Fix Mistakes In Photoshop

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes make mistakes. For example, a few weeks ago, I broke my foot falling down a short flight of stairs. Which was fun, because years ago, I had broken the other foot falling down a long flight of stairs. Not to mention the time I busted my teeth on the bar of a trampoline. Or accidentally yanked a speaker down onto my head and bled so badly I had to replace the couch.

They sound funny now. But in every case, at the time, I had just one thought in my head: “UNDO!”

Turns out, there is no Undo in real life. But there is one in Photoshop. And it exists independently of the backstepping that you can do in the History palette. Which exists independently of the back-to-start Revert command. Which means you can undo History and backstep Revert and revert Undo, not to mention undo the backstepping and, well, you get the idea. You not only have the chance to undo a mistake, you can also undo the backstepping of the reverting of that mistake. Which means you have all the time in the world to circle around a mistake, analyze how you made it, and say, “Yup, that there’s a mistake,” before stabbing yourself in the eye with a claw hammer for being so stupid and undoing that as well.

In this video tutorial, I’ll make a bunch of complex changes to a layered Photoshop file, then show you how easy it can be to remove the changes I don’t like while leaving the good stuff untouched.

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Posted on: April 5, 2010

Deke McClelland

Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design.

5 Comments on Fix Mistakes In Photoshop

  1. Dumb question — your Top 40 Photoshop tips, are they in CS4, or do you have the new CS5 already? I’m hoping 4, so I can actually watch more of these and use them!

  2. A lot of the tips in the Photoshop Top 40 are about features that go back several versions.

    Terri Stone
    Editor in Chief,

  3. Due to firewall issues, I can’t open youtube videos at work. This is the third tutorial I can’t get to. Is anyone else having problems with security and is it possible to put the videos up on an alternative site that is accessible from worksites?

  4. I understand about the firewall block — that’s frustrating. Unfortunately, we have no control over where Deke’s videos are located.

    Terri Stone
    Editor in Chief,

  5. I always try to command-z in real life, lol.

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