History Palette

History Palette

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use the History Palette in Photoshop



The History palette has multiple uses. Without the history palette, Photoshop would have only one undo.

It is also a source for painting with the History Brush. For more info, see Painting With the History Brush.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open...).

Step Two

Open the History palette by clicking on the History icon or by choosing Window > History.

Step Three

The top line of the palette contains a thumbnail of the image and is a snapshot of the starting image. The second line indicates the last step (Open).

Step Four

Choose Image > Image Size and set the size to 50 percent for width and height. Press OK.

Step Five

Choose Filter > Filter Gallery. In the option's panel open the Artistic section and select Palette Knife. Adjust the settings as desired, then click OK to apply your changes.

Step Six

Take a look at the History palette. Each of the steps you just completed are listed in the palette. Click the icon for each history step to undo and redo your changes.

Step Seven

At any point you can take a snapshot of the current progress by choosing New Snapshot from the palette's pull-down menu.

Maximum History Steps

The number of steps in the History palette are set in the Preferences > Performance + History States selection.

History Shortcut

To step back a step in the History palette, press Opt/Cmd/z (PC-Alt/Ctrl/z).

To step forward a step press Shift/Cmd/z (PC-Shift/Ctrl/z).


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