how do I erase? I cannot find an eraser tool.

Asked by nikkikian on 2008-05-03

I cannot find an eraser tool. I am in fact used to illustrator, but I need an eraser and can't find an easy way to erase things. I can obviously remove nodes one by one to very slowly remove the object one by one but I am working with objects with multiple nodes and this is a huge pain. HELP!!!!

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heavylevi (heavylevi) said : #1

Not sure if inkscape 0.46 has an eraser but the test version sure has one!
You may download test versions from here :

DO NOT FORGET >>> Those are only for testing purpose only and may contain a lot of bugs !
If you must use only stable versions use 0.46 and if that does not have it wait till 0.47 comes out which probably will have it.

If testing versions do not bother you then i encourage you to use them as from my point of view they work nicely.
You'll might also need another program called 7 Zip to decompress the files, as those do not come with an installer
They are just simply compressed files

Jon A. Cruz (jon-joncruz) said : #2

If you want to remove objects completely, just select them and hit delete.

If you want to modify existing shapes, try the tweak tool.

Then if it really is an "eraser" tool you need, check the development version

If the "eraser" is what you want, please give some feedback as it is very new.

Karlisson (karlisson) said : #3

Hi, I've seen the new eraser tool. I'd like to question: will its shape be like the caligraphic tool? Isn´t better to be a circular shape? And wouldn't it be better if the Cut mode were activated by default, unlike the delete mode?

Karlisson (karlisson) said : #4

I'd like to question again: will its shape be like the caligraphic tool? Isn´t better to be a circular shape? All the graphic software are like that...

Justicity (throsumin) said : #5

Having same issue.
Any idea when .47 will be released?
Alternativly could someone tell me where to go to download the program for opening 7zips?

Oleg Koptev (koptev-oleg) said : #6

I keep getting this question over and over again from the members of my site. They say that they can't find the answer, so I googled "Erase in Inkscape" and this was the first thing that came up. So I will post a video that I created here on using the Difference path function to essentially "Erase" in Inkscape.

Hope that this clears up any confusion! Enjoy.

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