Linux custom KDE theming

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Update 2018: This article is obsolete now, mainly because Plasma5 replaced the Plasma4 desktop with a better theme: Breeze (surprisingly a bit in the vein of what I was designing in this article while only oxygen was around. Influence? I like to think so :-) Anyway, now I use the default theme with just a little tweak here and there to neutralize the colors. I'll keep this article as a memory archive. And believe it or not: back in the context of 2013, my GNU/Linux KDE desktop theme was looking really modern and ahead of its time.

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 (Oxygen theme). 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 ( 2 public domain files, 6KB ) 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 :

Style 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 ) Apply

Colors Go to import Scheme Import the file deevad_summer2013.colors ( in the downloaded zip ) Select it on the list, and press Apply

Icons 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

Fonts 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 )

GTK configuration 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 : Select Qtcurve

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

Wallpaper : 2560x1600 'Calm' by elusive on deviantArt :

Done :-)

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.

License: "Linux custom KDE theming" by David Revoy − CC-BY 4.0with additional custom rules mentioned at the end of the article.
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