I'm currently going through the Photoshop CS5 Missing Manual and near the beginning I came to a question I hope to be answered.
What is the difference between the history brush and its history panel compared to the erase to history?
The book goes in depth about using the history panel and how to use the history brush to get the results. Then, in the blue box titled "power users' clinic", they talk about using the erasing to history option.
After reading the box both of these options seemed like they do the same thing? Do they really? Or does one do a better job for certain things?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, I have the same problem as Phil - I'm working through the CS5 Missing Manual book and find that the Erasing to History has not been explained fully to understand it. Is there a tutorial online that might indicate how it works? I've had a look but haven't found anything helpful so far.
Hi Miriam (and Phil!),
The History Brush and the Erase to History option of the Eraser tool are basically the same thing. The only benefit to using the History Brush instead of Erase to History is that with the former you can use the Option bar's blend mode menu to create different color effects as you erase to that previous state of your image.
I'll be sure and point that out in the next version of the book. Thanks for taking the time to post the question!