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20TAP says

I’m having an issue with banding, mainly in my darker gradients. Any tips on how to reduce it? And also, I don’t want to add noise to this particular one… at least not noticeable noise.

Thanks! -Sebastian

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pearlstudios says

Use png-24 instead of png-8, especially for 1px images. You’ll also notice the size will be lesser than png-8 sometimes and quality of the image much higher.

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Jar says

Why stop at 24? 32 is where it’s at. :D

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20TAP says

Thanks! And what about in the PSD itself?

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LoewenWeb says

Sometimes switching the Image>Mode>8bit to 16 bit can help. (usually does if you’re using transparencies to achieve gradients). Other than that subtle gradients sometimes just don’t have enough range when they’re really dark, and you have to add some noise like you mentioned.

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MarkBrodhuber Staff says

I’ve noticed that upping the bit setting helps, but it also increases file size. I dealt with a problem a while ago where I couldn’t make even the simplest gradient without seeing INSANE banding.

It turned out to be my monitor. I have a Hanns-G 28 inch, and it was dirt cheap, and a big screen so I bought it a few years back. Turns out, you get what you pay for. My monitor is huge, but its quality is terrible. I’ll make a gradient that looks like crap on my Hanns-G, and open it up on my iMac, and wallah, banding gone!

Of course banding occurs for real with gradients, but I found out the banding I was seeing was not what most other people see when they look at the same image.

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20TAP says

Thanks for all the help

Turns out to just be the monitor like you said.

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