Before and After Views in Photoshop

June 08, 2016

Before and After Views in Photoshop

When I'm editing an image, I like to occasionally look back at the original photo for comparison and to see how I like my edits in relation to the way the image looked when I started.

But when working in Photoshop, there's isn't an obvious way to easily preview the original image, especially after you have added multiple layers to the file.

Here is a trick that I use often and that I've found to be pretty handy. To use this trick, it's important to keep the original image on its own layer, untouched, at the bottom of your Layer stack.

Before and After Views in Photoshop

With the editing layers added on top of the original image, hiding all of the added layers allows you to see the untouched original. But you don't want to have to hide (and then unhide) each layer individually.

Instead, you can quickly toggle the visibility of the added layers on and off by holding down the Alt key on a PC/ the Option key on a Mac and then clicking on the Visibility icon (the Eye icon) on the layer of your original image. When you do, the original image will show as all of the other layers are hidden.

before and after previews in photoshop

You can unhide the layers by repeating these keystrokes.

You can also hide the added layers by right-clicking on the Visibility icon and choosing Show/Hide all other layers from the pop-up menu.

before and after previews in photoshop

You can unhide the layers by repeating the process.

For More Information…

Layers are the driving force behind Photoshop. And, so, knowing how to work with Layers is basic to using either Photoshop and Elements effectively.

In the video below by Deke McClelland, you'll learn all about managing Photoshop layers. It's perfect for anyone who is either starting in Photoshop or looking to hone their Photoshop skills.




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