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paul beyens tessenderlo, Belgium
GDM Themes
GTK2 Themes
Metacity Themes
Beryl/Emerald Themes
Gnome 2 Splash Screens
Wallpapers Ubuntu
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Various Gnome Stuff
Ordinary Metacity

Metacity Themes 16 comments

Score 74.5%
Jul 28 2010
Can't seem to extract the file. It gives an error. Please re-upload a correctly-compressed file please... - Jul 26 2010

Beryl/Emerald Themes 16 comments

Score 76.4%
Jul 26 2010
Thanx for the quick response. I'm using the black glassy theme. But there are some pixels on the right hand side that shouldn't be there. Otherwise a good first version.

I prefer your 'ordinary dust theme' which has a black background for the title. Because I like the dust-theme and your theme blends well with it. Could you make a version that combines the two: a black title background (as in the dust theme) and a black glass-like background for the rest (as in your 'ordinary black glass'-theme)

Yes, I know I'm not an easy customer... - Jul 26 2010

Can you make a version with a glassy transparent theme? - Jul 25 2010
Lucid NextG

GTK2 Themes 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 11 2010
Some like them big, the other small.

It has not been easy, rewriting the new wave-theme, and I'm having problems reducing the space between the buttons. That's why the buttons are the given size.

Anyone familiar with the New Wave Metacity theme and can help me on that issue?

- Mar 11 2010
New Wave Lucid theme

GTK2 Themes 5 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 07 2010
Well I'll be updating the theme shortly with a slightly darker orange (E96336) for the menu-items (your proposed color is a bit to dark for me) and changed the style of the menu-items to be more flat. Which gives it a smoother look.

I usually work with pixmaps-themes. These are easier to work with because you can use images to get where you want.

So I'm a bit in the dark here. This is the first time I'm playing with the murrine-theme. And I do not know how to add what you've proposed...

- Mar 08 2010
Well the new 'default'-colors are disputable, but they are an improvement. I do not know anybody that actually liked the former brown-orange theme.

This theme uses the shiki-wise GTK-theme and the new-wave-metacity to get the best compatibility on any application.

There are a lot of theme's out here that fail miserably on that issue. - Mar 07 2010
Lucid Purple - Clean

Wallpaper Other 1 comment

Score 50.0%
Mar 07 2010
I've downloaded your previous one, but this one is cleaner without any superfluous logo's. I Like the aubergine-color on my desktop.

Good work !
- Mar 07 2010

Metacity Themes 1 comment

Score 50.0%
Jan 09 2010
Looks good !
Thanks for the work done.
- Jan 10 2010

Metacity Themes 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Jan 08 2010
I like what you did with my theme. The 'minus'-button instead of the 'plus'-button included.

Could you do the same (placing everything to the left) with my black theme?

I would very much appreciate it... - Jan 08 2010

Metacity Themes 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Jan 07 2010
thanks !
- Jan 07 2010
Mockup Mac-firefox-like buttons

Metacity Themes 39 comments

Score 50.0%
Jan 07 2010
just dowload Moz theme van Krig and look in the file. You will see he used a richt-top-frame background for the shaded part under the buttons.
- Jan 05 2010
great job !

I've been meddling with Krig's theme and this is the result:

- Jan 04 2010
Krig has given us a new year's gift by presenting his Moz-style theme here on gnome-look !

It captures almost exactly my thoughts about this theme here.

I think we should use this work to perfect it even more.
- Jan 04 2010
Please work on it Padster and Qdark, you obviously have more experience with it then I. - Jan 03 2010
A very good job done !

Yet, as I commented, your emerald theme would perhaps look better with the button I made earlier. You will need to adjust the size of my button but I think it would work nicely.

I'm still looking for a good solution for a metacity-theme however...

Thanks for the work you've done already !
- Jan 03 2010
I would still prefer some roundiness on the sides. It is possible (as in my bad mock-up) but you need to separate the buttons more in the XML-file so there is a visible blanc area - Jan 02 2010
I decided it's time for some serious work on my part:

Here's the close button( it's not finished yet, extension on both sides I need to do) - Jan 02 2010
I've added a badly made mock-up to show if it is possible to make these as stand-alone buttons.

The closebutton has an extension at both sides. - Jan 02 2010
The most mac-lookalike-themes do not have the 'restore-button' so it is in fact necessary to use a metacity theme that uses the restore-button and uses pixmaps for the graphics.

So lets see what you can come up with if you use a different metacity theme as the base.

About the buttons: the 'close'-button needs to be just the round button (nothing added to it), in fact each button needs to look good as a stand-alone button, because, as you pointed out already, they sometimes are used seperately.

So, is my mockup possible? I do not think so. You will need to make new graphical buttons that somehow match my mockup, but can be used seperately.

'Why easy when it you can do it in a difficult manner' is a much used phrase in Belgium... - Jan 02 2010
Extra note: You cannot change the order of the buttons in the metacity theme itself because (correct me if I'm wrong here) the standard-layout is set by default. - Jan 01 2010
my mock-up is not that good.

Basically the button-order stays the same (minimize, maximize/restore,close).

For the first button (minimize to the taskbar) you can use the small arrow (pointing down)

For the second button (maximize: you can use the larger arrow pointing upwards/ the restore-button is the same but pointing downwards (you will have to make that too)

The third button is the close-button.

So my mock-up is the situation where the window is maximized, thus showing the 'restore-button'in the midlle (arrow pointing down).

If you have other suggestions please tell me... - Jan 01 2010
looks promissing. Does it work as a metacity theme?

I think it would be better with more shade around the buttons (as in the mock-up picture) Also the arrow and the cross should be more 'pressed' into the background.

I'm glad with the work sofar!

But it's not 'finished' as yet...
- Jan 01 2010
If you take a look at my work here at gnomelook you will see that I'm not interested in yet another mac theme. The firefox-buttons on the Mac-version I happen to like.

Yet they do not look anything like the typical mac-buttons.

That's why I would like to see those buttons used in the same manner (with a larger close-button instead) on a metacity theme.

The challenge is in trying to see if it is possible.

So overcome your dislike and show me your ability to make this theme... - Dec 31 2009

Beryl/Emerald Themes 3 comments

Score 58.0%
Jan 03 2010
Thanks for making an emerald theme of my mock-up, looks good. I'm not satisfied with the png you use for the close button.

I think the 'cross' is to big

Could you use this one?

- Jan 03 2010
blue glass HP theme

GTK2 Themes 5 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 19 2009
What can I say... I like your buttons!
- Mar 22 2009
Ultimate Edition 2.2 Theme Final

GTK2 Themes 86 comments

Score 50.0%
Jun 20 2009
This is the HP-theme! So at least aknowledge it that you have used it as the basis of your theme. Just changing some minor things doesn't give you the right to take full credit!!!

- Mar 18 2009
XP 2002

GTK2 Themes 45 comments

by krig
Score 66.5%
Apr 04 2011
Your final adaptation now shows blue selected item with white text as it should!
- Mar 17 2009
Also added the silver theme here at gnome-look.

Could you make a GTK-theme for the silver edition? It is not the same as for the blue theme. For example the buttons are blue-bordered instead of orange in true Windows XP. The panel is silver.... - Mar 11 2009
I made an exact replica of the genuin Windows XP blue theme. See here at gnome-look as 'WinXP blue metacity'; following the comments on your theme I adapted the lunacity theme.
- Mar 10 2009
WinXP blue metacity theme

Metacity Themes 4 comments

Score 58.0%
Mar 15 2009
I wasn't really satisfied with version 1.0 so I modified it and is now version 2.0
- Mar 11 2009
I do not normally get into 'windows-lookealikes' (see my other work here in gnome look) but since there is apparently nobody that took the effort to make a decent replication of the typical Windows-borders I simply modified the lunacity-theme a bit to get a better match.

I have no intention to put more effort into other variants... That I leave to other more interested themers out there.
- Mar 11 2009
AluChrystal theme

GTK2 Themes 18 comments

Score 50.0%
Nov 13 2008
After you have extracted the downloaded file twice (yes twice!) you will have a file. Within that file you have the AluChrystalGTKtheme.targz. Drag and drop that into the system/preferences/appearance -window. Then select the theme.
The emerald theme needs to be 'imported' by the emerald-theme manager (use synaptic to install this application if you do not have it yet.) - Nov 13 2008
There was an error in the GTKRC-file that produced the said error. This is solved now with version 2.0 - Nov 13 2008
You need to set emerald as your default windowdecorator - Nov 06 2008
In 'Obama'-style answer: yes I can ! - Nov 06 2008
KillBang Wow!

GTK2 Themes 24 comments

Score 50.0%
Nov 13 2008
There are themes that succeed in blending the menubar with the titlebar. Just take a look at the SlicknesS-theme or the 'UbuntuNextG'-theme.

The problem is your GTKRC-theme uses a single window-bg, while the mentioned themes have multiple backgrounds.

This allows them to use a separate background for the menubar. And this is the key to make it blend with the titlebar. - Nov 07 2008
correction: the blue shadow I was talking about has nothing to do with your theme, so no worries ! - Nov 07 2008
As a desktopthemer myself I can appreciate a good theme - and this is a good theme - because you seem to have found an answer to most problems that occur with black themes. Firefox works well with this theme which is rarely the case with black themes. So congratulations! But there is always a "but': I do not like the blue shadows. I'm not a fan of the metacity theme. Personally I do not make metacity-themes anymore because it is a hassle and because most people use compiz and emerald themes. (Most people interested in changing the looks of the gnome desktop anyway) You should try making emerald-themes. They are a lot more flexible and easier to combine. I see that you have used a metallic background. If you look at my theme (Aluchrystal) you will see that I have also used a metallic background for the GTK-theme AND the Emerald theme. So try making an Emerald-theme with the same black metallic background with for example black shiny min-max-restore buttons should give your theme a more consistent look.

I've you like I will give it a try. But I'd prefer it that you learn it yourself...

Paullinux - Nov 07 2008
Waterlike theme

GTK2 Themes 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Nov 06 2008
that"s why I called it an experiment. But as such it does work- using a pixmap for the window-background - but not as a transparency-replacer. The clue is findong a nice background that fits nicely at any resolution.

By the way: my Aluchristal-theme that I uploaded recently uses the same trick by using a metallic background. - Nov 06 2008
Dark Ubuntu 2560x1600

Wallpapers Ubuntu 1 comment

Score 50.0%
Nov 06 2008
You sure know how to use the GIMP. I'm trying to ditch Photoshop, the Gimp has come a long way, and I'm using it now more than ever. Anyway a beautiful ubuntu wallpaper alternative!
- Nov 06 2008

GTK2 Themes 11 comments

Score 50.0%
Oct 31 2008
Yes, there seems to be a problem with Intrepid. But not with Hardy... So where do I start? Perhaps Intrepid is not bug-free??
- Oct 30 2008
Does anyone using 8.04 ubuntu having problems with this one?

Make sure that you untar the file twice! Because deviantart tars it again...
So after the first untar you get something like 'GoogleGnomePack.tar' Then untar it again, and look then in the file for the GTK-theme. - Oct 29 2008
Doesn't it work? It should... See if you have GTK2-engines-pixbuf installed (see synaptic manager) - Oct 29 2008
Ferrari-theme-by Paullinux

GTK2 Themes 5 comments

Score 50.0%
Oct 02 2008
one could say "Think different" when it comes to choosing a theme, but I believe someone else has used this phrase... - Oct 02 2008

Wallpaper Other 6 comments

Score 50.0%
Aug 09 2008
Great to see that Gimp is not at all that bad...

About the wall: I love what you did with the sky! but perhaps the 'mountain' would come nicer with a fluent lining. It's to pixelated.

Keep up the fine work though!
- Jul 27 2008
Ubuntu NextG

GTK2 Themes 41 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 24 2009
As Schollidesign suggested I will enlarge the iconsize of the main-menu item to 24x24 instead of 16x16. A new version will be uploaded shortly
- Jul 13 2008
Yes, I understand now what you mean. But I do not really know how my theme is responsible for that. As far as I know (I'm not sure) the iconsize of the menu-items is not determined by the theme. But I will look into it and let you know. - Jul 13 2008
Do you mean the progress-bar? - Jul 13 2008
of course !
Thanks for your contribution !
- Jul 13 2008
brilliant !

I'll put in into the package if you allow me to...? - Jul 13 2008