[texworks] Icon v5 (was: About the Icon Design)
jfkthame at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 16 17:43:21 CEST 2009
On 16 Jul 2009, at 13:59, Jérome Laurens wrote:
> Le 15 juil. 09 à 20:11, Stefan Löffler a écrit :
>> Now I did (try) ;). See attachment.
>> * Added more depth
>> * Changed the camera angle to include 3rd side and to show the
>> depth a
>> little better
>> * Made the edges of the T straight
>> * Some minor changes (I had to adjust light positions to keep the
>> highlights, make the specular color of the ink slightly blue-ish to
>> it from flooding the image with white, etc.)
>> Remarks, comments, criticisms, suggestions, ... anyone?
> It is much better but I still feel a bit uncomfortable with it.
> My problem is that blender creates an image too close to the reality
> to accept some inconsistent details.
> The main problem is that a movable metal type is a very small object
> whereas you have given it a bigger size (I guess but I am pretty
> sure you did)
> This causes 2 problems
> 1) the perspective is exaggerated: the top side is twice as big as
> the bottom side, which means that the distance between the eye and
> the top side is half the distance between the eye and the bottom
> side. Either the observer is at 5mm of the type or the type is 50cm
> deep... None is realistic.
I'm not sure the "apparent size" issue is really a problem; if the
icon implies that my eye is 5mm from the piece of type, fine! It's
obviously greatly magnified, and so I don't have any clear expectation
as to where the observer's viewpoint should be in relation to the
object. But yes, reducing the perspective effect a bit would probably
be good; it seems rather over-dramatic, IMO.
> 2) the shadows are not properly rendered. Actually, you are using a
> point light source, hence the very precisely shaped shadow regions.
> In reality, the object is smaller that the light source, which means
> that the shadows must be blurred.
A little blur might be nice, but I'd keep it quite limited, otherwise
I don't think it'll hold up well at smaller sizes.
> I have played with inkscape (to evaluate it more seriously), here is
> what I ended with:<tw-16-1.png>
> It is tango style. Very nice technically, but it is far too naive
> IMO, not as pro as firefox icon:-(
That's nice; the addition of the pen could add interest to the icon,
while maintaining the distinctiveness of the T on a piece of type.
And the "TeXworks" branding on the pen is a lovely touch. :) (Except
that the "w" should be lowercase, please!) But yes, the style --
although quite tango-like, and might work if it was only for use on
small toolbar buttons -- is much too simplistic for an application
icon. The "pseudo-photographic" look of the Blender images is much
(BTW, as regards size of the "objects", the pen and type are of course
completely out of proportion to each other! But I don't actually think
> Stefan, would it be possible to render the background type in a
> similar position ?
> Then maybe we can add a pen.
Yes, if we had the Blender-rendered T (rotated somewhat), with the
addition of a pen that's more like the one in Jérôme's first image, I
think the result could look really good. Excellent work, guys! :)
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