As anybody familiar with simply the name “Photoshop” knows, there are endless ways you can modify an image using Adobe’s flagship application. From little tweaks to major alterations, Photoshop is the go-to program for print and web designers. But because of all the power Photoshop offers you at your fingertips, there are a lot of ways you can really screw up an image as well.
Photoshop has a History panel that is essentially a change-tracker, allowing you to go back a number of steps (default is 20; can be changed in Preferences) but aside from the limit of steps you can go back, if you save and close your file, its change history does not resume the next time you open it. Of course, you can use the old Save As… technique, but Photoshop files tend to be on the larger side so keeping many of them can add up, and who really wants to have different copies, all with various changes you’re testing out or keeping?
There’s a much better way to deal with this, and it solves both the problem of lost or limited history state and the nightmare of having multiple copies of files piling up.
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