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All tools acting as Eraser?

Apr 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Tags: #cs5 #tool

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All the tools on my toolbar are working/acting as the eraser tool, ie. attempting to crop erases, using the type tool erases. I've reset the tools and tool presets but the issue still stands. I am not in quickmask, the issue starts immediatley when I open Photoshop.  Help?

 
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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 8, 2013 3:34 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    Any chance you have a tablet, and the stylus is laying on the tablet?

     
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    Apr 8, 2013 4:47 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    Hmm, the usual cause is a stylus lying on a tablet while someone uses the mouse - and the tablet reads the stylus as being in use.

     

    Are they really the eraser tool, or just drawing the background color?

    And have you tried resetting all Photoshop preferences?

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 3:00 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    That means that something is forcing Photoshop to use the eraser, like a tablet driver.

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 4:58 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    Try deleting the driver, then test Photoshop.

    If that works, then we know the cause was that driver.

     
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    Apr 11, 2013 12:25 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    Alright, that rules out the obvious.

     

    Can you post a screen shot of what you're seeing?

    Your comments about "the type tool erases" has me wondering what you're actually seeing (like it might be just a video driver bug).

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Apr 15, 2013 8:40 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    Have you tried clearing Photoshop's preferences to defaults?

     

    Never mind, I see that you did.

     

    First I've ever heard of this kind of problem.  I'm thinking you must have a corrupted installation and need to remove it entirely, possibly with the help of the Creative Suite Cleaner Tool. 

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 5, 2013 3:44 PM   in reply to anyaflowers

    I have had the exact same problem.  I use a tablet, but it goes to "eraser" when I've used the keyboard hot keys or moving/nudging with arrow keys on the keyboard.  It only started after the last CS6 update. 

     
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    Jul 5, 2013 3:49 PM   in reply to waymanstudio

    How do you folks figure it's acting as an eraser rather than a white paint brush?   I don't see the transparency checkering in the white strokes?

     

    Just curious…

     

    Of course, that's darn annoying either way.

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Jul 5, 2013 4:02 PM   in reply to waymanstudio

    What tablets are you all using?  Is the eraser brush size and shape the same as set in Photoshop?  Try selecting a square brush for the tools eraser, and seeing if you still have a square brush shape when the problem kicks in.

     

    Have you got your tablet close to other electronic devices, like monitor or keyboard?  Although my Intuos slots under my keyboard and I've not had any problems.

     

    I see you have tried resting tools, and the tablet is not even plugged in.  What about mouse drivers?  Do you have a multi button mouse for instance? 

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jul 5, 2013 6:30 PM   in reply to station_two

    station_two wrote:

     

    How do you folks figure it's acting as an eraser rather than a white paint brush?   I don't see the transparency checkering in the white strokes?

     

    Note the Eraser entries showing up in the History panel.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 5, 2013 7:21 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Ooooops!  I should have clicked on the image to enlarge it.

     

    Thanks, Noel.

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:00 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    I use a WACom Intuos 4.  I think my pen was causing the problem.  When it happens, I hit the eraser end of the pen, then go to the pen end and it goes back to where the tools should be.  Sometimes it takes a couple times, but it is sure easier than saving work, closing out and restarting Photoshop.  I will have to try reinstalling the Wacom drivers and see if it gets rid of the problem all together.   

     
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:15 PM   in reply to waymanstudio

    That sounds like the problem might be in the pen itself.

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:42 PM   in reply to Chris Cox

    I've seen other references to tapping the stylus on the tablet to unstick the eraser, in the Wacom forums.  I'm wondering if it might be hardware related (the stylus) rather than software?  Say, for instance, that there is an inertia switch in the stylus, that relies on gravity to toggle between pen and eraser, and the switch became sticky?  With that thought in mind, I just picked up my Intuos 4 stylus, and gave it a shake, and sure enough, there is something loose in there which rattles.

     

    I tried to test the theory by very slowly rotating the stylus to the horizontal to see if I could get the brush tip to act as the eraser, but you have to go wll beyond the horizontal to make the stylus work at all.

     

    It kind of fits as a theory though.

     
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