Erase tool takes away background?

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Sun, 30 October 2005 14:28 Go to next message
Rick (Photoshop expert)
Editing an monochrome image with white background.

I erased part of an image and the background, instead of becoming white,
leaves the checkerboard (I presume this is PS's default to show transparent
background).

Both background and foreground colors in the tool bar are white (sampled from
the image).

How do I erase such that the remaining color is white?

Photoshop CS v8 (Macintosh).

Thanks,
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Sun, 30 October 2005 14:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Derek Fountain (Photoshop expert)
> How do I erase such that the remaining color is white?

You don't. The eraser erases - hence the name! If you want white, switch
to a brush and use a foreground of white.

But erasing information is destructive, as is painting over it with
white. What you probably really want to do is create a layer filled with
white, put it behind your image layer, then create a mask for the image
layer. You can then paint on the mask to hide/show the image layer.
Where you choose to hide it, you'll see the white layer behind it. It's
all in the manual...
Sun, 30 October 2005 16:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harry Limey (Photoshop expert)
"DaveC" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
> How do I erase such that the remaining color is white?

If there is a layer, filled with white, under the layer you are erasing, you
will reveal white!!
Mon, 31 October 2005 10:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tacit[1] (Photoshop expert)
In article <0001HW.BF8A5ECF0099B9ECF02845B0@news.readfreenews.net>,
DaveC <me@privacy.net> wrote:

> I erased part of an image and the background, instead of becoming white,
> leaves the checkerboard (I presume this is PS's default to show transparent
> background).


Yes, that is correct. If the image is on a layer, the Eraser tool
erases--it makes the layer go away.

> Both background and foreground colors in the tool bar are white (sampled from
> the image).
>
> How do I erase such that the remaining color is white?

You are using the wrong tool, or perhaps thinking incorrectly
conceptually.

The word "erase" does not mean "make white" in Photoshop--it means "make
go away."

If you want to make something white, use the paintbrush tool, not the
eraser.

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Sat, 05 November 2005 14:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Fasth (Photoshop begginer)
Flatten the image. Then the erase tool will work as you want it to.

/Fasth
Mon, 07 November 2005 12:58 Go to previous message
John McWilliams (Photoshop expert)
Derek Fountain wrote:
>> How do I erase such that the remaining color is white?
>
>
> You don't. The eraser erases - hence the name! If you want white, switch
> to a brush and use a foreground of white.
>
> But erasing information is destructive, as is painting over it with
> white. What you probably really want to do is create a layer filled with
> white, put it behind your image layer, then create a mask for the image
> layer. You can then paint on the mask to hide/show the image layer.
> Where you choose to hide it, you'll see the white layer behind it. It's
> all in the manual...

All true. But for beginners, using a layer mask may be a bit much. It's
easier conceptually, for some, to copy the image, and work on the
duplicate of the image with the eraser.

The white layer in both instances is a good idea.

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John McWilliams
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