Design Snack #9: 2 must-have Photoshop history settings

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Andy Orsow
  •  Jul 16, 2015
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It’s happened to us all: you’re in the middle of working on a project in Photoshop, and you decide that everything looked better the way you had it a few minutes ago.

You start hitting undo—only to find things don’t look as they should. Why? Because you turned off a few important layers, and Photoshop’s history isn’t tracking that by default.

Tracking visibility changes

Instead of hunting your layers down, turning them on, and continuing on your merry way, do this:

Go to your History Panel and open up the History Options. There’s a lot of interesting stuff worth experimenting with in here, but today’s simple time-saver is to simply turn on Make Layer Visibility Changes Undoable.

Now no matter what crazy things you end up doing in your Photoshop file, you’ll be able to get back by just hitting undo.

Crank up your history states

Since we’re talking about history, here’s another handy tip: go into your Photoshop preferences and select performance.

Here you can crank up the amount of history states Photoshop remembers, which means you won’t hit “the point of no return” in your history as quickly.

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