Taking a break from battling iCloud to clean up this icon a bit. I find it hard to stop incessantly tweaking little details. I finally got to a point where my revisions looked worse, and I had to backtrack a little, so that's usually a good sign that I should stop.
The main change here is that I lowered the contrast on the cover, so that top corner isn't quite so bright, and the bottom is a bit brighter. It's harder to tell in the smaller versions, but I also toned down the texture quite a bit—it's a huge improvement on the large sizes. Then I spent far too long adjusting shadows and sharpening. I also cleaned up the 32px version quite a bit, and created a new 16px version.
For comparison, I've attached a full view of the original and new versions (minus the 1024 size).
11 months ago
Love the improvements.
The text is readable on all the versions except a bit less the biggest one. There, the textures are taking the prominence over the type. I'd suggest toning the texture down about 5%-10% on that part. Otherwise, this gives such a vintage vibe that I think is consistent with the interface.
I think strap would look better if it was a tad bit thinner (not less than half though). Love the golden shine… :)
You've done a great job. You're right about the contrast.
@Tim Van Damme said it, the improvements are spot on.
Redoing the 16px icon was a great idea. I wonder how retina displays handle small icons like that. I think a modified version of the 16px version (16@2x) would look better on a retina screen than the 32px version (32@2x) at that small size. The improvements are looking great, Mike!
Nevermind, I read up on it and you provide two .icns files, one with @2x resources.
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