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Heroes Community > Turban Tribunal > Thread: Attn Pixel Artists: HC Icon Contest
Thread: Attn Pixel Artists: HC Icon Contest This thread is 7 pages long: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 · «PREV / NEXT»
Stevie
Stevie


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posted November 12, 2014 10:44 PM
Edited by Stevie at 23:07, 12 Nov 2014.

alcibiades said:
I kind of liked the blue text, but I can see the point of the blue being very hard to tell from the dark grey. One could play with a lighter blue colour, but just to throw in some other options to compare with, here's also green and orange:










Text color seems too weak now.

I don't agree with Heroes 2/3 favoritism. Pretty unfounded, especially given that there's no telling what you're looking at in the first place. And a colored text on top of that makes it even more difficult. Barely a difference if you'd ask me. Plus, I'm trying to keep up with the present a bit. Like, the people you want to give these icons to are working on Heroes VII under Ubisoft, almost 20 years after the first Heroes. Some might not like that, but we need to start facing reality at some point.

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Salamandre
Salamandre


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Omnipresent Hero
Wog refugee
posted November 13, 2014 12:10 AM

Bah, lower the hammer opacity first, the thing is unreadable.

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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted November 13, 2014 01:29 AM
Edited by Galaad at 06:03, 13 Nov 2014.

For my second attempt I used the hammer idea but along with an anvil, as I thought the hammer alone is too much of a weapon, while with the anvil, we understand it is for constructing purpose. The blue, grey/blue, light/blue didn't turn out so well so I kept the red.



Maybe like this is better ?

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TDL said:
Can you try to see how developer looks like with that background

I actually like the bow idea too, though it is true it may differ too much.

     

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mvassilev
mvassilev


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posted November 13, 2014 07:20 AM
Edited by mvassilev at 07:21, 13 Nov 2014.

alcibiades said:

This one is my favorite so far.
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fred79
fred79


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posted November 13, 2014 07:22 AM
Edited by fred79 at 07:23, 13 Nov 2014.

the red doesn't stand out well from the background graphic. i would opt for purple lettering, or maybe teal.

lowering the contrast of the hammer would help, as well.

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Maurice
Maurice

Hero of Order
Part of the furniture
posted November 13, 2014 09:10 AM

The weapon in the background of the text has been something that has always irked me somewhat. The problem has to do with contrast; the weapon is very dark, while it's placed in a very light (white) background. Text is partially over the weapon, partially over the background. In order to have enough contrast with the weapon, it needs to be light, but in order to have enough contrast with the background, it needs to be dark. So, to meet both demands, the text has to be somewhere in between, not really contrasting with either the background or the weapon, decreasing readability as a whole.

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alcibiades
alcibiades


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of Gold Dragons
posted November 13, 2014 07:29 PM
Edited by alcibiades at 23:24, 13 Nov 2014.

Maurice said:
The weapon in the background of the text has been something that has always irked me somewhat. The problem has to do with contrast; the weapon is very dark, while it's placed in a very light (white) background. Text is partially over the weapon, partially over the background. In order to have enough contrast with the weapon, it needs to be light, but in order to have enough contrast with the background, it needs to be dark. So, to meet both demands, the text has to be somewhere in between, not really contrasting with either the background or the weapon, decreasing readability as a whole.

Yes, this is pretty accurate, which means that basically, the only way to avoid contrast problems is to separate the text from the images. Which is doable and would leave us with something like this:







EDIT >

Added blue version of developer icon:


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Adrius
Adrius


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Stand and fight!
posted November 13, 2014 07:34 PM

^ perfecter.

That's a word now.
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Storm-Giant
Storm-Giant


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On the Other Side!
posted November 13, 2014 07:38 PM

OMG, those look just perfect!
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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted November 13, 2014 08:38 PM

Indeed they look great !!!
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Maurice
Maurice

Hero of Order
Part of the furniture
posted November 13, 2014 08:49 PM

What are the size constraints on the images? I plan on making some myself, but I need to know the dimensions allowed .

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Stevie
Stevie


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posted November 13, 2014 08:54 PM

I went for 125x25 pixels.

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LizardWarrior
LizardWarrior


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Legendary Hero
the reckoning is at hand
posted November 13, 2014 09:05 PM
Edited by LizardWarrior at 21:06, 13 Nov 2014.

Just an idea






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Storm-Giant
Storm-Giant


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On the Other Side!
posted November 13, 2014 09:08 PM

@LW: Your idea is nice, but they look so small...
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LizardWarrior
LizardWarrior


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Legendary Hero
the reckoning is at hand
posted November 13, 2014 09:09 PM

Storm-Giant said:
@LW: Your idea is nice, but they look so small...


well...I can make them bigger

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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted November 13, 2014 09:33 PM

Very nice LizardWarrior, you managed to change it all while keeping the old-school touch
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Valeriy
Valeriy

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Naughty, Naughty Valeriy
posted November 13, 2014 09:35 PM
Edited by Valeriy at 21:40, 13 Nov 2014.

A strong entry indeed from Alci. I'm curious what the Developer text colour options would look like with the new text arrangement. Another thought - what about trying to improve the readability of the text by adding a 1px outer glow around the text - white colour with 50% transparency. Don't know if that would look good, just an idea for places where letters go over the image.

Dimensions: the icon must be approximately the same size as the current ones. Not too much wider or taller.

Nostalgia/Future: modernization was not part of the scope of this contest. Contestants are welcome to make designs based on modern graphics for fun, and who knows, maybe an amazing entry will blow us away, but to avoid disappointment keep in mind that the contest is about working within the existing theme/style.
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Maurice
Maurice

Hero of Order
Part of the furniture
posted November 13, 2014 09:39 PM

Here's what I just cooked up. I'm posting different sizes, just so you can judge readability.












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Stevie
Stevie


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posted November 13, 2014 10:46 PM
Edited by Stevie at 01:58, 14 Nov 2014.

I strongly feel that those are good in and of themselves but not appropriate for this forum.

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Maurice
Maurice

Hero of Order
Part of the furniture
posted November 13, 2014 10:55 PM

Because of the rather dark background? At least, now that I've posted them here, I do feel it's rather dark in and of itself.

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