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Eraser tool makes a shape instead of erasing?

Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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The eraser tool doesn't work on *one* file. It makes a shape with an outline instead (screenshot attached).
I can't attach the file because "The attachment's bu_dr_gm_boerboel-002.ai content type (application/postscript) does not match its file extension" so I'm thinking that might have something to do with it.

I haven't changed anything as far as how I save .ai files (screenshot attached).

I've checked it with other files, the most recent one I made before this one and older ones. Also I updated illustrator to the latest version and restarted the machine.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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Yes, the eraser tool works like a brush (with a shape) to cut through vectors. Watch this tutorial:

 

https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-use-the-eraser-tool-in-illustrator--cms-39644

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Oct 31, 2022 Oct 31, 2022

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Using the Eraser tool, it shouldn't look like shown in your screenshot if the black paths are plain filled objects.

 

To have a look at it, you may share the Illustrator file via Google Drive, Creative Cloud storage or any other file sharing service.

 

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Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

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Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

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I downloaded and opened your Illustrator file. I selected the "man-dog" shape:

Screen Shot 2022-11-07 at 8.38.56 PM.png

 

Then I selected the Eraser tool and dragged across the artwork. This is the way the Eraser is supposed to work:

 

Screen Shot 2022-11-07 at 8.39.13 PM.png

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