Thanks, bphlpt, for the very-detailed and well-thought-out
I had prepared a Post -- (that I think you might find interesting) -- before I saw your Post, and I'll present it here after I make some short responses to yours.
you could also try changing BOTH the letter AND outline to red. That would give a 3 pixel width amount of color, so would be a larger amount of the color
This wouldn't work in userbars having the small 5-pixel-tall bitmap letters with their 1-pixel outline. Consider the letter "E" for example. If we colored the letter AND the outline red, we would wind up with a solid-red rectangle. We'd have similar unreadable results for all the other letters too.
However, your concept is indeed applicable when using taller letters.
For example, when I have some text that looks a little too "scrawny", I commonly beef it up by giving it a 1, 2, 3, or even a 4 pixel outline (i.e., "stroke").
This is the "poor man's" way to "own" a lot of bold fonts. (lol)
I think you and I both appreciate subtlety.
For sure, on my end, bphlpt !
But it has to be *effective* subtlety.
Subtlety that is so subtle as to have no effect is a waste of time, IMO.
My Post here does concern what I feel is an example of effective subtlety in the Primus userbar.
But I knew you would want your work to be appreciated by as wide an audience as possible - otherwise, why post it anywhere at all?
I would tend to agree with your statement if it read, "I would want my work to be appreciated by a wide audience".
Eliminate the "as possible", because that could lead to my modifying (i.e., watering down) my *true* artistic intents, and that wouldn't be fair to my artistic "spirit".
Plus, you can't satisfy *everybody*.
As far as those artists who make art of absolutely no interest to *anyone* but *themselves*: an art teacher of mine called them "artistic masturbators".
Well, I'll now present the Post I had prepared.
Regarding bphlpt's Post concerning his not being able to see well the red pulsations in my Primus userbar:
I wanted to investigate a little further, *visually*, so I made two additional versions of the userbar.
Each version was really easy to make by using the following steps:
I copied all my JPEG frames for the version with the red pulsations into a new folder, opened each JPEG, looked for the red outline, colored in the outline with the new-version-outline color, and saved and closed each JPEG.
All this took about half an hour per version, including the animation.
In the first version, I "threw subtlety out the window" to achieve *maximum visibility* for the pulsations, just to see how that would look:
The outline color is not black, but it is very dark, and it was sampled from a color in the reddish-brown hair of the image.
As one can see, the dark pulsations are "out of place" with the softness of the rest of the image, and these pulsations compete too strongly for attention with the scrolling of the face images. (IMHO, of course.)
In the second version, I sampled a purple color from the image's tongue and adjusted its luminosity to get a good balance between subtlety and letter visibility.
This purple color is quite a bit darker than the light-brown outlines (so that contrast with the white letters would be strong), but the purple color essentially disappears into the purple-toned background, thereby leaving more or less just the white of the letters:
Even though this image is very "soft", I think it is effective, because the pulsations can be seen clearly because of the way the purple outlines "drop out" (essentially) leaving just the white letters to contrast with the surrounding light-brown outlines, which are always very visible.
Added in a much later edit
In the above discussion, where I said, "This purple color is quite a bit darker than the light-brown outlines", I misspoke.
I meant to say, "This purple color is somewhat darker than the light-brown outlines".
This post has been edited by larryb123456: 05 April 2012 - 09:51 PM