Photoshop Tutorial – History Palette
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Running Time: 2 minutes
Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes, especially when it comes to perfecting our retouching. In those moments when you just can’t find the right adjustment for something, the History Palette comes to the rescue. By default, you will have 20 past steps that you can undo.
The history palette basically just allows you to go back to your previous actions and correct past mistakes. Initially, when you go to the history palette, you will see your image and the label that says “Open”. This means that you haven’t really done anything yet but open the image. Start by clicking the pulldown Window – History, and it will open the History Palette.
Let’s say you created a new layer, made some brush strokes, changed colors, etc. Afterwards when you go to the history palette, you will now see all the actions you have made, up to the previous 20. The 21st one will drop out of view, lost forever.
The items listed in the History are temporary. Once you close the file you are working on, this list of items is once again, gone forever. Basically, don’t rely on it. Simply, it is here if you find you have made a series of mistakes.
Ctrl+Z vs. History Palette
You might think that this is just the same as the Ctrl+Z or the undo function, but the undo function simply goes back one step. The history palette, on the other hand, allows you to go back several actions further back at any point in time simply by clicking on those steps.
If you’re painting somebody’s hair and you realize it’s not turning out the way you want it to look, you can always go to the History Palette and just skip way back a couple of steps to before you started making all those minute hair strokes. Are there any other tools that will essentially help you go back in time? Only the History Palette has that kind of magic.
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