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I've been asked this a few times so I thought a pinned thread would be nice. Please add to this any tips or links you find useful. To start...

 

general (know the environment)

http://www.gnomefiles.org/

http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=114

 

SmoothEngine

http://gnome.org/~thos/Smooth-Docs/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/smooth-engine/

http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=114

 

Metacity

http://developer.gnome.org/doc/tutorials/m...ity-themes.html

 

ICONS

http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=385

http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.p...hlight=standard

http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.p...hlight=standard

 

Help other than here

http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=20

 

Tinkering and hacking others themes is necessary to really get it. Docs are very limited. So get stuff and hack! That's what I did.

http://gnome-look.org/

http://art.gnome.org/

 

GNOME ROCKS!

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Errors

Whether gtk, metacity, or icon theming, errors may or may not be printed in vt1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1) depending on the distro you use. Mandrake used to, but doesn't seem to anymore. Debian's and Fedora do. You can easily get the errors by running

gnome-theme-manager

in an X terminal (Gnome Terminal, Aterm, Eterm, Xterm, rxvt etc....).

 

Metacity

Metacity has a nice tool. The

metacity-theme-viewer

Run it from an X terminal;

metacity-theme-viewer name_of_metacity_theme

[example]metacity-theme-viewer d3a

and you can find out how fast it loads and errors pointing to any problems with loading the theme. It opens a gui to show you all the different aspects of the theme.

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