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Simplestyle - Blue by NorthboundFox Simplestyle - Blue by NorthboundFox
This is just a wallpaper I made out of boredom. I was having some serious issues with gradient banding and I wanted to see if I could pull off a large scale, smooth gradient without any banding. It was a terror, but I finally found a decent way to deal with it.


1. Set the gradient on the layer

2. Render "Add Noise" with these settings
Gaussian, Monochromatic Off, Amount no greater than 3%
(I used .7% for this image)

3. If necessary, do a Gaussian Blur. The amount your gonna need will vary by image, so mess with it.

4. Saving in PNG format helps a ton.


Working in higher color depths will help more than anything. In other words, 16 bit will be smoother than 8 bit. Thats pretty much it. I will say, some colors just don't gradient well at all and some work like a charm.

I have another version of this with the windows logo in the corner , but several people asked for it without, so here it is :D


Enjoy!


Comments and Critique always welcome!


Version with windows logo -> Yet Another Windows Wallpaper





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Image Aron Maguire 2010
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:iconchardev:
Very nice. Simple and of good taste. :)
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NorthboundFox Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, char :) I'm glad you think so :3
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wall-e-ps Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
:D cool :)
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NorthboundFox Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :iconfoxydummyplz:
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wall-e-ps Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
:D
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:iconcubby-bear:
Nice. I have a lot of respect for digital artists who take the time to deal with banding issues. They're a huge pet peeve of mine and will easily turn me off from an otherwise great digital piece.

Good job, NF.
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NorthboundFox Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much Cubby! That meant allot :iconfoxylaplz:
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