Linux Mint Cinnamon Themes and Icons beyond the default

Linux Mint Cinnamon Themes and Icons beyond the default


By the end of this video, you will be able
to make your Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop look like this, like this or even like Mac OS X. Hello everyone,
It’s Average Linux User helping you to install, configure and use Linux. Please, subscribe if you want to learn more
about Linux. If you go to Settings → Themes you will
find a set of themes that come with Linux Mint by default. There are some pretty themes. For example, I really like Linux Mint Y theme. Check it out. Simply, change every category here to Mint
Y. And you will get a desktop with Linux Mint
Y theme. But the default is not enough for us, and we are going to install more themes. The easiest to configure will be the desktop
theme. Click on Add/remove desktop themes. Go to available desktop themes. You can mark themes you want to install. If you want to have a closer look at the theme,
click on More info and you will be re-directed to the Cinnamon Spices website, where you
can see a larger screenshot of the theme. For this video I will install Minty, Windows
10 and Railway. After the selected themes are installed close
this window, go the Desktop themes and select the one you like the most. This is how Windows 10 theme looks like. Quite nice actually. If you like light blueish themes, Railway
is very good. But my favorite is Minty theme. If you do not like some themes, you can go
back to Add/remove desktop themes. Right click o the theme, and uninstall it. You can also apply a theme from here. There are more desktop themes which are not
available for install from within the Linux Mint settings. You can search for more themes at Gnome-look.org,
but keep in mind that many of themes here are not fully compatible with Linux Mint Cinnamon
desktop. Some of these themes are obsolete. You need to spend quite some time to find something
decent. To find a desktop theme you need to look at
GTK3 themes. For example, I found OSX Arc Collection. To install this them, you have several options. The debian package and tar.gz archive. If you want the full theme pack, you can install
the deb package. Download it, open it with Gdebi and install. However, not all themes have deb package available,
often you will see only archives. For example, if we look at Chrome OS theme,
we will find only a zip archive. Installing it is very easy. Download the archive → go to your Downloads
→ Extract it And move the extracted theme folder to .themes
folder in your home directory. You can go to .themes by typing it in the
file manager. or you can click show hidden files and navigate
to .themes with your mouse. If you do not have the .themes folder, simply
create it. Inside the .themes folder, paste the new theme. Now when you go to the theme settings, you
will find the two new themes. Chrome OS and OSX Arc Collection Following the same steps, you can install
Windows borders. You need to select Metacity Themes and select
the theme you like. Gnomesmite theme looks quite nice. It resembles OS X. Let’s install it. Again, Download the themes. Extract the archive. And move the extracted theme folder to .themes
folder in your home directory. Now, when you go to the setting, in the windows
borders, you can find and activate the theme Gnomesmite. Similarly, we can search and install Icon
themes. Find the theme you like the most. For example, let’s install Plataro icon
theme. Download the theme, Extract the archive and
move the icon theme folder to .icons folder. If you don’t have the .icon folder, create
it. Now, when we open the icon themes in the settings,
we can select Plataro icon theme. The themes for the controls are the most tricky. If you open it, you will see some themes we
have just installed. For example, OSX Arc Collection. Remember, I mentioned that some of these themes
do not work correctly. This Arc collection has three color themes,
but only the dark theme worked correctly for me. When I select white theme, the theme is actually
dark. Please, let me comment below if it works correctly
for you or you know how to fix it. Windows 10 theme which we installed from within
Linux Mint settings also looks wrong. It should be white. Windows 10 borders are white, but the theme
is dark. It also looks broken. I was able to fix it to some extent by going
to the .themes folder. And inside the Windows 10 folder remove gtk-3.20
and rename gtk-3.0 to gtk-3.20. Log out and log in. Now the theme is light. There seems to be some problem with reading
gtk-3 settings in many themes, I hope this will be fixed soon. Changing the mouse pointer is the same. Search for Cursors theme, Download it and
place into .icons folder. For example, this is the cursor theme I use
now so you can better see how I move the pointer. This theme is placed in my .icons folder. Now you can download and install a theme from
Gnome-look website. However, you can find nice themes in other
places. I would like to show you two nice icon sets. One is Numix Icons. These are very popular icons in different
desktops. I like Numix Cirlce the most. To install these icons, you need to open the
terminal and paste these commands: add numix repository Reload the cache and install the theme Now, the Numix icons should be available in
your settings. Another icon set I would like to show you
is Uniform icons. These are very interesting and unusually shaped
icons. The installation process is the same as for
Numix icons. add noobslab repository. Reload the cache and install the theme Now, several Uniform icon sets are available
in the settings. I like Uniform+inkscape orange the most. If you find a theme or icon set with three
commands like these, you can install them the same way. Sometimes when you search for a theme, you
can end up at Github, which is a hosting for many open source project. Let me show you how to install a theme from
a Github by installing this nice iOS theme. Usually, all the instructions are provided
in every repository. Simly follow them. Here you can read that we need to extract
the archive to the .themes folder. This is pretty simple. Let’s do it quickly. Download the archive. Extract it and move to the .themes Let’s check this theme in the settings. Unfortunately, It is a bad Desktop theme, but it has nice borders and a very pleasant controls theme. I will come back to this theme in the end
when I will show the best matching combinations of Borders, Icons, Controls, Pointer and Desktop
themes. But before that, I need to show you one more
way to add themes and customize your Linux Mint desktop. You can also install some themes from your
software manager. You can use Linux Mint Software Manager or
Synaptic package manager it doesn’t matter. I prefer synaptic because it works little
faster than Software Manager. Search for -themes or -icons. There are no many nice themes, but some of
them are very good. I recommend trying: numix-gtk-theme gray-theme I also installed Arc icons. Download the theme. Extract the archive. Go into the extracted folder and move the
Arc folder to .icons. Arc icon also requires moka icon theme as
a dependency. Open the software manager and install it. The last icon theme I installed is ultra-flat-icons Install it the same way as Numix icons. add repository. Reload the cache and install ultra-flat-icons and ultra-flat-icons-orange Now, you can select what you like the most
from this bunch of themes and icon packs. Here are my favorite combinations: For the dark theme I like the most: Adwaite – borders
Arc – icons OSX-Arc-Darker – controls
OSX-Arc-Darker – desktop theme For the light theme, I find quite pleasant: Numix – borders
Uniform+inknscape orange – icons Windows 10 – controls
Mint Y– desktop theme And if you want a theme resembling Mac OS
X, I recommend using these settings: iOS – borders
Ultra-Flat – icons iOS – controls
OSX-Arc-white– desktop theme I hope you will find your favorite combination. I provide the time codes in the description, so you can always come back to a specific part of this video. If it’s your first time
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