Re: [Gimp-developer] [enhancement] Improved layer-visibility icons

> From: speakwithbruce gmail com
> Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 05:07:37 +1000
> To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] [enhancement] Improved layer-visibility icons
> Nice idea. 
> I did some experimenting with your mock-up image.Below is an image of 50% opacity and 50% dither with a solid grey line.
> I found dithering the dash made the icon not look very much like an eye. (I didn't test out making it opaque.)
>I think I'm leaning more towards the 50% opacity with the line through it than the 50% dither with the line through it (simply because the > icon is clearer), but both are pretty good.

A grey slash over the icon is also an improvement -- the current icon just has too much visual 'weight'.  Quick experiment: apply a 3-5px blur over the current icons and which one is more easily noticed from 5 feet away?  The one that indicates a hidden layer . . . but why?

Perhaps it's also that long slash is long.  Trimming it by a few pixels on each end can also reduce its visual weight.  Attaching another mockup for brainstorming and discussion:

- Right column shows what the icon would look like with the slash trimmed 3px from each end.
- Second row has the slash lightened by 50%, now grey instead of black.  The rest of the icon is unchanged.
- Bottom row has the entire icon lightened by 50%.

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