In my practice session using the Eraser tool I can't make it work. From Help, "To erase any object on the artboard, leave all objects unselected".
That works -- until I stop the mouse drag and let go of the button. Then the paths and fill bounce back from invisibility instantly.
GM, using Win 7 and AI cs5.
Here, I'll try to upload a local file. Last time, the uploader didn't work and I had to post it first to Photobucket.
Line 1 is a piece of freehand text "ERASE" created with a caligraphic brush, 5 pts stroke.
Line 2 is the result of dragging the Eraser tool, 200 dia., across, from right to left. The top of the round eraser passed over the lower 2/3 of the word. As it passed over, that portion of the text completely disappeared. When done, however, it all came back except for small gaps or breaks that you can see.
Line 3 is the result of selection of the lower half. It reveals that the paths have indeed been affected -- but not erased.
Got it -- I think.
The Eraser Tool works, but only on paths that are filled, even if only partially.
Additionally, it doesn't work at all with raster images.
If true, the part of Help, "Erase objects using the Eraser tool" needs a bit of clarifying.
Your stroke is set to have rounded ends. The lines are being erased and then rounded off. This is what makes it appear the way it does. When a rounded end is selected for your strokes, Flash renders the "rounding" effect outside of the actual path. You can see this effect reduced if you decrease the stroke size of a given line. This will also decrease the thickness of the rounded end as well and the gaps where you erased will increase.
Make sense or am I just making things worse?
I drew a stroked path with no fill and then experienced the same interaction with the chosen cap where the eraser went across the path. I then expanded the stroked, unfilled path and the eraser tool cut a nice swath across the path without the later addition of the cap. It looked exactly like what I expected it would, but only after expanding the path first.
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