Can't get eraser tool to work

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2017-11-04 23:46:42

I opened a jpg and wanted to erase part of it by hand. It is automatically set as the background layer. I can't get the eraser tool to do anything. What am I missing?
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2017-11-05 14:49:49

Can you make a screenshot of your settings for the eraser tool and the layers palette? You can drag and drop the screenshot in the reply field of this forum to upload it. Thank you...
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2018-03-26 20:16:36

I am having the same problem.
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2018-07-05 18:34:49

So am I
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2018-07-05 18:39:42

had the brush flow set to 1, Increase and all is fine again. Having said that, I didn't change the brush setting initially so don't know why it was so low.
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2018-07-12 14:46:14

With any kind of painting/erasing issues in Pixelmator, the most important settings to check are:

1. Opacity. This can be found in the Tool Options bar. If it's at 0%, nothing will be painted.
2. Blending Mode. Also in the Tool Options bar. If you try to paint using a dark brush on a light layer with, for example, the Lighter Color blending mode, nothing will happen. Normal is the basic setting you should use if you don't need a specific blend mode.
3. Brush settings like flow. This will be in the Brushes palette. With 0% flow, nothing will be painted.

There are a few more settings that can be accidentally changed and cause issues, but those are by far the most common ones.
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2020-03-21 17:28:24

I can erase jpegs added to a document, but I can't erase any part of a shape created natively in Pixelmator. Why?
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2020-03-23 05:46:22

Hi Neal.
The Eraser erases pixels from bitmap layers. If you want to use it on a shape, first turn it into pixels (right click on it in the layers panel and select Convert to Pixels or use the menu option Layer > Concert into Pixels).
Hope this helps.
- Stef.