Converting 16 to 32bit destroys visual impression of layer effects

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When converting an image with layer effects (outer and inner glow gradients) from 16 to 32 bit mode, the visual impression is quite not the same. 

Set up:
- Create an image with a black background layer and an empty layer above.
- Draw something with a white pencil to the empty layer
- Apply outer and inner glow (any greyscale value) to the pencil drawing
- Convert to 32bit mode

Result:
Visual impression is noticeably different from 16bit mode. Thus, a non-destructive workflow is not possible anymore. 
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Daan

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Posted 4 months ago

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Barry Rudick

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Tried it here on 21.1.0 and I see the effect you are talking about only if you do not flatten before changing to 32bit. If you flatten before 32 bit conversion the effect is correct.

The 32 bit dialog warns that the file may change if not flattened.
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Flatten the image makes the workflow become destructive.