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Allan Nyholm Nielsen
Artist | Hobbyist | Design & Interfaces
Aalborg, Denmark
20th of May 2019

Hello folks,

The author of ThemeEngine, Alex Zielenski has kindly given permission to me sharing the ThemeEngine application for macOS Mojave. Find it on the front page as it becomes available in a little while;
ExplorationThemingForMojave by allannyholm

I have included a Xcode script that I have hacked together(with the help of an IRL friend that has coding expertise in an entirely different field than Swift. Thanks, Peter!) that allows the user, with Xcode installed, to create a colored backdrop for macOS Mojave based on the standard System colors that Apple has provided here:…

I suggest that you read the Xcode project and type in the wanted color in place of the following:

layer.fillColor = NSColor.systemBlue.cgColor

With a change to "layer.fillColor = NSColor.systemGreen.cgColor" you'll get a green colored background for your Finder and Application backgrounds.

The story behind all this workaround is that Apple apparently introduced the .caar archive format to some of their interface.

I asked the author of ThemeEngine what might be done as I've tested many ways to get around this with some success but ultimately failed in getting
it all down into a functioning formula. Alex concluded that creating a .caar file and allow for that to be applied instead of a good drag and drop or tinkering with gradients inside ThemeEngine.

The way around all this is to produce a way for ThemeEngine to allow for import of .caar files and as such have a way to give some colors back to macOS and continue the bit of theming community that is left on the Mac platform.

Missing: An absolutely better and free way to create a .caar file. An app for macOS that can create this Core Animation Archive required for further theming of macOS (beyond Mojave even? Let's see about that after WWDC this coming June)

Also missing is a way to, at least in code to allow for a gradient instead of a plain color.

Next? Well, a little help from more Swift coding savvy people - it would be so appreciated to have someone with the brains come up with a better way to produce this rather new format and also - maybe a simplification of the Xcode project and a way to add in a gradient.

About the Core Animation Archive and visual apps to create such($$$)
There's one visual application that I know of that can export .caar files without a hitch and that is Kite Compositor by Joe Rhodes from This app, if you already have a license is the premier way to create all sorts of great gradients for i.e the Finder.

I've scoured the market for -that- one free (cheap?) application; it's a dead end.

What we have now is a Xcode project that we can use until something else comes along.

In this recent ThemeEngine there's now some new menu items to try. One is named Make Mica Pink Again and the other is Import CoreAnimation Archive.

Thank you to Joe Rhodes for making a trial of Kite Compositor available.

I'd like to thank Guilherme Rambo for his article here which helped me a great deal.…

A thanks goes to my friend, Peter Kjær Guldbæk, who initially helped me create the Xcode project and make it work.

And I'd also like to thank, of course, Alex Zielenski for all the help with making a ThemeEngine version that works better with macOS Mojave.

Instead of typing much more I'd just like to give out an URL to my Google Drive that has a video that, somewhat jittery, gives an insight as what to do in order to give apply color to Finder and application windows. The example in the video is System Preferences and not Finder. I don't care for relaunching Finder for each test of a color.

Link to the video mentioned:…

Comment if there's something you would like to have explained. Note. I'm not a coder, like at all. I followed a tutorial and got some help and by magic it works.

Thank you all; commenters, friends and appreciators alike on DeviantART 😀

-Allan Nyholm Nielsen.



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niivu Featured By Owner May 1, 2019  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you Allan! :thanks:
mmbertt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2019
Good you're back!
jsteweii Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019
Hi Allan, thank you for the faves:-).
burnsplayguitar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey mate, thanks for faving my work
Aurora-Sporkyalis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Hello allannyholm :wave: by elicoronel16 and welcome home!! 

Thank you for joining the family of artists here at :icontheartistlounge:. We are eager to see your display of skill and talent and have it showcased in the Group! If you have any questions feel free to message us, and don't forget to check out the Group's rules. 

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niivu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so much for faving cakeOS!  I really appreciate it! Have your cake and eat it too
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the fav my friend :brofist: 
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Alma-Pater Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Hey Allan,

Thank you for the great work on the withering Mac customisation! Anything for Mojave, perhaps :)? Thanks!
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umei Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
Thank you for the :+fav:! :aww:
PsykaeDerr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
can you upload the mode cursors?
I was looking for it for a long time, and i found that that was made by you
but there is no result about mode cursors
please upload it
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niivu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the fav on 10 Pro Edition!!!  I really appreciate it! :happybounce:
marcorono Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
can you re add your mousecapes? i'm using one of your packs and i absolutely adore them
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GraphicsWolf Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Really thanks for have added me in your watch list :3 I really appreciate it! Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
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GraphicsWolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hello there Bunny Emoji-88 (Hello) [V5] Thanks so much for all of your favourites on my works,I didn't expect it Kaori Fujimiya (Total Shyness) [V1] I hope you have a nice day ^^
WIN7TBAR Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for visiting my profile! :D
Ecology Mac OS Theme for Windows 10 --> [Link]

Take Care! :D
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