How To Use Eraser as a Texture in Photoshop

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Erasers are almost always identified with mistakes—except when it comes to Photoshop! In Photoshop, anything goes! Today, we’re breaking it down and teaching you how to use the eraser tool as a way to add texture in Photoshop. It sounds confusing, but we promise, it’s simple and oh so handy!

Create New Document

Create a new document and use your dimensions of choice. For this particular guy, we used 720×720 pixels.

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Write Your Text

Use a bold thick font to see more of the texture. If you choose a really thin font, it may be difficult to see the texture within the text.

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Choose Eraser Tool

Click the Eraser tool on the left hand side of Photoshop. The icon looks like those pink rectangular erasers you had in elementary school, but if you’re not sure, you can hover over the icon with your mouse and “Eraser Tool” should pop up.

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Choose an “Eraser/Brush”

On the right hand side of Photoshop, there should be a panel with an icon of multiple brushes in a cup. If not, go to the very top of Photoshop and click “Window.” A drop down tab will appear and all you have to do is click “Brush.”

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Once open, your palette should look similar to this:

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If you don’t have any Photoshop brushes downloaded, we’d highly recommend getting some. There are tons of websites that offer free brush packages—you just have to search!

Rasterize Your Layer

If you hover over your document, you’ll see that your mouse changes to a circle with a slashed line through it. Because your layer is a text, you won’t be able to edit anything until you rasterize the layer. In super simple (and by no means technically correct) terms, rasterizing the layer changes the Text layer into a drawing layer. Be forewarned though, once you click OK, you can no longer change the actual word! To edit your layer, click on the text and a pop-up will appear asking if you want to rasterize the type. Click OK and you’ll be able to use the Eraser tool.

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Your Eraser/Brush should appear when you hover over your document. Click and it should ‘erase a texture’ into your text!

For this example, we’re using one of the Tom Chalky brushes:

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Play around with the pixel sizes to change the look. We kept the pixels at 2500 and this is how it looks. The bigger your pixel size, the more spread out your texture will be.

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We adjusted the same brush to 350 pixels and this is how it looks. Because the texture has been squished together in a smaller scale, the effect is more subtle than when it was 2500 pixels.

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In these next few photos, we’re using a marker brush from Premium Pixels:

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Below is an example of what the brush size looks like at 926 pixels. Because the pixel size is so large, the brush strokes are also very thick and erase the majority of the word.

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If you reduce the pixels to a small enough size (we used 200px), you can select where you want to erase and use the texture.

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Pretty simple, right?

Erasers aren’t just for mishaps anymore. Using the eraser tool to add texture in Photoshop is an easy trick to create so many designs! Download different brushes and play around with the textures and pixel sizes. You’ll end up with a flurry of possibilities and will find that you erase on purpose more often than not!

Want to see the eraser in action? Watch the video below!