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The eraser is the ultimate utility tool. Unlike traditional erasers the digital eraser can completely eradicate anything. The Eraser tool in the Tool palette, which is separate, is by default the tool that is assigned to the Wacom pen's eraser end, which other the pens have. The Eraser category however offers some additional marked erasing variants. Let's take a look. I'm going to start off by just doing a little bit of simple drawing with my 2B pencil in this case, and like the real world as you're working, you may find that there are elements that you wish to erase.
The Eraser can actually be used for more than simply getting rid of something you don't want, but it can be used to bring back a different level of tonality for example. Now in the real world you have on a pencil an eraser on the other end and interestingly enough on many Wacom pens, you've actually got a second eraser tip. Here I'm going to turn my Wacom pen over now and I've now switched over as you can see to the Eraser. By default that is how Painter is set up. So if you're using a Wacom stylus that has an eraser end on it, you can take advantage of the fact that just by flipping over your pen, just like you would on a traditional pencil, you have the eraser immediately available.
So I can flip my pen back over and it goes immediately back to the tool that I had before, which in this case was the 2B pencil. I can also alternately just go over to the Tool palette, click on the Eraser tool and eraser that way as well. It's kind of up to you which makes more sense for your particular workflow, but I'm going to show you something else you can also do as well as show you how you can get some variability in the look of the erasers that you do. If we switch over to the Eraser category, there are several variations here as you can see and one that's very interesting for example is Bleach.
Now Bleach, as opposed to the regular eraser, kind of erases more slowly and it just feels different. It might not look that different on screen but it feels different in the way that it actually erases. So if you want a different kind of character of eraser by choosing one of these other ones and in fact we've even got some of the real variants here, so this one is nice because as I change my angle, I can get to a different level of size of the eraser on the screen. All of these different types of erasers just offer different qualities, but I wanted to show you that you can in fact kind of modify your pen on the fly.
So if I'm back working with my pencils and I say you know, I really wish I had the real eraser from the Eraser category on the end, rather than just the default eraser, I can flip my pen over so now I'm in the Eraser tool. It automatically switches to the Eraser category, but I'll go down here and as long as I'm using my eraser end of my Wacom pen, I can say I want to use the Real Soft Eraser and now it's assigned to that into the pen. When I flip back over, well once again, I'm back to my 2B pencil.
But as soon as I flip over, if you watch up here in the corner when I flip over, you'll see that it's now switched to the Real Soft Eraser. So I've essentially programmed the pen to recognize that the tool I want on the eraser end, in this case, is the Real Soft Eraser. So you can have the benefit of having the eraser end of the Wacom pen be an eraser, but you can even go so far as to decide which eraser out of the Eraser category you'd like to assign to the end of that pen. So take advantage of this technology on the Wacom pens that have the eraser end and use it to assign the particular kind of eraser quality you want to it.
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