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I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and i wanted to change colors in Ambiance/Radiance themes, by default it has orange and i wanted to change it to Blue,

I tried using gnome-color-chooser, but it didn't work?

any other ideas?

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What you have do is copy radiance as backup and change setting.ini file in themes by using.

gksu gedit /usr/share/themes/Radiance/gtk-3/settings.ini



So it says:


And do the same with gtk-2, using:

gksu gedit /usr/share/themes/Radiance/gtk-2/gtkrc

Otherwise gtk-2 applications like chrome etc will have old orange color and you are done. Reload the theme using gnome-tweak-tool.

Every GNOME-3 theme works with unity-3d perfectly but with 2D it has fallback window control problem when maximized (means in global panel it has fallback window controls which are ugly as hell, even the themes have unity folder in them and they work fine with 3D)

The colour used above [#7FADFD] is just one example of any number of hex colours that can be employed. Refer to here for other hex colour codes.

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If you are looking to locally change the orange. (selected_bg_color) then in 11.10 & 12.04 you can simply set in gsettings or dconf-editor

Example - setting to D3B37D

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-color-scheme "selected_bg_color:#D3B37D"

You can string other overrides in this fashion, example adding a selected_fg_color of 3c3b37

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-color-scheme "selected_bg_color:#D3B37D;selected_fg_color:#3c3b37"  

screen shows where to add visually in dconf-editor, reflects the above command

enter image description here

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graphical utility on screenshot is dconf-editor, not gconf-editor, although very similar, distribution of configurations isn't the same, and mistake made me install gconf-editor for no use at all :( – crackout12 Mar 30 '12 at 4:25
thanks for the correction! ;) – crackout12 Mar 30 '12 at 5:37

There are plenty of Light themes recolorations available on GNOME-Look.

Here's a partial list of some GTK+3 ones I found:

If you use 11.04 or older, you'll want to look for GTK+2 themes instead, but there are even more of those if you search for them.

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If you don't want to change your whole theme, and rather modify the ecxisting ones you can use a nice gui tool called gtk-theme-config.

In order to install it, open a terminal and give the following commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shimmerproject/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk-theme-config
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