We took on this task of creating this theme sometime in early November. Because once again
we saw a few Ambiance & Radiance themes out there but usually in only one color and in only in one of the Ambiance & Radiance versions! And sometimes we felt the colors where off or it wasn't done the way we would have liked.
And since we are so picky we decided to roll are own! We couldn't find an all inclusive package of 8 Different colored Ambiance & Radiance Themes. And So with that great open source mentality in mind we decided to make one!
We worked extremely hard on getting beautiful calm and crisp colors. Spending quite a deal of time selecting each color. We made an inherent design decision to make all the colors less "bright" and saturated as the original Ambiance & Radiance. We felt it was a little too bright.
After selecting these colors we hoped they would be soft one ones eyes and calming.
Also we made a few changes to the underlying theme but nothing huge as this is still suppose to be Ambiance & Radiance.
We changed the terminal colors across all the versions from eggplant purple to a dark grayish black background with Grayish/White text. It's very elegant looking and easy on your eyes. We got inspired from FreeBSD's & PCBSD (TM) terminal colors.
we removed "colorizing" of the active or selected button.
Leaving only the border outlined instead. We did this partly because we think it looks nice and becuase using darker colors in the theme really made the colorized button unreadable.We could have lighted the saturation level however in doing so you inherit the nightmare of matching every single color's "prelight" color to one another. additionally you have to correctly match the colors using different syntax and brightness levels between GTK2 and 3. We attempted this but always felt the end result would look better not colorized thus we only outline the border of active or selected buttons. Perhaps next time perhaps not
Anywhooo... After 3 months of development. Heavy testing and tweaking Here it is:
Ambiance & Radiance Colors is a theme for Unity, Gnome Shell, Gnome Classic, Gnome 2 (Mate), XFCE ,LXDE & Openbox desktops, (GTK 2 & 3)
(!) Updated 11.10.1 Version (Jan 30) , Full Gnome Shell support, New Improved Design,(As well as classic) Fixes and more.
Now Available in a Official PPA or Ubuntu, Mint or Debian Packages! See bellow! Thanks go to Dr.Amr
The Ambiance & Radiance themes, Are now in all the colors of the rainbow and then some! Now you can have any color Ambiance or Radiance theme you want! Now in the highly popular Ambiance and Radiance improved design! As well as Classic Ambiance and Radiance colors
Now in 2 Versions! Now in the highly popular Ambiance and Radiance improved design by:"simplygreat". And in the "Classic" Ambiance and Radiance design used in Ubuntu by default. Yes thats right every color comes in both ambiance and radiance AS WELL is in Classic or Improved ambiance and radiance.
Now with Full Gnome-Shell Support! (See bellow on how to install/activate it...)
Comes in 8 Different Colors in both versions! Colors include: Red, Orange (Different from Ubuntu orange), Yellow , Green , Blue , Purple , Graphite (Grey) and Pink!
Includes both: Ambiance & Radiance GTK2&3 Widget and Window border themes.
* Build to work with GTK3! themes that don't support GTK3 yet look like Win95(TM) when running gtk3 apps! This theme won't do that!
* Installs as separate themes from the main Ambiance/Radiance.
NOW INCLUDED IN ALL VERSIONS:
Your choice between:
(1) Ambiance and Radiance Improved (DEFAULT) -The ambiance and radiance themes in 8 different colors with major design revisions including
unified tool-bar and window-bar. Dark and Light Nautilus sidebars. Simplified Window Buttons (Color droplets with no symbols on them) and more!
(2) Classic Ambiance and Radiance (CLASSIC) - The ambiance and radiance themes in 8 different colors (Original) with minimal changes from stock ambiance and radiance (Latest Versions of each)
(!) Both of these versions will be selectable when you install any version of the theme.
NOTE: The original Ambiance/Radiance Themes are Designed and created By: Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan (C) 2010-2011 GPL Canonicol LTD.
This is a "port" simply with different colors and a little different design.
(!) This is not a fork! we will be fallowing updates to Ambiance/Radiance as close as we can. THIS IS NOT by the Originol Ambiance/Radiance Authors
Brought to you by(Based on):
RAVEfinity (C) 2011+ RAVEfinty, (Jared Sot.) (www.ravefinity.blogspot.com)
RAVEfinity designed and created the Ambiance & Radiance Colors theme "port" with carefully selected colors. Bringing loads of new colors to Ambiance & Radiance! We also made a few design changes. And Creator of Ambiance&Radiance-XFCE&LXDE (Port) used to provide Xfce and LXDE support.
(Based on stock Ambiance/Radiance, We modify as little as possible to make it work on XFCE/LXDE & Openbox.)
Ambiance/Radiance Themes Designed and created By: Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan (C) 2010-2011 GPL Canonicol LTD.
(New Gen Borders, Window Buttons, Unified Sidebar and Window designs By: (C) Victor Eduardo 2010-2011 http://simplygreat.deviantart.com/
Updates, Diffrent colors and Radiance version brought to you by the RAVEfinity Project.
(GnomeShell Theme based on (We have made major changes) Ambiance GnomeShell (11.04) By: half-left (C) 2010-2011 (half-left.deviantart.com) and
Ambiance Blue Theme Suite Gnome Shell theme By: (C) 2010-2011 satya164 (satya164.deviantart.com)
Tremendous .Deb packaging & help (and initial packager), Dr. Amr Osman
(Original Openbox Border Based On (Note: we now develop and maintain this as separate updated "fork" that your using.)
Ambiance Openbox (Window Borders) By: David Barr (C) 2010 GPL. (http://david.chalkskeletons.com/)*We use the original and,then ported Radiance based on this.
(Original XFCE Border Based On (Note: we now develop and maintain this as separate updated "fork" that your using.)
Ambiance for XFCE(Window Borders) By: p0ng (C) 2010 GPL (http://www.p0ng.com.br)*We have applied fixes and ported Radiance based on this.