Gimp Themes clearlooks gimp hinted skins theme

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Update: 11-July-2020

Visually matching splash-screens for these themes, as a separate download.

Update: 9-July-2020 (v1.2.1)

Thanks to the Gimp community, the updated version 1.2.1 should now look as intended on Linux. If you are on Windows, you will not notice any change compared to v1.2

If you are switching from Photoshop or from PaintShop Pro to Gimp, you may also want to check out my shortcuts for them:
Photoshop 2018+ Bindings for Gimp 2.10.20
PaintShop Pro 2020 Shortcuts for Gimp 2.10.20

Preview: All Themes

Fullscreen examples:
Dark SMALL (Blue Hints)
Light SMALL (Blue Hints)

This is a Gimp 2.10 upgrade from my older Clearlooks Flat Icons Gimp 2.8 Themes v.1.0.1, released back in 2014. The new themes should also work in Gimp 2.8.

I have tested the themes on Windows myself (mostly in Gimp 2.10.20), but the Gimp community helped so they look as intended on Linux too:
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These themes are meant to help you focus on your work, emphasizing only the important information on your screen. The color-hints are meant to help you quickly spot enabled settings inside Gimp's massive User Interface.

In my opinion the overall looks come closer to commercial applications like Photoshop and PaintShop Pro, compared to the default themes.

The themes need the Clearlooks GTK2 theme-engine, which is a SEPARATE download (for Windows, it is included as a separate zip-file inside the main zip-file of the themes). Without the engine installed, the themes look broken. See the QUICK GUIDE, below, but for full details see the included Readme.txt file.

There are Dark and Light themes in the collection, with Regular and Small variants. Moreover, each variant comes in 5 color-hint versions (Blue, Orange, Pink, Red and Teal). This makes a total of 20 variations.

Recommended Gimp icon-themes:
• for Dark themes: Symbolic or Symbolic-High-Contrast
• for Light themes: Symbolic-Inverted or Symbolic-Inverted-High-Contrast

If you are using a 4K monitor, chances are you'll want to increase the font size, which will also enlarge additional UI elements. The Readme.txt file includes a "Usage Tips: Editing The gtkrc File" section, showing how to do that (plus a few more easy tweaks, including changing the highlight color).

See the detailed Readme.txt file, included in the package, for installation instructions, usage tips, customization tips, and more.

Feedback would be appreciated, although I do not have access to Linux or Mac.


For detailed instructions see the Readme.txt file of the themes, but if you are in a hurry, here is a quick guide.

1. First you need to install the Clearlooks GTK2 theme-engine (else the themes will look broken).

Extract the file from the main zip-file, and unpack it. If it's missing, download it here.

Depending on your system architecture, copy the CORRESPONDING x64 or x86 libclearlooks.dll file into:
on Windows 64-bit: C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gtk-2.0\2.10.0\engines
on Windows 32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP 2\lib\gtk-2.0\2.10.0\engines

You need both the GTK2 runtime and the gtk2-engines package (or the gtk2-engines-clearlooks).

On Ubuntu, if the above packages are not installed already, a few terminal commands should do the trick:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2.0
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines

Chances are that modern distros do not ship with GTK2, hence the need to install it yourselves. GTK3 & GTK2 should be able to co-exit on the same system, but with a gazillion of versions and distros out there, who knows. Do some research first for your specific system!

macOS/Mac OS X:
I'm sorry, but I really don't know. See the main Readme.txt file of the themes for some info I managed to gather.

2. Then you need to copy the themes to one of Gimp's default theme folders. To see which they are, run Gimp and go to: Edit -> Preferences -> Folders | Themes. Open one of them, and copy my themes into it.
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