Content of the layer is not directly editable???

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Mon, 26 April 2004 19:57 Go to next message
Madeline_Handzlik (Photoshop begginer)
Suddenly, when trying to use the eraser (or other tools), I'm getting the error message "could not use the eraser because the content of the layer is not directly editable." Did I inadvertently change a setting somewhere? I'm having to draw white shapes to block out the part I previously could erase.

I'm running PhotoShop 7.01 on Windows XP.

Thanks!
Tue, 27 April 2004 01:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Chris_Cox (Photoshop expert)
No, you targetted a layer that isn't pixels - like a type layer, an adjustment layer, a fill layer, etc.
Tue, 27 April 2004 11:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Madeline_Handzlik (Photoshop begginer)
How do I ensure the new layer is pixels?

I'm drawing lines and need to erase part of them. I create a new layer like I always have (NOT using 'new fill layer' or 'new adjustment layer'), I use the line draw tool and still get that error message.
Tue, 27 April 2004 12:36 Go to previous message
LenHewitt (Photoshop expert)
Madeline,

>>I use the line draw tool and still get that error message.<<

You will if you have the options in the options bar set to paths or shape
layer. A line drawn with the line tool is a vector path and NOT pixels in
this case. To erase a part you would need to go to Layers>Rasterize>Shape
layer for a Shape layer or stroke the Path from the Paths palette for a
Path.

If you select the Fill Pixels options in the Options Bar the line will be
directly editable.
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