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Using the Gradient Fill to reduce banding

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I read your reduce banding tutorial, but I don't understand how to use the Gradient Fill layer - how do you pick your colour?  I photograph on white for the most part, I get a lot of banding, I've learned to now edit in 16-bit, which I will do going forward.  

Here is an image I took and edited.  Banding is evident.  I am trying to figure our the Gradient Fill layer, but I'm stuck here.  

Can you help, or point me in the right direction of a tutorial to explain this tool

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.07.47 AM.png

here is the edit without the gradient tool


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no, thank you, I'll read it now.  Another question, though, in the replacing the backgroud article, Damien mentions banding doesn't occur on a raw image.  I just did a test similar to the image above, and when I pulled the RAW file up in ACR, I could already see banding.  I have a thunderbolt monitor, I don't assume it's my monitor?

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