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Chapter 26. Creating Digital Art from Sc... > Using the Eraser Tools - Pg. 622

Creating Digital Art from Scratch 622 Figure 26.13. The final version of our umbrella. 5. Save and close the image file. Using the Eraser Tools All of the Eraser tools change pixels in your image in a particular way. You've learned that you can replace one color with another by choosing the Auto Erase option and drawing with the Pencil tool. In this section, you'll learn about two of the other tools Elements provides for erasing parts of an image: the Eraser tool and the Background Eraser tool. Erasing with the Eraser Tool When you drag over pixels with the Eraser tool, the pixels are removed and made transparent, so lower layers can show through. If you use the Eraser tool on the Background layer or any other layer with locked transparency, the result is different. Instead of erasing pixels and making them trans- parent, the tool replaces the pixels you drag over with the background color. To use the Eraser, activate the layer you want to erase a portion of, and click the Eraser tool. Select from one of three Modes: Brush (which provides a soft-edged brush tip), Pencil (which provides the harder-edged pencil tip), or Block (which provides a square blocky tip). If you choose Brush or Pencil, select the exact tip to use from the drop-down list and adjust the size. With the brush or pencil tips, you can also adjust the opacity to limit the strength of the eraser--a lower opacity level causes the brush to erase to only partial transparency or to the background color, depending on which level you are erasing on. After setting options, click and drag on the image to erase pixels, as shown in Figure 26.14.