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Flat GIMP icon Theme V 2.1 by android272 Flat GIMP icon Theme V 2.1 by android272
The Flat GIMP icon Theme was created to modernize GIMP and keep people focused on their art.  I have heard it all over the web that GIMP is ugly and I wanted to change that. 

I personally like Darker themes but others Like lite themes, many people asked for a smaller theme just like GIMP comes with so I made those to. I think that GIMP is an amazing program that many people don't even give a change because it does not look a pretty as Photoshop.

special thanks to :iconknozos: maker of the DPixel theme for help with theme,  :iconzzdas: maker of the minimo for small theme text, Eckhard M. Jäger maker of the ProGimp theme for the idea of colored icons, :icondoctormo: maker of PsIcons themfor getting rid of tool box lable and help with gtkrc, :iconmigf1: for some help with making v2 of my theme, Mirek2's flat icon concept from LibreOffice and the GIMP dev team. all of you really helped make this theme.

Check out my interview with the Jupiter Broadcasting crew over on YouTube and here me talk about this theme.  Big thanks to them for letting me on the show.  If you do not already know about Jupiter Broadcasting and are a big nerd you should go check them out here or on their YouTube Channel here.

# Instillation
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Just extract the .zip and place it under the  GIMP themes folder:

* Linux: Copy the Theme you want and the Decor folder into ~gimp-2.8/themes

* Mac: Copy the Theme you want and the Decor folder into Aplications > Right Click Gimp and select Show Package Contents > Contents > Resources > Share > gimp > 2.0 > themes

* Windows: Copy the Theme you want and the Decor folder into C:\Documents and Settings\{YourUsername}\.gimp-2.4\themes or C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\

NOTES:  11-16-2014: I have completely rewrote these 8 themes. You now will get along with the 8 icon themes a folder called "Decor". This folder needs to be placed in your Themes directory in-order for V2 and on to work.  Icons and gtk.rc files have been moved there to conserve data for you. V1 was very memory inefficient. All the icons are now located in a icons folder in the "Decor" folder and all themes link to it instead of having their own set of icons.

I am moving to major.minor.patch versioning of Flate GIMP icon Theme. Current version is now 1.0.0. So now you can check back and see if I have made an update. To find out what version you have the zip file will have the version, you can also find this in the read me that comes with the Theme.

I added icons for GIMP 2.10 but commented them out in the imagerc. so if you are using GIMP 2.10 you can uncomment out the unified transform tool, warp tool, align horizontal fill(hfill in doc) and vertical fill(vfill in doc).

I have also been updating some icons here and there. The crop tool, free select tool and others have all been updated. So check back often I may release a silent update.

Related Art:______________________________________________________

License: Creative Commons License - Commercial use - Share Alike
Software: Made with Inkscape
Tablet: Cintiq 12WX
Time off and on for about a year
Total Layers: way too many to count.
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Draxqwqw Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2019  New Deviant
hey, could i get a dark-blue theme. my eyes can't really see orange for v2.10.8 @android272
Faith-LV Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2018  Student General Artist
I have no idea how to set the theme dark. I extracted the folder and my theme is located at `~/.config/GIMP/2.10/themes/Flat Icon Theme`. When I go to gimp settings, I see only on theme and it's the light one.

Can you make some understandable installation instructions please? They are all over the place. In one part it's told to just extract the theme but later down it says that I also have to copy the Decor folder to `/themes/`and 8 icon themes...what? Is this a problem on my end or the instructions have not been updated accordingly?
D4rk-Amethyst Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My absolute favourite theme for Gimp, thank you~

A lot less of a headache to get working in Windows than I remember it being when I originally used it. Comment on here helped with the only issue I encountered.
Bdogy Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
im sorry Im new And have a totally stupid question but where do I download it?
joubib Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Thank you so much for your work!!
RONNY769 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Is there a way to make gray (or black) go white? Or any other color I want?
android272 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So yes you can make the theme whatever color you want. Depending on what you're talking about background or icons determines on how hard it will be. I tried to make it as easy as possible to change either but it has been a while since I messed with this and it might take me a little bit to navigate things. What would you like todo?
Gid-Joiner Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
Hi, Just downloaded it, it'll be easier on my eyes but how as you say make it any colour you want?
android272 Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am not sure what you mean?  How do you change the background colors or the icons?
RONNY769 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Thanks for responding! I loved the themes and icons, I use the Light Blue Small, basically I would like to use a white theme with the same icons, something like "White Blue Small", replacing the gray color with the white color.
android272 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that is super easy. I will look into it and get back to you.
Yakkyslaks Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
This is terrific.  Thank you.
fett20 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
oafifi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
KBLestrange Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017
Thank you
omwtoownu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
Holy shit, this is amazing dude. Thanks! 
Serena-Altheia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017
thanks you! =)
ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much!
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
Very  beautiful.
marxengels Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing
android272 Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome. Hope the themes work for you. A lot of people are having trouble with some of them and I have not had the time to update and fix them.
CopparLin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Awesome!
DsyneGrafix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing! Love the Icons!!
android272 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. hope they work for you.
SpoiledHobo Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2016
Hello android272,

this is a really great theme, thanks so much. I had the same problem as some of the other commenters, in the meaning that the theme did not go all dark, but the theme is too beautiful to let go of this. After much tinkering with GtkNotebooks, installing gtk-engines, reading the entire comments section again, installing Migf1's theme and analysing the latter I found out what helped: I added 'engine "clearlooks' {  }" into 'style "gimp-default-style" ' in chrome_color.rc and - boom! everything was dark. My system, by the way is, Ubuntu 14.04 running Gnome 3.10.
Thanks again for your theme! I enjoy it very much.

Edit: filename added
android272 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness thank you so much. I have not had any time to look into and troubleshoot this.

Ok what the heck. I just downloaded my theme added the themes like I instruct everyone, select a theme and when I start GIMP back up it will not open till I rename the theme I selected.  I had none of these problems when I released version 2.1 of this theme. I have been planing on resimplifying it again to get ready for when ever the devs come out with GIMP 2.10.

Did you mean to say that you just added the line:

'engine "clearlooks' {  }"


engine clearlooks {  }

to themes/Decor/chrome_color/chrome_color.rc
SpoiledHobo Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2016
Oh, sorry for the mixed-up quotation marks. For the following my reference will be Dark GIMP Orange small, as it is the one I worked on. The line should look like this:

    engine "clearlooks" {  }

and it is INSIDE the

    style "gimp-default-style"

As for the crash: When you comment out the includes in the gtkrc file one at a time you can single out that the crash is caused by the imagerc file. In this you need to de-comment line 21 and make it look like this:

pixmap_path "$HOME/.gimp-2.8/themes/Decor/"

With starting gimp in the console I got some error messages of certain images not found. I don't remember exactly what I did to reduce the errors to a manageable number, I think I found a thread at where it was suggested to remove lots of lines concerning the states of the icons, for which i used "grep -v". But all what was left could be done with renaming and copying two or three image files, one of which had a plural-s in the filename, but not in the imagerc (or the other way round), so really a minor error. If you like, I can send you my now crash-free imagerc file by e-mail.

Disclaimer: I just started tinkering, having no previous experience or knowledge in GTK or GIMP theming. So if it doesn't work on your system, don't expect qualified answers ;)

Edit: for easier testing look at my reply to NicolasVisceglio's comment
android272 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for clearing up the engine "clearlooks" {  }

I have sent you a PM with my email. It would be great if you would send me your imagerc file.
NicolasVisceglio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
In Ubuntu 14.04 lts Gimp doesn't start anymore after rebooting of the system. A restore to a point before the installation of the skins was the only way to recover Gimp.
SpoiledHobo Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
I had the same problem, but instead of restoring you can just set the theme in ~/.gimp-2.8/gimprc to "Default" or "Small". Then it should start again.
android272 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I just saw this comment.  So the thing you should do if you think that a theme is the case of GIMP not opening or crashing is to rename or delete that theme and try to open GIMP again.  Would you please go into the Experimental folder and try the "Darker GIMP_Orange NEW" or "working" themes? Let me know if GIMP opens after you load either of these themes.
Aha... Those two new ones doesn't seem to make any kind of mess: Gimp restarts. I like the small ones. Maybe is that, I don't know.
The darker new is light. The working one is darker, but the zoom icon is broken and only works with mouse over.
ssuuddoo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
thank you. :) great work
katoquro Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Hello. Cools staff for gimp. I use your icon set with default gimp Pro theme and it's awesome but it looks quite stretched on my mac book pro. I think because of retina resolution. Have you planned the image set for Hi res displays?
android272 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love for my theme to work on all resolutions.  I am not sure if this is something I can take care of with the way I make my designs or if it is for the GIMP team but I know that the GIMP team is working on this.  I do have a theme that might look good on your system, if you download my theme and look in the Experimental folder try the working theme.  This theme has some experimental things that I was working on the last time I worked on my  theme.  This theme has .SVG icons instead of .PNG icons, I would be very interested in knowing if this theme works on your system.  Unfortunately Windows does not understand .SVG icons so I still use .PNG icons so that more people can use my theme.  Fortuitously the GIMP team is working on making .SVG icons available for the Windows platform, and when they do my theme will use .SVGs once again.

Would you try this out for me and tell me if this fixes your problem or not?
mediaklan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Nice ^^ Thank you for these gimp themes. Now my eyes can rest a little. 
android272 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Fish5545 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Thanks so much for this theme and the work you've put into it!
Recently installed it, and some of the nav bars are white:
The folder setup I have right now is in the album as well. I'm using single window mode right now; could that be an issue?
Thanks again! 
android272 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I have known about this problem for some time. I do not know how to fix this issue.  I don't know if single window mode is the issue what happens when you go to multi window mode?
Fish5545 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Still present in multiwindow mode.
Maybe look at some of the other themes (e.x.…) And see what they did?
Thanks again for the theme :)
android272 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So what Operating system are you running and which of the themes are you experiencing this with?
Fish5545 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
I'm on Windows 10 x64, and the issue seems to be present on all themes.
badcrocodile Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
This is great!! Thank you for your time to build this. I love Gimp but think that sometimes when people look at it for the first time they see the awful default icon set and get turned off or think of it as amateurish. I'll feel better showing it off to all my PS user friends now :)
android272 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
gothicAge Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
" I have heard it all over the web that GIMP is ugly and I wanted to change that. "

:D people has thousand complains about FREE software and looks only for a second version of photoshop. Its so useless and unfunded all that teenager chat

"The Flat GIMP icon Theme was created to modernize GIMP and keep people focused on their art"

true. I work for long time with 2d and 3d software, coded myself software and know that a dark interface is the best choice, when you work almost day and night to make a living of your art. Bright interfaces are best for Text editors, but even there, writers likes high-contrast themes than killing white interfaces.
I like Gimp v
ery much and use that app extensively. The colorful, happy icon theme is very nice and distinctive for Gimp. The cute icons are by no means distacting, its the overall bright interface, when ever.

android272 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much I am a dummy! 
ryanvade Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
How do I get the theme to load automatically at startup? I selected one of the lighter themes and clicked OK and the theme loaded. Then I closed gimp and the default theme loaded up.  When I opened Theme settings it showed the Lighter theme as selected and I have to click "Reload Current Theme" for it to work again.
android272 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So this theme does not always work the same way on every computer.   For example some people select my theme and when they close GIMP and try to reopen it GIMP never opens. What they have to do is delete or rename my theme and then GIMP will open for them. Others have reported that when they reopen GIMP that some icons don't show up or even that the tab colors turn white for no apparent reason.

Could you tell me what version of GIMP and what Operating System you are running?  Then could you go into the Experimental version and copy those themes and tell me if they work or persist to be broken? These two themes are my current working set that will be a latter version. 
ryanvade Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
I am on Manjaro with GIMP 2.18.4.Going to try the experimental themes.
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