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Using the Eraser Tool in Normal Mode

The eraser tool has five modes that interact with fills and strokes in a variety of ways. This chapter describes using the eraser in Normal mode; the other modes will become more important when you handle complex graphics with multiple elements (see Chapter 4).

In Normal mode, the eraser acts pretty much as you'd expect. When you click and drag it over the Stage, the tool removes any line or fill in its path.

To erase all strokes and fills (Erase Normal):

  1. In the Toolbox, select the eraser tool, or press E (Figure 3.82).

    Figure 82Figure 3.82 Use the eraser tool and its modifiers to remove all or part of strokes and fills.

    The eraser modifiers appear in the Options portion of the Toolbox.

  2. From the Eraser Mode pop-up menu, choose Erase Normal.

    A check appears by that mode in the menu, and the Erase Normal icon appears in the Toolbox.

  3. From the Eraser Shape pop-up menu, choose a size and shape for the eraser.

    The icon for the selected eraser shape appears in the Toolbox.

  4. Move the pointer over the Stage.

    The pointer has the size and shape you selected.

  5. Click and drag, or scrub back and forth as you would with an ordinary eraser (Figure 3.83).

    Figure 83Figure 3.83 Click and drag with the eraser tool in Erase Normal mode to erase all lines and fills.

    Flash removes all the lines and fills you erase.

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