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Photoshop History Options

Sun Jul 27, 2003 3:41 am

Ok, this is a really stupid question, but heregoes;

Let's say I am editting a picture, and I did so and so amount of things to it.

Now looking back, I realize that one of the first adjustments I made to the picture I should not have done, and cannot be changed by moving a lever like in the color balance or something.

How can I change what I did without undoing everything else I did?

I go this one picture near perfect, except for this one thing.

I saw a "View History" under the Windows tab, but the action isn't there in the list, like it doesn't go back that far.


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RE: Photoshop History Options

Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:09 am

you can select Window> History and then right click to delete whatever action it is you want deleted, but it also deletes anything done after the action you delete.

You can also use the Step Backward command if you are unsure of the exact move you want to undo.
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RE: Photoshop History Options

Sun Jul 27, 2003 6:19 am

Edit> Step backwards

Keep doing that until you get before what you did  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Photoshop History Options

Sun Jul 27, 2003 8:25 am

But then I have to redo everything else I did AFTER that, which defeats the purpose. I might as well just re-edit the whole picture at that point.
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RE: Photoshop History Options

Sun Jul 27, 2003 8:49 am

You can't do what you want as you describe it Phil (if only!).

But there is a way of working so that you can achieve this to some extent, commonly used by graphics professionals.

The secret is to create a new layer for each and every process you apply to the picture. For example, you can make a duplicate layer of the image and apply sharpening. Another layer may incorporate colour adjustments.

Each layer can be edited and modifed independent of other layers, and even better, you can control how the multiple layers are eventually combined (eg. you can "fade" the effect of a particular layer).

Working in multiple layers is of course far more complex than working on a single layer, but the only way of achieving the control you want.


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