Ambiance Silverish - Custom with borders

GTK3 Themes

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Ambiance - Custom, Border, less pixmaps
Silverish

Its essentially the same customized theme from Ubuntu 14.04 like my other ones. This time Ive added border over the windows frame. The idea is to make them more visible over the background and the unfocused windows. To do that Ive changed allot of the settings in the unity.css, so now the content is different from the other ones. The main color of the uploaded theme is #707d83, but like in the other ones if you didnt like it you could change it to whatever you like. To do it just change the values of the @dark_bg_color in gtk-main.css file in /gtk-3.0 theme folder from the default setting to whatever you like. For applications not using GTK3 like LibreOffice, Audacity, Google Chrome and etc change the value of the color in line: color[bg_color_dark] = #your-color-here under the style dark in gtkrc (file is located in /gtk-2.0 theme folder) to be the same (or something else) as the one in @dark_bg_color in gtk-main.css.

The wallpaper is Clouds oil paint http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Clouds+oil+paint?content=174195

Changes to the original theme:
1. Added transparency to active and inactive windows
2. Changed windows borders to 5 px
3. Changed the selection color in the OS to be more bluish (#8ea3bd).
4. Changed the color of theme to #707d83
5. Windows borders and titlebars are colored with mix from themes @dark_bg_color and @fg_color.
6. Added semitransparent png images for aditional effect of windows titlebars and borders.
7. Added dark panel with the theme color in Nautilus.
8. Changed close, minimize maximize buttons in dropdown mode - used image files from the Ambiance graphite theme by Ravefinity-project.
9. Moved the title of the windows to the right.
- If you want to change that behaviour modify -UnityDecoration-title-alignment parameter in unity.css (file is located in /gtk-3.0 theme folder) from 1.0 to 0.0 (if you want the dafault behaviour) or to 0.50 to center the title.
10. Added theme color to the LibreOffice toolbar. Now it should respect the color changes of the theme.
- If you want to disable this feature delete libreoffice.rc from /gtk-2.0/apps theme folder, and delete the last line include apps/libreoffice.rc in gtkrc (file is located in /gtk-2.0 theme folder).
11. Terminal background color now uses the main theme color. To remove that delete the line background-color in the begining of the gnome-terminal.css (file is located in /gtk-3.0/apps folder) and uncomment the old setting above it.
12. Removed from usage some of the colored pixmaps (*.png files) for better consistency. Instead off them are used gradients and mixed colors. Now the colors of most buttons and progressbar should respect the main theme color (if changed).
However the images arent removed and are still there (in /gtk-3.0/assets folder) if anyone wants to use them again.
To do that just delete/rename gtk-widgets-borders.css and gtk-widgets.css in gtk-3.0 folder. Than rename the files gtk-widgets.css.old and gtk-widgets-borders.css.old to gtk-widgets.css and gtk-widgets-borders.css.

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Installing the theme:
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1. Download and unpack the downloaded tar.gz archive to your ~home/YourUserName/.themes folder (if there aint one just create it).
2. Use Unity Tweak Tool or whatever app suits you to load the theme. To install Unity tweak tool open terminal window and type in: sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool, type your password, hit enter and follow instructions :)
3. Enjoy & comment please ;)

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Additional tweaks:
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1. To make menus and top panel transparent use Compiz config manager (CCSM). You can install it via Software center.
- Transparency of menus: Activate the Opacity, Brightnes and Saturation plugin in CCSM. Go to WindowSpecificSettings section in Opacity tab and click New. In the openened dialog in Windows field paste this: Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu. In Window values are the the transparency settings (higher value=less transparency).
- To make the top bar transparent go to Ubuntu Unity Plugin in CCSM. In General tab change the Panel opacity value to les than zero (mine is 0,300). The same goes to launcher in Launcher tab there is option Launcher opacity change it to your preferenced value.

3. The size of the window borders can be changed in /gtk-3.0/apps/unity.css file. Open the file in gedit or some other app and change the values in line -UnityDecoration-extents: 28px 5 5 5 where 28px is the height of the top and the others are the values of the left, right and bottom borders.

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License:
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GPL2

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Thats all. Enjoy!
Ilian Dimitrov - AlKaTRaZ

endbyte

3 years ago

excellent work, good topic, especially innovations and all the information you provide, thanks im your fan and there's my vote.

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alkatraz

3 years ago

Thanks, I'm glad you liked what I did. I'm preparing another slight different version of the theme inspired by the remarks of sadi, but it's not ready yet. Cheers!

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endbyte

3 years ago

you can do it for ubuntu 15.10?

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alkatraz

3 years ago

I'm sorry for the delayed answer.
I'll definitely try, but I really have no time to do it right now. And on the other hand I've stumbled upon some difficulties to make a Live USB with 15.10, so it's gonna take a while I guess.

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sadi

3 years ago

Just a couple of tweaks could make this theme even better than the original (Ambiance) such as:

1. Removing black outlines in the toolbar of Gedit, etc. (perhaps in window control buttons as well) - maybe replacing them with a little darker shade of the background color?

2. Using the same toolbar bgcolor for Synaptic Package Manager and GTK2 apps.

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alkatraz

3 years ago

Thanks I'm glad you've liked it. About your suggestions it's a tricky job 'cause synaptic is using the gtk3 settings, so to color it like the other apps you've got to change the overall color sheme. I've tried to do it and here's an tweaked version that might suit your needs https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B30UreUZuT-rUTVjRlVvRGgybFU/view?usp=sharing
Cheers!

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sadi

3 years ago

Thanks a lot!
I think it's much better now, getting closer to perfection :-)
Another improvement suggestion:
If you look at the toolbars in a number of applications (e.g. LibreOffice, gedit, Chrome, Synaptic) in different modes (focussed, hover, unfocussed) you can see that they are not consistent. ( I think the look of gedit toolbar is the worst and LibreOffice is the best ;-)
Maybe you might like to make all these have the same looks in the next version.
I think this theme is now getting much better than Ambiance and it might well deserve a name on its own (and even get its own - better matching - window control buttons in due course).

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