Designers are fuming about Adobe's new Creative Cloud icons

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Which is which? (Image credit: Adobe)

When Adobe announced an update to its brand identity last month, it claimed to be making the Creative Cloud suite more consistent in appearance, and easier to navigate. But several users have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration that the apps' icons now are little too consistent.

It seems Adobe has decided to group its icons together by colour – video apps (such as After Effects and Premiere Pro) are now dark blue/purple, while photo apps (such as Photoshop and Lightroom) are now, er, a slightly lighter blue. Rather than easier to navigate, many users now feel that the apps are even harder to distinguish (dare we suggest Adobe take a look at one of our brilliant Photoshop tutorials?).

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It isn't just the identical colours that users are unhappy about. Many have noticed that the logos within the icons themselves aren't consistently sized or aligned – not quite what you'd expect from the company behind arguably the world's most famous creative software. 

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While we applaud Adobe for seeking to clarify which apps belong to the same software family (as this video shows, there are over 50 apps to differentiate), we can't help but wonder if it could have achieved it without making the icons practically identical. In a blog post explaining the updates, Adobe explained that it removed icon borders in the pursuit of consistency – but perhaps identical borders would have been enough to bring related apps together.

By adding too much consistency to the icon colours and too little to the logo alignment, the company seems to have got its brand refresh a little muddled up. Perhaps Adobe can take some solace from the fact that it's not the only one with icon problems – Apple is also drawing heat for its "horrific" new MacOS Big Sur icons

Still, whatever the icons look like, Creative Cloud features some of the best software for digital art around (just as long as you can find the right app to open). Check out the best Creative Cloud plans below.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).