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I made a mistake in the below image by making the left-pointing arrow too high up, such that the black margins do not align.

I wish to go back and change this "combining paths" action, without undoing any of the changes I made subsequently. It appears there is a "Allow non-linear history" option in the History Panel options. However, I'm not sure if this works retroactively... Furthermore, will switching to this not make life difficult when I DON'T wish to make non-linear edits, but eliminate all changes after the one I am editing?

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If they are paths, can't you simply use the Direct Selection Tool to reposition the arrow? – Scott Feb 1 '13 at 20:07
Late response, but the problem was that I already combined the paths, so the arrow is no longer an arrow on its own. That's what I wish to go back and change, but made many actions after this one... – zakgottlieb Feb 15 '13 at 18:22

Have you tried doing any of these things?

Restore part of an image to its previously saved version

Do one of the following:

  • Use the History Brush tool to paint with the selected state or snapshot on the History panel.

  • Use the Eraser tool with the Erase To History option selected.

  • Select the area you want to restore, and choose Edit > Fill. For Use, choose History, and click OK.

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Thanks, I'm going to try these out and I'll come back here to report. Not sure I understood the last suggestion entirely? Which area exactly am I selecting, and what did the last sentence mean? Thank you for this. – zakgottlieb Feb 15 '13 at 18:23

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