In Photoshop cc, when I use the eraser tool it doesn't erase correctly and leaves little black dots all over

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When I use a dark layer and want to erase a portion of it, like in a vignette or getting rid of some detail, it will not erase at 100% and where it partly erases it leave little black lines or dots which ruins the effect.
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Check all of the eraser tool settings. It sounds like you have a blend mode active.

And make sure you have all the Photoshop CC updates installed.
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Sorry, but it didn't do that a few weeks ago and nothing has changed. Is there a repair program that I can run so that I wont have to delete Photoshop and then re-install it again?
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No, just uninstalling and reinstalling. And the chances of a corrupt install just causing a problem like that are pretty slim.

But first, try resetting the eraser tool.
If that doesn't work, try resetting preferences.
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Now you got me. How do I reset the eraser tool?
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(I didn't get to finish what I was saying) See picture about what I was talking about./ The erasure tool should leave a smooth erasure or surface - not the little dots and lines you see in the picture..
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That looks like you used the sharpen tool, not the eraser (and amplified the grain in the image).

You reset the current tool (or all tools) using the menu on the tool preset picker.
But first, I would double check which tool you have selected (look in the history palette - what does it say after you use the tool).
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And that image does have a LOT of grain. You might just be lightening it and making it more visible (like with a blend mode).
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Sorry, I did just as I said. The image is a blow-up of a small portion of the original bin order to show what I was talking about.
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The image was produced so that you could see what I was talking about. That is not grain but the artifacts that the eraser tool made
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OK, the eraser tool erases. It puts down a single color, or erases to transparent. It cannot sharpen, or create texture.

Also, look at the rest of your image - it has grain just like that already in the image, just dark.

Somewhere you are missing something about the way you are using the current tool. Could be a blend mode, another layer showing through, wrong tool, etc.

If you could post a screenshot with the tool settings and layers palette visible, that might help us figure out what you're missing.
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I found the toggle for the erase tool that I didn't know existed(I'd rather spend time manipulating my photos than studying the intricacies of Photoshop). When I pressed it, I got up a menu that had several settings in it. So I turned off two of them and got my erase tool back to where I wanted it. Heck, I could spend the next year studying Photoshop cc and still not know all of it.
Well thanks for your help anyway
What the heck do you need all of that control anyway?
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Which control?

Yes, there are a lot of controls for many of the tools, because they let people do different things that they want/need to do.
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you might have ovreseen thing i used to do all the time. when you're eracing with eracer tool, and want for what you erace to be transparent? check layers. if it's background layer it won't show transparent. double click it to convert it to Layer 1. now you have Active layer with transparent background so when you erace you will see zero background (meaning it will be transparent)
this is a really great idea about photo editing tips. thank you very much for this best idea
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I've been looking all over for an answer here. My "FLOW" was set at 8%. I found out by making my brush huge and seeing traces. I turned the flow to 100% and my eraser is working again.