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Illustrator - Erase a straight line (Mac not windows).

Nov 10, 2009 11:22 AM

Illustrator - I am trying to tweak a logo so it has smooth edges, I am familiar with using the SHIFT key from a starting point and end point of  a eraser segment within Photoshop, however is there anything easy like this in Illustrator with using a mac?  I saw the windows forum answer suggesting the SHIFT + eraser can be done in a windows platform, but this does not work on my mac.


Any HELP?? Surely this is a simple answer?

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    Nov 10, 2009 11:32 AM   in reply to Chemol

    Does the Shift key constrain other processes like drawing a straight line or moving an object horizontally or vertically?

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    Nov 10, 2009 11:34 AM   in reply to Chemol

    Yeah, it's weird that it doesn't behave exactly like Photoshop.


    On a Mac, you can hold down the Shift key before you start erasing, to constrain it to a straight line. If you begin erasing, then hold the Shift key, it has no effect.


    The other thing you can try, which is not well known, is to hold down the Option key (again, before you start erasing), which allows you to marquee-erase. Try it!

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    Nov 10, 2009 3:07 PM   in reply to Cheryl Graham

    Hey Cheryl,

    That's cool, do you have a little book of obscure Illo tricks?

    Why not share a few more.



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    Nov 10, 2009 8:18 PM   in reply to Chemol


    BTW - This is my first time posting on the forum, I think I need to

    acknowledge that you answered my question somewhere, but I don't see that

    option on this thread?.


    Happy to help. I don't care about the points so much, but you should mark the thread "solved," for the folks who just want to read the unanswered posts. I believe there are links at the bottom of each answer to do this. Cheers.

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