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.

kahlil88

9 years ago

Awww...I miss the striped tabs. Just updated to the latest version and now they're gone. :'(

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perfectska04

9 years ago

They're not gone, you're just using the murrine version of Shiki-Colors.

Murrine does not draw striped tabs, this is not related to the theme.

If you want striped tabs, you have to get the Clearlooks version.

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kahlil88

9 years ago

Phew...I guess the Ubuntu PPA just doesn't have the Clearlooks version. Good to have the stripes back!

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PiAnto

9 years ago

Heya, still loving your work :) With the last version of skype in karmic i have a black menu clicking on right mouse button on applications bar icon. May it be fixed?

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perfectska04

9 years ago

Can you post a screenshot of the issue?
You can file it as a bug in the gnome-colors project page, as it might be easier to debug and fix there.

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drBonk

10 years ago

The theme is now available in official debian/squeeze repos!

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cac2s

10 years ago

after I've upgrade to gnome 2.28 I get broken tray for some apps:
http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/9941/tray.png

if I use other themes then all icons looks normal.

$ yaourt -Qs gtk-engines
extra/gtk-engines 2.18.4-1
Theme engines for GTK+ 2
$ yaourt -Qs gnome-panel
extra/gnome-panel 2.28.0-1 (gnome)
The GNOME Panel

p.s.: sorry for my english :-/

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drBonk

10 years ago

I've created a gnome-look account to be able to click the "good" button :)

It is the best theme i've found so far - it's not mac-based or vista-based (which is quite rare these days) and it's very consistent (many great themes out there have trouble with consistency in their look).

Keep up the good work!

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zcrar70

10 years ago

I also just created an account so that I could upvote the theme.

It's by far the best I've seen for Gnome so far, I hope it eventually gets adopted as the default by some distros (preferably Ubuntu :-)

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molecule-eye

10 years ago

I have to say that this is probably the best theme I've come across after years of searching. I've been using Shiki forever! A consistent, matching icon set is awesome too (even though lately I've gone back to the latest elementary, which is damned sweet). And I love how it isn't a stupid os x rip off. Very nice.

The only request I have is to come out with an official emerald theme. Metacity doesn't anti-alias the rounded corners of window decorations, so it looks like shat.

Nice work!

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Majki-Fajki

10 years ago

But there is a problem - using custom background image/transparent background, some panel elements stays "themed".

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perfectska04

10 years ago

That is intended behavior, and a consequence of including nice gradient panels with the theme.

In order to use custom/transparent panels, you have to disable the ones that are shipped with Shiki.

In order to do this, just open the /themes/Shiki-$COLOR/gtk-2.0/panel.rc file in a text editor, and delete the line which says "Disable for normal panel backgrounds".

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cypherpunk

10 years ago

Chromium looks much better now. Shiki-Colors rules!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Yes, it works pretty well and looks great. Now, if only the scrollbars were themed with GTK it'd become my new default browser.

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MissingNumber

10 years ago

I love this theme. It's amazing, elegant, and a great mix of light and dark. I've themed my entire Ubuntu desktop based on it. Just one issue arises: the default Ubuntu sound scheme doesn't really fit this theme.

What sound scheme do you use with this theme? While I'm at it, what cursor do you use?

Keep up the good work with this theme! I can't wait for the next update.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I like the "Dream" sound scheme. It's not loud or scary like Ubuntu's, when starting the system. You can get it here:
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Dream?content=75398

As for cursors, I always use the simple white ones that come as default. They're neutral, simple and efficient.

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MissingNumber

10 years ago

Thanks for your advice.


...when I said "I can't wait for the update", I never expected it to come out on the same day that I posted that comment! :)

Talk about lucky!

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perfectska04

10 years ago

No problem, enjoy!

The Shiki update is just a bugfix for Chromium browser, but the icons got a major overhaul.

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mvalviar

10 years ago

This theme is almost perfect. IMO think the scroll bars is a little hard to see. Could you highlight it a little? Or perhaps show the theme color then the mouse hovers?

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perfectska04

10 years ago

I think the problem is that it's not currently possible to set a highlight color for scrollbars. It just uses the normal color and adds more brightness to it.

Perhaps bugs can be filed to murrine/clearlooks so this type of feature can be implemented? The only other way to do this is with pixmaps, but no pixmaps are used in Shiki to keep everything fast and clean.

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zeltak

10 years ago

Hi

First of all awesome theme..the best ive seen for gtk (ive been using kde for the past years...:)

Since i cant seem to find a guide on how to and cant seem to search the posts ill just ask

is there a possiblity to get a blue or cyan version of the shiki themes? if not is there a how to or FAQ on how to modify the theme

thx alot

Zeltak

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Just open "Appearance Preferences". You will find an option to change the selected background color of the theme to anything you like!

If you'd like to hardcode it/make it permanent, you can open the gtkrc source file and change the color value manually. The file has instructions built in, so you just have to follow them.

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mxt

10 years ago

Chromium picks the color for the frame from GTK's bgSELECTED and then darkens it. The result in Shiki is not so nice. Maybe it's better to override this, by adding "frame_color:#3C3C3C" to gtk_color_scheme (as explained here: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/LinuxGtkThemeIntegration).

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perfectska04

10 years ago

Fixed and released just now.

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perfectska04

10 years ago

This bug has already been called to my attention, unfortunately... I'm currently on a break from developing due to college, so as soon as I get some free time, chromium fixes will be commited.

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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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