bad shadows

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by mrmo123, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. mrmo123 macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting really bad shadows :( I was wondering if anyone else has this problem??? I'm on an Early 2014 MBA; my Yosemite had been upgraded from the beta. I'm wondering if being on the beta is the issue.

    Here are some screenshots.
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  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    How are the shadows bad?

    Please: bad in what ways?

    (That's not a trick question, just recognising that perceptions of good and bad differ.)
     
  3. mrmo123, Oct 27, 2014
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    mrmo123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For the dock on a white background (3rd picture), the halo around the dock doesn't look correct. Maybe it's because the MBA isn't retina that I can see it and you can't??

    Additionally, resetting the PRAM doesn't help
     
  4. mrmo123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm mainly wondering if it's just me or if everyone's yosemite looks like mine
     
  5. grahamperrin, Oct 28, 2014
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    grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    A brief answer, without reference to any Dock: when I last checked, some of the perceived differences are not yet explained, not yet understood; and some of those actual differences (or differences in perception) are unrelated to normal use of non-Retina hardware.

    Screenshots of OS X 10.9.5 attached. Our preferred orientations differ but in both cases I think the shadow is as it should be, fairly even around three 'edges' of the Dock.

    For a designer's attention to detail, an eye that's far superior to mine, this chap comes to mind: https://twitter.com/eli_schiff/status/492504341262004224

    One of his more recent shots, of shadows around UI elements with very varied positions (overwhelmingly user-defined) – https://twitter.com/eli_schiff/status/526137695366418433 – may help you to decide for yourself whether the shadow in your case appears proper for a single UI element with a much more predictable position (momentarily user-defined then infinitely system-defined).

    Light, dark, shadow and headings

    One of your other screenshots:

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    That's the head to a (possibly empty) list of notifications, yes?

    Without reviewing other recent points of reference in this forum: I see, first and foremost – reading top to bottom, left to right – the bright 'Notifications' text shining through a dark background. So whilst it's not in your screenshot, I expect to see bright text, on a dark background, below the heading with those same qualities.

    Also: the button to the left is outstanding (standing out, towards me, not pressed in towards the screen).
     

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  6. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    Your shadows look perfectly fine. Like you said maybe retina users (not me) have an even smoother shape. But why are using a white background?!?!?!?!? :eek:;)
     
  7. HaruAoki macrumors member

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    Try a different wallpaper it would be the white one you have on, but they look alright for me.

    On my 5k iMac, 2013 iMac and Macbook Pro 13-inch no retina the shadows looks fine. Would like them to but abit smaller around windows, but I don't really mind.
     
  8. mrmo123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply! The problem with photo number 2 was as you predicted, there were no notifications. I pressed tab and realized it was just highlighting the selected item.

    I just realized that all the screenshots look completely normal (no rigid shadows) on my desktop. The problem with the rigid shadows is from the angle at which I have been using my laptop (laying down on my stomach). So instead of the normal 90 deg to the screen, it was more extreme. Below is a picture taken with my iPhone!
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    Thanks for giving me some piece of mind that my computer is fine.
     

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