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How to Undo More Than Once in Photoshop

Published: 02/06/2021

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When using Photoshop, you can retrace your steps in several ways in addition to the traditional undo command. Moreover, you can undo multiple times to get back to any stage of your work you want. Learn how to undo more than once in Photoshop so that you can retrace your steps in a better way.

How to Undo More Than Once in Photoshop Effortlessly

When you start working on Photoshop, it may take some time to get used to it. As a result, you might make several mistakes as you go along. Thankfully, Photoshop is highly forgiving. It allows you to undo your mistakes in many simple ways.

The skill of performing undo in Photoshop is quite straightforward yet powerful. It is highly beneficial for every image or graphic editor as it allows you to remove any and every error with ease. Only by following a few steps can you take your image back to one step and more.

How to Undo Using the Basic Undo Function

The first way to perform Undo in Photoshop, which we will learn here, is the basic undo function. You can perform the undo function in two different ways directly from your Photoshop interface. Let’s look at both these methods individually.

Through the Options Bar

Find the Edit menu on the top of your Photoshop interface and click on it. Now, from the drop-down menu, select Undo.

Photoshop Edit Menu

Through the Keyboard Shortcut

Just like many other programs, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to perform undoing in Photoshop. The keyboard shortcut for undo in Windows is CTRL key + Z, and for MAC, it is COMMAND key + Z.

This basic undo functionality only allows you to revert your image to the last completed action. So, each time you press the Undo button or press the keyboard shortcut, your image will take one step back to go back to its previous editing stage.

Therefore, this basic undo command can be time consuming if you want to go back multiple steps. Let’s look at the other Photoshop functions that allow you to undo multiple times, reverting your image back to any editing phase that you want.

How to Undo Using the Step Backward Command

The step backward function in Photoshop allows you to undo multiple actions done previously. You should know that this particular command records the actions in a sequential manner. Hence, it will revert the image through the previous actions in the exact same order with which it was carried out.

Straight away, this command allows you to take back your image up to the last 50 actions performed over it. If you want, you can even increase this number to up to 1000, which we will discuss later in this tutorial. 

You can use this undo method in two different ways:

  1. Go to the Edit menu. Select Step backward to use this function.
  2. You can also utilize the keyboard shortcut to apply Step Backward. Press the Ctrl key + SHIFT key + Z for windows and COMMAND key + OPTIONS key + Z for MAC.

However, this method is only available in the older Photoshop versions. The latest versions of Photoshop offer various other useful methods to perform multiple undo commands at the same time.

How to Undo Using the History Palette

When you use the basic undo function or even the step backward command, you go back one stage at a time. This can be a time-taking procedure if you want to reverse several steps. That’s where the history Palette in Photoshop comes in handy as it allows you to jump back various steps at once. 

To undo by using the history palette, follow the below steps:

  • Find the Windows option on the top of your Photoshop interface and click on it. 
  • Now, from the drop-down menu, click on History.
Photoshop History Palette
  • Once the History Palette becomes available, it will display the different editing stages of your respective image. Simply click on the state you want to go to and start editing from that point again.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Steps Can I Go Back in an Image?

Different undo functionalities allow you to go a different number of steps in your image. If you are using the basic undo function, then you can go back one step at a time to the last saved state of your image. The History palette can record up to 20 previous actions that you have previously performed.

Can I Get Back to the Original Form of My Image?

Yes, you can go to the original form of your image, but only if you have not saved any of the changes made. This means that only the changes made within a single session can be achieved back. If you have closed and then opened the document, or if you have saved any of the changes, then those cannot be undone.

Can I Decide the Number of Steps to Go Back?

Yes, you can decide the number of steps to go back by making some setting changes in your Photoshop. You can set the number of steps to up to 1000 . Here is how you can do it:

  • Find the Edit option present at the top of your Photoshop interface and click on it.
  • Now, navigate to Preferences >> Performance from the drop-down menu.
Selecting the Performance option from the drop down menu
  • As you click on Performance, a dialog box will appear. In the ‘History States’ field, select the number of steps that you want your Photoshop to remember.
‘History States’ field option in Photoshop

Can I Directly Go Back to the Last Saved Version of My Image in Photoshop?

Yes, you can easily go back to the last saved version of your image in Photoshop without having to go through the step-by-step undo procedure. Here is what you would have to do to jump back to the last saved state of your image:

  • Find the File option on the top left corner of your photoshop interface and click on it.
  • Navigate to the Revert option in the drop-down menu and select it to reverse your image directly back to its last saved version.
Revert option in Photoshop

The Takeaway

The multiple times undo functionality offered by the latest versions of Photoshop CC is very useful. It allows you to take back your mistakes without any hassle. All of the methods explained above are the simplest and most effective for you to undo many times in Photoshop. 

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