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Need a to smooth out gradiant fade

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by Mr. T, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Mr. T

    Mr. T Member

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    I am making a fade in Flexi from deep purple to orange. I filled the left icon with purple and the right one with orange and I am getting some vertical bands, or gradations. I am looking for a way to get a smoother transition. I am printing with a Mutoh ValuJet.
    Any help would be apprieciated.
    Tracy
     
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  2. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Do a search, use a blur
     
  3. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    Try adding some medium tones in between. I get the same thing going from
    red to black, so I add brown or maroon to the middle.

    Also might try playing with your heat settings, My Falcon is bad about banding
    in gradiants. I can usually eliminate the problem with the heat controls.
    Of course, when you do that, the durability of the print may suffer.
     
  4. Drip Dry

    Drip Dry Very Active Member

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    I usually rasterize the gradients( just the gradient, not the entire image) in flexi first before sending to the rip. It prints a much better gradient without the banding.
     
  5. dbenec

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    rasterize gradient and add as small amount of noise as possible (photoshop filter). if you have a non-printing area you can brush the noise back out in the 'paper' areas.
     
  6. D&Tgraphics

    D&Tgraphics Very Active Member

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    Sorry I missed your call about this issue yesterday Tracy. I agree with the others about rasterizing the gradient.
     
  7. Mr. T

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    Thanks to those who responded. I tried everthing in Flexi with no good results. Dennis form D&T added some noise in Photo Shop and that did the trick. I don't have Photo Shop yet.. It will be here soooon!
    Thanx again,
    Tracy
     
  8. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    If you don't want to spend a fortune on a program to just do thing like this look into Corel, it can do the same.
     
  9. SignsOfMaine

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    Also, when you rasterize the gradient and open it in photoshop, the gaussian blur filter can smooth things out quite a bit before adding noise.
     
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