Use Aterm for Transparent Terminal Effects
If you're like me you wind up using the command line a LOT. And when I am in the command line I prefer to at least enjoy the experience. To help add a little joy to this experience I use Aterm. Aterm is the termain emulator that was developed for the AfterStep window manager. That doesn't mean Aterm is exlusive to the AfterStep window manager. You can install and use Aterm on any Linux desktop environment.
But with the plethora of terminal emulators available, why would you add yet another? Aterm offers some features that most other players can not touch. One of the more obvious features is that of transparency. I know, I know - both GNOME and KDE terminals do transparency, but not as easily and as well as aterm. Let's see how this is done.
First and foremost to get aterm to open with various forms of transparency you will be issuing a command. Once you have settled on the exact combination of arguments you like you can then create an icon, launcher, or menu entry to suit your needs.
With that in mind let's take a look at some of the options to allow you to get some funky-ness with aterm.
the first thing we will do is basic transparency. To get basic transparency you execute the aterm command like so:
To expedite coolness I am going to add a couple of switches:
aterm -tr -fg white -bg blue +sb
The above command will produce an aterm like you see below.
What I did with the above command is:
- tr - Enable transparency
- fg - Change the forground color (text)
- bf - Background color (highlight)
- sb - With the "+" symbol the scroll bar is turned off
That is not all we can do. Let's add the following:
tint - Add a tinting color to the transparency
fade - Fade the contents of the aterm window when it no longer has focus. The amount is from 0-100 with 0 being the most fade.
Here's what the command aterm -tr -tint blue -fade 50 -fg white -bg blue +sb will look like.
Naturally you'll want to play around with colors and fade amounts depending upon your theme/background.
This has given you but a taste of what the aterm terminal emulator can do. If you're like me, and you like some desktop eye candy, this is a great way to get it without having to pump up your resources or spend all day tweaking.Advertisement