What is a Snapshot?
What is a snapshot?
A snapshot is part of the history palette. It is used to record the
state of the document at a point in time. You'll want to make snapshots
before you make major changes which you might not be sure about keeping so that
way you can go back to the snapshot of the .psd file at the point you "recorded"
To create a snapshot in Photoshop, you simply click on the camera icon in the
history palette at the point in time where you want to "freeze" all of the
document's information. Now you are free to go ahead and do whatever you
want to the rest of the image (on the original image or another snapshot) and
move freely about the history palette. If you don't like a technique
you've tried, just go back to the snapshot to restore the state of the document
before you went haiku.
You can name your snapshots and use them to compare different states of the
document. The snapshot (as many as you create) will be stored in the
history palette until you close the document. When you close the document
snapshots will be lost as they are just for your current work session.
Snapshot's can be a useful tool but be careful to save the document how you
want it and if you have different states you want to "save" you can just "save
as" for each different state of the document and output it as another file name;
this will ensure you're good to go (or you can use layer comps in Photoshop CS
which is kind of like snapshot). Snapshot's can prevent amateur mistakes
when using the history palette (which will take a while to fully understand as a
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