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[PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Layers

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:23 AM
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[PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Layers

Hi everyone,

recently I discovered a problem regarding gradient layers... I don't know if it's just me or a general thing...

I use to (re)-build stuff in Photoshop by using pathmask on color- and gradientlayers. I experienced that the angle of a gradient seems to change if I zoom out. This phenomenon only apperars if the path is quite narrow.
I hope the attached image explains it ...

Well the angle is ok, if I save the image or collapse all Layers - but during working on the image it's quite disturbing if you zoom out to judge the gradient in context.

AND: the wrong angle is also applied if you change the imagesize before flattening it...

Has anyone else experienced this and has found a way to avoid it?
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:19 PM
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Re: [PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Lay

Anybody... ?

too bad =(
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:30 PM
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Re: [PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Lay

I don't know if this is what you're referring to, but zooming out to less than 100% causes Photoshop to use an image proxy instead of viewing the real image for speed purposes. There are some exceptions to this (50% and 75% come to mind, there are a couple of others). And this has improved in CS5, but hasn't been perfected.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:04 PM
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Re: [PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Lay

I've seen the same thing. The safest assumption is it has to do with how the image renders at different viewing percentages. If it shows properly at %100 then it's the issue of how it renders when zoomed out. Changes to CS5 helped "smooth" that problem (literally) but I guess it's not quite perfect. A similar issue happens with layer effect styles. They don't change with he zoom percentage either.

Your photoshop is fine.
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Re: [PS CS4 / CS5] Problem displaying Gradient Lay

Thanks for the replies,

well - it doesn't seem to depend on an "even" zoom-factor (like 50%, 25%, 12.5% ...)
I will try it with OpenGL enabled ... maybe that does the trick - but i'm not quite sure.

Because (as i wrote) when i resize the image without flattening the layers, the Gradientlayers' angle is wrong ... i don't think, this depends on grahpics-output ???
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:35 AM
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Okay - so I've tried it with activated OpenGL (PS CS5 @ 64Bits) ... still the same result.
The farther I zoom out // the more I resize the image - the worse it gets ...

This really sucks So working on large files with gradientlayers is not possible

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