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August 5, 2012


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Based on Request by some users ,here is a Tutorial on how to make Theme for ML / Mav. (the tut is not very detailed but it cover the most ,u need to use ur Brain)


*make PS actions for Resize/move/Coloring the files as editing them 1 by 1 will make u hate ur self.
*(-2) is always the double of the (-1) ,the -2 is for the retina & it won't effect normal macs.

SArtFile {make The Resource Files any size u want}

▶Menu Bar > #109 & #48 (retina menu)
▶Spotlight > #110 & #111
▶Edge selector (right click selection) > #107 & #108
▶Menu text selection color > #49 & #50 {u have to color the 23px ,any empty pixels will be colored by the system}

▶Finder Top bar > L  > 88
                         M > 86
                         R > 90
*u don't need to edit the black curvy boxes like on SL
**#112 effects the top bar if any of L/M/R is blank.

▶Mac icon > #11 & #12 {for the -2 it have to be double the size} < (if u got any bad rendering ,put the Menu text selection color as a bg under the icon)

▶System setting small dots > #304 ,#306 ,#308 ,#310.

▶Login Window > #272

▶Arrows >#134 ,#165 (for Back/Forward) ….. #323 ,#334 (for Action/Path) …..#135 ,#146 ,#158 (for the column view folder arrows in finder)
*there a some more but needs more investigation.


▶Titlebar control > it have to be at the same size as the originals (if u made them all at one size like on SL it will get bad rendering)

*u have to change the artfile200 to work on retina
*the artfile200 is double the size of the normal one ,so make ur normal ones and test them 1st and when u r satisfied use the photoshop action for doubling the size.
*for the bad rendered TBC icons u can use the Finder Top bar files as a bg (that is a bug in ML & Lion that they accept certain amount of transparency)

+Thanx goes to Alex Zielenski for making that tools & mindlessmissy for compiling them.

+Original Threads… &…

-Tools you'll need (works Lion & ML only)
-The PS Action for resizing

*i mentioned this b4 on macthemes but as its closed for now so here it is once more.
-ML cant be themed as Lion because of a bug in Safari that it repeats anything after the first 4pixels from the top (Finder doesn't have this bug) so unless u use something else other than safari ,u should go with Flavours.

Update 2:
*in Mavericks the safari bug is fixed ,so u can make any thing u want ,the only prob is the Edge selector (right click selection color) is hardcoded ,even if u've changed it ,it will remain blue/graphite.
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CuH2O Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
hello, if you've got ml could you share please satfile.bin, art file.bin, artfile200.bin?I very need it!
CTF0 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont have em as i dont have ML but u can get… and use Pacifist to extract the originals u want.
CuH2O Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
linkjavaux Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Firstly thanks you
Now i've got a question about the apple logo, why if i use blank picture i still see an apple ?
CTF0 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
because mac check the files and if they are blank or not as pre-defined by the system it uses the x2 files (sometimes it resize it and sometimes not) as a way around make the apple logo file as a copy of the menu bar.
linkjavaux Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
where can we change the X2 files ? it's possible ?
CTF0 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its right after the normal files ,u'll find it as (XX-x2) ,they are in sartfiles.
linkjavaux Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013

I'm sorry to be such a noob but i still can get a blank menu bar without apple logo. Take a look at the picture please…
 Thanks for everything! 
CTF0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
because u r activating the trans menubar ,which have its own apple logo "sadly there is no way to remove it" ,the apple logo in the sartfile effects only the menu bar when its not transperant.
linkjavaux Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
ok so i was not such a noob, it's normal and impossible to get a blank menu bar like on 10.7 :'(
i just have to downgrade my os 
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