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Clearlooks Flat Icons Gimp 2.8 Themes v.1.0.1

Update (22-June-2020)

For Gimp 2.10 look here (a complete rewrite, but they look & feel almost the same).


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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