I was trying to FilePlace Embedded this Youtube video screen shot into a Photoshop file and it kept glitching, each time differently.

Here are two examples of what it looked like. This is a whole new level of entropy, randomness and abstraction which I won't be able to accomplish manually even if I tried.



I'm wondering if there's any way to take this under control?

This could probably be done using scripts cutting out and repeating random portions of an image and applying colour overlay effects to it? I've been working with Javascript a lot, but I'm new to Photoshop scripting and unsure what is it capable of. Just to clarify: this is not so much about applying a glitch effect (which I'm sure there are many). I'm specifically interested in randomly rearranging the composition to where you can't recognise the original anymore. You should be able to see some parts of it though, and the scripting portion of this question was supposed to address how many meaningful areas are copied by using variables for example.

Do you think this is doable? If so, how?

I still have the file, so if something needs clarifying, please let me know.

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    Possible duplicate of Is there any method to deliberately digitally corrupt an image?
    – user120647
    Dec 1, 2018 at 17:18
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    @Danielillo appreciate your input, but what I'm seeing in the post you shared is completely different: they distort the image while maintaining it's structure and composition, however in my case it's rearranged to the point where you can't even recognise and link it to the original.
    – WhatHiFi
    Dec 1, 2018 at 17:32
  • It looks like certain RGB channels are maxed out – a different channel for each rectangle. That explains the whiteouts: all channels set to 255,255,255. It's hard to see, though, if the rectangles themselves are shuffled as well.
    – Jongware
    Dec 1, 2018 at 18:06
  • If that's happening using the image you linked to.... it's a sign of a failing RAM or a failing video card.
    – Scott
    Dec 1, 2018 at 19:31
  • @Scott positive, it is that exact image. However I opened it in Preview and resaved as JPEG, and it worked fine.
    – WhatHiFi
    Dec 1, 2018 at 21:24


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