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Eraser Tool

Eraser Tool

With the Eraser Tool, you can delete content from your document. The Tool behaves like rubber on paper on the canvas. The tool will erase any area of an object along the drawn path.

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How to Activate the Eraser Tool

You can activate the Eraser Tool by clicking on the Eraser Tool Icon ~ic-eraser~~ic-eraser~ in the Toolbar or by pressing ~key~ E ~key~ on your keyboard.

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How to Use the Eraser Tool

To erase objects, you must activate the Eraser Tool ~ic-eraser~~ic-eraser~ first and then click and drag over the canvas. Suppose you drag with the Eraser Tool across multiple overlapping shapes. In that case, the tool will erase everything on its path, splitting the overlapping shapes into multiple objects that can be selected and moved independently. To move the separated objects, you must select the Object Path, not the object itself.

You can adjust the size of the Eraser Tool on the Tool Slider that appears on the right side of the Tool Icon when the tool is activated.

How to Erase a Singular Object

To erase a singular object on your canvas, select the shape you want to erase with the Selection Tool ~ic-selection~~ic-selection~ or the Node Tool ~ic-node~~ic-node~. This technique excludes any other objects on your canvas from the erasing operation.

How to Erase on a Singular Layer

If you select a Layer the Eraser Tool automatically erases the content on all the connected Elements.

Suppose you want to use the Eraser Tool on one Element or specific Elements. In that case, you can lock the remaining elements to exclude them from the erasing operation. To lock a Layer or Element, click the padlock icon ~ic-lock~~ic-lock~ on the corresponding Layer or Element.  Then you can select the Layer, but the Eraser Tool will only affect the unlocked Element(s).

Another option is to select an Element directly. The Eraser Tool will only affect the singular selected Element.

A rectangular blue-lined Bounding Box borders all elements affected by the Eraser Tool. All masked objects and Groups will be excluded from the erasing operation.

Final Notes on the Eraser Tool

・When you use the Eraser Tool; it performs a destructive operation. You can use Undo only once.

・The Eraser Tool only applies to vector shapes, not raster-based images. If you import a raster image into Vectornator, it cannot be modified with the Eraser Tool.

・The Eraser Tool does not apply to grouped or masked objects. It will only apply to Nested Objects,  which you can access via Click-through Mode ~ic-click-through~~ic-click-through~.

Note – We recommend using the Scissors Tool ~ic-scissor~~ic-scissor~ to split a shape into open paths and the Eraser Tool ~ic-eraser~~ic-eraser~ to split a shape into closed paths.

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Last Updated on Sep 30, 2022
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