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Old Jul 18, 2009, 1:30 PM   #1
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Is there any way to make PhotoShop save your history when you save the file? Every time I save, I lose the history of all my edits making it impossible to roll back changes if I decide I'm on the wrong path.

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Old Jul 18, 2009, 2:29 PM   #2
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Thats a good question. Never thought of that before but if there is a way it would be by saving your file as a .psd You can save at any time and pick up where you left off whenever you open the document again. For any other use you have to save as tiff or jpeg or one of the other formats that is useable by others besides Photoshop.
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Thats a good question. Never thought of that before but if there is a way it would be by saving your file as a .psd You can save at any time and pick up where you left off whenever you open the document again. For any other use you have to save as tiff or jpeg or one of the other formats that is useable by others besides Photoshop.
Yeah, every time i save as PSD, it's fine until i reload the file - i want it to load the previous history of the file...

It makes progressive edits hard if you're doing the work in two sessions... i'm forced to leave PhotoShop open the entire time.

Edit: I guess "snapshots" are the workaround, take a "full document" snapshot every time you make major changes and you always have points to return to.

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Old Jul 18, 2009, 7:34 PM   #4
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The simple answer is NO. But I did find this. I havent looked at it enough to understand it but it answers your question and someone else was impressed with it.

Cropping... youll love this.
before you crop, double click the background layer in the layer pallett.
this turns it into a layer rather than a background.
when you drag a crop box over your image look in the toolbar along the top
where it says "Cropped area" click hide instead of delete.
it will keep all your image available so you could nudge or move it around.
hard to explain but try it and see. only issue is that the file needs to be
saved as a psd or layered tiff to preserve your uncropped image area after
saving/closing. can come in very handy.
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Old Jul 19, 2009, 4:15 PM   #5
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Every revision of Photoshop I keep hoping they will allow you to save the history with a PSD. It shouldn’t take that much space since they have to log only changes.

I have no problem with crops as I always have the original. It’s all the stuff in between.

Something that might work for you if you know in advance you will be continuing to work on the image in the future, start an action before you start working. For the next session start with the original and run the action. You will end up where you left off with a full history. Not sure what happens when you go back in the history to redo something using that – I haven’t tried it.

Believe it or not that would be easier in Paint Shop Pro. When you are ready to break you can make the action retroactively without worrying about places you went back in the history. It takes what you have actually done to that point and makes an action of it. PSP calls it a script, but it is the same thing.
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if u are using a new version of photoshop which as smart filters then u can go back and make changes to or undo stuff in a limited way, as smart filters are on seperate layers and dont change the original image
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