It seems like Adobe would have a fix for gradient banding in Photoshop by now, but man...it's bad.

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There are algorithms and workflows they could automate to help deal with banding, but Adobe would rather spend their resources on generative crap than support basic image processing needs (which have existed forever).

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Just add some noise

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This works (sometimes) for digital. We usually just use 16 bits/Channel, run 1.2 noise and it's fine, but if something is being printed, forget about it.

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Adobe… fix things? 😂 I kid, I kid… but really… they seem to not fix the most basic of things.

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Banding is a function of math. Back in the primeval days of Illustrator 88, we had to calculate the steps manually. So if you wanted, say, a gradient that went from 60% to 30%, you had to get out the calculator. 60 - 30 is a 30% gradient, 30% of 255 is 76.5. So your gradient is going to be 76 steps. The next question is how large an area you need to cover, because if your steps are more than about 1/32” (about 2 points) wide, the banding will be visible. So our hypothetical gradient has to go from 60% to 30% in less than about 2”. If you want to cover a longer distance, you’ll have to increase the amount of change.

What this means is, as long as Photoshop calculates the scale of white to black as 0 to 255, banding will be an issue. You can hide it by adding texture (Gaussian noise is most common), but you only have 256 shades of gray to work with, and you’re almost always going to be working with a fraction of that.

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Examples? What about Gaussian blur?

Any new college graduate in graphics engineering or creative tech should be able to make an algorithm for a non-banded color gradient btw, that's how simple we're talking.

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