Lightroom UI - Flags icons - Not very clear / Improvement suggested.

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The Flag icon keys in Lighroom are not very clearly designed.
I work on a 26" monitor and always have a hard time telling which does which.
I took a screenshot and zoomed in, I can see that on the corner of each there is a check or cross - however as these take up.. umm 5 pixels in total each and are lost in the corners, they could be improved for sure.

I made up a mock up at native size and also one blown up 200percent to see more clearly.

Note, the above is Adobe, the below is my refined suggestion.

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James Kachan

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  • always bothered by poor design.

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James Kachan

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I should note, I did this in a minute.
more so to raise awareness with the UI and to suggest that it could be reconsidered.
I'm not professing this to be the most perfect design solution, just to spark some ideas and suggest an alternative to the current.

Even a better suggestion might be a further simplication,
Perhaps the "flag" icon could be removed entirely, with just a check mark, empty box and X
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I found these icons totally inscrutable, and even after reading the manual (!), I still have a hard time figuring out the current state. To work around it, I defined library filter presets, so I never have to look at the icons.
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They are hard to read - often unclear that a flag is enabled.
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I agree that working out whether a flag is active or not is too hard. Perhaps the lines could go from dashed (inactive) to solid (active). The current change in brightness is too subtle and I often need to turn them on and off to see what state they are in.
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Perhaps they could look like they do in the grid cells, just dark for inactive and bright for active.
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Perfect - although Adobe would have to come up with something to indicate "unflagged" filtering.

I just noticed the color filter looks the same as the color label indicator on the toolbar (except slightly dimmer), as does the rating star (although slightly dimmer) so having the flags look the same too isn't unprecedented.

PS - I'd like to see the contrast for the rating filter and color label filter brought up to match the toolbar too. I mean they are so close already that its not like its avoiding confusion over which is which.

It'd be worth considering a tiny boost to the Kind filter contrast too, IMO, although they seem not so bad for some reason...
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Kaffeesegler

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... and the german translation is even more irritating
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Mihael Tominšek

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Make icons more intuitive.

Icons for selecting flagged/unflagged/rejected images are hardly recognisable when selected. It is almost impossible to distinguish if selection is made or not. Look at engaged rejected icon: It is so slightly different when disengaged that on weaker laptop screen (at daylight) YOU CAN NOT say... so multiple time clicking is needed to test/see on screen message. 

This is insane how this moder software is more and more dumb in fine details, and renders our efficiency to zero. While Adobe can not possibly be proud of raw performance of ANY of CC software it should at least make it as intuitive as possible. But noooo, blue on grey color (Pr, Af, ...), than light grey on dark grey, than 2D instead of 3D icons, removed shading, visual cues... what not! Adding hurdle of features that are so undercrafted and are "usable" only for smartphone users, while cripplyng performance of whole program. Why Adobe does not improve performance in each new update/version? We would be happy to pay for that. (it was rethoric question).

Creating such a PAIN on long time users and subscribers will tension the "string" until the break point. And there is no point of return then, when other vendors will grab our attention/subscription. Adobe empire will be "Roman Empire" soon. :(((
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I would suggest that Adobe gives us back COLORS in GUI where it would help. We are used to real 3D mechanical world where there is no Light-grey light in a phisical button, on a Dark-grey control board. Lights under buttons are vivid colors. 

Imagine Adobe would make elevator's control panels :)

Please give clear distinction between states. I think of Premiere too (since Lightroom is the least "spoiled" software out of Adobe stable) - buttons are just two flat-plain colors; if some are on, some are off, you can not tell which is which. 

Shading, extrudes, and colors, make software intuitive. Did you know why bees have different-coloured planks at their boxes? Because they remember colors and always intuitively know where to land. So do we know better to land mouse if buttons are color coded. 

Last but not least: Which type of watch you can faster decode - analog or digital? Analog, of course, by just looking at where hand is pointed. While digital watch (af this "unifyed" GUI), you must first read numbers, than decode them... 

Please, consider improving your software, not just stretching our nerves with unfinished new features.