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Using the Undo History command

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Using the Undo History command

Editing photographs in Elements can involve lots of trial and error. Knowing how to undo what you've tried is one of the most important things you can know about using the program. I'm working here in snowdog.jpg, inside the 06_07 Mistake subfolder in the Chapter 06 exercise files. Let's say that I want to eliminate this black dog from the white snow and I decide I'm going to try to use the Spot Healing Brush to do that. Now I'll tell you in advance, I already know this is not going to work, but that's the point. I want to show you how to undo something that doesn't work.

Using the Undo History command

Editing photographs in Elements can involve lots of trial and error. Knowing how to undo what you've tried is one of the most important things you can know about using the program. I'm working here in snowdog.jpg, inside the 06_07 Mistake subfolder in the Chapter 06 exercise files. Let's say that I want to eliminate this black dog from the white snow and I decide I'm going to try to use the Spot Healing Brush to do that. Now I'll tell you in advance, I already know this is not going to work, but that's the point. I want to show you how to undo something that doesn't work.

So I'm going to get the Spot Healing Brush here in the Toolbox and then I'm going to Command and click on my dog's leg. I'll try to eliminate it and I can do 5, 6 clicks and I just see that it is not working. How would I fix this? Well, my first reaction might be "Gosh! I better erase it", but no, that isn't the right reaction. Because if you go and get the Eraser tool and then you come in and try to erase, all that happens is all of the pixels get covered up with white paint, which is the color that happens to be here in the Background color box.

So, I'm going to go to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose Undo Eraser and I could go back to the Edit menu and choose Undo Spot Healing Brush and I could continue to do that 5 or 6 more times to get rid of all of it. To make that go faster, I could use the shortcut for Edit > Undo, which is Ctrl+Z on the keyboard, so I'm going to do that, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z. That's okay, but imagine if I had made 20, 30, 40 marks. It could be really tedious to try to undo them with the Undo command or using Ctrl+Z.

A better way to work is to use the Undo History palette to fix your mistakes. The Undo History palette is accessible from the Window menu at the top of the screen. From there I'm going down to Undo History, and that opens this palette over here. Now you can see here all of those marks that I made which I then undid. Let me make some more marks so you can see how the Undo History palette works. Again with the Spot Healing Brush I'm going to come in, and this time I'll work at the front of the dog and each time I click, the Undo History palette is taking note of that action. So now I have made a real mess of my dog, but over in the Undo History palette I have an easy way to fix the mess.

One thing I could do is start clicking up these rows that says Spot Healing Brush and as I move up here with each click, I'm deleting another one of attempts to heal the dog. Alternatively, I could just take this slider on the right and slide it up to rows and that goes even faster. Or I could just go to the very top where it says, Open, click there and that would take me back to the state of how the dog looked when I first opened the image. Another nice thing about the Undo History palette is that you can go back down the other way. So if I decided that I wanted to bring those spot healing marks back, I could take that slider and drag it back down the marks and bring back all my attempts to wipe out the dog. I know that I can always go back to my original image by going all the way up to the top and clicking on this thumbnail of snowdog.jpg, which is the original image.

So when you are working on a photograph and trying lots of different things, I suggest that you open the Undo History palette and maybe even dock it in your palette bin as I've showed you how to do in other movies. By going to the More menu and choosing Place In Palette Bin When Closed, and then clicking the X. Then you'll always have Undo History there when you need it.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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