- Setting Selection Preferences
- Selecting Lines with the Selection Tool
- Selecting Fills with the Selection Tool
- Using a Selection Rectangle
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Deselecting Elements
- Repositioning Elements Manually
- Repositioning Elements Numerically
- Basic Editing Tasks: Cut, Copy, Paste
- Editing Existing Elements with Assistance
- Moving End Points with the Selection Tool
- Moving Points with the Subselection Tool
- Reshaping Curves with the Selection Tool
- Reshaping Curves with the Subselection Tool
- Converting, Removing, and Adding Points
- Reshaping Fills
- Changing the Size of Graphic Elements
- Reorienting Graphic Elements
- Distorting Graphic Elements
- Changing the Envelope of Selected Elements
- Modifying Strokes
- Using the Eraser Tool in Normal Mode
- Using the Faucet Modifier
- Modifying Fill Colors
- Creating Solid Colors: Color Mixer Panel
- Creating New Gradients
- Creating Color Sets
- Putting Gradients to Work
- Modifying Applied Gradients
- Applying Attributes of One Graphic Element to Another
- Converting Lines to Fills
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 Erase Normal mode; the other modes will become more important when you handle complex graphics with multiple elements (see Chapter 4).
In Erase 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):
In the Toolbar, select the eraser tool, or press E (Figure 3.71).
Figure 3.71 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 Toolbar.
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 Toolbar.
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 Toolbar.
Move the pointer over the Stage.
The pointer has the size and shape you selected.
Click and drag, or scrub back and forth as you would with an ordinary eraser (Figure 3.72).
Figure 3.72 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.