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Undoing your work

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Video: Undoing your work

There are a number of ways to undo steps you've taken as you edit in the Full Photo Edit workspace. You can go up to the bar at the top of the screen and click the Undo button and that will take you back one step, and you can click the Undo button multiple times. There's also a Redo button here that brings your steps back, or you could go to the Edit menu and choose the Undo command from there; there's also a Redo command, or you could use the common keyboard shortcut for undo, which is Ctrl+Z on the PC or Command+Z on the Mac.

Undoing your work

There are a number of ways to undo steps you've taken as you edit in the Full Photo Edit workspace. You can go up to the bar at the top of the screen and click the Undo button and that will take you back one step, and you can click the Undo button multiple times. There's also a Redo button here that brings your steps back, or you could go to the Edit menu and choose the Undo command from there; there's also a Redo command, or you could use the common keyboard shortcut for undo, which is Ctrl+Z on the PC or Command+Z on the Mac.

But I think there is another way that's better than all these ways and that's to use the Undo History panel. To open the Undo History panel, which is not open by default, go to the Window menu and choose Undo History. That opens the Undo History panel over here at the bottom of the column of panels on the right. As I showed you in the last movie, you can get more room for a panel by moving it out of this column. So I'm going to do that by clicking on the Undo History tab and dragging it out of that column and then releasing, so that the whole panel is now floating free.

And then I'll click on the black title bar and I'll move this panel over to the right until I see this blue bar. When I release my mouse, the Undo History panel starts a brand-new column of panels that is snapped to the column on the right, and there's lots of room for history states here. Now I can't see my entire photo on screen anymore, there isn't enough space. So I'm going to select the Zoom tool, and then I'll go to the Options bar for the Zoom tool and choose Fit Screen, and that zooms the photo out so that it fits in the Document window.

So as I said, what I like about the Undo History panel is that it keeps track of each step that you take as you're editing the photo. So far I've taken only one step, and you can see that here, and that was to open the photo. Let's do a few more things to this photo. I'll go over to the toolbar and I'm going to select the Brush tool by clicking on it here in the toolbar. Then I'll move into the image and I'm going to make a brushstroke. Notice that the Undo History panel registers that brushstroke as a step or a state in the history of what I've done to this image.

I'll go back and get another tool. I'm going to click on the Brush tool and hold and that opens this flyout menu of other tools. I'm going to select the Impressionist Brush tool from this flyout menu, and then I'll come into the image and I'll drag, and that creates this sort of impressionist brush stroke over the flower. Notice in the Undo History panel that there is now another state, the Impressionist Brush state. I'm going to do this two more times, going back to that same Brush tool slot, clicking and holding and choosing another tool.

Here's the Color Replacement tool. When I click and drag with this tool, Elements replaces the color while retaining the tone of the photograph, and it uses whatever color is here in the foreground color box in the toolbar, in this case, shades of black or gray. I'll do that one more time going up to the Brush tool slot and from the flyout menu I'll select the Pencil tool, and then I'll make a pencil mark. And so those states are registered here in the Undo History panel as well. By default, this panel will register up to 50 states and you can increase that number in the editor's preferences if you need to.

Now that I have a number of states recorded, I can undo states right here in the Undo History panel by clicking on the state just before the thing that I want to disappear. So if I no longer want this pencil mark, I'll click on the state above the Pencil state in the Undo History panel, and that gets rid of my pencil mark. If I want to get rid of the Color Replacement tool mark, I'll click on the state above that and the Color Replacement is now gone from the image. I don't have to hit every state in order as I would have to do if I were using the Undo command or the Undo button.

I could skip up the chain if I want several steps. So I could go all the way up to the Open step and that would undo everything that happened after I opened the image. So you can see that all those marks are now gone, and if I want to go all the way back to the very beginning, I can go all the way up to this state which is the original file without anything done to it at all. I can also go in the other direction if I want to redo some steps. So if I click back on the Brush tool step, you'll see that brush mark in the image.

If I click on the Impressionist Brush step that adds that mark as well, and I can also skip steps as I'm redoing. So if I go down to the Pencil tool step that will bring back the Pencil tool as well as everything before the pencil mark was made, including the Color Replacement tool mark right here. What I can't do is to select a particular mark that I made and get rid of it. So if I go back and select the Brush tool mark, that gets rid of everything that happened thereafter, not just one of those steps.

One thing that can trip you up when you're using the Undo History panel is that if you undo back to a particular step, and then you perform another task on the image, all the subsequent history states will disappear from the Undo History panel and you'll lose the ability to redo them. Let me show you what I mean. I've gone all the way back to this first Brush tool step, so the only mark in the photo is this Brush tool. Now I'm going to get the Pencil tool, and come into the image, and I'm just going to scribble over the image.

Now look at the Undo History panel. After the Brush tool, all the old steps disappeared and I just have that single Pencil step that I just executed. At this point, it's as if the panel were recording a new branch of my editing steps and it can't remember this new branch as well as the old branch at the same time. Another thing to remember about the Undo History panel is that it is not saved with an image. So when I close this photo, whether or not I save the photo, the next time I reopen it, all of these steps will be gone and there will be just one step there, the Open step and I'll be starting from scratch, so I won't be able to automatically bring back something I did to the photo in history before I close the photo.

But while you are in an editing session, the Undo History panel is a great way to keep track of just where you are as you change your mind about steps you've taken.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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