Sunday, March 6, 2011

Alan Greenspan III

Alan Greenspan for the third time. He just has great features for a caricature. I took it pretty east on him this time. Any Photoshop whizzes out there? How can you eliminate or reduce banding when applying a  gradient? Seems to be worse when you use it as an overlay. And you better have the levels correct when the gradient is applied, because when you adjust levels or saturation after the gradient is applied, the banding gets much worse. I haven't been able to figure it out yet. I tried every trick I know and I still ended up with banding on this one. Oh well, live and learn.

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  1. I can think of a couple ways...
    In CMYK mode create a blank layer over top of the gradient. Fill the layer with 50% Cyan, 50% magenta 50% yellow, and 50% black. Add noise to this layer Filter>Noise>Add noise. Use an amount between 4 - 7%. Now set this layer with noise to a blending mode of Overlay. Since the layer was filled with a neutral 50% black only the specks of noise lighter that 50% and the specks darker that 50% will effect the gradient beneath. It might look a little noisy on screen but it will flatten out a bit when printed.

    The second is to create the gradient with 2 layers. Both layers are the solid colors that make up the gradient. Then add a gradient mask on the top layer to create the gradient color. Then add noise to the B&W layer mask.

  2. Thanks a bunch for the info Bill. I had heard adding noise may help but didn't know the particulars.

  3. Thanks Ernesto! That's quite a compliment

  4. That's some epic talent you have RW. Best Greenspan yet :)

    Gradient banding can be a pain. You might find this info useful from some pro photogs:


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