KDE custom theme in action, 1920x1200 picture , click to enlarge
I love the possibility to play with my desktop customization on the KDE desktop. As I prefer minimalist desktop, I never felt enthusiast by KDE defaults appearance or settings. But I love the freedom KDE team offer to the user to configure almost everything with a right-click. So, I started to tweak mine, and here under the full setup of the desktop theme I use since June :
First, you'll need to download my custom set of preferences files here
Unzip in a temporary directory of your choice, just to load them later on the process.
Moving the panel at the top is easy ; right click on a empty part of your panel : Panel option or Panel Settings , then drag it with 'Screen edge' icon
System setting > Application Apparence :
install the packages Qtcurve :
then set Widget style to Qtcurve
sudo apt-get install qtcurve kde-style-qtcurve gtk2-engines-qtcurve
then press 'Configure'
Import my configuration file named deevad_summer2013.qtcurve ( in the downloaded zip )
Go to import Scheme
Import the file deevad_summer2013.colors ( in the downloaded zip )
Select it on the list, and press Apply
Select 'Get New Themes'
in the search field , search for oxyfaenza , my KDE Faenza integration little project.
Install it ; the icon pack is large ; and will take time.
When done, Close the "Get Hot New Stuff" windows
Select it on the list, then apply
I discovered the font Droid Sans in 9pt while testing Ubuntu Studio with Greybird theme. It was looking perfect, so I set all my font to : Droid Sans 9 ( exept for the 2nd field , Fixed width ; I use Monospace 9 )
Select a GTK2 theme : Qtcurve
Select a GTK3 theme : oxygen-gtk ( I also get good result with Adwaita here )
Font : Droid Sans 9
Icons Theme :
GTK version of Faenza can be grabbed this way , via the PPa of the author :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
Then when installed select Faenza in Icons Theme and Fallback Theme ( note: you probably have to close / reload the system setting panel to see it on the list )
System setting > Workspace Apparence :
Windows decorations :
Cursor theme :
I use 'Get New Themes', and the theme 'Neutral' by Nikaa
Desktop theme :
I use 'Get New Themes', Full Flat plasma theme by Igsalvati
Splash screen :
I use also 'Get New Themes', Idea by downdiagonal
Have fun customising and sharing your own setup. Feel free to use comments here to share links of your screenshots and setups, or share your taste, and fav ressources.
PS : my Mint 14 KDE setup start to feel dated. I'm actually paradoxically seduced by or Arch KDE or Elementary OS for Winter 2013 , I'll see :-P