Photoshop CC 2018: Layer merge with noise filters in folders can cause huge glitches.

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When working with many layers, many filters and folders and in 16bit colors, i have now experienced twice in two different circumstances where Photoshop fails to deliver a layer merge or even just spit out the image as a regular jpeg without causing this glitch effect. I spend hours locating (not 100%) what the problem is about.

I believe there's something with adding a FX shadow with added noise to it.

When this is put inside a folder, and then has a clipping mask to it. Things can get nasty.

Again i can't 100% replicate it, but i've managed to do it in my two latest projects with the latest version of Photoshop CC 2018.

I hope this will be fixed very soon as this hinters me greatly and causing me to lose precious time searching for the problem and unticking that one "thing".

I also recorded my monitor so you can see what is going on. The glitch is random from every merge of layers.

Video showing the problem:
I could not add it into the post, maybe because the video is unlisted.
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Benjamin Lipsø

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Carson Barnes

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I also have one piece where the checker pattern of a blank background layer shows in the color, it's taken me a lot of time to remove it.
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Yeah, folders with effects and clipping groups seem to have a number of bugs. You might consider sending Adobe a copy of the file to see if they can track down what's causing this.
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Benjamin Lipsø

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Update: One way to disable the flicker is to go back to 8bit color. I wish to stay at the 16bit for more depth though.
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If you have a file or steps that consistently reproduces the issue, please let us know.