I would like to expand my learning horizons and make many themes for Cinnamon. Especially with XFCE 4.16 looking like it intends to send XFCE into the land of Dodo's and Dinosaurs.
Gradients will be more required here and there... And, I have had to learn how to make Metacity-3 themes, as well.
So, this is Attempt Number One at introducing a suggested theme for your enjoyment.
This will also work on Mate Desktop.
UPDATE: A cinnamon D.E. user helpfully reported that when you hit alt+F2, the text was invisible- FIXED in current download.
If you prefer to not download a new copy and fix yourself; Open the cinnamon folder, then the cinnamon.css file. Scroll down to line 1166 OR search for "run-dialog-entry" and under "background-color" change the color to #232323 or a dark color of your choosing. I had mistakenly put "white" there as well as putting it under "color." OR Download a new copy.
UPDATE: Various corrections to gradients, backgrounds, colors made 9 Feb. 2020
UPDATE: Temporary patch for that funky thing that Mint does with GTK3 Headerbars. Something Outside of the theme gtk.css is controlling that and until I get that sorted out, I must merely disable certain aspects of the theme. This creates titlebuttons on a toolbar like backdrop. Will keep working on it.
UPDATE: Further changes and fixes to accommodate the Stark Menu.
UPDATE: Added unfocused titlebuttons (titlebuttons "close their eyes" on inactive windows) to match my usual standard and to allow easy discrimination between active and inactive windows.
Middle two images show desktop empty and then Menu active. The App menu icons glows blue when you hover over it, as well. The last image shows the Stark Menu.
The "Controls" portion is very much like you see in:
Panel menus employ the same Menu background as the gtk3 theme does.
The Style is using the Default Mint Menu. I am not really sure what will happen if someone uses "configure" to drastically change the appearance- there are many configurations...
This is one of the major problems of GTK3 and the resultant design elements which is why few themers are left.
But, screenshots and suggestions welcome. Maybe we can fix even that.
PLEASE REPORT ISSUES TO ME> Without that feedback, I will not necessarily know something is wrong. Yes, I am a novice, but I like to put forth the best work I can and accept that it will need improvement.
A note on Stark Menu: Stark uses primarily just the entry field and the favorites field rather than the entire Menu Theme. This results in some rather strange effects and while it follows some instructions from the .css file, it refuses to follow them all. I will keep working on that.
A note on Icons: This past few months I have been creating my own new Style or version of the icons used, which rely on the Torque Icons I made previously. I will not include icons with this set at this time, though you may grab some of the icons I have upload such as Azenis-One, Azenis EX or Torque on this site. I hope to upload a new set or update this to include it, soon.
NOTE: I prefer Centered Titles. That is what is included. However- the Left Aligned Metacity-3.xml file is Also Included, just has been set outside of the metacity folder. If you prefer Left Titles, replace the Metacity-3.xml file within the Metacity-1 folder with the Metacity-3.xml file outside of the folder.
Extract AzenisEX-dark3.22-NOCSD-Mate.tar.gz into /usr/share/themes or to ~/.themes.
Because Mint Menu uses its own icon separately from the theme, FIRST you must right click it, hit Configure, then choose the icon "mint-menu-icon" from the Cinnamon Folder in the theme.
Otherwise, it will overlay itself over the themes icon.
Select from Preferences. Themes: Metacity, Desktop, Controls.
TO DISABLE TOOLTIPS:
Uncomment (remove the /* and */) the following to the cinnamon.css file in the Cinnamon folder:
border: 0px solid #000000;
Reload the theme to see it take effect. No more annoying tooltips.
Let's keep theming alive.