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Ambiance & Radiance Colors, a theme pack that provides Ambiance and Radiance in various colors, was updated today with 3 new colors: Aqua, Teal and Manila, to match the latest Humanity Colors icons. 

The new release also includes full Nemo / Cinnamon support (with a Cinnamon theme) and other changes.

Ambiance Radiance Colors

With this update, the theme pack is now available in 12 color variations (the theme already included the following colors: blue, brown, graphite, green, orange - different from the default orange -, pink, purple, red and yellow), all available as both light (Radiance) and dark (Ambiance).

The theme pack supports Unity, MATE, Xfce and Cinnamon. Since the default/stock Ambiance and Radiance don't support client side window decorations, the Ambiance and Radiance Colors pack doesn't support it either, so GNOME Shell is currently not properly supported.

Besides the 3 new colors, the latest Ambiance & Radiance Colors 14.04.5 includes other changes such as:
  • improved window buttons color (it's now brighter / less dull) - white window buttons are also still available if you don't want to use colored window buttons (set the theme to Ambiance-COLOR-pro or Radiance-COLOR-pro to get white window buttons);
  • full support for Nemo file manager and the Cinnamon desktop (including a Cinnamon theme);
  • new menubar gradient for GTK3 apps. No longer a upside down one like it is in the stock Ambiance / Radiance themes;
  • Nautilus and Nemo now use a dark sidebar;
  • Xfce Virtual Desktop Pager is now more visible and uses prelight color for selected desktop (as opposed to grey);
  • fixes for some GTK2-based terminal apps - they now use a nice black/grey background;
  • fixes for dark MintMenu on MATE;
  • 2 new (optional) window border themes are available for MATE and Xfce with classic big window borders for easier resizing: 4px wide as apposed to 1px, as it was before. This is for use on MATE and Xfce without Compiz if you have issues with the window border resize area being too small (an issue that was introduced with all new "borderless" themes such as Ambiance and Radiance in Ubuntu 14.04);
  • other under-the-hood fixes and enhancements.

Note that in my test, MintMenu under MATE still has an issue: the favorites text is blurry. 

It's also important to mention that the Nautilus toolbar doesn't look like the original Ambiance/Radiance theme because of a limitation in its code (probably some Nautilus / Unity patch or something like that) - the Nautilus toolbar code is identical in both the stock Ambiance/Radiance themes and in Ambiance & Radiance Colors (so in theory, they should look the same, but that's not the case as you can see below):

Ambiance Radiance Colors

Here are a few more screenshots with some of the changes mentioned above:

Ambiance Radiance Colors

Ambiance Radiance Colors

Ambiance Radiance Colors
Ambiance Aqua - Cinnamon

Ambiance Radiance Colors
Ambiance Aqua - MATE

Ambiance Radiance Colors
Ambiance Teal Xfce

Ambiance Radiance Colors
Ambiance Teal - Unity

Ambiance Radiance Colors
Radiance Manila - Unity


As a reminder, for matching icons, see the Humanity Colors icon theme pack.

Install Ambiance & Radiance colors in Ubuntu 14.04 or Linux Mint 17


Ambiance and Radiance Colors can be installed in Ubuntu 14.04 or Linux Mint 17 (and derivatives: Xubuntu 14.04, etc.) by using the RAVEfinity PPA. Add the PPA and install the themes using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ambiance-colors radiance-colors
For other Linux distributions or if you don't want to add the PPA, you can get the themes from HERE.

To change the theme in Unity, you can use a tool such as Ubuntu Tweak or Unity Tweak Tool
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