What is the secret to creating good small icons?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Ramon F Herrera, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

    Example 1:

    There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
    have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
    many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
    fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
    hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
    simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
    You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
    Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

    Example 2:

    During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
    Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
    for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
    him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
    external glasses.

    More on this later...

    -Ramon


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin
     
    Ramon F Herrera, Apr 4, 2009
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  2. On Apr 4, 5:13 pm, Mike Russell <> wrote:
    > On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:10:30 -0700 (PDT), Ramon F Herrera wrote:
    > > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin

    >
    > An icon if ever I saw one, LOL.
    > --


    The pun was completely unintended. :)

    -RFH
     
    Ramon F Herrera, Apr 4, 2009
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  3. Ramon F Herrera

    ImageAnalyst Guest

    On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <> wrote:
    > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.
    >
    > Example 1:
    >
    > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
    > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
    > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
    > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
    > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
    > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
    > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
    > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.
    >
    > Example 2:
    >
    > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
    > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
    > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
    > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
    > external glasses.
    >
    > More on this later...
    >
    > -Ramon
    >
    > http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ramon:
    I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
    your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
    it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
    Photoshop until it looks good.

    It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
    completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
    sidewalk paintings:
    http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/amazing-3d-sidewalk-art-photos/
    Regards,
    ImageAnalyst
     
    ImageAnalyst, Apr 5, 2009
    #3
  4. On Apr 4, 10:22 pm, ImageAnalyst <> wrote:
    > On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

    >
    > > Example 1:

    >
    > > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
    > > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
    > > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
    > > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
    > > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
    > > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
    > > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
    > > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

    >
    > > Example 2:

    >
    > > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
    > > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
    > > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
    > > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
    > > external glasses.

    >
    > > More on this later...

    >
    > > -Ramon

    >
    > >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shro...

    >
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Ramon:
    > I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
    > your subject line.  Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
    > it to create your icon.  If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
    > Photoshop until it looks good.
    >
    > It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
    > completely different from a distance.  Just look at this guy's
    > sidewalk paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/amazing-3d-sidewalk-art-photos/
    > Regards,
    > ImageAnalyst



    Hi IA,

    My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
    the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset. They
    certainly did it with you.

    Incidentally, thanks for posting a link to those photos.
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to anchor the head of a person to
    restrict his view to/from a fixed place. People have a habit of moving
    their heads around, and changing their point of view (this time, the
    pun was intentional).

    What should be clear from my examples is something well known by
    graphic artists aka graphic designers: their occupation involves both
    cerebral hemispheres. Their trade is both an art and a science. The
    Turin example is artistic, while the Hoffman lenses come from a
    scientific discipline.

    -Ramon
     
    Ramon F Herrera, Apr 5, 2009
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  5. Ramon F Herrera

    Richard Guest

    "Ramon F Herrera" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On Apr 4, 10:22 pm, ImageAnalyst <> wrote:
    > On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

    >
    > > Example 1:

    >
    > > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
    > > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
    > > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
    > > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
    > > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
    > > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
    > > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
    > > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

    >
    > > Example 2:

    >
    > > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
    > > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
    > > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
    > > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
    > > external glasses.

    >
    > > More on this later...

    >
    > > -Ramon

    >
    > >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shro...

    >
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Ramon:
    > I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
    > your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
    > it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
    > Photoshop until it looks good.
    >
    > It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
    > completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
    > sidewalk
    > paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/amazing-3d-sidewalk-art-photos/
    > Regards,
    > ImageAnalyst



    >Hi IA,


    >My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
    >the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset.


    Perhaps this will help until such time that you have "completely delivered"
    the
    question:
    http://www.lullabot.com/articles/creating_awesome_new_icons

    Richard
     
    Richard, Apr 5, 2009
    #5
  6. On Apr 5, 3:53 am, "Richard" <> wrote:
    > "Ramon F Herrera" <> wrote in messagenews:...
    > On Apr 4, 10:22 pm, ImageAnalyst <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <> wrote:

    >
    > > > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

    >
    > > > Example 1:

    >
    > > > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
    > > > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
    > > > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
    > > > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
    > > > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
    > > > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
    > > > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
    > > > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

    >
    > > > Example 2:

    >
    > > > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
    > > > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
    > > > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
    > > > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
    > > > external glasses.

    >
    > > > More on this later...

    >
    > > > -Ramon

    >
    > > >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shro....

    >
    > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > Ramon:
    > > I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
    > > your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
    > > it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
    > > Photoshop until it looks good.

    >
    > > It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
    > > completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
    > > sidewalk
    > > paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/amazing-3d-sidewalk-art-photos/
    > > Regards,
    > > ImageAnalyst
    > >Hi IA,
    > >My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
    > >the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset.

    >
    > Perhaps this will help until such time that you have "completely delivered"
    > the
    > question:http://www.lullabot.com/articles/creating_awesome_new_icons
    >
    > Richard



    Thanks, Richard. That looks like a terrific resource, from the
    distance AND up close. :)

    -Ramon
     
    Ramon F Herrera, Apr 5, 2009
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