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Bluish Silver to Brown font This has been bugging me

#1 User is offline Dark Sonic 

Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:26 PM

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I'm talking about the Sonic logo. Why is that gradient used not only here, but everywhere at that time? I can't find other examples, but this is definitely not the first time I've seen this color combo used.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:32 PM

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You mean the chrome brushing?

Yeah that was a big thing back then. You don't see it as often but you do see it. It's a social leftover from the 80's

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Are you talking about the colors inside the S O N I C?

I always thought it was a desert in the logo.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

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To make it clear, yes that's what I'm referring to, the "SONIC" part

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Yeah, that's chrome brushing. It's a default gradient in a lot of image editing software.

It was really popular on the internet for no reason around 2000 too. *shrug*

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View PostTyty, on 08 March 2012 - 03:04 PM, said:

Yeah, that's chrome brushing. It's a default gradient in a lot of image editing software.

It was really popular on the internet for no reason around 2000 too. *shrug*

Probably because, like you said, it was a default gradient. Mainly in Flash. There was a massive flood of Flash animations in 2000... :)

I believe these colors became popular in the 80s due to heavy metal record covers. Like Judas Priest or whatever. I think the whole idea is an inspiration of sunglasses'/motor parts' reflections in the desert. A biker thing, I guess.


Whatever. Pulling this shit out of my ass.
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This gradient is also present as one of the WordArt presets. Heck, it even has the 3D effect, just change it to a Sonic font and you get pretty much the same result.

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View PostSik, on 08 March 2012 - 03:25 PM, said:

This gradient is also present as one of the WordArt presets. Heck, it even has the 3D effect, just change it to a Sonic font and you get pretty much the same result.

lol this made me cry a little.

I payed attention to the title coloring only because I'm both a Sonic fan and an animator that does lots of Sonic related things. But I always felt the title design was so natural looking that it wasn't an inappropriate use of the overused chrome gradient. In a way, its good whether they invented it or if it had been used a million times a day; it just fits naturally in that graphical setting. I really like it that way.

Damn you Powerpoint and Macromedia for ruining it forever.

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It was very popular!

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View PostDavid The Lurker, on 08 March 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:

Are you talking about the colors inside the S O N I C?

I always thought it was a desert in the logo.


is what it reminds me of

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This is what it always reminded me of.

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Not to far from this either.

So yeah, I'm going with "leftover from the 80s" and "easy shorthand for metal/chrome lettering".

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You know, I'll love the Sonic art 'til my dying day, but this:

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is so much better implemented that this:

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The Moonwalker one is kick-ass chrome and the Sonic one is like "meh". I know Moonwalker is a slightly newer game, but still.

Although I always did think of it as a reflected environment, especially because of Sonic 2 Game Gear's level intro.

I think it would be cool to see the "horizon gradient" title font make an HD comeback, where it was really a real-time reflection of the scrolling terrain surrounding the logo.

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View PostDavid The Lurker, on 08 March 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:

Are you talking about the colors inside the S O N I C?

I always thought it was a desert in the logo.

This. I honestly thought it was a snow-capped mountain range all these years.

Hell, even with this revelation of polished chrome, it still looks like that to me.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:40 PM

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Yeah. I've a lways liked that logo and it's always bugged me that there is no simple way to emulate it (you can get kind of close with WordArt, but that's about it)

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