History Log

So you learned all about the History Palette, which keeps track of every step you take in the design process. The only downside is that once the file is closed, the history palette information is gone.

What if you wanted to keep a log of every step you've taken in your design process without losing it when the file is closed? That's where the History Log comes into play!

STEP ONE

Start by opening a file you've been working on or create a new file. Then go to Edit > Preferences > General.

History log step 1

Check off "History Log". You then have three options to choose from. I will describe what each of them do. To begin, let's choose "Metadata". You then have three options with the "Edit Log Items". Here is a description of each:

Sessions Only
Records the start time and date of every editing session. Does not include any information about edits made to the file.

Concise
Records every editing session on the file (both start and end times), and also includes edits recorded in the History palette.

Detailed
Records the same information as the Concise option, plus such information as the path of the file and an account of every edit made to the file (including detailed edits not recorded in the History palette, such as preference changes).

Choose whichever option will help you most based on the type of file you're working on.

STEP TWO

Start working on your file by creating layers, adding fills or gradients, using filters, etc. Then go to File > File Info > History.

History log step 2

Notice how it keeps track of each step you take. Save this file and close it. Then open it back up again. Notice that the history is still there!

STEP THREE

Let's look at the second option for the history log. Go to Edit > Preferences > General.

History log step 3

Choose "Text File" this time and save the file to a folder of your choice. I chose to save mine to the desktop. Again, work on your file by creating layers, adding fills or gradients, using filters, etc.

Now go to wherever you saved your text file and open it. Notice that it keeps track of each step you take!

STEP FOUR

The final option for the history log is "Both".

History log step 4

This option saves your steps in both the History section as well as the text file.

So there you have it. Three different ways to save every step you take during a design process without losing the information when closing the file. Enjoy!

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