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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme


Theme/Style for KDE 4.0

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Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme

Oxygen-Molecule KDE & GTK+ unified theme

Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  37731
Submitted:  Apr 30 2009
Updated:  Apr 7 2010


Oxygen-Molecule is a theme for GTK+ applications to provide a uniform look when used under the KDE 4.4 desktop environment. It was originally based on the kde4.2-oxygen (modified) 0.3 GTK theme by Dennis Schmitz (which was itself based on work originally by Kim Kahns) (url: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/kde4.2-oxygen+(modified)?content=99926)

On top of the original theme, I have made the following changes:
- changed colors to match default KDE 4.4 color scheme, including hue adjustment of all pixmaps
- reworked all of the pixmaps and changed measurements for improved visual appearance
- created new spinner buttons, since the original spinners often looked mismatched with the surrounding pixmaps
- linked the GTK theme with the Oxygen icon set (thank you Craig Drummond for showing me how to do this).

In addition, beginning with version 3.1, Oxygen-Molecule features a “flat” mode which disables the background gradient. Some GTK+ apps don't play nice with the background gradient used in the default Oxygen-Molecule theme, causing patches of the wrong shade of grey to appear in the background. Oxygen-Molecule's flat mode solves this problem, and can be enabled on a per-application basis.

Additional documentation and installation instructions are included in the download.

I am also providing my source graphics files (created with GIMP) for anyone who wants to try making their own color variants.

Notes for the source graphics files: layer names in square brackets indicate the color from the KDE color scheme. There are many graphics files missing... for these, you will just need to edit the theme PNG files (not included in source graphics download--get them from the theme).

Good luck!


7-29-2010: Added COPYING file to archive.

- Redesigned color scheme to use less extreme shading. This looks better for both KDE and GTK+ apps, in my opinion, and also helps everything to blend a little better. For users upgrading from version 3.1 or earlier, please set your KDE color shading to 50% (see step 7 in the installation guide).
- Tweaked menubar gradient to look better for wider windows, but at the expense of the appearance of narrower ones. My reasoning is that most people use their GTK apps either fullscreen or as large windows.
- Adjusted the size of the active menubar item selector, and further fine-tuned the color of the menu item selector.

- Added new “flat” mode, which removes the background gradient from windows and tabs.
- Fixed the tree view colors.
- Increased spacing between tabs to better match the Oxygen theme.

- Updated theme to match KDE 4.4 widgets and shading.
- Almost all pixmaps were completely redone.
- Countless tweaks, including thinner buttons and entry boxes, new spinner buttons and better tab spacing.
- Removed unnecessary clearlooks reference.
- Changed theme install location in documentation from /usr/share/themes to /usr/local/share/themes.

Further changes are listed in the documentation included with the theme.

(Oxygen-Molecule 3.2 for KDE 4.4)
(Oxygen-Molecule 2.2 for KDE 4.3)
(Oxygen-Molecule 1.2 for KDE 4.2)
(Original graphics files for editing)
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 Colors Question

 by doleman on: Apr 30 2009
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Great work, but i still have one more question is it possible to make oxygen-molecule match the (customized) kde4.2 colors? Not make kde4.2 match the oxygen-molecule (default) colors. Please letme know what i have to change/edit if it is possible....I tried changing colors in themes gtkrc-file but it doesnt work for buttons and other Widgets.

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 Re: Colors Question

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 30 2009
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Unfortunately, in order to change most of the colors in the GTK+ theme, you will have to edit a ton of pixmaps, including gradients, etc. That's what I had to do to the original theme to make it match the default KDE colors. If anybody is up for the challenge, though, we could have some nice derivatives.

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 Re: Re: Colors Question

 by CraigD on: Apr 30 2009
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I don't know if this will help but... Years ago I modified the standard Gtk pixmap engine so that it could recolour greyscale pixmaps (the colours were read from ~/.qt/qtrc). The code is in QtPixmap, and can be found at: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/QtPixmap?content=7043

I used this when creating the Geramik theme: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/?content=3952

Note: That these two have not been touched for years, and I stopped using/updating them a long time ago (they'd need to be modified to read colours from the kdeglobals file instead of qtrc). Still they might be of some help.

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 Thank you!

 by bedahr on: Apr 30 2009
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This is great work!

Thanks for the great theme and it comes with even better documentation - I know how boring writing documentation can be so: Two thumbs up!

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 Good work!

 by Montblanc on: Apr 30 2009
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I thought nothing better than kde42-oxygen exysted!

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 Other distros besides Kubuntu

 by MrBumpy4096 on: Apr 30 2009
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I would like to know if my instructions need to be tweaked for other distros. I could only test on Kubuntu. I will update the documentation as needed.

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 how to install it on openSUSE?

 by jackric on: May 7 2009
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hi! I've openSUSE 11.1 , can I install your theme ? How can I do?


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 Re: how to install it on openSUSE?

 by MrBumpy4096 on: May 7 2009
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You should be able to install it in OpenSUSE, but I haven't tried it myself. Instructions are included in the download. Let me know if you're able to get it working on OpenSUSE, and how you did it, and I'll update the documentation if necessary.

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 by Israphel on: May 8 2009
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It works in Fedora 10, not extra work needed.

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