Advertisement
Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
eLearning
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

How to Select and Erase by Color in Photoshop Elements 11

The Magic Eraser tool in Photoshop Elements 11 works like a combination Eraser and Magic Wand tool. It selects and erases similarly colored pixels simultaneously. Here’s how it works:

  • When you click a layer: The Magic Eraser tool erases pixels of a similar color based on a specified range and leaves the area transparent.

  • When you click the background: The Magic Eraser tool automatically converts the background to a layer and then does the same pixel-erasing thing.

  • When you click a layer with locked transparency: The Magic Eraser tool erases the pixels and replaces the area with the background color.

    [Credit: ©Bob Woerner]
    Credit: ©Bob Woerner

Here are the options for using the Magic Eraser tool:

  • Tolerance: Defines the range of colors that Elements erases, just as it does with the Magic Wand tool. The value determines how similar a neighboring color has to be to the color you click. A higher value picks up more colors, whereas a lower value picks up fewer colors.

  • Anti-aliasing: Creates a slightly soft edge around the transparent area.

  • Contiguous: Selects only similar colors that are adjacent to each other. Deselect this option to select and then delete similarly colored pixels wherever they appear in your image.

  • Sample All Layers: Samples colors using data from all visible layers, but erases pixels on only the active layer.

  • Opacity: Works like it does for the regular Eraser tool, described in the previous section.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
Advertisement

Inside Dummies.com

Dummies.com Sweepstakes

Win an iPad Mini. Enter to win now!