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nick harambee
Is there a way to use eraser tool with soft edges?
on May 20, 2011 at 7:37:09 am

Hi,

I am wanting to erase the edges of a rectangular object so that it blends better with the background, and am wondering if there is a way of doing this using the eraser tool with soft edges?

Here is a snapshot to illustrate further what I mean:



You should be able to see that above the curve on the left there is a gradient which extends to the top of the image. This is the rectangle which I have applied a gradient to. At the top of the rectangle the colour is the same as the background. What I am trying to do is to blend the left edge of the rectangle in with the background above the curve (below the curve there is a line so no blending is needed). The way I thought of doing this is using the eraser tool with a soft edge. I can do this in Photoshop, but I'm not sure if this is possible or the best approach in Illustrator.

I would be grateful for any advice on this,

Thanks,

Nick


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David Cabestany
Re: Is there a way to use eraser tool with soft edges?
on May 20, 2011 at 3:19:25 pm

Since illustrator is vector based and not pixel based, you can't have soft edges on any tool, however you can either use a blend mode or past your illustrator content on a photoshop document as a smart object, that way you can still keep vector features and go back to illustrator as needed, but can hide the contents using masks with soft edges.


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