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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Kde theme Reply with quote

Does anyone know how to make a KDE theme?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer to that depends on what do you mean by "kde theme", and also, on what kde branch do you use.

In kde 3.x, a "kde theme" can be created in your control panel by saving the current settings as a theme. This will remember the kwin decoration, the widget style, wallpaper, colors, fonts, icons and maybe something else that I don't remember about. As said, this only *remember* the settings. You still need the relevant pieces installed to be able to use a theme. If something is missing, then the default will be used instead.

If you don't mean that, then there are lots of things that can be themed in kde and are completely independent.

  • widget styles, configurable in the styles subsection of kcontrol
  • kwin themes (the window decorations), configurable somewhere around kcontrol as well
  • icon themes, fonts, etc.


These are all independent. And the process to create them can be very varied. widget styles and kwin themes require some knowledge about kdelibs and qt programming, you need to program to create them, besides the artistic part on them. There's however a kwin engine called "dekorator" that allow you to theme windows by just creating the pixmaps.

Icon themes only require artistic abilities, no programming required.

In kde 4.x the thing is mostly the same, but there's also plasma. I am not too sure about hoy the pieces glue together in kde 4.x because I haven't use it too much. I think that they aim to ease the theming of the different kde4 parts and a big part of that is the integration of everything with plasma. But I can't say much about it because I don't know much.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Kde theme Reply with quote

all parts that can customise the computers style including the taskbar the icons the fonts and the startup and shutdown screens with the login prompt etc kdm, everything that you can customise its look in KDE.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm using KDE 4 on gentoo and suse

which ever way is easier suse or gentoo?

or which ever way you know
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

penguin123 wrote:
all parts that can customise the computers style including the taskbar the icons the fonts and the startup and shutdown screens with the login prompt etc kdm, everything that you can customise its look in KDE.


I described it all above.

However, it also depends on what do you mean by "make a kde theme".

If by "make" you mean to change the theme of the different components, then just install whatever styles, icons, fonts, wallpapers and kwin themes you want. There are many in portage, and probably a lot more in kde-look.org.

If by "make" you mean really to make new themes, new widget styles, new icon sets, then I already answered that in the post above. The full answer is not trivial at all and you will need to learn about icon design, C++/qt programming and the internals of KDE theming, which I am completely unfamiliar with. In kde4 you also need to learn about plasma.

penguin123 wrote:
i'm using KDE 4 on gentoo and suse

which ever way is easier suse or gentoo?

or which ever way you know


It's irrelevant.

To change the themes you use systemsettings, it doesn't matter which distro do you use.

To program or design them you are going to use a text editor, qt/c++ and gcc or maybe kdevelop and something like gimp or inkscape for the artwork.
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