Eraser not working

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Feb 04, 2020

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I'm new to illustrator and I've been struggling with the eraser tool recently. This is probably simple but the resources online just confuse me. Basically, I'm trying to color and shade a drawing, but when I try to touch up edges the eraser tool either deletes whole strokes(which eliminates whole sections of the drawing rather than cleaning up the edge) or warps the strokes it touches. 

Can the eraser tool only erase entire strokes? How can I fix this? It's practically unusable if I can't do this.

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Can you post screen shots of what you are trying to do - it may be that the eraser tool is not the best suited for your task. (It has a different use and functionality from the eraser in Photoshop.)

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Can you show some screenshots that may explain your issue?

 

Also, which version of Illustrator are you using?

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Feb 05, 2020

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I'm using the latest version, Illustrator 24.0.2.

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I agree with earlier responses about more information. In addition to that, you may find how eraser tool works on help article https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/editing-paths.html#erase_artwork
Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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Thanks for the article. Maybe the path eraser is more what I'm looking for? I can't seem to find it. Also, I posted some gifs of the issue, is this normal, or am I screwing something up? Thanks again!

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eraser.giferaser2.gif

Here are a couple of gifs of what I'm referring to. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Not sure what exactly youare erasing there.

 

Have you tried making some simple shapes and then erasing them in order to get a feeling of how the eraser works?

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Here is the same issue with basic shapes and lines(paintbrush tool). It appears to be warping the lines instead of erasing them. It does the same with the box tool and the pen tool. None of the shapes in the gif are filled. Is this normal?

eraser3.gif

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Yes, this is normal if you erase filled ánd stroked paths. The resulting paths will be filled and stroked (and closed if the path was closed).

Try a path with only a fill or try a path with only a stroke.

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I see what you mean, thanks. The eraser still doesn't really work on very large strokes. Is there a different tool that would work better?

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New Here ,
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Hi, can someone please answer this question? I'm having the same issue. Thanks.

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"Hi, can someone please answer this question? I'm having the same issue. Thanks."

 

Please describe your issue.

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It is exactly the same as described above by rchrist. The last question rchrist asked was, "Is there a different tool that would work better [for erasing the outer lines on a shape]?" That's the question I'm also asking.

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