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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
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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