If you’re anything like me, you sometimes make mistakes. For example, a few weeks ago, before recording the Photoshop 20th anniversary Martini Hour, I broke my foot falling down a short flight of stairs. Which was fun, because years ago, I had broken the other foot falling down a long flight of stairs. Not to mention the time I busted my teeth on a the bar of a trampoline. Or accidentally yanked a speaker down onto my head and bled so badly I had to replace the couch.
Then there was that time I cautioned a woman not to help a group of us lift a heavy object (it was a car) because she was pregnant (she wasn’t). Or the time I called that other woman “Sir.” Or when my buddy and I were trash-talking this guy for half an hour—I mean, really laying into what an absolute jerk he was—and then strolled out of my dorm room and found him sitting in a near fetal position by my door.
They sound funny now. (Except for the guy who wasn’t really such a jerk after all. I still feel horrible about that one.) But in every case, at the time, I had just one thought in my head: “UNDO!”
Turns out, there is no Undo in real life. (Seriously, real life needs an upgrade.) But there is one in Photoshop. And it exists independently of the backstepping that you can do in the History palette. Which exists independently of the back-to-start Revert command. Which means you can undo History and backstep Revert and revert Undo, not to mention undo the backstepping and, well, you get the idea. You not only have the chance to undo a mistake, you can also undo the backstepping of the reverting of that mistake. Which means you have all the time in the world to circle around a mistake, analyze how you made it, and say, “Yup, that there’s a mistake,” before stabbing yourself in the eye with a claw hammer for being so stupid and undoing that as well.
Honestly, if real life were anywhere near as forgiving as Photoshop, I’d start every morning by stealing a big shipment of diamonds and driving my car off a cliff, just to get the juices flowing. Imagine “Reservoir Dogs” meets “Groundhog Day,” and you have an idea of just how great Photoshop can be.
We had a truckload of great guesses for the week’s feature. (Including a few that prove you guys are every bit as insane as I am.) Nobody precisely nailed the answer, but a lot of folks guessed History. Which is smart given that you can’t save History but it can save you (as stated in the hint).
This week’s winner is Nejtera of Palm Coast, Florida, who guessed “Undo, redo and revert.” It missed History, but it was the closest answer and had the right cadence. Congratulations, Nejtera!
Now it’s time to guess Feature #6. Hint: Among this trio of functions, two will vary, one is fixed. Keep an eye out for my newsletter in your email inbox.
Meanwhile, this week’s super-creepy sample file features three base photographs, all from the Fotolia image library. They include file #1084353 (the alien dude) from Jerome Dancette, file #17555774 (leopard fur) from Vladimir Sazonov, and file #6244104 (Earth) from Paul Paladin. For an exclusive dekeOnline deal, click this link.
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One last note: Nejtera’s answer came in late in the game, on Sunday. And no one nailed the answer. So don’t give up hope because it’s getting late. I still recommend you guess early (always prudent), but regardless of when you do it, guess. And best of luck on Feature #6!