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Eraser tool not doing its job @100%?

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There are a lot of eraser tool problems, but I couldn't find this one listed anywhere: I just finished rebuilding my tool preset pallet and brush pallet, and now when I select the eraser tool, specify 100% opacity, 100% flow, and then use the tool, It doesn't erase 100%. It takes out about 90-95%, and I have to go over the area twice, or switch to the brush and background color instead. The brush works fine, and I can see the expected differences between different opacity %ages, but "100%"only gets me about 95% of the way there. Not a crisis, but if there's a way to fix it, I'd like to do that.

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Are you working with a pressure sensitive pen? Maybe the pressure sensitivity for flow is turned on for the eraser tool.

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There are a lot of eraser tool problems, but I couldn't find this one listed anywhere: I just finished rebuilding my tool preset pallet and brush pallet, and now when I select the eraser tool, specify 100% opacity, 100% flow, and then use the tool, It doesn't erase 100%. It takes out about 90-95%, and I have to go over the area twice, or switch to the brush and background color instead. The brush works fine, and I can see the expected differences between different opacity %ages, but "100%"only gets me about 95% of the way there. Not a crisis, but if there's a way to fix it, I'd like to do that.

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Are you working with a pressure sensitive pen? Maybe the pressure sensitivity for flow is turned on for the eraser tool.

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What version of photoshop and operating system are you using?

Try resetting the Eraser Tool by right clicking on the big Eraser Tool icon and clicking on Reset Tool.

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I got Photoshop CC - until now I was using CS5. The eraser tool in CC gives me so many headaches - the eraser moves are slow and not at the pace of my hand movements and selected areas, and it is not erasing everything - I have to go back, again and again, to erase tiny bits that are left because the eraser is moving at a different speed or pace. It is impossible to control its moves. Also, the edges of the eraser are wider than the actual eraser! Why is that? It makes it difficult to foresee the erased area and get the edges precision. When erasing, it is hard to get a clean edge. How do get the eraser with faded edges? I don't mean opacity etc but the eraser that creates soft edges instead of crisp. I know how the magic eraser works, but at this time I want to use the eraser the way I knew it from CS5. Any help? 

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HOLLY SH*T THNX SO MUCH

 

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Is it possible that the brush you are using to erase with was made at a setting below 100% opacity.

This would cause such behavior even if the Eraser settings were one hundred percent. So for extreme examples sake, a brush that was only 50% opaque when it was made will only erase (or brush) at 50% opacity.

To test, use the same brush as a brush and paint white on a black area then again a few pixels to one side.

Example.

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Are you working with a pressure sensitive pen? Maybe the pressure sensitivity for flow is turned on for the eraser tool.

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Thanks for the replies. The problem persists, but I have new information. I tried jiggling the Pressure Sensitivity settings, but nothing changed. On the other hand, while the round spot-brush Mode setting in the options bar functions at 90%, the "block" setting works as expected, at 100%. But I have never used that either, so I have no idea if or how I can vary the size. One problem I know I still have is setting everything correctly. I thought I knew how to put together a roster of presets, but It's still not right. So I made a new brush, set at 100& opacity and 100% flow, and used it with the eraser tool set at 100% opacity and 100% hardness. Same half-___ed result. I'll keep messing around with the pressure sensitivity settings too. I'm using PS CC 2018 and OS10.13.4.

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Theresa J, you sent me in the right direction. I fixed the problem by looking into Pressure Sensitivity, Wacom tablet, and Photoshop on YouTube. My error was in not knowing enough about the brush settings panel to combine those settings with the Wacom stylus settings to get 100% results. I can't claim to know what exactly I did right, but that's where the problem was. Now I have to re-watch the tutorial a few times, and learn how the brush settings work so that I can put together an efficient roster of settings. Thank you for the help.

Edit: A year later it happened again, I came back to this discussion, got the general idea, and fixed the problem. Here's the how:

At least for a Wacom  Intuos Pro, open the Desktop Center, and click on Pen Settings. Under "Tip Feel", move the topmost adjustment all the way to the left ("Soft"). That's it. Go back to work. Thanks again, Theresa.

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Oh Man! You two just saved me from future stress had my eraser problem persisted. I just wanted to add in case anyone has the same problem, when you're in your wacom settings, under pen, you have to select Photoshop and make the adjustment for the pen just like you said. (I had changed the settings and when it didn't work, I realized it was because it was for every other program.)

😉 I am beyond please to have my useful eraser back!!! Thanks Birck and Theresa ❤️

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My eraser tool isn't erasing everything in the circle size I have choosen. 

It only erases the inside area of the circle so only about 50% of the circle size. 

I have tried the smoothness and opacity settings, because I know thats the first thing people will say to check.

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You appear to have posted this question twice. I have answered in teh thread you started - check Preferences >Cursors is set to Normal brush tip and check Brush Hardness

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Another solution is to make a new brush for use with the eraser tool, go to Brush settings, and uncheck the 'Transfer' box. For examples, I have a brush with Roundness 100%, Hardness 100%, Spacing 1%, and the only box ticked under Brush Shape is the Smoothing box. That did the trick for me without having to alter my Wacom settings. (Photoshop CC 2018)

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This worked for me. Thank you very much!

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