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    Exclamation Freehand gradients visible steps

    Hi to all .

    I have one question about freehand gradients .
    I have one file, with a gradient from freehand, witch change from from 6 to 0.

    After several test i always gets the banding, the steps are very visible .
    Is there any way to produce a smooth gradient from freehand ?
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    You can try to recreate it in Illustrator and save it as a level 3 file or rasterize it in Photoshop and add noise to break up the banding. The real issue is there are not enough steps over the length of the gradient to minimize banding. Stochastic or Hybrid screen will help as well.
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    Sometimes there are reasons why "nobody else have ever done it"! This is a fine example - may look OK on screen, but then reality hits on paper.

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    I've done a few remakes in illustrator of freehand to get better gradients. It works but handle with care so you don't delete wrong objects.
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    I haven’t used Freehand (great app) for while, but as far as can recall, there was a menu somewhere to increase gradient steps. You could also try recreating your gradient with the blend greater trick (the more steps, the merrier) in either Freehand or Illustrator. And if that doesn’t sort it out, the heavier but sure solution is a Photoshop gradient.

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    The problem with gradients like this isn't really in their creation by the software, it's in the output device's ability to produce fractional halftone dots. Below post script level 3 I believe this is very limited.

    Think of it this way, if you have a 10" long gradient that goes from 5% to 1% you will have a 2" wide steps each 1% less than the next. If your output device can do 1/2% dots each step will be 1". If you have a very precise high end output device you may get 1/4 or 1/8% dots making the steps .5" or .25" respectively. Still very noticeable steps.

    Stochastic is the real solution as all the dots are very small and the screen percent is made by clustering.
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    EDIT: I have just checked out the file... Just go with a flat tint of 3-6%, or if it must gradate, I agree with Lammy - try FM screening.

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    Last edited by Stephen Marsh; 12-12-2012 at 12:57 AM.

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    Thanks for all help .
    This was one issue from one customer that say´s on other RIp´s i don´t have problem´s . . .
    This was output on Prosetter with correct lineariazation done.If i create one gradient from 100 to 0 all perfect .
    This kind of file maybe it´s better to create the gradient on Photoshop . Or use Hybrid Screen but this is not free $$$.

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    Hi

    You can see in the picture attached to the solution.
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    @yavo interesting that the angle of the banding shifts between left and right image. (but there is banding in both) Adding noise to a gradient produces similar result as hybrid raster.
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