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Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo

Now, I'd like to show you how you can use the Undo and Redo commands or the Undo History palette to move forward or back in time in Elements. By doing so, you can restore any open image that has been edited to a specific history state. I'm currently in Bridge and I have the Autumn Leaves image selected. This is an image inside of our catalog images folder, which we're currently displaying in our exercise files here in the Content panel and what I'd like to do is open up this image inside of Elements and to do that, I'm just going to double-click.

Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo

Now, I'd like to show you how you can use the Undo and Redo commands or the Undo History palette to move forward or back in time in Elements. By doing so, you can restore any open image that has been edited to a specific history state. I'm currently in Bridge and I have the Autumn Leaves image selected. This is an image inside of our catalog images folder, which we're currently displaying in our exercise files here in the Content panel and what I'd like to do is open up this image inside of Elements and to do that, I'm just going to double-click.

That brings the image up here in the Elements' Editing workspace. Now what I'd like to do is just apply a couple of really quick adjustments to it just so I can show you how we can Undo and Redo those adjustments. Let's go over here. I'm going to click on the Quick button here in Edit mode and that brings up a different set of controls off on the right. Now we're just viewing the after state here, that's why it says after. So all I'm going to see what happens to the image after I apply some quick adjustments. So let's go ahead and just randomly do some things here. I'm going to drag the Saturation slider to the right. Really saturate those colors. Wow, you saw that color. Okay, well that's the size that we're through with that and we're going to go ahead and apply that. And then let's say we decide, maybe we should probably compare this to the before image. That looks kinds of cool but maybe we should compare it. We'll choose Before & After Horizontal so we can take a look and then we might realize after seeing that, that might be a bit much in which case, we can Undo the action even though we click that green check mark over here to apply it, we can Undo it to get back to the Before state by clicking the Undo button up here in the upper left.

We've clicked that button and now the before and after images here both match because they're both unedited, back to the original state. If for some reason, I change my mind again and thought well, maybe I was wrong. Maybe the saturated color does work for me. You can click the Redo button and it reapplies that last adjustment. So now we're seeing it again, Undo and Redo. Another way that you can apply these commands rather than working with these buttons is to choose the command from under the Edit menu that's right at the top, Undo Adjust Hue/Saturation and here it will actually tell you what the adjustment was that you applied and of course, the keyboard shortcut for this is Command+Z to Undo. It's a very, very common keyboard shortcut. Usually, it's applicable on any other graphics application that you might be using and a good one to memorize.

Command+Z. All right, if you want to redo that particular adjustment using the keyboard shortcut, you can use Command+Y, is the default keyboard shortcut for that. And now we're back in the Redo History state. Something else I want to make you aware of is a Preference. We'll go under Photoshop Elements, we'll choose Preferences, go to the General panel or press Command+K to bring this dialog box up and notice this Preference right here, it's a step backward or forward and you have your choice of keyboard shortcuts. It's using the default of Command+Z and Command+Y like I just showed you.

However, if you're more comfortable using this configuration, which is also common in a lot of other applications, Command+Z or Command+Shift+Z, you can choose that or you can choose this interesting option, Command+Option+Z or Command+Shift+Z. Not as common, at least not to me. I'm more familiar with this one or the default Command+Z, Command+Y. I just wanted you to know that you have that option, click OK. Something else you can use in order to control a history state of your edited image is to use the History palette. Now you have to actually exit Quick Fix mode in order to do this. I'm going to go back into the Full Edit mode. We're seeing the after image with the Saturation adjustment applied. Let's go into Window and choose Undo History. That brings up this floating palette over here.

Now if we want to, we can dock this palette into the palette bin by dragging it in there. It's appearing in the center. Notice that we have a list of history items inside of the palette. Here's the image up here. Here's its original action which was opening it and then the Adjust Hue/Saturation that we applied afterwards. So we can select a history state from within the History palette and it can be more than just two history states. If we were to go back in the Quick Fix mode, maybe apply another adjustment, maybe say something like cooling this image off by dragging the Temperature slider to the left, making it a little bit more blue, we'll click the green arrow to apply that, go back into Full Edit mode. Now, here we're and if we take a look in the Undo History which is now up here at the top, we can go back to the open state, the Adjust Hue /Saturation state or the Adjust Temperature/Tint state.

So you have the options to control where you're at in the edited images history state. If you need to go back to a certain state, you can. So nothing in here is permanent. That's the important thing to understand. If you make a mistake, you can always undo it. If you'd like to redo something that you did, you can always go back to the history state. That's the great thing about using the Undo History palette and the Undo and Redo commands.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

84 video lessons · 5446 viewers

Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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