this is really a beginners' question (even after using Touch for an embarrassing number of years) ...
If I make a TOP into a CHOP then try to change it back into a TOP, somehow the CHOPtoTOP operator only wants the first four channels and calls them r,g,b and a.
so, if I use a Shuffle TOP to sequence the channels by name, then I have four channels that the CHOPtoTOP turns into a one-pixel-high image - but at least all the pixels are actually there.
so, how do I get this back into an image withe pixels where they should be (in this case and 8 x8 version of mr. smiley for simplicity).??
after thinking to myself, "What would Achim do???" I used a SOPtoCHOP and a Channel SOP to add the pixel values to the point colors of a grid to get an image on a rectangle. An orthographic render of the camera view would give me a TOP - but surely there must be a more straightforward way to do this?
a related problem is how to make an image from a DAT with values for pixels
Some related stuff is discussed here:
... but a simple example for beginners would be good.
(gotta go before Touch causes my laptop to burn a hole in the cafe table...)