Solid Noise FAQ
How do I set the image mode?
The image mode is automatically read from the properties of the currently selected layer.
What color and image modes does Solid Noise support?
Solid Noise currently supports 8- and 16-bit RGB or grayscale modes.
Is Solid Noise available for 64-bit Photoshop?
Currently, Solid Noise is only available for the 32-bit version of Adobe Photoshop®. I plan to make it available in both versions shortly after the filter compiler supports 64-bit computation.
Where is the "Plug-Ins" directory?
This depends on where Photoshop was installed. Generally, the default directory is: Program Files → Adobe → Adobe Photoshop CS6 → Plug-ins.
If the filter was purchased through Adobe Exchange®, it should install into the correct directory automatically, but Photoshop will need to be restarted before Solid Noise and Solid Noise Difference filters appear in Photoshop’s Filter → Render sub-menu.
Is Solid Noise usable in Actions or scripting?
Why does the Stretch grays Option sometimes invert black and gray?
When the Persistence is high with the Liquid Distortion, the noise values can exceed the expected range of [-1.0,1.0]. Without Stretch grays, the excess values are capped. With Stretch grays enabled, the values are shifted and scaled according to the maximum and minimum values. Effectively, the center value for black shifts so that black becomes gray and vice versa.
Does it work with other applications?
I did preliminary testing in Adobe Fireworks CS6. The filter appears to work as designed when applied to an image map. One minor issue was that the "waiting" cursor did not properly display when rendering noise on a larger image. If you are so inclined, you may manually install the purchased copy of the Solid Noise filter into the Adobe Fireworks CS6\Plug-ins directory and experiment with it. If you find it useful in Fireworks or have problems, I would like to hear about it.
The filter should also work in PaintShopPro, but it it has not tested in that application yet. Please contact me if you would like this extension for PaintShopPro. If Ithere is enough interest, I will endeavor to make it publicly available.
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