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How to turn a brush into an eraser (Transparent Color)

Is there a brush you love that has the properties you’d love for an eraser? Use Transparent Color to transform any brush into an eraser.

In the image below, the artist used a special brush shaped like a clump of grass. In the left image, she used it to create the grass. Then, she selected Transparent Color, making an eraser of the same shape. In the right, she subtracted from the image using this clump of grass transparent ink “eraser”, instead of drawing more.

Images created with Transparent ColorImage showing the use of Transparent Color

Transparent color is found in the Color Editor. It transforms your brush into an eraser with the characteristic of the chosen brush. If the selected brush is pressure-sensitive and creates a stroke that fades off, your eraser will do the same. Use it to erase existing color pixels on the current layer.

Turning a brush into an eraser in SketchBook for Desktop

Transparent Color is also available in the following places and can be saved in the custom color palette, see How to turn a brush into an eraser for more information.

  • In the lagoon, select Color Editor icon and flick Transparent Color, to turn your brush into an eraser.

Radial marking menu with Transparent Color

Color Puck with Color Wheel openTransparent color

Turning a brush into an eraser in SketchBook for Mobile

  1. Select the brush you want to transform into an eraser.
  2. Open the Color Editor.
  3. Tap Turning a brush into an eraser and try it out.

Turning a brush into an eraser - example 1Turning a brush into an eraser - example 3

Turning a brush into an eraser in SketchBook for Windows 10

  1. Select the brush you want to transform into an eraser.
  2. Open the Color Editor.
  3. Tap Turning a brush into an eraser and try it out.

Using Transparent Color in SketchBook for Windows Tablet

Updated on May 2, 2018

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