December 3, 2007
One way to manage your history states is to use the Snapshots feature. Snapshots can be used to store your favorite history states as a saved setting. Because you see, the Snapshots panel is designed to work in conjunction with the History panel for saving snapshot variations of an image (Figure 1). Rather than use the History panel to wade through a long list of history states, it is often more convenient to use Snapshots to save specific history states in this separate panel. This in turn will make it easier for you to retrieve history states that are of particular importance or usefulness. For example, there is no need to force Lightroom to save an Edit TIFF version of a master image to preserve a favorite image state. You can instead use the Snapshots panel to save multiple variations, such as an optimized or color enhanced version of the same photo.
To use the Snapshots feature, select a history state from the History panel that you want to record as a snapshot and click the plus button in the Snapshots panel to create a new untitled snapshot (if you want to delete a snapshot, click the minus button). Give the new snapshot a name and press the Enter key to confirm the new snapshot name. Snapshots are arranged alphabetically in the Snapshots panel, and the preview in the Navigator panel will update as you roll the mouse over the snapshots in the list. To open a snapshot, simply click on the snapshot to select it.
If you want to update the settings for a particular snapshot, you can do so via the contextual menu: right-mouse click on a snapshot and select Update with Current Settings (Figure 2). This will update any snapshot with the current history state.
Synchronizing Snapshot settings
Let’s now look at how to manage Snapshots and keep your older Snapshots updated.
1. Here is an example of a photograph that has been optimized in the Develop module and the settings saved as a new Snapshot.
2. I continued editing the photo and saved a new ‘Color Enhanced’ snapshot. Although it is hard to see in the small screen shot shown here, this Snapshot included a lot of spotting work that had been carried out since saving the earlier Snapshot.
3. It is quite likely that you’ll always be making late changes to the develop settings that earlier saved snapshots could benefit from sharing. To resolve this you can do what I did here which is to go to the Settings menu and choose Sync Snapshots…
4. This will open the Synchronize With Snapshots dialog. In this instance I clicked on the Check None button to deselect all the checkbox options and then checked the Spot Removal option. Lastly, I clicked Synchronize and this updated all the other Snapshots in the Snapshots panel with the most recent Spot Removal settings.
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