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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)


Resources


Tips
*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.



ArtFile

▶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)





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

+Original Threads macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.… & macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.…

-Tools you'll need cl.ly/42171L3L0s2g
-The PS Action for resizing cl.ly/0g0q0w1Y3c3P

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Update:
*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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:iconsterlingnorth:
hey the sartfiletool works but the artfiletool isn't working in 10.7 or 10.8. i did try to build a copy but i had errors in Xcode and don't have a working knowledge of programming to sort it out. could you try out this copy because I'm sure I'm not doing anything wrong. 
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont think u need Xcode in anything but anyway the tools works ,i even used them on Yose and all worked without any probs ,what exactly are the steps u did? ,and what are the errors u r getting ?.
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hi, i meant that i had tried to build a copy of this github.com/alexzielenski/artFi…

here is the problem i get when building from Xcode i.imgur.com/ebzdpR4.png

I followed the steps exactly with the tools here i.imgur.com/yiNvgH5.png

could you download the artfiletool from the link on this page and test that out just to check if its a problem on my side?

and possibly upload another copy of the artfiletools somewhere? 

i also tested the artfiletool on 10.9 and its not working. it didn't work on 10.7 or 10.8 either  
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
here are the tools cl.ly/42171L3L0s2g/art-sart.zi… ,i dont know why its not working on ur side but in here they working just fine even on Yose. 
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the lion tools work! i am extremely grateful! it seems that it was the artfiletool from the journal page that was the problem, the artfile tool didn't work on 10.7, 10.8, 10.9. ill test on mavericks to see if the newer copy of the artfiletool works and update here. 
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
btw 10.7 is lion which have a tool of its own ,but from 10.8 and up they all use the same tool.
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SterlingNorth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
ok understood. its just the journal page did state that the tools worked on lion and ml
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i meant that it can't work on less than Lion ,anyway i updated journal with the new zip.,sorry for the confusion.
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p10tr Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2014
You mention in "update 2" that edge selector is hardcoded...how does flavours fix that problem?? (10.9.4)
Also, in previous versions of os x, i was able to edit the menu bar color and add transparency through photoshop since it had to be deactivated through system preferences, and it worked!...but with 10.9.4 adding transparency through photoshop doesn't work at all. Do you know how to fix this issue?

thank you!
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Flavors use a hook to apply the edge selector u make in the app ,about the menu bar when u say u edited the trans with PS do u mean the wallpaper trick or is it something else ?
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p10tr Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
ah okay, do you know any resources/tutorials on creating hooks? is a hook also applied to the menubar drop down menu color or is there an easier solution to that?

for example, in Snow Leopard, wanting to change the color of the menu bar:
- in system preferences, "translucent menu bar" needs to be deselected for it to work
- i still wanted a semi-transparent menu bar however, so when editing the png from SArtFile.bin (i believe it was index 116) in PS, i would first do a color overlay of the color i wanted, and then just simply change the opacity of the layer to 70%, then re-save the png back into SArtFile. This worked and made the menu bar semi-transparent..at one point i even set the opacity all the way to 0% to get a completely transparent menu bar and it worked (it looked awesome!).
- in mavericks, i took the same steps...I applied the color overlay to blue, then made the layer 70% transparent, but when i logged back in, something weird happened...the menu bar wasn't transparent or even blue, it turned into a darkish red color.

sorry for such a long post, but i hope this answers your question! Here's how my menu bar looks so far thanks to your help! (chicago themed!)

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CTF0 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
- if u want to make a hook u might as well learn how to make a SIMBL plugin ,u could of played a with the nib file that is responsible of the menu but apple locked that too.

- about the red color in the menubar thats the Extras2 file.

- about SL u simply need to forget about it because apple took a completely different approach after that os :( and as for the transparency OSX accepts a certain amount cant tell how much exactly as i've done that over a year ago but check this ctf0.deviantart.com/art/Aero-E… which ML was the last OS to support such a theory ,btw have u tried flavours i believe u can achieve what u want through it.
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ompro Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Can the above info be updated for Mavericks and even more important Yosemite, please? I think a lot has changed in Yosemite?!
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mav can use the same info above except for a couple which i think anyone made it this far can figure them out ,about Yose am still waiting for the GM release then i will update it accordingly.
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ompro Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
All info I need for now is how to change the menu bar in Yosemite.
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i think most of the ui in yose will be a code more than an img files ,but as i don't have it yet i cant confirm any.
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ompro Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I see.
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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!
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont have em as i dont have ML but u can get gpopper.deviantart.com/art/gra… and use Pacifist to extract the originals u want.
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CuH2O Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
thanks
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linkjavaux Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Hi,
Firstly thanks you
Now i've got a question about the apple logo, why if i use blank picture i still see an apple ?
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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.
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linkjavaux Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
where can we change the X2 files ? it's possible ?
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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.
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linkjavaux Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
hi, 

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 img34.imageshack.us/img34/4394…
thanks 
 Thanks for everything! 
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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.
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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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CTF0 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
on whatever os of mac u cant have what u r asking for (trans menubar with blank mac logo) at least from what i've seen or read.
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linkjavaux Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
thanks
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mamanhere Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
nice!
do you have any more hints to theme ML ? i'd like to replace my window styles - or 'titlebar' as in Windows, but i didn't know which image to replace :/

btw, macthemes are down atm
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
send me a ss of what u mean.
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mamanhere Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
[link] - the one with red box
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
u can make anything u want to that area with ps ,but safari have a bug as i mentioned above ,so thats why u should use flavours.
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furjiu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
can you help me how to decode my sartfiles with the sartfilestool
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
check the readme for every tool.
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MaverickLeeDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any way to change the apple icon when the menubar is translucent? Thanks :)
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MaverickLeeDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant. :) Thank you so much!
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tsdi Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
thanks girl-- but every time i change 11 and 12 in sartfile, the login screen gets messed up
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CTF0 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
11 & 12 dont do anything with the login screen ,even if u made them too small or too big it will only effect its place on the menu ,maybe u did something wrong with another file.
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