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Chapter 6. Working with the History Pale... > Reviewing the History State Text Fil...

Reviewing the History State Text File

Photoshop creates the History State file on the fly, as you work each step precisely recorded. Photoshop does not create a separate data file for each working session, but a single file recording all work sessions. If you delete the original history data file, Photoshop will create a new file, and place it in the same location with the same name. Have you ever worked on a document, performing command after command and suddenly you step back, and really like the end result? Then you immediately grab a notepad and attempt to jot down all the steps—it's always the most important step that you forget. Not with Photoshop CS and the new History text file. The text document faithfully records each and every step. Later, after the project is finished, you can access the file and all your commands and steps will be listed.

Open the History State Text File

Close Photoshop.

Open the folder where the History text file is saved.

The default name is Photoshop Edit Log.txt, and the default location is the desktop.

Double-click to open the document with the default text editor.

NotePad (Win), TextEdit (Mac), or use a Word Processor, such as Microsoft Word.

  • The date and time the file was opened is recorded at the top of the document.

  • The steps performed are listed, one at a time.

  • The date and time the file was closed is recorded at the bottom of the document.

Close your text editor program.


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