i've had a lot of positive feedback on this panel, so i've packaged it as best i can for distribution. this whole thing is just a fancy trick. its not really meant to be distributed as an awesome kick ass fat floaty gnome-panel. its just supposed to look good in screenshots and during general usage. includes: 1024, 1152, 1280, 1400, 1440, 1600, 1680, 1920, 2048, 2560. if your screen is bigger i'll assume you're a power user. Enjoy!
PRE-REQS: here is a gtkrc-2.0 file with the code necessary to remove the little arrow from your menu button. the file goes in your home directory. if you already have a gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory then open this new one and copy the code into the one you already have. gtkrc-2.0 eGtk eIcons Global-Menu Compiz Config
IMPORTANT DIRECTORIES: /usr/share/themes OR /usr/share/icons /home/USERNAME/.themes OR /home/USERNAME/.icons
TIP: you can take ownership of folders with $sudo chown USERNAME -R /ANY/FOLDER/LOCATION
ASSUMING YOUR GOAL IS TO REPLICATE THE PREVIEW...
OBJECTIVES: 1:hide theme default panel 2:activate elementary-dark 3:apply panel image 4:tweak the applets and hide panel shadow
STEP BY STEP:
1: go to the elementary/gtk-2.0/Panel and rename both images in the folder. (the objective is to hide the themes default panel.)
2: go to elementary/gtk-2.0 and open gtkrc. at the very bottom of the code you'll see this line include "Apps/panel.rc" make it look like this include "Apps/panel-dark.rc" (the objective is to make global-menu texts compatible with the dark panel)
3: apply elementary gtk and elementary-mono-dark icons from the appearance dialog and confirm that your panel is either transparent or some dark defaulted colors and that global-menu text is a light color.
APPLY THE CUSTOM PANEL:
1: find your resolution in the panels folder (if your resolution isn't included you may make a request or edit the psd provided using Gimp or Photoshop or some similar graphic app.)
2: copy the panel you want to somewhere common like your home directory for storage
3: open panel properties. (right click empty space on the panel) from the general tab set size to 58. from the background tab activate image and browse to where you've stored your panel.
TWEAK THE PANEL:
1: the icons are huge! copy the icons included in the download to /icons/elementary-mono-dark/panel/22
2: everything is horribly aligned! be sure you've removed any extra panel applets that won't fit. simply move around your applets until they fit then lock em in place
3: wtf is that shadow doing!? open CompizConfig from system>preference. under Effects click Window Decoration. in Shadow windows paste this any & !(class=Gnome-panel)
UNSOLVED ISSUES: the active menu item in global-menu. ugh new notification icons mess up the icon alignment
The theme elementary gaining ground in the world and the open design of pidgin is outdated and not integrated into the desktop 2010. For this reason, assuming that the buddy list could look like the graphic gloobus I started working. After identifying the exact gradients gloobus or thought to integrate the elementary colors. As you can see the list in the screenshot looks clean but even more amazing are the notifications. I worked hard, adding gradients up to a very sexy subject! In a few days to release the skin, yet I see if there is anyone interested in public!
Good evening everyone, today we are trying to freshen up the look of pidgin written in python using the screenlets from meek, with minor modification. I will try to explain step by step how to get good integration with the Desktop Environment. The first step, surely, is to install the screenlets manager (the one maintained in the Ubuntu repositories is fine):
sudo apt-get install screenlets
After all packages will be downloaded and installation is complete, we must create a folder inside our home:
mkdir ~ /. screenlets
Download the archive from the link above and unzip everything in the directory you just created. Start the screenlets manager (Applications → Accessories → Screenlets), look for Pidgin and activate it (you can choose to start at login not to repeat this step for each system startup). Start the screenlets manager (Applications → Accessories → Screenlets), look for Pidgin and activate it (you can choose to start at login not to repeat this step for each system startup).The elementary theme should be on from the first run, if not you can select the menu screenlet. Last trick, I used, you may activate the plugin pidgin buddy list, select options and hide the buddy list When it is created.
Please avoid a manual install and use the GNOME Tweak Tool, it's much easier.
You can use the gnome-shell theme extension for easier switching of themes.
GNOME Tweak Tool
Make sure you have user-theme-extension installed. Load the GNOME Tweak Tool and go to Shell Extensions and click the "Use Theme Extension" switch. Now go to "Theme" and click the Shell Theme box and locate your theme zip. Now you can select the theme in the dropdown box. Make sure you selection the right version for the GNOME version you have, otherwise the theme will not show properly.
If you run GNOME 3.4, just extract the 3.4 version to ~/.themes
Update 8th Aug 2011
- Improved switches to look better with the theme.
- Small Misc fixes.
Update 8th October 2011
- Added GNOME Shell 3.2 compatibility.
Update 13th October 2011
- Fixed lockup while searching(3.2). - Themed contacts in search(3.2).
Update 18th October 2011
- Fixed search overview icon size so it's the same as the application overview size.
Update - 24th October 2011
(3.2 Version) - Found a way to make hover on running apps show indicator. - Added fake shadow effect to popup menu being as box-shadow can't be used. - Made all dialogues consistently dark instead of grey. - Workspace switcher and app switcher look consistent with the theme. - Fixed shared buttons. - fixed media buttons.
if you like my themes please consider dona.... oh right, no one man made this PSD used creating this theme. this is my current setup. its a mod of Wave which is a mod of elementary. both awesome themes. this theme requires the latest murrine and aurora. it also requires that you have nautilus elementary. i mean, it will work without, but nautilus will look terrible. this includes a redesigned midori. edit your midori toolbar items to match the preview. i recommend the following icons faenza elementary acyl includeds 4 emerald themes 2 gtks 1 metacity 2 panels 1 docky 5 wallpapers
How to Use the Panels if your screen is 1920 just open panel properties and select the panel image. if you need to customize the transparent panel, or use a different screen resolution edit the panel image accordingly using GIMP or Photoshop. the easiest method is to create a new document matching the height of the panel image, but using your own screen width. then, paste the panel image in there and cut the ends into place in ccsm add this under window decoration/decorate windows any& !(type=dock)