Photoshop Quick Tip: How to Use the Undo Options

Hey guys, Spencer from Pixel & Bracket here. Today I’m going to go over some of the basic undo options in Adobe Photoshop. Let’s start by opening up a new document and creating a few brush strokes on our canvas. To undo our last action, navigate to the edit dropdown and select undo, or we can use the shortcut Cmd+Z. Now you might notice that we can only undo once. If you keep pressing Cmd+Z it just goes back and forth between our last action. To understand what’s happening here, let’s open up the history panel. In this panel, Photoshop,
saves a set number of history states. When we use undo, or Cmd+Z, Photoshop will only undo and redo the last state. In order to go back further, we need to go back to Edit and select Step Backward, or simply use the shortcut keys Option+Cmd+Z. In the same way that we step backward, we can also step forward by using Shift+Cmd+Z. Another method to undo
several states at once, is to simply click on the state you would like to go back to.
It’s important to note, however, that once you step backward through states and begin
working again, a new set of history states will be saved and you will lose the old ones. One thing you might encounter in Photoshop is a limit to the number of history states available to you. To increase this number, which I highly recommend, navigate to the Photoshop dropdown, preferences, and then performance. Underneath History and Cache we can adjust the number of history states between 1 to 1000. I usually keep this around
100, but if you don’t notice any performance issues, this can be set as high as you’d like.
Ok, that’s all I have for today. I hope you found this useful, and if you have any questions
or comments post them below. And as always like and subscribe to receive more tutorials
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  1. Razi Z. Yassin August 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    i deleted history panel my fult how can i get it back ? thank u

  2. Editing and gaming zone September 28, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    thnku bro

  3. Jun Cruz December 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    whats Cmd? Newbie<

  4. The duck company System December 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

    This saved my life! Thanks!!

  5. Vanessa B January 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you

  6. Mahmoud D April 6, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Mac: It's alt + cmd + Z. not shift

  7. BrightGarden Strategies June 21, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Nailed it! Thanks.

  8. Elena Stanica July 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    i Can't find the history pannel

  9. bikingisart July 30, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    this was super helpful thank u i learned a lot

  10. akash mahesh August 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    can i use ctrl+alt+z instead of alt+ctl+z

  11. أبو حمود August 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Thanks. Need that. But i could't find performance in pc

  12. Wave breaker October 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    saved me

  13. Techliner October 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Nailed it! Thanks.

  14. James T. Gellert November 16, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Thanks you so much

  15. Nitti 1992 February 16, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Stato molto utile… grazie mille!!

  16. Cold February 24, 2019 at 5:07 am


  17. Nur Wahidah March 2, 2019 at 4:23 am

    but i cant find my history icon

  18. Lionel Riad March 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

  19. D J March 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    thx bro . u really saved my life.

  20. Can we get 1000 subscribers with no videos? March 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    is it possible to undo after saving the document?

  21. SPECC May 13, 2019 at 9:46 am


  22. J E 1972 May 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Why can't there be buttons for this? There's a button for just about everything else. Yet I need to press and hold three keys for a very commonly-used function to revert history? WHY? WHY? WHY?????????????????????

  23. FishRepairs July 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm


  24. COLO_ iq August 6, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Simple and useful 👌🏻✨

  25. Gardenia w August 28, 2019 at 11:34 am

    thank you

  26. Chitrarupa Banerjee September 3, 2019 at 5:02 pm


  27. Horobo Kun September 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Very useful thank you

  28. M.Khazran shabbir October 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm


  29. Arta Irani October 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you bro you saved my life

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