adobe icons for linux apps

Back in April I spotlighted a pair of Adobe style icons for GIMP and Inkscape — and a bunch of you really liked them.

Well, hold on to your wobbly bits because the maker of those icons is back, and the icon pack has expanded to cover 10 of the most popular open-source creative apps:

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape
  • Krita
  • Darktable
  • Ardour
  • Audacity
  • OpenShot
  • Kdenlive
  • Blender
  • Scribus

Made by Rohit Awate, the icons mimic Adobe’s iconic two-letter mnemonic glyphs.

Rohit told me more about the update in an e-mail: “I have released an update to the project which adds icons for 8 more creative apps, including Ardour, Audacity, Blender, Darktable, Kdenlive, Krita, Openshot and Scribus. I have also edited the icons a bit and made the borders thinner.”

“I would love if you could do a short article highlighting this update.”

Well Rohit, consider it done!

‘But Adobe Is Evul!!’

I get it. The desire to switch the default icons for open-source apps to Adobe-style equivalents is, naturally, not something everyone has. In fact, some of you may consider it a missive, as though it’s a slight against the capabilities of the software/open-source credo.

It’s not. It’s all about choice. Being able to ‘scratch an itch’ is part of the beauty of open-source software. Don’t think you’ll be knocking or belittling the power of apps like Inkscape simply by replacing its icon with an Adobe-style version. If anything it’s a credit: you’re saying these open-source apps are every bit as good as Adobe’s set.

You can download the latest icons in the Adobe Icons Project from Rohit’s DeviantArt page.

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