If any links are dead sorry....this is quite old and from what I've posted on 2 other forums
Metacity Theme Editor
general (know the environment)
Help other than here
Tinkering and hacking others themes is necessary to really get it. Docs are very limited. So get stuff and hack! That's what I did.
you need images for pixmap themes and practice?
the .wba extension is seen as a zip type by file-roller
Whether gtk, metacity, or icon theming, errors may or may not be printed in vt1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1) depending on the distro you use. Mandrake used to, but doesn't seem to anymore. Debian's and Fedora do. You can easily get the errors by running
in an X terminal (Gnome Terminal, Aterm, Eterm, Xterm, rxvt etc....).
Metacity has a nice tool. The
Run it from an X terminal;
and you can find out how fast it loads and errors pointing to any problems with loading the theme. It opens a gui to show you all the different aspects of the theme.
Scalable Vector Graphics
This is what I'm currently interested in and researching. Instead of pixmap, you can make svg/gtk and metacity themes, and of course icon themes.
(has a built in tutorial)
oh, and GIB
if the downlaod isn't available I have them here