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Note: This is a hard to use theme for beginners. To use this theme properly, follow all steps below about how to create a custom panel on your wallpaper.

This theme contains 3 emerald themes.
ffuu (Preview 1)
ffuu 2 (Preview 2)
SquareGlass - [link]

The gtk theme is a mod of Zuki with all colors set to #EEEEEE to match the emerald borders. New scrollbar and other minor changes has also been added.

1. Install the package p7zip.
2. Double-click on the ffuu.7z file to open it in file-roller.
3. Extract the ffuu-folder to /home/your username/.themes
4. 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 ffuu.)

1. Install emerald.
2. Press ALT+F2 and type emerald --replace
3. Go to System->Preferences->Emerald theme manager.
4. Click on the import button to import the .emerald files.
5. Select a theme from the list.

Note: If you like emerald and want to use it as your main window manager you can add the command to your compiz settings or startup applications. If you want to switch back to the standard window manager press ALT+F2 and type gtk-window-decorator --replace (or metacity --replace if it can't find gtk-window-decorator.)


As you can see in my preview image I've added a custom panel. Gnome-panel unfortunately can't handle real transparency 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.

Optional advanced step: If you want the background behind your panel blurred or a bit darkened you can use the "magic wand" tool. Select the panel layer, then use the magic wand to select the empty area below the panel. Invert your selection and copy a panel look-a-like part from your wallpaper, then paste it as a new layer. Now you can experiment with layer styles and blur.

### 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. Right-click 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 information:

Wallpapers: Personal modifications of [link]
Icons: AwOken
Fonts: Myriad semibold condensed, Georgia
Pics: Christian Bale, [link]
Docky theme: [link]
Apps: Opera, nautilus (elementary), xfce4-terminal, docky, gnome-globalmenu, mousepad
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bhoszliit's avatar
What image viewer you use?
semashmd's avatar
Sometimes I used Squared Glass Emerald theme from the archive
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CharsiBevda's avatar
Whaa.. this is flippin amazing!
therealjonathan's avatar
Metacity port (for GNOME-Shell)?
Cha0sFR3AK's avatar
can you send me your system font please !?
yayamii's avatar
Beautiful, clean, delightful!!! I`m going to use this "panel", may be forever?
Toricorn's avatar
I didn't get the GTK theme to work :S
It doesn't show up in the Appearance customize window :S
Please help D:
neo-knight-037's avatar
Note: too though's who have found themselves here, and also like me have found no end to this madness to get this theme to work correctly.
After completing the provided links directions correctly, just restart your system and "wha-la!!!".


Thanks to all who have created this theme, just needed some simple instructions, no hard feelings, just did not want it to go unappreciated, cheers!
Trebawa's avatar
I've noticed that gnome-panel can handle PNG backgrounds now! Finally, real transparency!
Mloodszy's avatar
Can you share the wallpaper?
burbujazzverdezz's avatar
Thanks for this "how to", it really works
I am on Ubuntu 10.10
Cheers from México :D !
nomadicrm's avatar
I followed the instructions to installing gtk+ themes. I got to extraction of the 7z file but the file isn't located customize settings. Am I missing something here?
Nicolajreck's avatar
How the hell to i remove that drop shadow from the panel? :S
Mito94's avatar
very very awesome theme!!
TheDexter1111's avatar
so nice, im installing this tonight! thanks for all your hard work! much appreciated :+fav:
Narcot1c's avatar
With what Linux destro can this be used. I'm thinking over to reinstall my windows 7 but have to clue how to work with linux at all :X
H2O4Life's avatar
hey will it work on 10.10 beta of linux
H2O4Life's avatar
btw i m a new linux user with 0 experience
AciD7's avatar
looks coool but m beginner so no idea how to xD .
says archieve not supported probably m in 64 bit dats y?
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hey, how do u disable the drop shadow on the panel while using emerald?
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