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COLOURED ICONS! - Blender Today Live #61


This tiny tweak yet major improvement finally made it to the properties editor. Plus a whole lot of UI updates, fixes and the usual Q&A. Tune in Blender Today Live 61!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Great new features...colored icons are a great way to link UI flow together!
    Can't find the link to the PEPELAND BRUSH PACK. Can someone post it please?


    • Solid coloring IS coloring by definition. In my opinion I think the solid color icons work better than complex gradients with drop-shadows, fades, etc. Fancy icons are not required to improve their functionality. The main focus should be what you can create using the functions the icons represent and not the look of the actual icons themselves. Again, in my opinion, a basic clean UI is way better than a fancy one. The solid colors are a very nice touch BUT even they weren't required to improve overall functionality of the tools. I'd much rather the developers continue focusing on the tools themselves (which are already amazing) and not making the UI pretty. These comments are not intended to spark a debate but to present another angle in which to understand workflow options.

  2. It's a start. I can understand why the single colour icons fit better with the 2.8 look, and as soon as I started up this new version it was good to see the material icon instantly obvious in a different colour... although why is a beach ball used to mean "material"? I immediately made the 2.8 Object icon a golden yellow colour, just like the 2.79 Object (cube) icon, which is still a much better icon to mean "Object" than 2.8's "framing" icon.

    These icons are still not as clear as 2.79, but at least now they allow you to build a 'colour=function' mind-map in your brain, as all icons should. I'm sure it won't take long to learn a new scheme.

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