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Thanks for the great information all!

The action actually does pretty much the same thing I would do manually by adding a 50% grey noise layer and adjusting opacity.

In my case I have to turn the opacity are quite a bit so that noise is pretty visible. If it’s really a problem that mostly exists due to for 8-bit rendering in 16-bit preview but isn’t actually “really there” I may just live with the banding while I work on a file knowing that when it gets printed or rasterised the issue will disappear.

Still, quite annoying … Maybe it’ll also solve itself as it did for Constantin :)



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Hey Chris, as I said before, I guess the best solution would be to get to talk to person in print industry who might have some idea about the banding issue while printing. You can also make the printer do a test print (not sure how much they charge for it though) and I’m pretty sure that will remove all doubts you have about it.

Anyway, it does seem possible that Adobe might have just implemented the 8-bit rendering in 16 bit due to performance issue. Still idiotic though. So many of us have been struggling with it since years now. For me, it’s become a matter of different monitors. Sometimes, it just fades away while other times it’s way too impactful, so I’ve learned to live with it. Dither in gradient fill layers works decent for me in most of my projects.

@Constantin: Thanks for the reply. I think it is possible that it might have vanished for you after some change in video related hardware. It’s quite strange if it just goes away like that. Could even be some kind of driver or update issue if that has happened.