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Why does my eraser tool leaves an ugly trace mark?

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I want to delete a few lines, but the eraser leaves that ugly trace mark on the picture.   How can I get rid of the lines and delete what I want to delete from the file?

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elindo586 wrote:

Do you know how not to use the stroke?

You are not really hearing what you are being told here.  The eraser does not have the stroke. The objects that you are erasing have it. 

In the sample below, the column on the left is the result if everything in the document is selected, or if nothing is when the eraser is being used. 

the box on the right is the result if the text only is selected when the eraser is being used.

You can see on the left that the stroke of the "outline" left by the eraser is really the stroke from the rectangle that was partially erased.  Where the text has no rectangle under it, no "outline" is made.

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.09 PM.png

Somewhere under your text, there is a rectangle with a thick black stroke on it.  You are erasing part of that rectangle when you are trying to erase the text, and what you are seeing is a hole in the bottom rectangle.

I thing the easiest way to achieve your desired result is to go into outline mode, use the Direct Select tool  Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.02 PM.png to select your text, and then hit delete.

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Why does my eraser tool leaves an ugly trace mark?

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Mar 22, 2016

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I want to delete a few lines, but the eraser leaves that ugly trace mark on the picture.   How can I get rid of the lines and delete what I want to delete from the file?

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elindo586 wrote:

Do you know how not to use the stroke?

You are not really hearing what you are being told here.  The eraser does not have the stroke. The objects that you are erasing have it. 

In the sample below, the column on the left is the result if everything in the document is selected, or if nothing is when the eraser is being used. 

the box on the right is the result if the text only is selected when the eraser is being used.

You can see on the left that the stroke of the "outline" left by the eraser is really the stroke from the rectangle that was partially erased.  Where the text has no rectangle under it, no "outline" is made.

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.09 PM.png

Somewhere under your text, there is a rectangle with a thick black stroke on it.  You are erasing part of that rectangle when you are trying to erase the text, and what you are seeing is a hole in the bottom rectangle.

I thing the easiest way to achieve your desired result is to go into outline mode, use the Direct Select tool  Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.02 PM.png to select your text, and then hit delete.

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It is erasing the white fill of the object below. If nothing is selected the eraser tool affects anything below it. To erase from only specific elements first select them.

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How do you select them before erasing?    What tool should I use?

If I select the entire document, and then try to use the eraser, it still leaves the track marks...

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Can somebody help?

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elindo,

Looking at the video, it seems you are using the tool correctly. It can be something related to the preferences, you can try the steps below :

1. Close AI.

2. Navigate to Mac HD > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Rename "Adobe Illustrator 19" folder to "old Adobe Illustrator 19"

3. Navigate to User Library (Press and hold "Option" key when clicking on "Go" menu to get the user library as its hidden bu default) > Preferences > Rename "Adobe Illustrator 19 Settings" folder to "old Adobe Illustrator 19 Settings"

3. Re launch AI and check.

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You are erasing an object with a stroke.

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Do you know how not to use the stroke?

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elindo586 wrote:

Do you know how not to use the stroke?

You are not really hearing what you are being told here.  The eraser does not have the stroke. The objects that you are erasing have it. 

In the sample below, the column on the left is the result if everything in the document is selected, or if nothing is when the eraser is being used. 

the box on the right is the result if the text only is selected when the eraser is being used.

You can see on the left that the stroke of the "outline" left by the eraser is really the stroke from the rectangle that was partially erased.  Where the text has no rectangle under it, no "outline" is made.

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.09 PM.png

Somewhere under your text, there is a rectangle with a thick black stroke on it.  You are erasing part of that rectangle when you are trying to erase the text, and what you are seeing is a hole in the bottom rectangle.

I thing the easiest way to achieve your desired result is to go into outline mode, use the Direct Select tool  Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.13.02 PM.png to select your text, and then hit delete.

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Don't use the eraser tool at all. Illustrator is not Photoshop. Select the line you want to delete with one of the selection tools and hit the backspace key.

Incidentally, though, the eraser leaves those marks because you're also erasing part of a large white rectangle (the border of the entire image?) that has a black stroke applied to it (what rcraighead said).

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As Kris says, don't use the eraser tool. If you don't know what selection tool to use you need to start by learning the basics of AI. Learn the difference between "Direct Selection Tool" and "Normal Selection tool". Then learn how to use shortcut keys to access "Group Selection tool". These are fundamental skills for working with AI.

Your file appears to be imported from CAD. It may be organized by layers. If not, it needs to be. Check the Layers Panel, where you can lock or hide certain layers to simplify selection/editing.

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"Go learn AI"  is not an answer to the question.

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In this case it is. If you don't know what selection tool to use you need to start at the beginning. I have given you a few suggested tools to research. There is no need to re-type it all here.

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Thanks Graig.... you can go away now.. you are not helping.

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Your question has been answered the same way three times (not including Om's completely irrelevant diversion), so if you're not willing to heed expert advice OR learn the basics of Illustrator... good luck to ya!

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Thanks Kris.... but as you notice, Craig didn't add anything new other than "go learn IA", which is not an answer.

Let's keep it on topic direct to the question.

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He didn't have to "add anything new" since he already told you in post #1 what the problem is, and two other people concurred. To reiterate, you really should not be using the eraser tool for this basic task. Illustrator's unfortunately named Eraser tool is not like Photoshop's. You're not removing marks from the page, but carving grooves into shapes. It would be more appropriate to call it the Router tool.

And he's right, by the way. If you don't understand the concept of selecting objects in Illustrator, you should really back up and learn the basics first. I can't think of a more basic concept than that.

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What the heck is a fella ta do? Does anyone have any idea how frustrating this is... does anyone recall what it was like to use this program when you first got it... having no idea what you were doing.. I don't know about you... but I'm operating from a 7 day trial version... not 7 weeks to read everything... I'm trying out the program to see if it's worth purchasing... so this is a bit frustrating... just simple directions... for those new to using illustrator.... not responding like a newcomer knows what the heck you're talking about...

The other dude, that started with the question... even had an image showing the lines the eraser is creating... and just like me... he simply wants to eraser something....

So....I made some shapes, created paths and stroked them to make them turn into lines... and then arranged the shapes... even over lapped some of them in places... NOW I want to erase the lines that are overlapping...etc... Soooo... I select the eraser tool... click on a line I want to erase... and for whatever freaking reason... I get a black outlined circle... not just a blank spot in the form of a circle... and if I drag the eraser around... when I stop... I end up with a bunch of what appears to maybe be pathed of lines or something shapes of where I erased showing instead of just a blank area from erasing... soooo...If anyone can answer the question in simple terms...  it would be greatly appreciated….

yeah, yeah... I'm likely not understanding the terminology or something... because I'm new to using the program... BUT... It would really be appreciated if someone gave this a shot and helped the newcomer(s) out.

@@ <--- that's me rolling my eyes out of shear frustration.... lol

Thanks

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Without seeing what you're making it's hard to be specific about your problem. But, think of the eraser tool as KrishHunt described it: a router tool, gouging out sections of whatever you have selected (or everything, if nothing is selected.

If you have an object with a stroke applied, and you use the eraser tool to remove a portion of it, that object will have a new shape, but still have a stroke applied, following the new shape.

eraser.png

If you drag the eraser entirely across an object, you will now have two shapes, with the same stroke applied.

eraser2.png

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But what about when your using the brush tool? Suppose you dont want to expand your stokes or turn them into vectors, what should we do then??

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2 possibilities come to mind:

- you could edit the paths. It will be tedious to get an exact result particularly with calligraphic brushes, as they are somewhat unpredictable.

- you could mask. You draw a shape to create a clipping mask or you use either a shape with color or gradient or even a raster image to apply as an opactiy mask

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sase74750137  wrote

I want to erase the lines that are overlapping

If I understand, you want to go from this:

Screenshot 2019-04-11 08.29.50.png

To this:

Screenshot 2019-04-11 08.30.30.png. but are getting this: Screenshot 2019-04-11 08.41.53.png

If that is correct, the Eraser is the wrong tool.

The Shapebuilder tool or the Pathfinder Pallet will give you the above result. Drag the Shapebuilder across your shape - it will show shading as it combines the elements. 

Screenshot 2019-04-11 08.31.00.png Screenshot 2019-04-11 08.30.50.png

If this is not the result you are looking for, please post some screen shots to clarify your goal.

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