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How do I make a Theme from scratch for Unity?

I'm currently running Ubuntu 11.10.

My question is how can I create my own Ubuntu theme. I'm a coder (html/css/php/sql), so I think I'm capable of creating my own theme, I just need to know where/how to start.

I was hoping someone could point me to the right direction. The basic settings in themes/customize aren't enough for what I need to do.

I'm not even sure whether Unity and Gnome shell share the same themes, but if not, I'd probably go for theme-ing the Unity.

  • well, since ubuntu 11.10 will probably have only unity ( and unity 2D ), question is do you want theme for unity (which will be using gnome3 ) or for gnome2 ? Have you tried using unity ?
    – Denwerko
    Sep 3, 2011 at 19:00
  • I'd therefore go for the former option. I will update the question now. Thanks!
    – Frantisek
    Sep 3, 2011 at 19:07

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The easiest way would be to go to /usr/share/themes/, copy the folder of your favorite theme, and start editing/replacing the images and the colors in the configuration files :p

If you'd rather start from scratch, this seems like a good guide: http://orford.org/gtk/
But notice that this guide is for Gtk2, and Ubuntu 11.10 will use Gtk3 ;)

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    URL not found... Oct 16, 2016 at 8:04
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    @salihkallai Ubuntu uses Gtk3 now anyway
    – RobinJ
    Oct 21, 2016 at 11:28

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