Create a “Sky” and “Wood” Custom Dock

75 Comments

I learned that the background on the Dock in Leopard is a set of 4 PNG image files, and I got the hamsters running. I made Sky and Wood for you, and here’s what they look like:

Installation

showcontents.jpg To ‘install’ them, go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock and click on the gear icon in the Finder window.

Select “Show Package Contents” and then go to Contents/Resources/ and copy these files in. They will replace the system images, so be sure to backup the originals!

Download Sky
Download Wood

75 Comments

dennis

just a quick thanks for the wood dock. it looks great and really makes it easier to see what applications are running!

Matt

Luna, if you poke around in that same folder with the dock images, I think there’s a dock item shadow image somewhere. I imagine setting that to fully transparent would do the trick, although I haven’t played with it.

LunaC

Kind of off topic, but has anyone found a way to remove the shadows around the icons in the dock?

badhad

Initially I had the same problem with the new effect appearing to not apply. Simple solution is to change the dock to show as a side bar and then change it back to show at the bottom. Hope this helps others.

Thanks for share. Loving the wood effect – primarily because it makes the dock sooooo much easier to see now. esp the stupid active application glowing ball which was almost impossible to see on the mirrored dock.

Paul Andrews

I finally got it to work, the wood looks great, thanks.
It asked me to authenticate about 10 times before it allowed me to paste the new PNGs in to the folder.

Todd Baur

Actually, I’m kinda glad that the Wood one doesn’t reflect because wood doesn’t reflect naturally unless it is highly polished. So I guess it is all a matter of taste if you like that or not.

Matt

Does it? I noticed that the alpha channel in the pngs seems to specify reflectivity, which is basically transparency, but applied over an image of the area just above the dock, but top-bottom mirrored. This is cute, but it seemed to make it impossible to have “regular” transparency.

Stephanie Guertin

@Elizabeth – Yes, four transparent .pngs produce a very eerie floating-in-midair transparent effect.

Matt

If anybody’s interested, I made a couple dock looks of my one. One is another wood look, although this one with some reflectivity and chrome endcaps, and the other looks like an ice block, with the “running application” indicator also replaced for clarity.

http://www.hine.org/graphic/2007_10_docks/

Timoni Grone

Even with the authorization, I wasn’t able to overwrite the scurve-.pngs until I removed the original files as well (similar to John M’s description).

John M

Todd,

I got it to work. I had to physically remove the old files and then copy and paste in your wood files. It did not replace them if I just did the overwrite thing.

Thank you. Nice job.

John

Todd Baur

When you view the images in the Dock package are they shown as the Wood files or the system ones? I made sure the Finder viewed the Wood before I switched over.

John M

Todd,

I logged in and out. rebooted, did it all even revived all dock files (from backup) then retried wood files still no luck. Hopefully can figure this out someday. Thank you for your help anyway.

John

John M

How many folks here have tried with no success to get this to work. Todd’s work is magnificent but I cannot get it to work. :(

Dave

So they only work if your dock is on the bottom? I set my dock to the left. How do you make them work if you choose that option? Thanks and nicely done.

Todd Baur

I included the original file I cut the sky background from for anyone who is interested in customizing it some more.

John M

Todd,

I noticed that sky has 6 files while wood only has 4? Is that normal?

John M

Todd,

Thank you for the quick response. The files are where they need to be just as per your directions but still no luck after an hour later. BTW, thank you for creating these files as well. I am going to try sky and see what happens.

Todd Baur

If you’re comfortable using Terminal, you can use the command ‘sudo ditto Downloads/Wood/*.png /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/’ (assuming that Downloads/Wood/ is the location of the PNG files.

John M

Hello Todd,

I backed up my dock files and then copied over the wood files and nothing changed even after a reboot. Am I missing something?

Elizabeth

Is it too simple to think that four transparent PNG’s would work to “erase” the dock background entirely, leaving the icons floating above the desktop?

Antonis

Nice. I bet most Leopard-ised tweak utilities (CandyBar, Onyx, Cocktail etc) will automate this process.

How did you get rid of the reflections? IIRC the stock Dock also draws reflections for all icons it carries but I see none in your versions.

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