False history state

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The History Panel makes entries when no change is actually made.

For instance, deselect all layers, and using the Move Tool, press a number which normally changes the currently selected layer's opacity.

With no layer selected the History Panel still creates a new entry - "Master Opacity Change".

This is an old Photoshop quirk; been there as long as I can remember.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Aside from "Master Opacity Change", Photoshop will also add "Fill Opacity Change" and "Nudge" if you press SHIFT+[number] or an arrow key while the Move Tool is selected.

Photoshop v20.0.1 still does this.



History Panel has gotten better over time, but false history states are still being added, misleading users.


Reasons why I believe this is a problem worth correcting:
1) False history states are misleading. They cause you to worry you made an accidental edit, and waste your time verifying you didn't.
2) History states are finite. We don't want to waste them. Some of us don't have a lot of RAM, so history states may be limited to a small number.
3) History Panel clutter. It's not uncommon to scroll up, searching your History Panel, or hit Undo multiple times to go back several states when needing to revert to a certain previous history state. Unnecessary false history states just make this more difficult.

Clearly, it's just bad ui.



6 year old post. Can an Adobe rep comment, please?


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Furthermore, if you nudge without a layer currently selected in your Layers Panel but you have an active selection, Photoshop even thinks it's thrown an error.



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