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Fading complications & keeping the face simple

Personally, I like my vintage faces looking like their vintage design, not busy: hands, markers, digits, and the occasional vintage complication(s).

But sometimes a vintage face is just too barren, so I throw in some modern complications, which then makes it look (to me) too busy and pulls away from the “vintage look” concept I have in mind.

So, I make these added complications fade out in 4 seconds. You get to see what you need within 4 seconds of activating the screen, but then they fade out to 30% where they’re still somewhat visible but faded so as to unclutter the face.

This is a 40-something year old vintage diver watch. Very plain. Take away the logo and other original text, it’s a barren desert. The colors make it looks like it belongs to Bob the Minion from the movie! Add the fading complications, it’s more functional and not a desert. But now the hands are in the way of seeing the added complications in that initial 4 seconds. So… I fade-out the hands during that 4 second transition time?

Flip in and out of dim mode to see the fading-- I think I like the fading to my taste. But, how bad is it to your tastes?

talk-amongst-yourselves-mike-myers

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First discovery: the fading hands work well in creator and when viewing in a browser. But in the app or on an actual watch, the shadow of the hands kills it. I’m surprised/disappointed the shadow’s opacity doesn’t follow that of the hand. :neutral_face:

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I think the fading is a pretty cool effect & nicely done. I worry that when someone takes a look at their watch for the time, they will have stopped looking by the time the fading starts to take effect, or the watch will have gone back to sleep. Maybe start the fading after only 1 second, will that do?

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@kourosh. You could make your own shadows for elements then you have complete control over them. Offset oppacity etc. Have you conciderd dismissing the A La Mode Complications with wrist motion. Or conversely wakening them by lifting the wrist. If and when you go for Pro you have several options for having them appear on the screen. You could put several classics on the same Face. Yippee.

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Very nicely done :+1:

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I think I have the shadow fixed-- another layer for each hand, at 25% opacity (in Photoshop, at least), positioned offset at +3 on the face (163/163).

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I’ve been wondering about that too. But I’m thinking it has to be short enough to see the time, but long enough to see the complications under the hands.

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And… can’t stop thinking this is Bob’s watch!

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Banananananana :laughing:

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I like night mode

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I like my faces to have phosphorescence just like vintage watches!

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@kourosh . Very Nice . Get some Glow on those Lumes . How about Tritium Vials ?

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Very nice. It distantly reminds me of old Mortima diver watches. I like your attention to detail and would have one small suggestion to consider. Check the directions of light casting shadows on hands and dial. I would flip the marks horizontally.
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Yep, I know the shading is… well… shady.

Facer’s light seems to be from -45°, and is unfortunately fixed. So adjusting Photoshop’s to match seems to fix this.

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