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The Eraser

The next tool in the toolbox that we'll investigate is one that most of us, unfortunately, have to use far too often-the Eraser Tool. You'll quickly learn that the hotkey to select the eraser is E. One nice thing about the Eraser is that it, too, can be undone, so if you happen to rid the canvas of an essential element that you wanted to keep, just choose Edit→Undo to restore.

The Eraser Tool is unique in that it can replicate the characteristics of the other tools. It can erase with soft edges as if it were a paintbrush painting with bleach. It can erase a single line of pixels, as if it were a pencil, or it can erase some of the density of the image, as if it were an airbrush. Of course, it can also act as an ordinary block eraser, removing whatever's there. The Options bar lets you determine how the eraser will work; whether it will be a block or a brush; how much you want to erase; and even whether you want to erase to a step on the History palette or to the background. The Eraser's Options bar is shown in Figure 7.14.


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