Today’s icon is FaceTime, and with it came a rather annoying and disappointing realisation. After grabbing a quick screenshot of iOS 7 featuring the FaceTime icon, I started putting together the design with its iOS 7-inspired bright green colouring. However, once I put it in the Dock next to the other icons (especially Messages), the other looked bland and washed out in comparison.
It was then that I realised that my colours had been based on a TIFF file, rather than a JPEG or PNG, and having opened it in Preview rather than directly in Pixelmator, the colours had ended up being incorrect. Seeing as I’d used this image for the majority of the icons so far, it dawned on me that the error went further than just the Messages icon.
So, today I did two things. First, I created the FaceTime icon, mixing the colouring and icon shape from iOS 7 with the design for OS X and coming up with an icon I’m really happy with. Secondly, I went back through my previous designs with a brand new iOS 7 screenshot, correcting all the colours that were wrong and generally making the whole icon set a lot more vibrant, as you’ll be probably notice from the screenshot of FaceTime below:
Not all the icons needed updating; below are links back to the original posts, which have been updated to include the new designs. I haven’t erased the old designs, as some people may still prefer them. Below those on this page are links to my other designs, which have remained unchanged, so there’s no need to re-download them. There’s a before and after shot at the bottom of this post, too, so you can see the differences.
Apologies for the confusion caused here, and for my foolishness. I’m annoyed that I missed it for so long (I knew there was something wrong with the colouring on the Messages icon!) but I’m glad I caught it now before I designed the entire set of icons. Let me know if you have any issues with the icons now and I’ll do my best to help.
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