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Chapter 6. Working with the History Pale... > Saving the History State of a Docume...

Saving the History State of a Document

A new and much anticipated feature of Photoshop CS is its ability to save the History states of a document as a separate text document, or as embedded metadata. Saving History is an excellent way to revive the steps you took to produce a particular design. Not only does the saved data record the steps you took, it also records the date and time each step was performed. This gives you a running record of the time spent on a document, which is useful for client billing purposes. Photoshop saves the history files as a standard text document and it can be opened in any text-editing program you choose.

Set Up to Save History

Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click General.

Select the History Log check box.

Select the file type option you want to save log items:

  • Metadata. Records the data as embedded metadata.

  • Text File. Records the data to a text file.

  • Both. Records the information as both metadata and text.

Click Choose, and then select location where you want to store the files.

Click the Edit Log Items list arrow, and then select the type of data you want to save:

  • Sessions Only. Only records basic information, such as when the file was opened or closed.

  • Concise. More information on actions taken.

  • Detailed. The most data, including dates and times for actions, and each individual stet.

Click OK.



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