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For Lucid Lynx , the technical goal of Impression and Night Impression is to bring both themes to a common code base. The differences between the two themes is visible in the background color of the menu panels, the color of the scroll bars, and the adoption of the Humanity icon theme for Impression and the Humanity-Dark icon theme for Night Impression.

The desire is to offer two themes from the Ubuntu community to stand side-by-side with the professionally developed Human theme from Canonical.

The objective is to enhance the user computing experience by applying balance and harmony to the Gnome Desktop framing applications in such a manner as to permit the eye to focus without distraction on the content displayed.

As many users express a desire to use a theme framed in dark borders and titles as evidenced by the number of "dark" themes submitted to sites such as Ubuntu Art and Gnome Art, the pallets of Impression and Night Impression are as dark as practical.

The author assumes many Gnome applications were designed anticipating the desktop would be brushed in lighter colors and these solutions may not present well against a dark canvas. Key subject areas from the standard Ubuntu installation provided guidance in creating the final solution. For the most part desktop and embedded application icons were the metric for determining panel colors. The author concedes dark icons display poorly against a dark background.

Once the base color was discovered the task became adding additional complimentary colors. The "toolbar" provides a styling opportunity using adding the gradient functionality of the murrine engine. Lighting the "toolbar" buttons is another opportunity as exhibited by Nautilus.

Bluefish is a good example of the use of Notebook tabs which are also themed in Firefox.

Finally, the gold standard in my opinion is the Inkscape application which uses a wide variety of GTK widgets.

As Lucid Lynx is a Long Term Support (LTS) release the emphasis is stability and changes have been keep to a minimum.

Impression Desktop Featuring Lucid Butterfly Wallpaper

Night-Impression Desktop Featuring Lucid Leaves Wallpaper

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9 Comments to “Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid) Impression/Night Impression GTK themes (Proposed)”

  1. Mohan says:

    Very nice looking themes, I love them!

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  2. A very nice theme, but some menus are really HUGE, I just switched back to my old skin, just because some bars in the impression themes are way too big

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  3. Victor says:

    I really like the black themes; unfortunately, they are detrimental to my LCD screen. The dark panel background combined with a light text color makes the words in the main menu burn into the screen. Less contrast prevents this, so I have to tune the text and/or background to be less contrasting.

    Last time I compiled Gnome Shell, there was no accessible setting to change the theme colors, which is how I found out about this problem with my screen (at that time Gnome Shell’s colors were black background and white text).

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  4. Tony says:

    Hope the Development team guys get their act right and sort out the sound problem which has been plaguing Ubuntu since 9.04. From what I have read on the net, the problem lies with pulse audio.

    Please do something about and add perfection to an otherwise great distro.

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  5. cmd says:

    *sighs* yet more dark themes, so the theme will still be the first thing I change.

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  6. cli says:

    Impression looks too much like MSN butterfly???

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  7. NightHawk_UK says:

    Really great theme, i think the fonts are really crisp and easy to read, also love the way it changes to a default grey and blue theme when in any Superuser process like package manager or gksudo (or is that a quirk of Lucid).

    Nice work.

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