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Create Snap Shots in Photoshop History
Published: 31. marts 2010

While working with designs in Photoshop all day you occasionally plan to go in a different direction than you originally intended. While you have your 'History' palette you can go 'back in time' but more often than not you face the problem that your history has vanished due to the number of history items to save. While you can increase this there's actually an even better way to preserve history. Snap Shots!

Continue reading for detailed information on this - well-overseen built-in feature in Photoshop.



The 'History' palette in Adobe Photoshop is one of the dearest palettes you can access as a designer when you're working in Photoshop all day long. But this lovely palette has some 'hidden' built-in features which allows you - even as a experienced Photoshop user - to gain access to more secure features such as 'Snap shots'.

The Snapshot command lets you make a temporary copy (or snapshot) of any state of the image. The new snapshot is added to the list of snapshots at the top of the History panel. Selecting a snapshot lets you work from that version of the image.

Snapshots are similar to the states listed in the History panel, but they offer additional advantages:
  1. You can name a snapshot to make it easy to identify.
  2. Snapshots can be stored for an entire work session.
  3. You can compare effects easily. For example, you can take a snapshot before and after applying a filter. Then select the first snapshot, and try the same filter with different settings. Switch between the snapshots to find the settings you like best.
  4. With snapshots, you can recover your work easily. When you experiment with a complex technique or apply an action, take a snapshot first. If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can select the snapshot to undo all the steps.

Note:Snapshots are not saved with the image—closing an image deletes its snapshots. Also, unless you select the Allow Non-Linear History option, selecting a snapshot and changing the image deletes all of the states currently listed in the History panel.

Create a snapshot
Select a state and do one of the following:
  1. To automatically create a snapshot, click the Create New Snapshot button on the History panel, or if Automatically Create New Snapshot When Saving is selected in the history options, choose New Snapshot from the History panel menu.
  2. To set options when creating a snapshot, choose New Snapshot from the History panel menu, or Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Create New Snapshot button.
  3. Enter the name of the Snapshot in the Name text box.
    Choose the snapshot contents from the From menu:
    Full Document Makes a snapshot of all layers in the image at that state
    Merged Layers Makes a snapshot that merges all layers in the image at that state
    Current Layer Makes a snapshot of only the currently selected layer at that state


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