Erasing image areas

You can edit images and objects by erasing areas. For example, you can erase part of an object to change its shape or reveal more of the layer below. You can also erase areas of the image to reveal the background color, or erase part of the last action applied to the image.

The tools used to erase have many of the same settings as brushes, which means you can control the size, shape and transparency to create unique effects. For example, you can apply a bitmap fill to the entire image, increase the transparency value of the eraser tool, and create a superimposed effect by partially erasing the fill (the last action performed).

You can also erase image areas based on color. The background color replaces the foreground color you erase.

To erase part of an object

1 Select an object.

2 Click the Eraser tool j .

3 Specify the settings you want on the property bar.

4 Drag across the area you want to erase.

The erased areas reveal the object below.

To maintain the shape of an object, enable the Lock object transparency button p on the Objects Docker window/palette. If the Objects Docker window/palette is not open, click Window ► Dockers / Palettes ► Objects.

To erase image areas and reveal the background color

1 Click the Eraser tool j .

2 Specify the settings you want on the property bar.

3 Drag across the image area you want to erase.

To erase the last action applied to an image

1 Open the Brush flyout ; ^ > i , and click the Undo brush tool y* .

2 Specify the settings you want on the property bar.

3 Drag across the area you want to erase.

^^ If you want to erase the last action completely, click the Undo button s1 on the standard toolbar. For more information about undoing, see "Undoing and redoing actions" on page 53.

You can also erase the last action applied to an object, but you must use the Eraser tool j to erase the object itself.

To replace a foreground color with the background color

1 Open the Brush flyout ; ■■■■ be > i , and click the Replace color brush tool >

2 On the property bar, choose a nib shape from the Shape picker.

3 Type a value in the Tolerance box.

4 In the color control area of the toolbox, double-click the Foreground color swatch , and choose a color.

5 Drag in the image window.

The Tolerance setting lets you specify the color tolerance based on color similarity.

■p1^ You can select a foreground color from the image by clicking the

Eyedropper tool ^ , and clicking a color in the image window. The color you select displays in the Foreground color swatch.

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