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The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements – Instructions

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The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements: Overview

            You can use the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements to change similar pixels throughout an image. If you use this tool in the background layer or in a layer with locked transparency where you cannot edit the transparent pixels, the pixels will change to the background color. Otherwise, the pixels will be erased to transparency. You can use this tool to only erase contiguous (touching) pixels or all pixels that are similar in color.

            To use the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements, select it from the Toolbox. Make sure to also select it within the Tool Options Bar, if needed. It shares a spot in the Toolbox with the Eraser Tool. In the Tool Options Bar, you can also use the “Tolerance” slider to define the range of colors similar to the one to remove. A low tolerance erases only pixels with a color very similar to the one you select. A higher tolerance erases pixels with a broader range of color similarity.

            Then use the “Opacity” slider to adjust the opacity of the erased pixels. A 100% opacity completely erases all the selected pixels. A lower opacity only partially erases the pixels. To make the erased selection have smooth, versus jagged, edges, then check the “Anti-aliasing” checkbox. If you check the “Contiguous” checkbox, you only erase pixels touching the pixel color you select. If unchecked, you erase all pixels of that color anywhere in the image. To sample the color to erase by using the combined data of all visible layers, then check the “Sample All Layers” checkbox.

            After you have the settings you wish, then click into the image on the pixel color in the part of the image or layer you want to erase.

The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements - Instructions: A picture of a user removing pixels by using the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements.

The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements – Instructions: A picture of a user removing pixels by using the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements.

The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements: Instructions

  1. To use the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements, select the “Magic Eraser Tool” button in the Toolbox.
  2. Then, if necessary, make sure to also select it from the Tool Options Bar.
  3. To define the range of colors similar to the one you choose to remove, enter a number into the “Tolerance” text box.
  4. Alternatively, use the “Tolerance” slider in the Tool Options Bar.
  5. To make the erased selection have smooth versus jagged edges, if desired, then check the “Anti-aliasing” checkbox.
  6. If you check the “Contiguous” checkbox, you only erase pixels touching the pixel color you select. If unchecked, you erase all pixels of that color anywhere in the image.
  7. To sample the color to erase by using the combined data of all visible layers, if desired, then check the “Sample All Layers” checkbox.
  8. To adjust the opacity of the erased pixels, use the “Opacity” slider in the Tool Options Bar. A 100% opacity completely erases all the selected pixels. A lower opacity only partially erases the pixels.
  9. After you have the settings you want, then click into the image on the pixel color in the part of the image or layer to erase.

The Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “The Magic Eraser Tool,” shows you how to use the Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop Elements. This video is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2020.”

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