BandingBanding is an unwanted artifact, similar to posterization that can affect images that are stored with an insufficient color depth, especially those with a fixed palette such as the color safe palette.
Banding tends to be most noticeable on naturalistic images, and is often most noticeable on shadows and gradients.
Here are some images which illustrate the effects of banding when converting a true color image to the 256 color color safe palette:
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