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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 57 of 118

History Brush Tool


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 57 of 118

History Brush Tool


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History Brush Tool

below that we have the history brush tool. If you ever mess up on an image and you don't end up using layers for something like, for instance, if we have this image and I ended up coming into the image in making some sort of a change, maybe in this case I end up applying a filter. I click OK, and I wish I would have done that on its own layer because I want the background to look like that. That's noticed the oil paint filter, but I wish it wouldn't apply to his face his arms in similar areas. Well, I can go to the history brush tool, which is what I'm in right now. If I paint, it should paint with what the image originally looked like when you first opened it, and therefore I could bring these areas back. So if I don't want the filter or any other change that I've made to the image to apply to these areas, I can easily bring them back. You can also lower the A pass ity of this tool and therefore not bring it all the way back to the original, but blend the original version with this ve...

rsion just gonna get his other arm here. You should be aware, though, that on occasion the history brush will not work. And that is, if the original version of your picture is a different size than this one, that means you scaled it or you've cropped it in a way where the width and height of the image is different than the original, because then it doesn't know where to align the original image with this newly sized image. Also, if you've changed the mode of your picture, maybe if that picture started out in grayscale mode, he converted it RGB mode. It won't be able to use the history brush then, either. And the history brought, she should be aware, is related to the history panel. So let's go to the window menu and choose history. This is the history panel. It's simply lists everything you've done since you've opened your image. There is a limit on the number of steps that will remember in that limit can be found in your preferences if you choose. Performance in here is a choice called history states. It should be called undoes because that determines how maney induce you get, then That means if you do more than 50 things to this image, it will start forgetting the very first step. It's not that it won't apply it to your picture. It's just that you won't be ableto undo all the way back to the original. So if this is a list of everything I've done to this image, then what I canoe is if you look in the left column, there's an icon right here that looks just like the tool that I'm currently using. That's the history brush icon. Well, I can click on any one of these previous steps in that little left column to tell it exactly what I should paint with. So maybe I put it right there to say, I want to paint with what it looked like right after applying the the oil paint filter. Well, therefore, I could come in here and I could apply that Look back to the image. It just happens to be that that defaults to the very top portion, and that is always what your image originally looked like when you first opened it. But what that means is you can experiment and get back to what your image looked like in any past state by just going into the history panel in clicking in that left most column to tell it what should be the source that you're painting with with that history, the history brush. Now I personally don't use the history brush all that often, And that's because I instead decided to work non destructively by putting most of the changes I'm gonna make on separate layers by putting them on separate layers. If I wanted to undo something, I could either throw away that particular layer, or I could add a layer mask to it in paint there to temporarily hide things, and I find it to be much more versatile. But on occasion I'm doing something quickly. I end up working directly on the layer that contains the original picture, and I mess up in some way. They need to get back, and that's when I'm very happy that the history ah brush is available. Also, you can fill an area from history, So if I select an area like this just rectangular area, I can go to the edit menu. There's a choice called Phil and one of the choices in this menu is called history, and that means do the exact same thing is what the history brush did. And when you click OK, that brings it back to either what the original image looked like, or whatever you have the history brush set to in the history panel. The time I do that the most me revert this image to get the whole thing back is when I apply a filter. And afterwards I wish I remembered to duplicate a layer and apply it separately. Let me show you what I mean. I come in here and I choose. I don't know, uh, find edges and I get this interesting look. But I wish I would have duplicated the original layer first, so that then maybe I could mask this or I could change what's called the blending mode on it in just in the end, I wish I had the original picture in that Well, instead of starting over, what I will often do is I'll create a brand new empty layer by clicking on the new layer icon in my layers panel, and then I'll just tell Photoshopped to fill that layer, and I'll tell it to fill it with history, meaning? Fill it with what the image looked like when I first opened it. And then maybe I want that to be underneath so unlocked that bottom layer and drag it under. So now I can easily get to that point where it looks a ziff. I duplicated the layer because I just made a brand new empty layer and I filled from history. So now I can maybe use a blending mode. Just make it up use for it. Here and now, I have that filter applied in a different way.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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Alessandro Zugno

In this class Ben Willmore gives an overview of all the tools present in Adobe Photoshop 2020, explaining everything very clearly and with practical examples. This course is useful for any type of photographer who wants to learn the use of Photoshop or improve their post production skills.