Photoshop: Automate saving History Snapshots to disk for later reuse

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Currently, we can manually create and save snapshots to disk. These can be reopened and if the originating document hasn't been saved with a different pixel count (there may be other restrictions, such as color mode), the open history state of the snapshot can be dragged into the originating document and used with the History brush to paint back to that history state. But it's tedious to use this feature, as well as difficult, since not all snapshots are created equal. If you create your snapshot from the full document, this technique won't work.

We can save individual layer comps, layers, and artboards to separate files. We can do this without having to target one, save, target the next, save, etc. I'd like to be able to create the right type of snapshots as I develop my image (it would help, perhaps, if it had its own icon), and then select the ones before closing my file that I want to preserve to restore parts of the image if I later choose. Then save them through a dialog similar to what we already have with Layer Comps to Files  or Export> Artboards to Files.

Having one step to save all the snapshots we want, and to choose the destination, perhaps to put in a special folder the way IP creates a separate folder inside the destination folder, would make this a more pleasant way of putting Snapshots to greater use. This feature is most likely overlooked completely because it's both obscure and cumbersome.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Chris Cox

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I'm going to see if we can do this from a javascript (and if not, fix that).