I'll try to explain what is going the best I can.
When I view an image at full screen a slight ripple effect appears, I thought it was just an issue with my GPU rendering settings and the ripple goes away when I zoom in on the image. The problem is this ripple effect is showing up on the printed image. What's going on?
It's very hard to describe, I've searched all over the web and can't find a solution. I'm not 3D rendering. It seems like an optical illusion, like small ripples. The image is a painting on canvas I captured so I think texture of the canvas is causing this effect when viewing on my monitor. again, it goes away when I start to zoom in, like the image refreshes and becomes clearer, smoother. I've seen this effect before and thought it was just an issue with the GPU settings like anti-aliasing but it has never appeared on the prints until now.
Can you PLEASE post an example image of what you're seeing? Grab your screen and use the little camera icon on the editor here.
Saying it looks like a Wiki article with some dozens of images in it isn't going to get you pertinent help.
I found the solution. It ended up being some sort of moire effect. It is a photograph of an original painting on canvas...I guess the texture of the canvas was creating the ripple effect. I duplicated the image layer and bumped it slightly up and to the left and brought the opacity down to 30%, flattened the file and boom, perfect! No more on screen distortion and it isn't showing up on print. Thanks for the replies everyone and Brett N for pointing me in the right direction!
You may have reduced the sharpness by what you did, but if you're happy, we're happy here on the forum I guess.
There can be more sophisticated ways to take canvas texture out of images if ever you're interested.
I want the canvas texture, I'm making giclee prints that have to match the original. I forgot to mention that I did sharpen the image slightly after flattening. The prints look spot on. I guess the texture was just causing an unwanted effect and I had to even it out.
...the ripple goes away when I zoom in on the image.
You're going to see two types of Morie patterns on screen. One is "real", where the texture or pattern of the subject interacts with the Bayer Array of the image sensor in the camera. It will be visible at 100% view (Actual Pixels). The other is a type of illusion caused by interference of a pattern in an image with the pixels of the monitor. It will disappear as you zoom in. Did it ever show up on print?
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