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Re Crono

By lassekongo83
Playing around with dark murrine styles again. :p I'm not too happy with it though.

Important: Some applications use their own skins. Opera and Chrome for example. The software that does this is not involved with my theme, and therefore it's not a bug. You can use custom userstyles in your browsers to fix input boxes and other stuff. You can also try to find a good looking dark browser theme if there are any. ;)

GTK engines required:
- Murrine 0.90.3+git20100323 or later. (Installed by default in Ubuntu.)
- Equinox engine [link]
- gtk2-engines-pixbuf (Installed by default in Ubuntu.)

Other software required: (nautilus-elementary)

To install this theme extract the included folders to:

/home/Your Username/.themes

or for all users:


Then go to System->Preferences->Appearance and click on the Customize button to select your preferred controls, window border, icon and cursor theme. (In this case it's Re Crono.)


As you can see in my preview image I've added a custom panel. Gnome-panel unfortunately can't handle real transpareny without making it all look like a frellwit. We can work around this by embedding some graphics on our wallpaper, making it look like real transparency.

For this to work you need to have GIMP installed.
Ubuntu users - Open a terminal and type: sudo apt-get install gimp You also need a GIMP plugin call Liquid Rescale: sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry
Other users - [link]

### THE IMAGE ###

1. Locate the panel.png file in this theme's directory.

2. Open the PNG-file in GIMP.

3. Go to Layer > Liquid Rescale.

4. Enter your screen width in the Width area and then resize the image.
(The "chain" icon next to the values needs to be "open". If it's locked, just click on it. It should be open by default though.)

5. Press CTRL+A (or Select > All.) Copy the image and paste it on your wallpaper of choice.
Important: Your wallpaper must have the same width and height as your desktop resolution.

6. Move the pasted layer to the top and then save your new wallpaper as whatever.png.

### THE PANEL ###

(Make sure your panel is set to 24px in height.)

1. Go to the directory where you installed the theme. Open the panel.rc file.

2. Put a # in front of bg_pixmap[NORMAL] so it will look like this:
#bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "/Panel/panel-bg.png" # Disable for normal panel backgrounds.
Then save the document.

3. Rightclick on your panel and select properties. Go to the Background tab and select Solid color. Move the Style slider all the way to the left.

4. And you're done! Enjoy your fake transparent panel. :p


Preview image info

Wall: [link] (I do not have the permission to release this mod. Don't ask.)

Icons: [link]

Font: Trebuchet MS

Apps: opera, nautilus-elementary, gnome2-globalmenu, docky, twf (photoshopped)

I've explained as detailed as I could. If you can't get the panel to behave like mine, then don't bother.
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claudette86's avatar
A port for Emerald is possible? :D
hriqe's avatar
Great work! :O
One question about modifying theme, how to make those corners round?

lassekongo83's avatar
Try to add this to your gtkrc:

style "murrine-radiocheck" { engine "murrine" { roundness = 3 } }
class "GtkRadio*" style "murrine-radiocheck"
class "GtkCheck*" style "murrine-radiocheck"

(Increase the value for more roundness.)
not working

class "GtkRadio*" style "murrine-radiocheck"
class "GtkCheck*" style "murrine-radiocheck"

are already in the file
huaer3178's avatar
WebPope's avatar
Really great theme. What icon set do you use?
Nairod-dev's avatar
Thanks a lot (found thanks to elegant theme), but the windows title was too large, so I made a patch : [link] (and here a litlle screenshot : [link])

PS : This theme is awesome !!!
jarofjuice's avatar
Damn, only if there was a Win7 version!
missing file index.theme in the archive
Escasmu's avatar
Im new in ubuntu using 10.04 it say Permission denied when copy :(
itroy's avatar
Dark. Stylish. Love it...
palobo's avatar
DAMN!!!! This looks awesome!!

Great work! (As always from what I've seen so far...)

khevstrio's avatar
this theme should be included in ubuntu 10.10 default themes..
Scriptor92's avatar
Looks nice :nice:
XYZaki's avatar
Y'know, I never know what you're even talking about in the description, but the preview picture is always pretty ^^
Dame-Cruz's avatar
zwimoX's avatar
It does look a little flat, maybe try texturing a little more throughout.
Subwoover's avatar
irider89's avatar
Your themes are awesome, but i think that you don't like the rounded bottom of windows? :) If you could make a versions of your themes with rounded bottom of windows, i will be very grateful to you.
And1945's avatar
Looks very good.

Perhaps you should think about making colour variation themes?
khevstrio's avatar
very professionally crafted for perfection...
emecoelho's avatar
I like your style!
Great theme.
etnlIcarus's avatar
I've found it's just not tenable to use an all-dark theme. Too many applications don't play nice and with something like a web browser, the moment you load a light webpage, your eyes bleed.

For a while now, I've been using a light Gtk+ theme for most applications, while using the GTK2_RC_FILES= environment variable, in shell scripts, to launch applications like totem (video) and ristretto (image viewer) with a different (dark) gtkrc. You get some weird bugs, with some widgets that are supposed to be using the dark theme, using the light theme instead but these can usually be fixed by fiddling around and making sure style names in the light and dark theme are differentiated.
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