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Re: XP-style icons broken

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2007-11-14 19:03:34 CET

Stefan KŁng wrote:
> Simon Large wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>>
>> The XP-style icons seem to have undergone a non-optimal change, from
>> being clear and bright to smaller, fainter and fuzzier. Looks like a
>> rescaling of a larger icon? Screen shots of the before and after
>> attached.
>
> They're not 'broken' :)
> I took the liberty of recreating them as vector graphics to make sure
> we can get any size we need in the future (Vista now has 256x256 icons).
> They're now made from the svg files located here:
> http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/svn/tortoisesvn/trunk/src/Resources/svg/Overlays
>

It's really not possible to create good 16x16 or smaller icons by
scaling down vector graphics. When you get that small, it really is
necessary to create distinct bitmaps because things like antialiasing,
gradients etc. just don't look right.

You can see this in most of Windows' icons; the 16x16 versions often
look very different from the bigger versions and often omit details that
don't scale well. I agree with Simon, the new ones are very difficult to
see; maybe it would be possible to keep the old 16x16 icons but use the
vector graphics for larger ones?

toby

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