Photoshop: The smart eraser tool!

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Hi:)
I want to start by saing that I have photoshop CS5, and it owns!!!:D
But I just wanted to shere one of mye ideas, it is aboate the eraser tool. Now it's just a normal eraser, but what if it could also read colors, and just remove the color you wanted it to remove. Say you've created an image, you have used green and orangst on top of ichother, but you forgot to put them in separate layers. Then you save the image and cross it out, a few days later you decide that you want to removed the orange and keep the green. Since I am a newbie with photoshop, it will be difficult for me to do this. So it would be really nice if the Eraser Tool could be set so that it could read colors and only erase the color you did not want.

sorry for the bad English:)
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Farhad Ghanavatian

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Posted 8 years ago

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
Hi Farhad, this functionality already exists and it's called the "Background Eraser Tool" and the "Magic Eraser Tool." The Background Eraser essentially samples the color under the cross-hair in the center of the brush and only erases the color that's sampled at the cross-hair - essentially what you're asking for. Let me know if that does the trick for you.

Background Eraser - Video tutorial with Russell Brown

Help topics:

Change pixels to transparent with the Background Eraser tool

Change similar pixels with the Magic Eraser tool