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  12 December 2012
Shading/Color transaction issue


I normally don't ask for help on forums, however I cannot seem to find an answer or solution for my problem by asking my dear friend Google, so here I am.

I will try to describe my problem the best I can. Whenever I am painting in Photoshop (CS6) and I want to use a gradient or create a smooth shadow by using a brush with the hardness all the way down to 0%, it always looks anything but smooth. Instead of being all smooth and nice it looks stripped and ugly. I am not sure what the cause might be, I've tried everything from changing the brush to changing the color profile, but nothing seems to help. I cannot remember ever having this problem before. I cannot recall when it started either. But it is driving me nuts and is basically ruining my experience when I am painting.

At the moment I am using "Adobe RGB (1998)" but I am getting some annoying color distortions here and there whenever I want to add a smooth color transaction on an object. When I work with sRGB, I do not have the this issue, but I still have the issue with the "shadows" looking stripped instead of smooth.

I have tried ruled out that it is not caused by my screen, it therefore has to do with either my graphics card (which I find highly unlikely) or Photoshop.

Please help, this is really frustrating.

Best regards,

Last edited by VIRATIVITY : 12 December 2012 at 10:59 AM.
  12 December 2012
Does this striping effect translate onto the printed image? Also have you altered any of your graphics card settings or changed monitor resolution lately?
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  12 December 2012

Thanks for answering.

To be honest I am not really sure if it does. I don't think so because I have never noticed it before on any prints I have made. So my guess is no, it does not translate onto a print. Regarding the graphics card, no I haven't done anything lately. I've had this problem for quite some time now. I cant even remember when it first occurred. I have just been trying to live with it but lately I have gotten so sick of it that I rarely draw anymore.

I tried Painter's airbrush tool yesterday and the transactions where nice there. The only problem I faced was that it sort of had a halo of distorted color around it. But I guess that was due to Adobe RGB (1998) or something. I've noticed that that can occur, I don't know why though and I cannot remember ever encountering this issue on my laptop.
  12 December 2012
Does anyone have any idea what the cause of this could be? This is driving me mildly crazy...
  12 December 2012
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