Use the Erase Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign CS6 either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    Clicking this will bring up a list of your recently used programs. You might see "Adobe InDesign" here. It has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
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    Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type "Adobe InDesign"
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    Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6"
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    Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window
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    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
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    Alternatively, you could click "Open...". This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document.
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    Let's just click "OK"
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    With our document ready, we need to create a new object.
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    Let's create a line by clicking "Pencil Tool"
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    For more information, refer to our tutorial on how to use "Pencil Tool". Note that some of the toolbar icons have a small black triangle in the lower-right corner. This means that these tools have an expanded menu with related tools.
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    You can change the line thickness under the menu
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    Let's click "10pt".
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    Draw a line
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    Then, click and drag the "Pencil Tool" icon to the right
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    Select "Erase Tool" in the expanded menu
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    The icon looks like an upside-down pencil with the eraser end being used.
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    Then, click and drag the eraser across the part of the path that you want to erase
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    "Eraser Tool" is especially useful for creating new objects from one path. You will see that the path in the upper-left corner of the canvas is now no longer selected.
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    If you want to work with the deselected paths, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    It is in the vertical toolbar.
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    Then, click the path you want to work with
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    A blue frame will appear around the path, letting you know that it is ready for editing. "Eraser Tool" is useful not only in a way of erasing mistakes but also when creating new shapes. It can effectively cut the shape in half and create new paths and objects.
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    In the video, the bigger line is clicked
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    A blue frame will appear around the path, letting you know that it is ready for editing.
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    Click "Eraser Tool" again
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    You may erase a disliked bumpy area on the line by clicking and dragging the tool along it
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    The section will be deleted. This tool is very useful especially in InDesign where you may be using "Pencil Tool" to create some interesting lines or frames around images and text. "Eraser Tool" is used in a slightly different way compared to Illustrator. It is recommended to become familiar with the tool even if you know it in Illustrator or Photoshop.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Erase Tool" in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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Questions and Answers

Eraser size and representation?

Where do I change the brush size of the eraser and can I see the change? I'm used to the Photoshop's eraser.. I have tried: Asking Google

"Erase Tool" does not work like an eraser. It actually erases paths, which means that there is no brush size or representation needed. Lead your cursor along the path to delete it, and it will be removed. A new path and anchor points will be formed as soon as you release the button.

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Procedures of using the erase tool in Adobe InDesign?

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