History Log in Photoshop Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

How to use the history log feature in Photoshop to list all work, all changes to images etc tutorial. The Photoshop history log is a powerful logging tool in Photoshop CC.

Youtube video tutorial on how to use the history log feature in Photoshop to store information about current work, accounting, effects used, etc

1. Where is the history log

The history log can be set up via the Photoshop menu and preferences and history log. Go to the history log check box and set that to ON.

history log in preferences

2. Options for the history log

You can save the log to the meta data for the document. You can also save the data to a text file and the text file is for all documents, the meta data is for the document. You can also save it to both. If you select text then you have to set up a text file (such as on the cloud). The data is sessions only or concise or detailed. The text file 'Photoshop edit log' can be stored on an external hard drive if you wish (cloud etc)

3. Information stored

The information stored can be quite fascinating though perhaps detailed displays too much as it gives a huge amount of data about the type, shapes etc. Concise and sessions perhaps are more useful for accounting purposes in that it tracks the work done etc.

4. Sessions only

The sort of information stored in the log file for the sessions only is

2021-06-08 18:38:37 File Untitled-1 closed
2021-06-08 18:38:41 File Untitled-2 closed
2021-06-08 18:38:41 Photoshop quit
2021-06-08 18:38:51 Photoshop launched

5. Concise for the history log

A little more information is displayed such as the file name (as before) along with the tools etc used but not much detail
2021-06-08 18:40:05 Photoshop launched
2021-06-08 18:40:13 File Untitled-1 opened
Gradient
Gradient
New Type Layer

Youtube video tutorial on how to use the history log with concise, detailed, and sessions on Photoshop

6. Detailed history log

A lot more information is given and some of it very useful in the understanding of how Photoshop works

2021-06-08 18:41:50 Photoshop launched
2021-06-08 18:41:58 File Untitled-1 opened
Make
New: document
false
false
Mode: RGB color mode
Width: 4.74 cm
Height: 2.67 cm
Resolution: 118.11 per cm
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1
Fill: white
Depth: 8
Profile: “sRGB IEC61966-2.1”
Guides: none
862
Gradient
Gradient
From: 66 pixels, -20 pixels
To: 833 pixels, 248 pixels
Mode: difference
Type: linear
With Dither
With Transparency
With: gradient
Name: “Spectrum”
Form: custom stops
Interpolation: 4096
Colors: color stop list
color stop
Color: HSB color
Hue: 0°
Saturation: 100
Brightness: 100
Type: user specified color
Location: 0
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 255
Green: 0
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 614
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 0
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 1352
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 255
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 2007
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 255
Blue: 0
Type: user specified color
Location: 2744
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 255
Green: 255
Blue: 0
Type: user specified color
Location: 3441
Midpoint: 50
...1 More
Transparency: transparency stop list
transparency stop
Opacity: 100%
Location: 0
Midpoint: 50
transparency stop
Opacity: 100%
Location: 4096
Midpoint: 50
Gradient
Gradient
From: 417 pixels, 84 pixels
To: 91 pixels, 233 pixels
Mode: difference
Type: linear
With Dither
With Transparency
With: gradient
Name: “Spectrum”
Form: custom stops
Interpolation: 4096
Colors: color stop list
color stop
Color: HSB color
Hue: 0°
Saturation: 100
Brightness: 100
Type: user specified color
Location: 0
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 255
Green: 0
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 614
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 0
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 1352
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 255
Blue: 255
Type: user specified color
Location: 2007
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 0
Green: 255
Blue: 0
Type: user specified color
Location: 2744
Midpoint: 50
color stop
Color: RGB color
Red: 255
Green: 255
Blue: 0
Type: user specified color
Location: 3441
Midpoint: 50
...1 More
Transparency: transparency stop list
transparency stop
Opacity: 100%
Location: 0
Midpoint: 50
transparency stop
Opacity: 100%
Location: 4096
Midpoint: 50
New Type Layer
Make text layer
Using: text layer
Text: “some type has been added”
Warp: Warp
Style: None
Bend: 0
Vertical Distortion: 0
Horizontal Distortion: 0
Axis: horizontal
Text Click Point: 11.3%, 36.3%
Text Gridding: none
Orientation: horizontal
Anti-alias: sharp
<unknown>
0 points
-10 points
84.5 points
17.4 points
<unknown>
0.4 points
-7.7 points
83.8 points
14.4 points
Text Shape: Text Shape list
Text Shape
Text Shape Type: point
Text Orientation: horizontal
Transform: transform
xx: 1
xy: 0
yx: 0
yy: 1
tx: 0
ty: 0
Row Count: 1
Column Count: 1
With Use Row Major Order
Row Gutter: 0 points
Column Gutter: 0 points
Column Spacing: 0 points
First Line Alignment: Ascent
First Line Minimum Height: 0 points
Base: 0, 0
Style Range: style range list
style range
From: 0
To: 26
style: text style
true
PostScript Name: “MyriadPro-Bold”
Font Name: “Myriad Pro”
Font Style: “Bold”
Script: 0
Font Technology: 0
true
Size: 12 points
Transformed Size: 12 points
Horizontal Scale: 100
Vertical Scale: 100
Without Faux Bold
Without Faux Italic
With Auto-Leading
Tracking: 0
Baseline Shift: 0 points
Transformed Baseline Shift: 0 points
Font Caps Option: normal
<unknown>
<unknown>
0 points
0 points
0 points
Baseline Position: normal
Open Type Baseline Position: normal
Strikethrough: Strikethrough Off
Underline: Underline Off

and much more and that was from a few commands so you can see the detailed file can fill up very quickly

7. History log turn off

You can simply go to the preferences and history log and turn it off. You can also manually edit the log file as well.