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Thomas Morter-Laing
Eraser tool going through all layers
on Jun 27, 2010 at 5:41:06 pm

Hello, probably simple question but on Photoshop CS5 (on the mac) how do you change the setting of the eraser tool so that it only deletes through one layer so as you erase the underneath layer is exposed?

Also if anyone knows on the PC version please do t hesitate to reply because I can "translate" the instructions :6

Tom Morter-Laing
Certified Apple Product Proffessional, 2010
Production Assistant, Grace Productions
Degree; TV Production

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Richard Harrington
Re: Eraser tool going through all layers
on Jun 28, 2010 at 1:01:05 am

Eraser tool on works for the selected layer...

Learn how to use Layer Masks instead

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and ATS:iWork

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Carlos Angeli
Re: Eraser tool going through all layers
on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:12:48 am

I agree that using masks is probably the best way to go.

Just step on the layer you want to mask/delete parts of, and press the "add vector mask" button. Make sure you have another layer under the one with the mask.

Then, click on the mask (not the layer but the mask) and start painting either with black if the mask is white, to uncover the layer below or with white if the mask is black.

If you make a mistake or decide you have uncovered too much, you can always switch colors and paint back to cover.

I hope this was helpful.

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