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5.2– Using Photoshop Elements >

Erase Part of a Layer

1 – Mac Students

When you see Ctrl in the tutorial, use the Cmd key instead.

2 – Erase Part of a Layer

1) Click the top layer to make it active (darker blue) .

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2) Select the Eraser tool on the left side of your screen.

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Get Ready to Erase

Do you see a circle in the work area?

That's a brush.

Is the brush too small or too big?

Note, the bracket keys are to the right of the P key on your keyboard.

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Press the left bracket key repeatedly to make the brush smaller.

Press the right bracket key repeatedly to make the brush larger.

[ – Smaller

] – Larger

Erase

3) Click on your photograph in the work area, hold, and drag.

4) Click OK if the window below appears.

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5) Click on your photograph in the work area, hold, and drag.

You've created a hole in the top layer.

You can see the bottom layer through the hole.

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You can see the hole in the layer stack.

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There are more Erase tool settings.

3 – Check Tool Options

At the bottom of your screen, the Photo Bin has disappeared, replaced with Tool Options.

Tool Options is where you can change the settings of a tool.

If you don't see Tool Options, click its icon at the bottom of your screen.

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Referring to the red numbers in the screenshot below, check the following:

1) The plain Eraser tool is selected (upper-left corner).

It's the one in the upper-left corner of Tool Options.

2) Opacity is at 100%.

100% opacity means the brush removes all of the image.

Lower the opacity percentage to remove less.

3) Brush is selected.

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Don't Use the Size Slider

That's because the best way to change the size of a brush is to use the bracket keys on your keyboard, as mentioned above.

[ – Smaller

] – Larger

4 – Feathering

A feathered brush produces an edge that goes from solid "paint" out to less.

The examples below go from no feathering to the most feathering.

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Change the Feathering

Press and hold down the Shift key, then press one-or-the-other bracket keys.

If one of the bracket keys doesn't respond, use the other bracket key.

Shift + [

or

Shift + ]

The brush circle becomes less or more mottled as you cycle through the above five feather amounts.

A solid brush circle means there's no feathering.

As the brush circle becomes more mottled, the feathering is increasing.

Wait—before you can do the above—you have to change a setting.

5 – Change a Setting

Press Ctrl + k (Windows) or Cmd + k (Mac), and do the following.

1) Click Display & Cursors on the right side of the window.

2) Click Full Size Brush Tip.

3) Click OK.

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