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   3.0 beta  

GTK 3.x Theme/Style

Score 73%



Blog:  Link
Minimum required   GNOME 3.x
Downloads:  25498
Submitted:  Jun 6 2010
Updated:  May 16 2012


A theme which is smooth and subtle, while also being fairly high in contrast, and in which interactive elements are noticeable and responsive in order to deliver a lucid experience.


After a long while of not caring much about changing from Adwaita, I started using Ubuntu and Unity again after a long while since it finally has become stable. Thus I was motivated to work on gtk3 version of this theme. It is based on Ambiance and thus requires the unico engine.

Please excuse any issues it may or may not have in GNOME Shell, as I will fix those in the final release.

Things to look forward to in the final release:

- Dark version for media applications.
- New monochrome media control icons.
- Adwaita-like scroll bars (the thin ones from GNOME 3.4), for those not using Ubuntu and/or its special scroll bars.
- Various visual effect polishing.


My rambles about this theme and such. http://emilywind.blogspot.com/

Backgrounds used in screenshots of this theme and others can be found on my Photobucket. http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k235/Domei/backgrounds/


Please install the themes by using the INSTALL script. Using this script will allow you to customise the themes before they are installed.

If installing with the .deb package, you can reconfigure the themes after installing by running `sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-themes-lucidity`

The font used in the screenshots is the Ubuntu font.

I would like to thank some people, without whom this theme would be impossible or at least much harder to produce.

Firstly, Huw Wilkins, for coming up with the mockup (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Lucid/Lucidity) which was the birth of the idea of this theme.

Secondly, Cimi, creator of the Murrine GTK+ theme engine. Without this wonderful engine, it would have been far harder to make the theme look the way it does.

Thirdly, Isaiah Heyer for his initial Lucidity GTK theme release, which gave me a decent base theme to work with.

And last, but certainly not least, the entire Linux user base who has helped further along the aforementioned projects and those who simply download and use this theme, giving me a reason to continue to work on it, other than to make my own desktop look really nice. :)


v3.0beta: Now includes a gtk3 theme and will work with latest Unity.


v2.4: Icons done in all sizes, removed some monochromes to favour a more colourful desktop, plus lots of tweaks and fixes to the look and feel. Chrome is now properly themed so you can use the GTK theme setting in Chrome or the Chrome theme, your choice. The Squared version of the theme is now available via an installation option rather than as a separate theme.

v2.3.92: Fixed restore icon and added an option to theme Unity.

v2.4b: Combined the elements and colour schemes from the light and dark versions of the theme. Mono icons available for applications, and updated the panel icons to be a colour changing of the mono panel icons from ubuntu-mono-dark of Ubuntu 11.04. Brand new window buttons created from scratch.

v2.3.3: Smoothed out and simplified gradients. Cleaned up redundant code.

v2.3.2: Subtle improvement to look of unfocused metacity windows. Changed separator style to smooth. Removed gradient and shadows on toolbars, menubar and etc to agree with more apps and for a much smoother appearance. Improved look of buttons and other elements in the dark themes. Cleaned up the look of Nautilus.

v2.3.1: Brightened up the Lucidity and Lucidity Squared Metacity themes for a smoother/nicer look. Colours of Metacity themes now based on GTK colours, except for text and buttons.

v2.3: Unfocused windows in Metacity have a completely sunken appearance so that which window is focused is more noticeable. Added variations - Lucidity-Squared, Lucidity-Dark and Lucidity-Dark-Sqaured. Lucidity-Left and Lucidity-Right metathemes no longer exist; deprecated by configure script found in Lucidity theme's folder and the new variant metathemes.

v2.2-2 (Ubuntu Package Only): Redid package with proper file permissions.

v2.2-1: Added distributor logos for Frugalware, Linux Mint, Mandriva and SUSE. Adjusted Debian icon to appear thicker.

v2.2: Made colour scheme smoother while maintaining contrast. Fixed issues with Evolution. Icon theme now has multiple vendor icons and comes in a GNOME flavour by default.

v2.1: Changed the colour scheme to flat greys, as was originally intended but hindered by my monitor's odd colour balances. Various touch ups to the GTK theme. Added a Lucidity icon theme which is Ubuntu-Mono-Light edited to use Lucidity's colour palette.

v2.0.1: Restored original metacity theme title positioning as accounting for three buttons all the time did not always work. Fixed small pixel off issue with restore button and increased the height the icons travel up when hovered over for a more noticeable effect. Increased button roundness from 10 to 12.

v2.0 Final: Lots of tweaks and changes from a new colour scheme more similar to the original, and lots of aesthetic clean ups. There are now two metacity themes, Left and Right, which centre the text perfectly. Two themes is necessary as the formulas are different depending on which side has the buttons. The buttons in metacity now have a raise and push effect for prelight and press rather than a zoom and darken effect, respectively in both cases. License change to allow for distribution in package repositories.

v2.0-r2: Another colour scheme rework. Last one was too red.

v2.0-r1: Reuploaded with a small tweak to menu contrast.

v2.0: Changed the colour scheme to what is hopefully a more grey scheme. Tweaked lots of styles and elements in order to increase aesthetics. The changes are many - both subtle and obvious - and best experienced by seeing the theme on your desktop. :)

v1.4.1: Fixed incorrectly themed cut/copy/paste buttons in Chrome menu and lack of rounded scrollbars in Evolution. Spaced tabs for a better appearance and changed the focus style of buttons to a "glow" rather than box in the centre. Changed expanderstyle to using circles with plus and minus instead of arrows to fit the theme better.

v1.4: Rounded the buttons and sliders and added a bit more rounding to the other elements as well. Metacity theme is now a bit shorter and the button colours and effects have been enhanced to make them more noticeable and interactive. (Reuploaded: Metacity theme update was not complete.)

v1.3.3: Adjusted the contrast of all the elements to match that of the monochrome icons in ubuntu-mono-light; effectively tightening the colour scheme and giving the theme a more solid look.

v1.3.2: Improved the look of the new restore button and the look of all the unfocused buttons.

v1.3.1: Repacked forgotten metathemes which now do not include the menu icon by default to fit with the Ubuntu Lucid look.

v1.3: Minimise and restore icons are now styled after Lucid Lynx's Ambiance and Radiance for a more integrated feel for the theme.

- Made checkboxes and radios easier to see. Checkboxes and radios within GTK Trees (places such as sound device selection and etc) still look odd, but it seems impossible to theme them/I am unsure how to theme them.
- Menubar styling changed to flat which flows with the rest of the theme much better.

- Removed handles from scrollbars for a smoother look.

- Metathemes are now Lucidity-Left and Lucidity-Right, each with the two most popular button layouts.
- Made metacity theme a bit brighter to match mockup.
- Darkened text in GTK theme to make it more "lucid." ;)

- Modified metacity theme to be much truer to mockup and changed utility windows to have smaller titlebars.
- GTK theme no longer has white checks and radio buttons in the menus.

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 Cool theme, but...

 by swordjr on: Oct 3 2010
Score 50%

First of all this theme is really awesome. The following ideas are just my own preferences but you may like them as well so here it goes...

i) I believe your theme would look better if you add more curves to buttons & scrollbars to match your progress bar.

ii) Please take a look at the "Yumba" theme collection by maliaromE on his deviantart page (search yumba on deviantart). If you can get the scroll bar and scale bar(volume control & music progress bars...) like the one in his yumba-mon-equinox theme it would match your theme perfectly.

iii) You might also want to look into making your metacity a bit slimer. Perhaps just 4 or so pixels off would do the trick.

Hope these comments help & keep up the good work.

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 nice work

 by oguncak on: Oct 3 2010
Score 50%

thank you very much for your elegant work. but i have a few suggestions to help you make this theme better. It would be smarter if you re-designed the windows buttons with rounded or a little more apparent ones. And the second, please add a non-rounded version. I hate using rounded windows. Thank you very much.

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 Lucidity 1.4

 by emilywind on: Oct 8 2010
Score 50%

I have taken these ideas into consideration and have been brewing a version of Lucidity based on them and am planning a few more tweaks.

Since the look and feel is going to change a good bit from the original square look and be a better balance of moreso squared and rounded objects, I will be moving the minor revision up to 4, aka it shall be Lucidity 1.4.

I plan to polish up the changes and release it in two days to coincide with the release of Ubuntu 10.10. Cheers. :)

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 Re: Lucidity 1.4

 by emilywind on: Oct 10 2010
Score 50%

Ubuntu 10.10 has been released, and therefore so has Lucidity 1.4. Please give thoughts, ideas and etc on the new changes. :)

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 Nice them!

 by erzhong on: Oct 10 2010
Score 38%

Thank you for your nice theme!

Can you give us more info of the previous wallpaper? The link
does not work anymore.

Thank you!

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 Re: Nice them!

 by emilywind on: Oct 11 2010
Score 38%

This one?


Or was it another? :)

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 Re: Re: Nice them!

 by erzhong on: Oct 11 2010
Score 38%

Another one. This one is also very nice though. :)

It is the one that appears on Lucidity 1.3. There is a back view of a girl on the left side. The color of this picture fits the theme color very well.

Thank you!

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 Outdid yourself

 by swordjr on: Oct 11 2010
Score 38%

thumbs up!

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 Amazing update Emily

 by Zzzz on: Oct 12 2010
Score 38%

Anxiously waiting for 1.5 :)


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