Creative Quick Tips
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Creative Quick Tips

with Justin Seeley

Video: Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop

Hello, and welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. As you continue to create these snapshots over No matter what you're working on, it could be a photograph, it could be an
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    1. How to remove empty layers in Photoshop NEW
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  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
    2. How to send feedback
  3. 18m 6s
    1. Using Creative Cloud Market
      7m 5s
    2. Five WordPress plugins you should install today
      6m 36s
    3. How to create buttons in Muse
      4m 25s
  4. 18m 22s
    1. How to use Photoshop's new Guide Layouts
      2m 57s
    2. Placing Photoshop files into Muse
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    3. Editing multiple photos using Camera RAW & Bridge
      5m 51s
    4. How to find free icons on the web
      5m 30s
  5. 11m 30s
    1. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries
      4m 36s
    2. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    3. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s
    4. Using Illustrator to perform calculations
      1m 47s
  6. 18m 22s
    1. How to sync and share files with Adobe Creative Cloud
      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
      5m 47s
    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s
  7. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  8. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  9. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  10. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  11. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  15. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  16. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  17. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  18. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  19. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  20. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  21. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s

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4h 34m Appropriate for all Aug 05, 2013 Updated Feb 23, 2015

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Join Justin Seeley, staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.

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Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop

Hello, and welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley. And, this week, I'm going to be talking to you about the history panel inside of Photoshop. Well, to be more specific, I'm going to be talking to you about using the history panel to create snapshots of your documents as you work. Now, there are a lot of reasons why you might want to do something like this. For one, maybe you got the default number of undos set really low in Photoshop and you want it to run a little faster. That's fine. Or, maybe you've got a lot of undos but you're just worried about exceeding that number because of the amount of edits that you have to make to a file.

In any event, snapshots are a great way to capture your document and freeze it at an exact moment in time. You can also use this feature to create multiple documents, which can act as sort of a quasi-versioning system if you're working on things like website or app development. Let's take a look at how this works. So, here I've got my history panel open inside of Photoshop, and you'll notice that I freshly opened this file, so there's not a lot of information in here. But, as you work in Photoshop, this thing is going to track everything that you do to the file, whether you move something, you hide a layer, you delete a layer, you add a layer, whatever the case may be, its keeping track of everything that you do.

Now, in your settings, which you can access by pressing Command or Control+K, there's a section where you can control how many undo states you get in Photoshop. And so, that's how many steps the history panel's actually going to remember. By default, it's set to 20, so you'll get 20 steps that you can step back through. And so, as you make changes to things, you can actually go back in time based on those steps. However, if you need to go further back in time, my suggestion is to use this little button right down here, which says create a new snapshot.

So, let's just work around a little bit, and I'll create some snapshots and show you how this works. So for instance, let's say, the client comes back and they're like we don't like the keyboard layout in our app. No big deal. I can come in here and I can say, all right, let's invert the keyboard color. Maybe they like that a little better. You can see there that I inverted it. I can now create a snapshot of this. Right there. There's snap shot one and I'll call this inverted keyboard. And, I just double click to rename that very quickly, very easily. And so, let's go ahead now and let's create a duplicate of this.

Command+control+J, right there, and then, let's invert it back so, we have both of those. And then, we can just hide this very quickly. And, let's go ahead and create another snapshot here, and let's call this original keyboard hidden. Just like that. So, now I'm keeping track of all these. No matter what I do, I've always got these two states I can go back to. For instance, if I go back to inverted keyboard and click on it. You can see here that when I click on it, it automatically rolls back my Layers panel.

Look, the duplicate layer is not there. It's only the inverted keyboard. If I click on Original Keyboard Hidden, that layer pops back in. I can turn it on and off anytime I want. Pretty neat, right? As you continue to create these snapshots over the course of an entire project, it's really easy to create multiple files based on these just by right-clicking one of these and choosing New Document. When you create a new document, it basically just duplicates the snapshot. The file name of the new file will be the same name as the snapshot name that you had.

And, everything that's in your layers panel is duplicated over here. And then, you can just save this out as a separate version that you can send to the clients. Say, maybe you like this one better than this one, whatever the case may be. It's a great way of keeping track of multiple edits that you make throughout the course of a document. Now, the unfortunate thing is that if you were to close a document, and I'll go ahead and close this original document here. And, I'll save it. But, if I go back and open that again, you'll notice when I open it back up, I don't have those snap shots or those states.

It's saved in the last state that I left it in. So, that's the unfortunate thing. And, that's why you want to save out these snap shots as separate files. That way you've got them sort of backed up, so you can reference them any time you want. And, that's also why you should name these snapshots meaningful things so that you understand what exactly what changes were made to each individual one of these, so that when you're looking at them you can say, oh okay, I know exactly which version that is. You can bring it back in and you can make changes to it. No matter what you're working on, it could be a photograph, it could be an app mockup, it could be a website mockup, it doesn't matter what you're working on.

Using this little trick to create snapshots is a great way to ensure you can always roll back the clock anytime you want, and then saving them out as a new document is a great way of creating multiple versions of files quickly and easily. That's it! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something as well.

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