Use the Eraser, Scissors and Knife Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Eraser Tool", "Scissors Tool", and "Knife" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6".
It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner.
For this tutorial, let's click "OK".
You can change the stroke thickness.
Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
Click away from the object.
Now, click "Eraser Tool" from the vertical toolbar.
You can also press "Shift" + "E" on the keyboard to use this tool.
Click and drag your shape with "Eraser Tool".
The eraser splits the shape into separate paths. The shape does not have to be selected. There can be more than one shape too.
When you release the mouse button, you can click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
Then, you can select the two parts separately by clicking them.
This shows that the shape has two separate paths now. Then, you can change the colors if you want. Note how the original line that we drew was quite rugged, but Illustrator polished the line and the final product looks quite professional. "Eraser Tool" isn't only used for getting rid of mistakes. It can also be used to create more complicated shapes.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" several times to undo the last changes.
Create a line using the "Line Segment Tool" from the toolbar.
There is another VisiHow tutorial on how to do that.
Click and drag the "Eraser Tool" icon to select "Scissors Tool" in the vertical toolbar.
Alternatively, press "C" on the keyboard. "Scissors Tool" cuts new paths, which will be shown on the line.
Double-click certain points along the path of the line.
The tool will cut the path like a piece of string. You can also use this tool on closed paths to open them up and create new objects from an existing shape.
Then, you can click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
This will allow you to click and drag the pieces you've cut to separate them.
Select all of the objects by clicking dragging the selection frame over them and press "Delete".
This will clear the canvas
Now, let's create a shape using the "Rectangle Tool".
This will allow you to use "Scissors Tool" on a closed path. Select a "Fill" color and create a rectangle.
Double-click various points of the object.
Then, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow to separate the different paths you created.
You can do that by clicking and dragging the formed segments.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" several times to undo the changes that have been made with the tool.
Click and drag "Scissors Tool" to select "Knife" in the expanded menu on the vertical toolbar.
"Knife" is slightly different than the previous two tools. You can use the "Knife" tool as if you're cutting cheese.
Draw across the shape and close the path.
Then, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow.
Click away from the object to deselect it.
Then, click and drag the cut-out shape.
You can use all of these tools to create dynamic shapes quickly, rather than just in the traditional way. The cut-out shape will have the closed path, as the stroke went around the edge of the shape. "Knife" is similar to "Eraser Tool", but you have more freedom and close the paths automatically.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" several times to undo the changes.
You will be back to the blank canvas.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Eraser Tool", "Scissors Tool", and "Knife" in Adobe Illustrator 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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