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Why Symmetry node has only a Color version and not a Grayscale?

Explorer ,
Sep 03, 2022 Sep 03, 2022

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Why a so basic node as Symmetry has only a Color version and not a Grayscale?

substance3d.adobe.com/documentation/sddoc/symmetry 

This forces us to use two extra nodes (hence, add complexity)

• A Gradient Map to convert from gray to color

• And another Grayscale Conversion to convert from color to gray

The Mirror node (as many other basic ones) has both versions, Color and Grayscale. But not so Symmetry.

Not a tragic thing, but it seems like an incomprehensible forgetfulness or absence…

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Community Expert , Sep 03, 2022 Sep 03, 2022

You can make your own SymmetryGrayscale based by modifying a copy of the existing node.

 

Right Click on the Symmetry node and Open the Reference

In Explorer, right click and Save a copy As' of the graph with the new name e.g. SymmetryGray

Open that new graph

Change the input node from a Input Color to an Input Grayscale node

Save the graph

 

It will not appear in the node list from the spacebar, but you can drag it into a graph where it will act as a node when you want to use it.

 

Dave

 

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Sep 03, 2022 Sep 03, 2022

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You can make your own SymmetryGrayscale based by modifying a copy of the existing node.

 

Right Click on the Symmetry node and Open the Reference

In Explorer, right click and Save a copy As' of the graph with the new name e.g. SymmetryGray

Open that new graph

Change the input node from a Input Color to an Input Grayscale node

Save the graph

 

It will not appear in the node list from the spacebar, but you can drag it into a graph where it will act as a node when you want to use it.

 

Dave

 

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Sep 04, 2022 Sep 04, 2022

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YESSS!!

Thank you so much, Dave!

I just learned a great lesson. And storing this node in my Assets Library I can access through Spacebar.

Now I just need how to create/change a new (greyscale) icon for that node… but this is not so important. Just a cosmetic thing.

Very appreciate your help, Dave 🙂

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Sep 04, 2022 Sep 04, 2022

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Glad to help. It is also useful to understand how some of the nodes work, for example by looking at the function graph within them.

Dave

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Sep 05, 2022 Sep 05, 2022

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That is, for sure, something that I will do from now on! 🙂
Thanks again, Dave.

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