John Doe John Doe - 2 months ago 70
CSS Question

How can I prevent CSS gradient banding?

I started using CSS gradients, rather than actual images, for two reasons: first, the CSS gradient definitely loads faster than an image, and second, they aren't supposed to show banding, like so many raster graphics. I started testing my site on various screens recently, and on larger ones (24+ inches), the CSS linear gradient which constitutes my site's background shows very visible banding. As a provisional fix, I've overlaid the gradient with a small, repeating, transparent

PNG
image of noise, which helps a little. Is there any other way to fix this banding issue?

Answer

I know you won't like the sound of this, but the only real way right now to get a consistent cross-browser aesthetic in this case, is to use a repeating image.

If it's a simple linear gradient, then you only need it to be 1px wide and as high as the gradient, then make the background colour of the page as the final colour of the gradient so it runs smoothly. This will keep file size tiny.

If you want to reduce gradient bands in your image, use a PNG (not transparency) as I find these to be better suited than JPG's for this purpose.

In Adobe Fireworks, I would export this as a PNG-24.

Good luck.

http://codepen.io/anon/pen/JdEjWm

#gradient {
  position: absolute;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(black), to(white));
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, black, white);
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, black, white);
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, black, white);
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top, black, white);
  background: linear-gradient(top, black, white);
}
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