Eraser tool won't engage in Illustrator

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Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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When I hit the Eraser tool and select Eraser tool, the Eraser tool does not engage. Instead it shows up with the pencil as the selection and it has a circle and a slash right next to it. It worked as it should just a couple of projects agao. I'm just trying to make a transparent background on a Santa hat. I'm new to Illustrator and I can't find the issue addressed in any of the online education, if you can imagine that. I'm also new to this online community and I would greatly appreciate any tips to help me acheive my goal of putting a Santa hat on Big Foot. Thanks and regards. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020
You first need to license that stock image in order to get a vector version of it. What you have now is a pixel artwork and you cannot use the eraser on that.

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You first need to license that stock image in order to get a vector version of it. What you have now is a pixel artwork and you cannot use the eraser on that.

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Thanks Monica! It is an image from Adobe Stock and even though it is labeled as an .ai file, it does not have all the editing privileges of AI. 

I appreciate your help🙏🏻

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You're welcome.

 

What you have downloaded is just the preview.

They only give you the vector file after licensing the image (and paying for it).

 

I suppose you could also find a vector hat as a free vector stock image. Just search "Free vector clipart" in your favourite search engine.

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