The History folder is intended mainly for use when PostworkShop itself is being used as a plug-in. So that is what will be demonstrated here. Load an image in Photoshop and select the PostworkShop plug-in from the Filter menu. The PostworkShop plug-in can be found in the Xycod folder.

The image will be transferred to PostworkShop and opened as an "image from plug-in host”.

Now create a new Style – either use the pre-built option or create your own from the Building blocks category of basic components, or blend two styles from the different categories. We have chosen Architectural Sketch 2 from the Graphic arts and Archives from the Photo styles. 

You can then transfer your output back to Photoshop - for example, use the “Run the final render and return to host" button (it is accessible from the second floppy disc icon in the middle toolbar, and – by using this option – PostworkShop will remain active).

The screen capture below shows the result back in Photoshop. (Please note that the transferred image is presented by the host in a single Layer configuration.) 

Now if you open a new image (in Photoshop) and select the Xycod PostworkShop Filter once more.

Now if you go back to the History folder – from the Styles tab, go to User and then to History - you will find a new entry. As you can see below, we have already several Styles entries there, one from a previous task. These are PostworkShop Style files, named by the date and time at which the transfer to Photoshop was made or the image in the standalone version has been saved. The History folder will hold up to fifty Styles on a temporary basis. If you need to permanently retain the Style for future use, then you must save it correctly as a renamed Style to another sub-folder in the User category. Use the floppy disc icon that is near the center of the bottom toolbar for that. 

You can now apply any of the Styles previously retained in History folder. The very same effects will be applied, with the same layers in the same order.

AAnd the final result will be the same type as on the previous Orange Lady image. 

Some extra information:

  1. PostworkShop Projects cannot be saved when the program is used as a plug-in – the Styles History is a means for maintaining a record of your work, and,
  2. the Styles History folder is populated nevertheless when PostworkShop is used as a standalone application – one Style is retained for every image Save action.

The two images put aside show how the same style have been applied, without saving the style.