Removing with the Eraser Tool
This is no ordinary eraser! It's much more flexible than the eraser you would use on your pencil. The Eraser will not work on a background layer. Paint Shop Pro Photo automatically promotes your background layer to a regular raster layer if you try to use it on a background layer. (We will cover Layers more in depth in a later lesson.)
If you paint by clicking the mouse, the pixels you paint over will become transparent. Transparent pixels are represented by the checkerboard pattern shown in the image here. If you paint with the right mouse button, this repaints anything you have erased. The Eraser tool options are essentially the same as those of the Paint Brush tools, and you should set them according to your image. For example if you are working on a small image, you don't want to use a 200-size brush.
I have briefly reviewed the options for you here but if you would like to see the full detailed explanation you can do so by going back to Lesson 1.
Starting at the far left of the Options Palette you have:
- Presets- Just as with any other tool, this offers you a variety of presets already made for the appropriate tool.
- Brush Selector- From here you can pick from a variety of different brush tips to use. Some are plain shapes while others are more creative like leaves, etc.
- Shape- This will make your brush tip either square or circular.
- Size - What the name implies, the size of the brush tip.
- Hardness- Determines the solidity of the brush.
- Step- Determines the time interval that elapses between applications of paint, with each application defined as a single, continuous brush stroke.
- Density - The ability of an object to stop or absorb light. The less light reflected or transmitted by an object, the higher its density.
- Thickness - Determines the width of the brush stroke. A setting of 100 produces a brush tip that is completely round or completely square, depending on the Shape setting.
- Rotation - Applies rotation to a noncircular brush tip.
- Opacity - Determines how well the paint covers the image surface.
Remember, if you erase an area of your image you did not want to erase, use the right click mouse to paint back in anything you have mistakenly removed.