Beautiful MediterraneanNight GTK 3.6 Theme Pack Updated

MediterraneanNight is a pack of 3 darkish GTK3 themes based on Gnome Cupertino available for both GTK3.4 (Ubuntu 12.04) and GTK3.6 (Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04) as well as for Xfce.
The beautiful theme pack has been updated yesterday, getting some interesting changes, but only for the GTK3.6 version:new switches,more rounded buttons,improved Rhythmbox sidebar color,Nautilus 3.6 changes: pathbar better spacing, improved icons sidebar color, changed the style of tabs (better readability),many fixes and details like fixed OSD widget, checkbox and radiobutton symbols in menus, fixed Synaptic GTK3 toolbar and more.
Below you can see a few screenshots featuring the latest MediterraneanNight, MediterraneanDark and MediterraneanLight for GTK 3.6:
MediterraneanNight GTK3.6 themeMediterraneanNight
MediterraneanNight widget factoryMediterraneanNight
MediterraneanDarkMediterraneanDark
MediterraneanDark widget factoryMediterraneanDark
MediterraneanLight gtk3 themeMediterraneanLight

As you’ve can see in the screenshots above, Nautilus 3.6 uses a different toolbar with smaller buttons and rounded pathbar (like Gnome Cupertino), but you can get the old style back using the configuration script I’ve packed with the theme, which you can use to customize any of the three Mediterranean themes. To do this, simply run:sudo mediterranean-configThen select the theme you want to customize, and when you reach the “Select style for Nautilus” step, select “3” which is “Nautilus 3.4 with light sidebar and pathbar” and even though the description says it’s for Nautilus 3.4 it should work with Nautilus 3.6. Then, restart Nautilus (sometimes a logout is required to fully apply the changes):nautilus -q
And you should have the old MediterraneanNight toolbar/pathbar for Nautilus 3.6:

Nautilus 3.6 old MediterraneanNight pathbar style

Install MediterraneanNight themes in Ubuntu
The theme pack is available in the WebUpd8 Themes PPA so to add the PPA and install the MediterraneanNight themes in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 (for Ubuntu 12.04, the version is slightly older), use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mediterraneannight-gtk-theme
Once installed, apply the theme using a tools such as GNOME Tweak Tool, Ubuntu Tweak or Unsettings and if you want to tweak the themes, don’t forget to use our configuration script, especially since you’ll have to select the desktop environment style (with or without a global menu), so once you’ve installed the themes, run:sudo mediterranean-config
For other Linux distributions, get MediterraneanNight from Gnome-Look.

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Download Ambiance Theme For Spotify

Michael Tunnell has created a nice Ambiance theme for Spotify which makes the Spotify Linux client integrate better with the Ubuntu desktop.
For those not familiar with Spotify, this is a music streaming service with comes with desktop applications for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X as well as iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The service is available in a limited number of countries. More @ Wikipedia.

The Ambiance Spotify theme comes with Ambiance-like toolbar and colors, a better Spotify tray icon especially designed to look like the Ubuntu Mono Dark icon set (the default icons used in Ubuntu), along with other tweaks that try to give Spotify a more native feel.
Here’s a screenshot in which I’m using the Ambiance Spotify theme in Ubuntu:

Spotify Ambiance theme Ubuntu
And below you can see the original Spotify for Linux theme:

Spotify default Linux theme

How to install Ambiance theme for Spotify
1. To use the Ambiance Spotify theme, firstly make sure you’ve installed the native Spotify Linux client. Then, download Ambiance for Spotify from HERE (see the bottom of the post for a download button) and place the downloaded archive in your home folder.
2. Then, close Spotify and run the following commands to install the Ambiance Spotify theme:tar -xvf ubuntu-ambiance-spotify-theme*.tar.gz
sudo cp resources.zip /opt/spotify/spotify-client/Data/
After this, you can remove the downloaded archive as well as the “resources.zip” file from your home directory.
If you want to revert the changes and go back to the default Spotify for Linux look, close Spotify and then simply reinstall it:sudo apt-get install –reinstall spotify-client

Thanks to / via +Michael Tunnell

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Elegance Colors GNOME Shell Theme Gets New Customization Options

Elegance Colors, a GNOME Shell theme that can automatically change its colors based on the current GTK theme or wallpaper, has been updated today with many new customization options.
Elegance Colors Preferences
Here’s what’s new in Elegance Colors 1.1:
Options to customize Background color, Text color, Border color, Background opacity, Border opacity etc. for Panel, Menu and DialogsAdded 5 inbulit presets to choose fromBetter export dialog for exporting the themeAbility to import/export settings (via the Gmenu on the top GNOME Shell panel)Support deriving color from more GTK themesToggling “Monitor changes” now starts or stops the background process accordinglyNew styles for Buttons and EntriesOption to customize Font familyOption to customize the Gradient for the Dash in overviewOption to customize Roundness of the theme
With this release, Elegance Colors has evolved from a chameleonic and beautiful, but other than that a pretty much standard theme, to basically a template that you can use to make your own custom GNOME Shell themes.
A few screenshots:

Elegance Colors GNOME Shell themeVarious customizations + color derived from the wallpaper
Elegance Colors gnome shell themeColor derived from GTK theme
Elegance Colors GNOME Shell theme
Even though they look like completely different themes, I’m using Elegance Colors in all the images, but customized using the built-in preferences dialog. And that’s just a small part of what you can do using the Elegance Colors customization tool.

Install Elegance Colors in Ubuntu 12.10
The latest Elegance Colors is available in its official PPA for Ubuntu 12.10 / GNOME Shell 3.6. Add the PPA and install the theme using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors
For other Linux distributions, you can download GNOME Shell Elegance Colors theme from DeviantArt or GitHub.

To use Elegance Colors, you’ll need the User Themes GNOME Shell extension which can be installed via extensions.gnome.org or from the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions

If you’ve installed the User Themes extensions via GNOME’s website, you’ll need to run the following command for Elegance Colors to work:sudo elegance-colors fix
If you’ve upgraded from an older Elegance Colors version, firstly stop the Elegance Colors process using the following command:killall elegance-colorsOnce you’ve installed the theme and the User Themes extension, run the following command in a terminal to start the Elegance Colors process, which is used to apply the theme changes:elegance-colorsYou can also simply log out and log back in.

And finally, set the new theme via GNOME Tweak Tool > Theme > Shell theme and tweak it by launching Elegance Colors Preferences from the Activities Overview.

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Download Steam For Linux Skin Manager (Includes Ambiance And Radiance Skins)

Martin Kozub, who has created the first Ubuntu-like skin for the Steam Linux client, has released a simple Skin Manager for Steam (obviously, for the Linux client) which you can use to install or remove skins.
Steam Skin Manager (for Linux)

Steam Skin Manager comes with two skins by default: Ambiance and Radiance which make Steam look close to the default Ubuntu themes. Using them, you’ll get Steam to use the Ubuntu font, thin scrollbars, Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward arrows, native-looking window buttons displayed on the left and other tweaks. Also, the font should look better using one of these skins.

Steam for Linux - Ambiance SkinAmbiance skin for Steam

Steam for Linux - Radiance SkinRadiance skin for Steam
To use it, close Steam, then launch Steam Skin Manager from the menu / Dash, and select the skin to install: Ambiance or Radiance or install a different skin (here’s an elementary skin). You can also remove the skin that’s currently in use.
Update: Steam Skin Manager can now get Steam for Linux to use native window borders. To get native window borders (re-download and re-install the deb below if you’ve installed a previous version), launch “Steam wb” from Dash / menu, instead of the regular “Steam” launcher:
Steam Native window borders Ubuntu

Download Steam Skin Manager
(deb – available for Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.)
Update: Arch Linux users can install Steam Skin Manager via AUR.

For manual skin installation instructions, see: Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

If you haven’t installed Steam for Linux (beta) yet, download it from here.

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2 Beautiful Dark Themes For GTK 3.6 Or 3.4 [Ubuntu PPA]

We’ve got quite a few requests to post some dark GTK3 themes, so here it is: DeLorean Dark and MediterraneanNight are two great dark GTK3 themes that support both GTK 3.6 (Ubuntu 12.10) and 3.4 (Ubuntu 12.04).

DeLorean Dark
DeLorean Dark is a beautiful GTK3 theme that supports the latest GTK 3.6. There’s also a GTK2 theme available, which has been completely redesigned recently.
Also, the theme isn’t just for GNOME (this includes Unity, Cinnamon, etc.), there are Xfce and Openbox themes available as well.
Here are some DeLorean Dark screenshots:
DeLorean Dark theme
DeLorean Dark theme

To install DeLorean Dark in Ubuntu 12.10, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:killhellokitty/themes.ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install delorean-dark-theme-3.6
The theme is also available for GTK 3.4 / Ubuntu 12.04. To install it in Ubuntu 12.04, instead of the last command above, use:
sudo apt-get install delorean-dark

For other Linux distributions and some extras which include Firefox, Thunderbird or Chromium themes, tweaks and fixes, see the DeLorean Dark DeviantArt page: for GTK 3.6 | for GTK 3.4.

MediterraneanNight
MediterraneanNight is a pack of 3 darkish GTK3 themes that’s available for both GTK 3.4 and 3.6: MediterraneanDark, MediterraneanLight and MediterraneanNight as well as for Xfce.

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Zukitwo, Adwaita Cupertino Themes Ported To GTK 3.6

Two pretty popular GTK3 themes have been updated to work with the latest stable GTK 3.6 recently: Zukitwo and Adwaita Cupertino (now called Gnome Cupertino).

Gnome Cupertino (previously known as Adwaita Cupertino) is a GTK2/3 theme pack based on the colors of Mac OSX Snow Leopard and Lion, each with variations optimized for either GNOME Shell or Unity.
Gnome Cupertino theme
Because Adwaita Cupertino was practically re-written from scratch in the transition to GTK 3.6 and also, since the theme doesn’t uses the Adwaita Engine for several versions, its designer decided to rename it to Gnome Cupertino.
The package available in our PPA has two themes: the default Gnome Cupertino and a variant optimized for Unity, but inside the theme folder (e.g. /usr/share/themes/Gnome-Cupertino) you’ll find some alternate Metacity / Unity buttons which you can use, but you must make the changes manually – see the readme.txt file inside the theme folder. In the same file you can also tweak the theme to use a custom style for Nautilus 3.4 because by default, it’s optimized for Nautilus 3.6.
Since the theme has just been ported to GTK 3.6, there are some bugs. For instance, the GNOME Classic indicators have a weird white border at the bottom. Hopefully this will be fixed in future versions.

Gnome Cupertino theme
To add the WebUpd8 themes PPA and install Gnome Cupertino in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-cupertino-gtk-themeAs a reminder, the theme is also available for Ubuntu 12.04 (GTK 3.4), as “adwaita-cupertino-gtk-theme”.

Arch Linux users can install Gnome Cupertino via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, download Gnome Cupertino via Gnome Look.

Zukitwo, one of the most popular theme packs has finally been updated for GTK 3.6. In the process, the theme lost yet another variant (Zukitwo Dark) so there is now only one Zukitwo theme.
Zukitwo theme
Zukitwo theme
Also, the theme no longer uses the Unico GTK3 engine and the buttons have been replaced with the ones used in the Zukini theme.

Just like Gnome Cupertino, Zukitwo has a few bugs and the theme doesn’t look too good with the classic GNOME session panel. Hopefully they will be fixed soon.
Zukitwo theme
To install the latest Zukitwo GTK2/3/GNOME Shell/Xfwm theme pack in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zukitwo-theme
The PPA also has an older version that works with GTK 3.4 for Ubuntu 12.04 (install “zukitwo-theme-all”).

Arch Linux users can install Zukitwo theme via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, download Zukitwo via Gnome Look.

Also see: 8 GTK 3.6 Compatible Themes Available In PPAs For Ubuntu 12.10.

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8 GTK 3.6 Compatible Themes Available In PPAs For Ubuntu 12.10

GTK themes need to be updated to work with each new major GTK version, and because of this, some beautiful themes available for GTK 3.2 or 3.4 like Zukitwo and others, don’t work with the latest GTK 3.6 available in Ubuntu 12.10 and other Linux distributions.
There are, however, a few cool themes which work with the latest stable GNOME / GTK (3.6). Below you’ll find 8 GTK3.6 compatible themes which are available in PPAs / repositories for Ubuntu 12.10 and work with both GNOME Shell and Unity.

Greybird, the default Xubuntu theme, includes a Xfwm4 theme obviously, as well as GTK3 and GTK2 themes, so it can be used in Unity or GNOME Shell too and not just in Xfce:
greybird theme
greybird theme

Ubuntu 12.10 users can install Greybird theme from the official Ubuntu repositories using the following command (the package contains some other themes, like Bluebird as well):sudo apt-get install shimmer-themes
For Ubuntu 12.04 (GTK 3.4) and other Linux distributions, see THIS article.

Adwaita X Dark is a GTK theme based on Adwaita, which includes GTK2, GTK3, Mutter/Metacity and Xfwm4 themes:

adwaita x dark theme
adwaita x dark theme

Install Adwaita X Dark theme in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install adwaita-x-dark-theme

Adwaita X Light is a light variant of the Adwaita X Dark theme:

adwaita x dark theme
adwaita x dark theme

Install Adwaita X Light theme in Ubuntu:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install adwaita-x-light-theme

For other Linux distributions, Adwaita X Dark/Light can be downloaded via Gnome-Look.

Evolve is a minimal light theme that works with GTK 3.6 and includes a GTK2 theme as well as an Xfwm4 theme:
evolve gtk theme
evolve theme
Install Evolve theme in Ubuntu:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install evolve-gtk-theme

For other Linux distributions, Evolve can be downloaded via Gnome-Look.

Gnomish Beige is a beautiful, beige theme based on Adwaita. The pack comes with GTK2/3 (GTK 3.6 compatible) themes as well as a GNOME Shell theme:
gnomishbeige theme
gnomishbeige theme
gnomishbeige theme

To install Gnomish Beige theme in Ubuntu, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnomishbeige-theme

For other Linux distributions, Gnomish Beige can be downloaded via Gnome-Look.

Gnomish Dark looks the same as Gnomish Beige theme, except it uses dark colors. The pack, just like Gnomish Beige, comes with GTK2/3 as well as GNOME Shell themes:
gnomishdark theme
gnomishdark theme
gnomishdark theme

To install Gnomish Dark theme in Ubuntu, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnomishdark-theme
For other Linux distributions, Gnomish Dark can be downloaded via Gnome-Look.

Gnomish Grey is yet another theme from the “Gnomish” series, which uses silver gray as the main color:
gnomishgray theme
gnomishgray theme
gnomishgray theme

To install Gnomish Gray theme in Ubuntu, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnomishgray-theme
For other Linux distributions, Gnomish Gray can be downloaded via Gnome-Look.

Faience is a new GTK theme released by the Faenza designer. The pack includes GTK2, GTK3 (compatible with GTK3.6) and GNOME Shell themes:
faience theme

To install Faience theme in Ubuntu, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faience-theme
For other Linux distributions, download Faience theme from Gnome-Look.

To apply any GNOME theme, use GNOME Tweak Tool, Ubuntu Tweak, Unsettings or other such tools.
And a final, important note: in Ubuntu 12.10, there’s an overlay-scrollbar bug which causes some themes to display black widget areas. The only way around this bug so far is to remove the “overlay-scrollbar” package.

Some of the themes in this post are available for GTK 3.4 / Ubuntu 12.04.

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Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu skin
Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and window buttons (Ambiance), thin scrollbars as well as Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu

Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
steam ubuntu
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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Highly Customizable, Chameleonic GNOME Shell theme `Elegance Colors` Sees New Release

elegance colors gnome shellElegance Colors, a chameleonic, highly customizable GNOME Shell theme, has been updated today, the new version bringing an option to export a customized theme for later use.
The latest Elegance Colors 0.3 works with GNOME Shell 3.6 and the best thing about it is that the theme changes its colors according to the current GTK theme, wallpaper or an user-defined color. The theme also comes with a configuration tool which can be used to customize it: use light or dak menus, change the panel or menu opacity, font size and other options.
Here are a few examples of customizations supported by Elegance Colors:

elegance colors gnome shellDefault settings, color derived from the wallpaper
elegance colors gnome shellColor based on the current wallpaper, light menu style
elegance colors gnome shellColor derived from the wallpaper, light menu style, smaller font size, 0.2 panel opacity, no panel corner roundness

Besides the option to export a customized theme, Elegance Colors 0.3 also brings more customization options: set gradient size, transition duration and box shadow. Also, in the new version, theme changes are applied instantly.

elegance colors gnome shell
To use the new “Export theme” option, open Elegance Colors Preferences and from the GMenu, select Export theme. The theme will be exported to a .zip file – don’t install it using GNOME Tweak Tool because it will be installed to a location where it doesn’t work. Simply extract it to ~/.themes and you’ll have your new, working custom theme.

How to install and use Elegance Colors GNOME Shell theme
elegance colors gnome shell
The latest Elegance Colors is available in a PPA for Ubuntu 12.10 (GNOME Shell 3.6) users. Add the PPA and install the theme using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colorsThe PPA has Elegance Colors for Ubuntu 12.04 as well, but it’s an older version.

For other Linux distributions, you can download GNOME Shell Elegance Colors theme from DeviantArt.

To use Elegance Colors, you’ll need the User Themes GNOME Shell extension which can be installed via extensions.gnome.org or from the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories:
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions
If you’ve installed the User Themes extensions via GNOME’s website, you’ll need to run the following command for Elegance Colors to work:sudo elegance-colors fix
Once you’ve installed the theme and the User Themes extension, run the following command in a terminal to start the Elegance Colors process, which is used to apply the theme changes:elegance-colorsYou can also simply log out and log back in.

And finally, set the new theme via GNOME Tweak Tool > Theme > Shell theme.

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