How can I replace a single Icon (In my case Inkscape and terminator) without interfering with my current Icon theme.

Since I use the elementary+ Icon theme it has an orange Inkscape Icon and I don't find anything Orange in it therefore I made a couple of different Icons for it following the HIG. How do I place these Icons so that it Do Not Replace the Old Theme Icons (i.e. there files) but my icons are used in the system.

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    Why aren't you contributing them to elementary+? To be honest, I don't like the elementary+ Inkscape icon, either...
    – Rafael
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 10:47
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    becuse I do know that a lot of people are doing fine with the default Orange Icon Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 10:49
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    @Adityaultra You could propose your new icon to the elementary+ maintainers nontheless; I'm under the impression they're very grateful for every contributors and if they like your icon, I'm sure they'd accept it.
    – embik
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:12
  • Here's My icon imgur.com/MHimp43 Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 13:56

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I also wanted to customize some icons from elementaryPlus theme. Here is a solution which however requires a little bit of command line juggling. Basically I created a custom icon theme which inherits from the original elementaryPlus theme:

# Make sure the target directory exists
mkdir ~/.icons

# Copy original elementaryPlus icon theme
cp -r /usr/share/icons/elementaryPlus ~/.icons

# Rename new icon theme
cd ~/.icons && mv elementaryPlus elementaryPlusCustomized

# Remove existing icons from new icon theme
cd ~/.icons/elementaryPlusCustomized && find . -type f -not -name index.theme -delete

# Edit index.theme file from new icon theme and change Name and Inherits values:
# Name=elementary+ Customized
# Inherits=elementaryPlus
scratch-text-editor ~/.icons/elementaryPlusCustomized/index.theme

# Use new icon theme
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'elementaryPlusCustomized'

Now the icons in the new theme will be preferred over the original ones. It's also safe to update the original elementaryPlus theme.

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    You don't even need to copy the whole elementaryPlus theme, all you need is the modified index.theme. Put your alternative icons in the corresponding folders, that's all.
    – Rafael
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:32
  • @Rafael Right, you really need just the index.theme file and the directory structure. There are several ways how to achieve it and I didn't want to create the directories manually. Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 14:45

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