App Icons Difficult to Read (Windows)

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The new app icon for the June updates are extremely small onthe Windows taskbar. See image attached in relation to other icons such asChrome, acrobat etc. Not only Lightroom icons but also Bridge and Photoshop. Changingthe size of the taskbar settings makes no difference. This is only a problem onWindows. The icons in the dock on Mac OS are a reasonable size.

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Mike Schwabauer

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Yeah, but even on Mac they get "lost" if your desktop background is dark. The removal of the color border on the icons was a bit of a mistake in my opinion.
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A small border would really help the look of the icons.  They do get "lost" on a dark background on my Mac


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And/or the font should be larger. With so little contrast there, the new icons appear (by far) to be the smallest icons of any on my task bar...

Which just seems strange.
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Adobe explains a little of the process here:
 
https://theblog.adobe.com/evolving-our-brand-identity/
 
...but removing the icon border without increasing the font or icon size leads us to where we are now.
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and sadly, the lockup on that page has a mistake between the png and the gif. A screenshot + overlay reveals that the typography is aligned differently within the square.
Also, throughout the Adobe suite, the Splash and About icons are a different size/ratio and the app name aligns differently too...
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The blog doesn't explain why removing the border helps them accommodate the range of operating systems and devices. It just says:

"Creative Cloud and all product logos will have rounded corners so that the system can flex to accommodate the range of operating systems and devices our products can be used on. We are removing the border for this reason as well."
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another issue... aside from the size and readability on a dark UI, the CC icon is misaligned by 1px. Here's a capture edited for visibility and the orange icon showing what the size should have been:


and is it me, or did they not update the CC logo with the new spectrum background?
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If the size of the icons bothers you, there is the option to change the icons in Windows 10.
Right click desktop shortcut and choose properties, then click on Change icon button in the Shortcut tab..
You can select from some other icons in:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic\Resources\Installer\InstallerIcon
or create your own in Photoshop (store them outside of Adobe folders so that updates do not delete them, you will have to reapply them though)
You can change the icon on taskbar/start menu too.

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or Adobe could just design them to be more readable? The dark UI's are nothing new, but it seems they forgot to test against all the different background preferences.
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agree,
The previous set of icons with rounded corners was good and more convenient.
New icons look like knocked-out tooth among others teeth, it's small and falls out from icons line.




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ugh. The borders were there for a functional reason... wasn't just a design decision. It's baffling to me that they didn't realize this.