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So I was just working on another large image (3200x2400) when I ran into a problem: gradients don't look too hot at that size. Bands of color are visible, sometimes prominent. Quite frankly, it looks horrid.

For the most part, I use frosted glass to smooth out the gradients (the nature of the issue makes blurs counter-productive). However, if I want to keep the smooth edges around an object (with gradients I'm trying to smooth), frosted glass doesn't work out either, hence the request for dithered gradients.

So...any thoughts?

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Maybe sometime after 4.0 is released. Maybe. With the new rendering system this can be done in a rather straightforward manner by using WIC's formater converters (e.g. render to 64-bit BGRA and then downsample to 32-bit BGRA w/ dithering), but performance might be troublesome (assuming WIC actually implements dithering for 64-bit BGRA -> 32-bit BGRA conversion).

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Cool. Thanks! :D

Sounds like 4.0 will totally be worth $800 (for a new computer)

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