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Clearlooks Flat Icons Gimp 2.8 Themes v.1.0.1
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Published: September 24, 2014
NOTE: Greek readers may want to read the description that follows in their native language, by visiting the relative threads either at or at (follow either of those links).

Update (2-Feb-2015)

I'm very sorry, but due to some nasty stuff happening in my life since the last few moths, I have no longer the time or the mood to finish the announced 1.0.3 release of the themes. I really hope things will go better soon. In that case I'll finish up the next release and publish it.

Update (9-Oct-2014, 5-Oct-2014)

When I tried the themes on Ubuntu 12.04LTS 32-bit, installed via wubi, both Gimp 2.8.2 (default on Ubuntu 12.04) and Gimp 2.8.14 (custom installation) were crashing before even showing the splash-screen (running them from a terminal, I saw that they were "core dumping"). This problem seems to occur only on my wubi installed Ubuntu, since other users have reported no problem with normal installations of Ubuntu 14.10, Debian and Arch Linux. The problem is the relative paths that I'm using for including the base-themes into the "gtkrc" file of each theme. So, I made a bash-script that changes the relative paths to absolute ones in all the "gtkrc" files, automatically: Fix for wubi installations of Ubuntu.

Extract it into the directory: ~/.gimp-2.8/themes, open a terminal window and type the following 3 commands:
cd ~/.gimp-2.8/themes
chmod u+x
(alternatively, you may run it form the GUI, but you may have to give it execute permissions first: right-click -> Properties [Permissions])

Upcoming version (1.0.3)
I'm currently working on the next version of the themes. Here's a sneak-peak of the Dark & Darker variants (3200x2280):

Clearlooks Flat Icons Gimp Themes v.1.0.1, by migf1

More representative 1920x1080 screen-shots are available both in the zip-file of the distribution and on-line:
    Dark  preview: 
    Light preview:  
    Dark  Blue in action:
    Light Blue in action:

These themes are modified versions of Andrew Pullins' brilliant collection of Gimp 2.8 themes: "Flat Gimp Icon Theme v1.0.0". Those original themes are available at:…

The original themes use orange as their main highlighting-color, including 8 variants, depending on the colorization of the remaining UI elements: Darker, Darker small, Dark, Dark small, Light, Light small, Lighter and Lighter small. The "small" variants use smaller icons and font.

I have modified the 4 middle ones, namely: Dark, Dark small, Light and Light small. Moreover, each one of them comes in 5 highlighting-color versions: Blue, Orange, Pink, Red and Teal. This makes a total of 20 variations.

Besides the additional highlighting-colors, other modifications include a bit wider scroll-bars & dragging-handles, along with slightly altered colorization of menus, tools, panels, tabs, radio buttons, checkboxes, tool-tips, etc. I have also changed the folder structure, so common resources are shared across similar themes (no more duplicated icons in each theme's folder). There is a separate "_further_modding.txt" file explaining it in more details, along with step by step instructions for adding new themes.

I plan to modify the original "Lighter" themes too, but not the "Darker" ones. However, it may take a while.


The themes come packed in a zip-file. Copy all the folders it contains into Gimp 2.8's "themes/" folder. Depending on your OS this folder will be one of the following (assuming you have already installed Gimp 2.8 to the default path of its installer):

    MS Windows:  C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\
                   or:  C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\

    GNU/Linux :  home/.gimp-2.8/themes

    Mac OSX   :…

If you are using a different OS, you may need to do some googling.

The folder: "_flat_gimp_icons/" MUST be extracted along with the other folders into Gimp's "themes/" directory, but it is NOT a theme. Rather, it contains all the data needed by all other themes in this collection. Put it otherwise, extract it but do NOT select it from within Gimp.

GTK2 Clearlooks Theming Engine

The themes use the GTK2 Cleralooks theming engine, which is NOT available by default on Windows installations of Gimp 2.8. I have bundled it from Partha's Gimp 2.8.14 builds ( ) in both 32-bit & 64-bit versions. It comes with its own "Readme.txt" file, with short instructions on how to install it in your current installation of Gimp 2.8 on Windows OSes.

You may download the engine by following this link:…

There's is also a small section inside the main "Readme.txt" file of the themes, dedicated to the Cleralooks engine. It contains hints for other OSes as well.

Alternative Dowload Link…

For some reason, DA was not happy with the Clearlooks engine zipped inside the main zip-file of the themes. So, by following the above link you may download a .7z file that contains everything.

PS. Many thanks to Andrew Pullins (aka android272) for the beautiful original themes. This is my very first submission to DA, I hope you find it useful.
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BorisConrado's avatar
Awesome work. For this theme i returned to gimp 2.8. Now my Gimp looks good as it should. I do not need Photoshop, because I feel comfortable with this theme Clap  I wish you all the best  :) (Smile) 
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Hi Boris,

You don't need to go back to 2.8.  These themes seem to work just fine with the the latest version of GIMP - 2.10.8 (Windows 64bit, anyway)

BUT! You do need to read the instructions above regarding the "GTK2 Clearlooks Theming Engine"...

Basically, you need to download a .zip file (from the link provided above), extract the "clealooks.dll" file, and place it inside the "engines" folder of your GIMP installation.

The only problem I've encountered so far is the colour of dialog buttons is a bit too light to read (But that should be easy an easy fix - I'll let you know what the solution is when I've solved it).

Good luck!
BorisConrado's avatar
Thank you for this information, I will try this theme with GIMP - 2.10.8 +fav +fav 
aandre311's avatar
aandre311Student General Artist
does it work on gimp 2.10?
RONNY769's avatar
Is there a way to make gray (or black) go white? Or any other color I want?
DeificLightning's avatar
DeificLightningHobbyist Digital Artist
These are great! I just had to switch from Photoshop to Gimp, for cost reasons, and I was really hating the transition but your themes have made Gimp pretty equal with Photoshop for me. Cheers!
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ch0mb0rHobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome skins, but we need update to 2.9.5 mate, it's work, but a very strange way
jamesmcbright's avatar
Please make theme for libreoffice. It really need something beautiful like this.
BorisConrado's avatar
I recommend Sifr icons. Looks good under Windows and Linux…
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DaliLamaXHobbyist General Artist
Yay, got it to work!! TY TY TY
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awar85Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! Now my gimp is like a professional software. Thank for your owrk.
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Thank you for your kind words!
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MechanicOrgaHobbyist General Artist
I copied all the folders inside the ZIP into C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\ and went to my preferences, went to Themes and clicked the Dark Blue option. Reloaded GIMP but my theme just resets to default. Am I doing something wrong?

EDIT: Okay it's working now, but I have a problem: I'm running this on windows 10 so some of the borders of the windows are automatically white, resulting in the light grey text being difficult to see.
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Can you please show a screen-shot of the problem? Also make sure you have also copied the clearlooks gtk engine to the proper folder.
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MechanicOrgaHobbyist General Artist
Here it is:…

I don't think I did.
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Yeap, you need to put the clearlooks-engine file into the proper Gimp folder. The link to download it is in the description above.
buddynio's avatar
Thanks! I know it's not reasonable, but Gimp's default look was a real problem for me - it didn't look like a "real" tool, and the bright backgrounds were distracting, especially when working at night. The developers should adopt a variant of these themes as defaults for future releases.
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I'm using Ubuntu with Arc-darker theme. It seems your theme using the same background color as the system theme. How can i tweak it?
migf1's avatar
Form the screen-shot, it seems like the gtk2 clearlooks engine is not installed on your system. The themes need it.
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doomiestHobbyist Digital Artist
Does anyone knows if this is working with Ubuntu 16.04 + Gimp 2.8.16 ? Thanks
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