Gradient Banding in Indesign Displaying Wrong and Lines Everywhere

Community Beginner ,
Dec 03, 2021 Dec 03, 2021

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Hey all - I wondered is anyone is having the same issues but my gradients used to be super smooth and never had any issues now every time I create gradients I seem to have very disinctive banding and it often transfers over to jpegs too. Also does the same with the gradient feather tool too. 

This is becoming a majot problem for me now and holding up most of my projects.

What can I do - is there a fix for this glitch? TIA 

 

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Dec 03, 2021 Dec 03, 2021

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Try turning off GPU Performance in InDesign preferences.

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Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

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Thanks for that but I don't have that option in my preferences. 

 

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Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

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In addition to Bill's suggestion, another option you may want to consider would be to create your gradient as an Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop graphic and placing it in your InDesign document. It's an extra step, but it does produce good results.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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I am still having major issues with gradients - even feathered edges too - can anyone make any suggestions for settings on InDesign on a PC? TIA 

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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As. Randy wrote, make it in Photoshop and add a small amount of noise to it. 

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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What is the color mode(s) of the colors you are blending? Does the banding happen when you zoom in or out? If you export to PDF does AcrobatPro show the banding?

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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are creating this for web or print?

 

like others have said, if the gradient is very important, I'd make it in illustrator or photoshop where I have more options to control the gradient, but InDesign is still okay.

 

You can swip-swap between GPU and CPU rendering under "VIEW" - it's the top option.

 

a tip for smooth gradients if you wish not to venture out of indesign is to use two gradients together, one just slight off from the other and blend it the way you see fit - this adds enough variation the make transitions easier.

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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Thanks for that - I am on a PC and there is no option for that. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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It never goes away - this only happened when I did a software update. It transfers to jpegs and PDFs too.

So frustrating.

Been using InDesign since it first came out and I have never had this issue before. 

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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Can you share an InDesign example along with the exported file that has the lines?

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