Shiki-Colors

GTK2 Themes

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Description:

Shiki-Colors mixes the elegance of a dark theme with the usability of a light theme, resulting in a hybrid theme. Shiki is designed to be fast and stable.

There is a Clearlooks version for out-of-the-box compatibility with most distros and a Murrine version for eyecandy and speed.

There are 7 color variations (Orange, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Chocolate, Pink). A matching set of Icons, Wallpapers and GDM themes can also be downloaded separately from gnome-look or at the gnome-colors project page.

You can edit the theme's source (the gtkrc files) for further customization, which is all too easy due to the included instructions.

Must read or clowns will eat you:
* The Murrine version will only work with Murrine 0.90.3 or newer. Yes, you will need to upgrade unless you're using Ubuntu Jaunty.

* The borders are very thin, and titlebars/menubars are unified because of "LOL, ELEGANCE". If you have any difficulty resizing windows, try the included alternate metacity with thicker borders.

* In Ubuntu, for themes (installed through appearance preferences) to be able to theme applications in admin mode, you must type in a terminal:
sudo ln -s ~/.themes /root && sudo ln -s ~/.icons /root

Fedora users can get an installable package of Murrine 0.90.3 (x86) here until is not available in release section:
http://files.getdropbox.com/u/1529612/gtk-murrine-engine-0.90.3-1.fc12.i586.rpm

* 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 shiki-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories. The packages are also available in Debian Sid.

* To fix minor Firefox 3 bugs in Shiki-Colors, install the Stylish add-on and go here (or install the included userChrome.css file following the instructions in README):
http://userstyles.org/styles/10822

* 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

4.6 (2009-09-25)
* Add support for Chromium's GTK theming.

4.5 (2009-08-03)
* Update Green, Pink, Orange and Red palettes for better contrast.
* Fix a minor Firefox urlbar color issue in green/orange variations.

4.4 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.
* Add support for gdm-user-switch applet in Karmic.
* Fix panel matching in Dust-Murrine variant.
* Remove spaces in metacity names for easier RPM packaging. You might have to
remove the old metacity folders or run make uninstall from a previous version.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

This simply happens because Shiki's buttons are not dark, they are light. The reason the other themes in the screnshot work is because they are either full dark themes or they are using the pixmap engine to render those buttons.

This is normal for every hybrid theme (shiki, dust, clear/murrineglow, etc) the only fix is to simply hide the hide buttons in the panel properties.

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mxt

11 years ago

There's just one thing I can think to improve this theme: dark toolbars!

You could support dark toolbars at least for a set of popular applications, like Rico does in the latest Dust theme.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

I've already experimented with dark toolbars, but they don't work at all with Shiki. They mess up with the overall consistency of the theme and I don't really believe that certain apps should look or behave differently from others.

I haven't tried recent versions of Dust, but the artistic direction and color palette of that project certainly does dark toolbars better than Shiki would.

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weakhead

11 years ago

Great theme, works like a charm. I didn't found any bugs, even Firefox looks good.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

Glad you like it. I did my best to eliminate 99% of bugs. To my knowledge, Firefox is the buggiest application but the CSS i linked to above should make it work (almost) perfectly!

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lvlo

11 years ago

I found that if change button_width and button_height values (19-20 lines in metacity-theme-1.xml) to 20 (instead of 22) than titlebars look more lighter.

:)

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perfectska04

11 years ago

Yes, you can make it more compact that way. I deliberately made it 22, so that windows without menu-bars don't look so out of place (and easier clickability), but If you prefer a compact metacity, reducing the button width will do that for you.

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cypherpunk

11 years ago

Hi perfectska04 .. what color do you use personally on your day to day desktop ??

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perfectska04

11 years ago

Hmm that depends. I use blue for my desktop PC, green for my laptop (since it's lid is colored green it matches), and orange for my family's pc.

I use the red version when I'm feeling bored of any of the other colors.

Pretty much the reason I made all of my artwork was to be able to use different color-schemes in each of my pc's, while letting everything look consistent.

I usually post my desktop in ubuntuforums's desktop threads every once in a while, and you can see that it's always pretty basic and functional.

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cypherpunk

11 years ago

I just had a browse through the ubuntu forums screenshot thread .. your artwork is extremely popular perfectska04 !!

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Aiello

11 years ago

I greatly enjoy this theme, along with your GNOME Colors icon theme, but I was wondering: is it possible to change the icon in the GNOME main menu bar? I have tried a variety of different things but they do not seem to work. Any suggestions?

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perfectska04

11 years ago

Remove all the start-here icons and their links. They're all in the places folders, and there are about 7 per folder.

in other words, go to .icons/gnome-****/scalable/places and delete all the color squares you see. Do the same for the places folders in all the other sizes (16,22,24,32).

Keep in mind that this will default you to the GNOME foot or Ubuntu's logo depending on what you're using.

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Aiello

11 years ago

Thanks for the quick response, unfortunately, this did not seem to alleviate my problem.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

umm how about changing to another icon theme after deleting those files, and then switching back.

If it still doesn't change after that, try deleting the icon-theme.cache file and try changing icon themes and switching back once more.

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Aiello

11 years ago

That didn't seem to work either. Should I just go looking for every possible copy of the icons and try deleting all the square images?
Thanks again for the quick responses.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

You should delete all the possible square icons and it's links, but only for the set you'll be using.

For example, try opening the "search for files" tool and browse to .icons/gnome-****/

Then search for the following icons:
gnome-main-menu
gnome-starthere
mandrake
mandriva
mintmenu
novell-button
start-here

Just mass-delete every icon with those names. You're basically purging the gnome-colors logo, so there's no reason for it to appear after that. If it still does, then I'm not sure what's going on.

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Elsee

11 years ago

What I did to get it working:
1) delete start-here.png from the folders .icons/gnome-****/scalable/places and .icons/gnome-****/##x##/places where ## is 16,22,24 or 32. Do not delete the other icons with the squares!!!! You still need them.
2) copy start-here.svg from /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/places into .icons/gnome-****/scalable/places
3) switch to another icon theme in System --> Preferences --> Appearance and switch back to Gnome-**** icon theme you were using.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

ok, the only further advice i can give is to try logging out and then back in. I'm not sure why it wouldn't remove the icon otherwise.

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Aiello

11 years ago

Odd, I am still getting the same icon after all that. Oh well. Thanks for the help! Complements on the themes!

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2sev

11 years ago

If anyone likes the old variant (version 1.5) of Shiki metacity (for example I prefer that version.. I think it is much more elegant but maybe just because I got used to it.. don't know) you can get it from here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?j2104vmx2xn

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Ayabara

11 years ago

I've just Shiki'ed my system, and it looks great. Nice work!!

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2sev

11 years ago

As for me the version 1.5 was MUCH better than 2.0. Metacity theme looks really huge and terrible now. :( Bold font in the menu also makes the whole theme look inelegant and fearful. I'm just really happy that I have saved the version 1.5 on my computer before installing 2.0. =]

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perfectska04

11 years ago

mmm well, I guess I can' please everyone. As for the bold fonts, you can disable them in the gtkrc (it's pretty much at the top of the page). The metacity didn't change in terms of sizing, only the buttons are more visible and have better prelights.. the one that's supposed to be larger and have thicker borders is the alternate metacity.

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2sev

11 years ago

Ok, I just thought it would be better if you knew some other opinions of your theme. Anyway thank you. I think 1.5 is now the best gnome theme I have ever seen. And maybe in future releases you could also add the old 1.5 metacity theme version there. I'd (and other people like me) would really appreciate this.

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perfectska04

11 years ago

Yes, I understand where you're coming from. The 2.0 release was mostly focused on usability (easier to move, resize, click, read, etc.) and I know that too much focus on accessibility and the average joe can scare enthusiasts away.

I do, however believe that the theme should be set to cater to average joe by default. Most GNOME distributions ship bold window title fonts by default, and I'm only accomodating my theme to better cope with that fact. For Users who have more expertise and are more likely to deviate from the defaults (and say, want different font arrangements), I imagine that deleting a line or two by following my simple instructions shouldn't be a major problem.

tl;dr: I'm only trying to make Shiki adjust to the most universal settings, in order to make noobs happy. On the other hand, I encourage enthusiasts to make shiki their own by using my included instructions as a guide (since it's not difficult at all to modify shiki)

As for the old metacity, I didn't make a backup for it. Perhaps you can upload it to some file sharing service and post a comment with a link to it, so that if anyone wants it they can have it :).

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10 years ago

4.6 (2009-09-25)
* Add support for Chromium's GTK theming.

4.5 (2009-08-03)
* Update Green, Pink, Orange and Red palettes for better contrast.
* Fix a minor Firefox urlbar color issue in green/orange variations.

4.4 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.
* Add support for gdm-user-switch applet in Karmic.
* Fix panel matching in Dust-Murrine variant.
* Remove spaces in metacity names for easier RPM packaging. You might have to
remove the old metacity folders or run make uninstall from a previous version.

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