Lightroom Classic: Be able to delete one step in the history in LR

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After I have spent a great deal of time edditing a picture, sometimes I see that one of the effects that I applied so many steps ago is not what I really want. I have to go back one step before the one I don't want to use and start applying everything again. I would like to be able to choose that adjustment from the history and delete it.
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Luis Gonzalez

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Posted 8 years ago

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Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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That's have been discussed a thousand times before.

The order of adjustments in LR/ACR is not important. Therefore deleting a history step does not make any sense. Or, in other words, it would the same as going to the relevant slider/tool and modifying its value.

For example, if you have a step that says "Exposure -2" and you think that actually you shouldn't have done it and want to delete this step — just set you exposure slider back to 0.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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With the exception of a single errant brush stroke or two, I don't see how this would be of tremendous use.
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Drew Williamson

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How would one undo using the eyedropper tool? It would be of tremendous use when changing the Temp Tint or any other value you don't have the original value for. How could you undo these types of changes and keep the other changes made afterwards?
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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By simply selecting 'As Shot' for White Balance. Lightroom is a non-destructive editor. That means that you can 'undo' any edit by simply changing it to what you want.
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There are a number of ways to reverse a particular step which is presented in History, while keeping the subsequent editing.

(remembering that in LR we edit visually - if we have set a particular Exposure and then edited the Contrast / Shadows / etc in relation to that, and then we go back and undo this Exposure setting change, all those other adjustments will need to be reconsidered too)

History gives you some choices including:

you can make a note of what that change was, go back to the latest edit (thus restoring all the other work done meanwhile) and then correct accordingly;

you can go to the history step before the change, Copy (selecting which particular aspect(s) of the image you want to revert) and then bring your image back to all its latest edits using the History panel, and then Paste in just the selected type(s) of earlier adjustment;

you can go to the history step before the change, make a Virtual Copy, go back to the latest edit in your master image, view these two side by side, and then transfer selected edits in either direction using Sync or Copy/Paste.