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Fixing Ctrl+Z in Photoshop by JRCnrd Fixing Ctrl+Z in Photoshop by JRCnrd
Thanks to ~MinervaGem for the tip! :aww:

Figured I'd through this together to show people how to make Ctrl+Z do what it's supposed to do in Photoshop. One history state? BITCH, PLEASE.

This seems like more trouble then it's worth. Why should I bother?
Simple. You only have to futz with this process ONCE. After you save your shortcuts, you never have to do this ever again. Even if you reset Photoshop to the factory defaults, just load up the KYS file or set it to your custom workspace, and the shortcuts will be back to the way you had set them. ;)

I actually enjoy the default Ctrl+Z Function, why should I care?
This guide is meant to show people how to edit shortcuts, I simpley used the Ctrl+Z shortcut as an example. It is a shortcut I don't see as all that useful, but some of you might, and that is your opinion, and I respect that.
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sloth-on-a-pedestal Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU ARE A LIFESAVER. i cannot thank you more this was bugging me a lot
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SqueezeMeLittle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!!! I just got photoshop, and this helped me so much!!!!
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ImmortalTanuki Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Was. FANTASTIC! Thank you!
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Swarthylacine Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You saved me from a life of misery :faint:

Thank you... so much ! :'D
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MugiwaranoSuri Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
how can i increase the times i can do these ctrl+z? thank you for this advice :'D
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Preferences>Performance, Then edit the amount of History states. To be honest, you shouldn't go above 50 unless you have a very powerful machine, because otherwise it just eats ups memory, which slows everything down.
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XacUop10 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one downside: if you make some actions after stepping backward multiple times (let's call the time before you step backward (A) ), and not sastify with the result, you can't go back to the time (A), it's gone.
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So save ALL THE HISTORY STATES :iconallthethingsplz:
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XacUop10 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do I save history state? :iconcuriosityplz:
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
history states are auto-saved as you work on a file, but only for as long as said file is open. Once it is closed, all history states are deleted. The only way to permantly keep a history state is to save it out as a seperate document
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invalidAbsence Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*cries tears of joy* 
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QTMarx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You... are... a... god.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you =]
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Pactosh Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK. YOU. YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER.
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Shellten30 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thanks for your tutorial.. awesome
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Ciel-Lucy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think it works on CS1, I went to Workspace thing but there wasn't any ''Keyboard shortcuts and menus''...
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Try googling it.
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StickANeedleInMyEye Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
cool - thx !! :hug: :heart:
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Dragongryph Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I find the ctrl-alt-z function quite useful, cause if I go faaar back(let's say I edited alot of layers)and then click ctrl-z I can go all the way to the newest action again to see the difference^^(besides I've got tablet so I just programmed them in as undo and redo^^'''').

But this tutorial really is helpful in showing people how to edit shortcuts( I didn't know it was possible >.>...)and that was what you wanted it to be^^.
Well done :D
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rgedit19 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
thing is, what if you ctrl+z one too many times? you can undo-undo that with ctrl+z.. and if you need to undo more than once, ctrl+alt+z is not hard to reach.. but yeah.. just my opinion.. i use both..
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You can only go back as many historty states you have saved. :shrug:
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dinn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Upon baying CS5 I've loved all except this, but you helped me solve the problem. I thank you deeply.
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SparkLum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Why are people getting so butthurt about it? Either make your PS undo as it should or dont =P

I use the GIMP, where we can undo properly right away (or undo incorrectly too, with the shortcut modifiers :iconteheplz: )
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
iknowrite? :lol:
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Reaper-X Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Basically I get what you're saying and I like it.

For some people that aren't used to having to go Ctrl+Alt+Z to go back a step and ARE used to going Ctrl+Z (a common combo for Undo). This can be very useful. If anything, we can now set it so that Ctrl+Alt+Z to do what Ctrl+Z is; simply shifting the priority of things for the sake of ease of use.

Nothing wrong with adjusting YOUR photoshop for comfort. If you like it by default, cool.
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
EXACTLY. :shakefist:
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love you heather. MARRY ME, PLZ.
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stuck-in-suburbia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOA NOW. Going a little fast there. Calm your rolls there.
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What rolls? I'm all skin and bones.


oh god. bad partial rhyme. My apologies.
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stuck-in-suburbia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should apologize. :icongrumpplz:
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'M SO SORRY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME :iconsadtardplz:
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stuck-in-suburbia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, alright. :pat:
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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kingsidorak Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
this is kinda pointless cause after pressing CTRL ALT Z, a few times you can press CTRL Z once to see if you like the changes and then press it again to redo all the change, so it is pretty good to have . :)
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stuck-in-suburbia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not the point of the tutorial.
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ANDR3KO-FOTOGRAPHIE Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
nice !
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peach Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Artist
no offence ment but to me this is no fix. if you work professinally with photoshop you very(!) often need to check your last change (filter, brushstroke whatever). therefore with Strg+Z you can switch between previous state and current state. even better: if you want wo check a change that took you more than one step - go back several steps with ALT+Strg+Z and then again compare with ALT+Z.
this behavior is not something adobe has overlooked; actually it's quite the opposite - it's a powerful tool everybody should use ;-)
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oxygenhazard Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What Key is this --> Strg <-- My Key board don't have this key
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peach Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Artist
arg mixed the german and english keyboard up...

corrected explanation:
no offence ment but to me this is no fix. if you work professinally with photoshop you very(!) often need to check your last change (filter, brushstroke whatever). therefore with CRTL+Z you can switch between previous state and current state. even better: if you want to check a change that took you more than one step - go back several steps with ALT+CTRL+Z and then again compare with CRTL+Z.
this behavior is not something adobe has overlooked; actually it's quite the opposite - it's a powerful tool everybody should use
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terra-sekora Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
...Lol, I knew how to fix short cuts, how to make my own and whatnot, but I never even thought about fixing ctrl + z. I might consider doing that for the mac I use at school; for some reason my fingers flub up on the mac keyboard whenever I go for ctrl + alt + z. I'll leave it at home on my PC though; going back only one step is fairly useful when comparing two states.
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The original undo is not a blunder, it is useful. This command is not about going back one step, but about jumping back and forth between 2 states. I can undo with alt+ctrl+z (or the history, which is MUCH better anyway) and use ctrl+z to jump back and forth between the last step and the one I went back to. This way I immediately see the difference of what I've done in these steps.
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CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
nice :) mind you I prefer the default, the ctrl+z goes back and forth between all the Ctrl alt Zs you've stepped back and the newest state, so its a good way to review changes Ive made :)
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Totemo-Oishii Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Thank you so much. I've been wanting to do this for a while but couldn't find the right preferences menu. And I don't get why so many people are against customizing your preferences because it's 'too much work'. *shakes head*
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Emotikonz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it that way, I can test if something looks better with or without something but quickly undoing/redoing... You can always just open the History panel and dock it with the layers/etc for if you need to undo several steps, it's not like you've lost them. :shrug:

Still, I appreciate that isn't for everyone :)
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SaraV-Art Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think the debate over ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Alt+Z is becoming just like MAC vs PC XD

I changed mine, and it's useful not having to remember alt, specially when switching back and forth between photoshop and programs that use Ctrl+Z as the "step backwards" =D
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cynicalasshole Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Actually Z already did what it was supposed to do, undo/redo, not Step Backwards.

Are you making so many mistakes while Photoshopping that it becomes a huge inconvenience to hold alt?
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JRCnrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:U
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tomllama2 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i quite like it how it is, it lets you go back and forth between having something and not having it to decide if you like it or not. but this did teach me how to change keyboard shortcuts so well done i guess. :L
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