Icon Theme Hacking Progress

Quick update on my icon hacking. I have now figured out a way to get most of my notification icons to have broadly the right color. It used to look like this:

Now it looks like this:

To do this I first copied my Human icon, edited theme.index to change the name of the theme and then went around coloring icons. Thanks to d0od for pointing me at the Meliae White theme too. I used some of those icons in my own cobbled together theme.

To do the coloring I took a screenshot and use the GIMP’s eye-dropper to get the shade of grey to color the icons. For my Dust theme this is:

  • Hue: 45
  • Saturation: 10
  • Lightness: 6

I then colored each notification icon with the GIMP Coloize tool (Colors->Colorize) using these values.

I am going to make a few other changes and then I will put together my theme online.

  • http://identi.ca/notice/6344426 Jono Bacon (jonobacon) ‘s status on Sunday, 12-Jul-09 03:16:11 UTC – Identi.ca

    [...] on my icon theme hacking: http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/07/12/icon-theme-hacking-progress/ !gnome [...]

  • http://www.joserojas.org Jose Rojas

    We’ll be waiting for the theme.. Ubuntu rock! :D

  • LaserJock

    At first I didn’t know what you were asking for, but then I looked at my Mac and figured out what you meant. Looking at these icons I can totally see how they’d make the panel slick. I’ll look forward to seeing the finished set.

  • ethana2

    Isn’t that the OS X wifi icon?

  • ethana2

    As it stands though, the single best thing that could happen to my notification area would be if Rhythmbox didn’t show up there. ..I hope Banshee is more well behaved in that regard.

  • Matt Lichtenberg

    Hey, Jono, I’ve been wanting to make a completely greyscale icon theme for a while now, but I didn’t really want to do it by myself. I assume you’re planning on opening this up once you release it… would you be wanting to make a full theme, or just the notification icons? And would you welcome help? ;p

  • http://jamesgecko.com James

    Does this affect the menu and tasklist icons also, or just the notification tray?

  • http://ulisse.wordpress.com Ulisse

    The problem you have just editing the icon’s color in the theme, is that the grayscaled icon will be used everywhere it is needed, and not just in the notification area. It would be needed to have the notification area to use use a specific subset of the theme, with different specs. Also, using just that colors, your icons would not work on a light background, you should put a dark border around the shapes.

    btw, in an average system there are way too much icons sitting all the time in the notification area, we should get rid of them in some way.

  • http://www.cimitan.com/blog Andrea Cimitan

    index.theme, not theme.index ;)

  • http://kaizer.se/wiki/ ulrik

    Like James’s question: There is no separation of the icons for purpose, right? Just size? So it’s hard to replace just the notification icons in a theme.

    I think it’s a really good goal though.

  • skoob

    “To do the coloring I took a screenshot and use the GIMP’s eye-dropper to get the shade of grey to color the icons.”

    Quick GIMP tip: You don’t have to take a screenshot in order to pick a colour that is displayed somewhere on your screen. Just use the eyedropper from the colour dialog. http://hubpages.com/hub/Mixing-Colors-Using-the-Gimp

  • Hugues

    Why you don’t use Phatch (sudo apt-get install phatch) to batch process the colorize action? It is a nice application with a user friendly GUI. You can choose the colorize action if you select the colors category (up right) in the add actions dialog box. This will save you much time.

  • http://okubax.co.uk/blog ajibola

    looks pretty cool, can I be notified when its published online ?

  • http://www.DreadKnight666.com Dread Knight

    Interesting. But I find the battery icon shitty… I don’t need to see a plug on it.. I want to see the bars directly. Second icon I don’t like is the pidgin one.

  • bla

    You wanted a Mac OS X like thing and this is what you got?

    Epic FAIL!

    Icons don’t need to be just recolored, most of them also need to be redrawn.

    Maybe one can snetch some from Moblin?

  • romulo

    This is the first time i enjoy a dark theme on Ubuntu (New Wave) and i believe the colored icons doesnt bother at all. I dunno why the OsX icons are all black and white but for people like my mom they turn out to be a little confusing.

  • http://www.openzenergy.com/ a-bomb

    I’ve had the same qualms about the panel look for a long time and after reading your post yesterday I decided I’d try to hack it out. This is new territory for me since I’ve never dabbled in GTK but after nitpicking at the gnome panels code I had what I thought was a solution after hacking away at button-widget.c’s button_widget_reload_pixbuf method but it turned out to only affect the launcher icons; I sure was naive :) I journeyed some more and discovered that notification area applets used GtkStatusIcon (libgtk) and so began another hack job to its gtk_status_icon_update_image method.

    This is where I stand now http://www.openzenergy.com/photos/gnome-panel.png As you can see I’ve still to discover how the volume and clock applet set their notification icons.

  • http://www.xoen.org Aldo “xoen” Giambelluca

    I really like these icons.

    Are these icons part of ubuntu/kubuntu karmic koala?

  • http://monotonous.org Eitan

    I like those icons. I wonder if they could be added to the high-contrast theme. The current icon set there is very limited, and this would make it awesome.

  • http://kubuntulover.blogspot.com Bugsbane

    Can we make this the “bacon theme”? :P

  • http://kaizer.se/wiki/ ulrik

    Authors using the notification area.. do they normally set the icon using a pixbuf or do they normally set using a name from an icon theme?

    In the second case, it’s pretty easy, just patch the notification area to first look for “icon-name-notification” then for “icon-name”; THEN we can speak business and start replacing icons on the default desktop!

  • http://edwardbetts.com Edward Betts

    What are the £ and € buttons for? Is that a currency conversion applet, or is it because you have a US keyboard without £ and € keys?

  • Myke

    It’s looking great! Also, I just wanted to say I really enjoy hearing your input and knowledge in the FLOSS Weekly podcast. Keep up the great work!

  • noone

    KDE developer just blocked about this: http://www.notmart.org/index.php/BlaBla/Pretty_systray_not_just_about

    This may be possible with new to-be-hopefully-freedesktop-org-specification. I keep my fingers crossed :D

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  • http://shanefagan.wordpress.com/ Shane Fagan

    Looks awesome when will it land in karmic? (Im using karmic already)

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