that... congrats again, and hope you've worked out your personal issues

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello there! I actually use Xfce instead of GNOME most of the time, so what you see on my screenshots is actually a series of Orage clocks. Each one is dedicated to a different part of the time and date: one clock just for the day, another for the month, another for the year, etc., and each one has its own specific colour. I'm using the Eurostile font, too. If you need more details or something else, please say.

As for my issues, well, I'm still in danger of loosing my house, no job at all, the depression is, as usual, very intense and isn't showing any signs of going away (quite the contrary), etc. Thanks for asking, though.

And, of course, if there's any other thing you want to say or do about Elegant Brit, I'm always available.

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MrBordello

11 years ago

I just made an account to tell you that this theme absolutely rocks! Great, fresh and clean design. Something completely different, away from that too often seen plastic/glossy/applelike stuff.
Thank you so much for this fantastic theme, keep up the good work!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Thank you SO much... It's very important to me to know people are satisfied with Elegant Brit. And even if you weren't, I'd be glad to hear you. In case you have any suggestion to make, please feel free to do so. Once again, THANK you so much.

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ochosi

11 years ago

i like the theme, BUT it produces quite many bugs (e.g. sunbird crashes).

i still use your panel.rc, it's quite nice.

one thing i'd like to add is that i don't like the fact that window-borders are white. actually if you have two windows overlapping it's not very practical not to see the borders properly.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Could you please precise which bugs are happening occurring in your side, so that I can actually try to work on them? You mentioned Sunbird. When does the crash happen? Thanks.

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ochosi

11 years ago

ok, basically if you run sunbird everything seems to be fine at first.
if you e.g. double-click a day to add a "New Event" the dialogue-window for that kind of opens but stays white and then sunbird is frozen and the only way to continue is to kill it.

one more bug that i noticed is with the xfce-panel. it seems that the cpu-graph plugin eats 100% of the cpu if i use your panel.rc. i really don't know why that is, but this occurs not immediately when adding the plugin, but after a reboot. (the other plugins that i'm using are actually doing fine; volume, network, battery, orage).

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ochosi

11 years ago

alright, i figured out that the "bug" is more likely within the cpu-graph-plugin. depending on its settings it crashes (or doesn't), so you can forget about that one.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Could you please give any suggestion concerning which colour would be better, following the theme's logic, as an alternative to white, in your opinion? Suggestions are always welcome.

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toxich20

11 years ago

First off, i love your theme. Its great styling and great color selection.

I am pretty new to Linux/Gnome so this has al been a learning experience but this site along with the Ubuntu forums have been great.

I installed your theme and have a question. I want the CLOSE/RESTORE/MINIMIZE buttons on the left hand side of the titlebar such as it is in your screenshots but mine are in the right hand side and i cant fine any options to change this. Is this possible in with the metacity themes?

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Absolutely.

First of all, you need to open Gconf (if it's not on your GNOME menu yet, type gconf-editor in a console). You'll have a left panel with a tree-like structure. Open the "apps" folder. Find "metacity", and inside of it there is a "general" folder.

Then, after clicking on "general", look to the main window. There is a field called "button_layout". That determines the position of the buttons in the title bar of Metacity. Insert the following instead of what is there: "close,minimize,maximize:". Don't forget the colon. If you need a menu, say, on the right, you could try "close,minimize,maximize:menu". What is on the left of the comma stays on the left. The opposite happens to what stays on the right.

I hope this helped you. Enjoy Elegant Brit!

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Oh, of course, if you want the Maximize or Restore button to go to the left of the Minimize one, you can switch that on Gconf, the same way as above.

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toxich20

11 years ago

Beautiful!Beautiful!Beautiful!

Worked like a charm. Thank you.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Glad I could help!

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risoto

11 years ago

There is a bug with Sonata. When the mouse is over the title, it's in white and not in black.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

Hello there! Thanks for reporting the bug.

Yesterday I was also told in private about a bug on the left-click menu of Tomboy's tray icon. And I believe it is the same issue that is happening with Sonata. I'm just trying to test each part of the code to see how the theme reacts (I've no previous experience with gtkrc files). So, my current thesis is that both elements work with the same classes of regular drop-down menus, which, according to Elegant Brit's logic, have a white background and dark fonts and the opposite for the selected options. The difference is that Sonata perhaps doesn't respect the dark blue background of the selected menu options when we hover the song's title (I understand it, it shouldn't be necessary).

So this tells me GTK apps are ready for the more conventional engines, like Clearlooks or Murrina, but not pixmap-based themes, which might go beyond and put in practice some more innovative ideas. Concluding, I might need to restructure the whole menus (even because of OOO as well) and drop the existing scheme we have today. Which is a shame. So, if my thesis is correct, the menus need to have less contrast. No more white background with dark blue for the selected areas. I'll study it, and I'll also try to learn more about how classes and styles behave.

Meanwhile, thanks again for letting me know of the bug.

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juaka

11 years ago

Would be nice if the focused buttons had orange or blue border or something.

Maybe this could be for all form elements.

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fmrbpensador

11 years ago

I'll try to know more about which class determines that. That's a very good point, though I don't believe I ever saw any pixmap theme doing that (conventional theme engines are more supported, it seems; frustrating). Research is being done.

Thanks for another good suggestion. Keep passing by and letting me know what you feel and think!

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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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