Mod Your Dock Skin & Icons

by Scott Chitwood • Monday October 4th, 2010
Posted in Dock Skins & Mods, Snow Leopard UI Mods

Here’s another installment in our little series that explores the idea of modding our Mac OS X UI in small steps; replacing the Dock skin and default icons.

Mod Your Dock Skin & Icons

All of our target images are located within the Dock resources…


Images specific to the Dock skin are listed below.  Replacing all of the images is not required.

  • frontline.png
  • indicator_large.png
  • indicator_medium_simple.png
  • indicator_medium.png
  • indicator_small_simple.png
  • indicator_small.png
  • scurve-l.png
  • scurve-m.png
  • scurve-sm.png
  • scurve-xl.png
  • separator.png
  • separatorstraight-horizontal.png
  • separatorstraight.png
  • shadow.png

Icon images are…

  • dashboard.png
  • finder.png
  • trashempty.png
  • trashfull.png

Replacing the Dock skin images is as easy as drag and drop to overwrite the existing files — don’t forget to back up those up before you dig in.  Icon images are another method…

  • Icon images should be opened in an image editor.
  • Select All, then Clear/Delete the original image.
  • Copy and Paste a new image into the existing document.
  • Close/Save.

Easy cake my happy little UI Chefs!  One final step, launch the Terminal and use the ‘killall -KILL Dock’ command to restart the Dock to see your nifty mod work.

At the present, there happens to be a great selection of Dock skins available for download at deviantART.  LeopardDocks also has nice gallery but, as of this article date, the domain and contents are for sale so it may not be around much longer.

My screenshot features LedMetal by elpinchoDesigns.  As a personal mod I desaturated the indicators in Photoshop to change them from blue to grey.

Disclaimer: Apply this UI mod at your own risk, Rampant Mac not responsible for damage/loss.


  1. Cubixel
         October 5, 2010

    Cool, some new ones I haven’t seen! Cheers,.

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