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Working with the Magic Eraser Tool

The Magic Eraser tool functions the same way as the Magic Wand selection tool, except that instead of selecting an area, it erases it. The Magic Eraser tool works on any traditional Photoshop layer, as well as the Background layer. Clicking with the Magic Eraser tool converts image pixels into transparent pixels. Since the Background layer does not support transparency, using the Magic Eraser tool causes Photoshop to convert the Background into a traditional layer.

Work with the Magic Eraser Tool

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Magic Eraser tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Enter a Tolerance value (0 to 255). The higher the value, the greater the range the Magic Eraser erases.
  • blue-circle3.jpg Select the Anti-alias check box to create a visually softer eraser (useful when dealing with intensely rounded or curved selections).
  • blue-circle4.jpg Select the Contiguous check box to select adjacent pixels within the active document.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Select the Sample All Layers check box to sample image information from all layers (Photoshop then treats the visual image as a composite).
  • blue-circle6.jpg Click within the active document.

    The Magic Eraser tool, depending on the options you choose, samples the pixels directly under the tool and uses that data to create a range for erasing image information.

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