DREAM ON... FULL HISTORY is preserved (Save w/History)

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DREAM ON... Would love it if there was a feature that when saving, the FULL HISTORY is preserved (Save w/History) with the .psd file so that when you open that .psd the FULL HISTORY is intact...
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Mark Luvmor

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Cristen Gillespie

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Well, not such a dream since Affinity Photo has the option to save with history intact. Big files, but it is doable. Maybe someday. PS invented the History panel. They can re-invent it to be much more to us if they want to.
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Bob Smith

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I've not used it.  I think I tested it briefly years ago... but there's the option in preferences to turn on a history log.  You can save it to a text file or to metadata.  It doesn't give you  the ability to click a specific state and go right to it, but it does give you a record of exactly what edits were made to the image; and in what order.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I use a Detailed History Log all the time. Adding it to metadata isn't a big deal since it's just text. From time to time it's very useful to skim through when you can't remember how you achieved that "look." It won't be a recipe you can use, but it can jog your memory.

As far as a complete record— that's primarily if you have someone who can read settings for  some of the filters and plugins that are a far cry from the kind of interface we're used to.  You'll know you used the Lighting filter, but not necessarily exactly how you set it, for example.  But even assuming you can read all of the code used, you still won't have an active history panel that you can open and access again when you're in the middle of an edit,  want to quit to let it sit for fresher eyes, and then want to pick up where you left off—that is, when you left off, you still had the option to go back x numbers of states. Not once you close the file.

With a Detailed History Log you can painstakingly attempt to reconstruct, one line at a time, what you did. Don't forget to brush one line at a time, though where to brush is anyone's guess. You can heal one step at a time too. Good luck knowing what to heal. Don't forget to turn on and off visibility one line at a time. Don't forget to step backwards in history one line at a time.

You'll spend more hours attempting to accurately reconstruct an image from it than you would just eyeballing the original and getting close. It's terribly useful for forensics folk who have to prove what manipulations were made, if any, to a photo—perhaps to a surveillance photo. I have been given to understand Forensics folk were the reason Adobe made the effort in the first place. It's only useful to us, as I said, if you're really trying to skim—not reconstruct— to figure out what you used to get a particular look.
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How about doing it for all types of files?

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