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Look into Compiz-fusion, and if you wan't like a mac feel popup bar on the bottom, there's always google to search the tons that there are. Seriously, just search for "ubuntu kde eye candy" or something on that line.
For the kicker menu button, you can use kbfx and for colouring the panel you can use an image. Kbfx is an applet, so after installing it, you have to add it to the panel in the same way you add other applets. You can get kbfx and its themes from kde-look.org. You simply drag the images from the theme to the kbfx applet and the button will be automatically changed. Backgrounds for your panel are also available from kde-look.org (search for kicker).