Don’t Use Photoshop Without Doing This First

Don’t Use Photoshop Without Doing This First

How many times have you been working on an experimental project in Photoshop only to have it come out great? One problem. You don’t know how you got to that point.

I have done it many times and went a little crazy trying to figure out how I did the effect or blend. I sure you have also, but there is a way to remember.

No…it’s not writing it down because you would loose track of your creative process by stopping and writing.

You could do a recording of your process, but it would use up a lot of computer resources if it was a long process. And we all know that being creative does take times and sometimes a long time.

So, how? Let Photoshop do it for you.

Some of the people that have been using Photoshop for a long time probably already know this, but there are many others (beginners also) who don’t.

This is what you do:

Photoshop > Preferences > General > Turn on History Logs.

Photoshop History LogsYou will see several choices in the drop down box.

1. Session: Is good if you need to keep track of your time for billing purposes. This shows the session and how much time for each item, but no details.

2. Concise: This will show all the actions, filters and any other things you do to your work.

3. Detail: The same as Concise, but it will take up a lot more space because it includes much more detail. Below is a copy of a simple PS project(added a filter over the image) I did for this article, so you could see the detail in the report. Of course it is much longer, but you get the idea.

Photoshop Art Filter

You can see the exact details of what I did and it has a time stamp.


Once you choose a pop-up window will open so you can decide where you want the files put in your computer.

Try them all to see which one works best for you and how much detail you really need.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Please post any comments or suggestions below.

The Creative Tablet

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