Posts tagged "History and Snapshots"

October 22, 2014

Save and Save As States now Recorded in History Panel in Photoshop CC 2014

In Photoshop CC 2014, when you save a document (or Save As), the command will be  added as a state in the History panel in case you want to access it after making additional changes. Just remember, the number of history states (listed in the History panel) depend on a setting in your preferences (Preferences > Performance > History States). Depending on your preferences and the number of changes made to the file, the Save (or Save As) state might eventually “roll off the top” of the panel. If you need access to the “Saved” state – regardless of how many changes are made to the open document, select the fly out menu on the History panel, select History Options, and enable “Automatically Create New Snapshot When Saving”. The snapshot will remain available (regardless of the number of changes made), until the file is closed.

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July 27, 2012

Previewing Snapshots as the Before State in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Unlike states in the History panel, you can not simply drag snapshots (saved in the Snapshots panel), into the “before” state in Lightroom’s Develop Module. You can, however, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on a snapshot and choose “Copy Snapshot Setting to Before”.

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December 21, 2011

Video Tutorial – The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush

In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost demonstrates the power of the Art History brush in Photoshop CS5 and its ability to continuously sample from any history state or snapshot. She will show you how to create compelling, painterly images by making simple changes to the default settings and utilizing a variety of different brush tips and presets.

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December 14, 2011

Video Tutorial – Working with Photoshop’s History Panel, Snapshots and the History Brush

In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost reveals there is far more to the History panel than simply un-doing mistakes. Learn as she reveals little known shortcuts for working with the History Panel, including how to fill with the History Brush, as well as a fluid method for painting between snapshots with no layer or masking knowledge required!

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December 17, 2010

Clear History

Selecting “Clear History” from the History Panel’s fly-out menu clears the panel, but you can still choose Edit > Undo Clear History. Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + “Clear History” from the History Panel’s fly-out menu will delete the history without the option to “undo” (as if you have closed the file and reopened it). This can be helpful to free up disk space or to release RAM (or when you just don’t want anyone to see what magic you’ve applied to an image)!

In the History panel, you can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click any history state (except for the current) in order to duplicate that state. This would be a way to save a state from “rolling off” the history panel (if you have the “Allow Non -Linear History option checked on in the History Options accessed via the panel’s fly out), but I think I would prefer to save a snapshot or do a save-as if I am that concerned about loosing that point in time.

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April 2, 2010

The History and Art History Brush Tools

Both the History and Art History Brush Tools sample information from the currently targeted state in the History panel (by default, this is the snapshot created when the file is first opened).

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December 11, 2009

Fill Content with History

Option-Delete (Mac) / Alt-Backspace (Win) + Shift will fill with the currently selected history state and preserve transparency (so that only those pixels that have information in them are filled).

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December 9, 2009

Fill with History

Option-Command-Delete (Mac) / Alt-Control-Backspace (Win) fills with the currently selected history state.

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December 3, 2009

Erase with History

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.

Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) with the Eraser tool will erase with history. Note: when Photoshop opens a document, it takes (by default) a snapshot of the document that appears at the top of the History panel – this is the “history” that the Eraser paints with. To change the “History” state that the Eraser uses to paint from, click in any empty well to the left of the desired state in the History panel. Both states (the one chosen to “erase” with and the one that’s being “erased” upon) must have corresponding layers.

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August 28, 2009

Improving Batch Processing Performance

To improve batch processing performance, in the History panel,select History Options from the fly-out menu and deselect Automatically Create First Snapshot. Depending on the length of your action, you might also want to reduce the number History States in the Preferences > Performance panel. Just don’t forget to increase the number of states when you finished batch processing!

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July 8, 2009


Most people only think of the History panel for multiple undo – but it does much more! Check out the options available through the History panel’s fly out (in the upper right) such as if and when to take Snapshots and Non-Linear History (to retain more current history states if you go back in History and want to try other options without loosing the more current states).

And this is a good time to add that if you do choose to Automatically Create First Snapshot (which is Photoshop’s default setting), you can “undo” an accidental save by clicking on the initial snapshot in the History panel, saving the file, and then returning to your current state and choosing to “Save As”.

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July 7, 2009

Multiple Undo

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Z will toggle undo/redo of the last command.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Z will step you back through history.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + Z will step you forward through history.

To change the number of history states (multiple undo’s) that Photoshop keeps track of per open image, select Preferences > Performance and enter a value for History States. Setting a higher number (50 for example) will save more changes, and allow you to step farther back in time, however it will also require Photoshop to keep track of more information. Therefore, if you increase the number of states and notice a performance hit, trying lowering the number again.

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