I had a clear task bar panel and when a light colored background rotated in it was hard to read the time (Make that impossible when it was a white background.) It wasn't just reading the clock, I found the background coming between the Icons distracting. So just changing the fonts was not going to get the result I wanted.
First I tried turning of translucency in the Graphics section of PCC, and looked at settings for Translucency in Desktop Setting under Look & Feel. But neither changed the transparent task panel.
I kept digging and I finally found it. This is probably basic for most of you, but I learn a lot by looking at what other people have done to customized their DE.
Here is where to change it:
Configure Your Desktop
Look & Feel
Advanced User Settings
I changed it from Glassified to Oxygen and that gave me a nice shaded task panel. Still translucent but now darker so the white letters of the time date show up even with a white background. I really like how it looks now.
Let's see what can I change next.