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Erase using the Erase tool

The Erase tool lets you erase image areas using any brush in your collection.

Erase using the Erase tool

  1. Choose the Erase tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose if from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Erase (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the E key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, choose a brush to erase with. You can also click to select a brush from one of the brush favorites. Click the Collections pop-up menu to browse a specific brush category.

  3. Customize the Erase tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Erase tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 500 pixels. You can also manually enter a value from 1 px to 2500 px.

    Softness: Drag the Softness slider to adjust the softness of the edges of the Erase tool brush.

    Opacity: Drag the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the Erase tool.

    Tip: You can Control ⌃–click the canvas to bring up a shortcut menu with Brush Size and Softness slider to adjust the settings of your brush more quickly. You can also use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Paint tool brush.

  4. Drag on the canvas to erase.

Important: The Erase tool erases areas to transparency, i.e. any areas you erase become see-through. If you’d like to erase an area to make it white, you should paint with the Paint tool using the color white. Alternatively, you can add an empty layer underneath all your other layers and fill it with the color white.

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