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Restoring what the eraser has erased - Macromedia Fireworks

I'm using the eraser tool in Fireworks MX to fine-tune the edges of one bitmap layered on top of another. What I have to do right now is zoom in tight, be VERY careful, and do-undo-redo until the edges are perfect. With my old Micrografx, this was easy to do. Just toggle a switch that determines whether you're erasing or unerasing. Fine-tuning edges was a breeze. How do I do this with Fireworks? Is there a way to tell it, "Okay, now instead of erasing the pixels in the bitmap, restore them using the same edge and opacity settings."? Thanks....

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    Default Restoring what the eraser has erased

    I'm using the eraser tool in Fireworks MX to fine-tune the edges of one bitmap layered on top of another. What I have to do right now is zoom in tight, be VERY careful, and do-undo-redo until the edges are perfect.

    With my old Micrografx, this was easy to do. Just toggle a switch that determines whether you're erasing or unerasing. Fine-tuning edges was a breeze.

    How do I do this with Fireworks? Is there a way to tell it, "Okay, now instead of erasing the pixels in the bitmap, restore them using the same edge and opacity settings."?

    Thanks.


    Libertarian webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: Restoring what the eraser has erased

    I have found that using a mask instead of erasing is a much safer way to go,
    simply because you are adding or subtracting from the mask, without worrying
    about the original image itself.

    Check out [url]http://www.communitymx.com[/url] for masking articles from the experts.
    Also, at [url]http://www.cbtcafe.com[/url] there is a Fireworks masking tutorial as
    well.


    "Libertarian" <webforumsusermacromedia.com> wrote in message
    news:biiu8i$bs0$1forums.macromedia.com...
    > I'm using the eraser tool in Fireworks MX to fine-tune the edges of one
    bitmap layered on top of another. What I have to do right now is zoom in
    tight, be VERY careful, and do-undo-redo until the edges are perfect.
    >
    > With my old Micrografx, this was easy to do. Just toggle a switch that
    determines whether you're erasing or unerasing. Fine-tuning edges was a
    breeze.
    >
    > How do I do this with Fireworks? Is there a way to tell it, "Okay, now
    instead of erasing the pixels in the bitmap, restore them using the same
    edge and opacity settings."?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >

    Craig Hartel Guest

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    Default Re: Restoring what the eraser has erased

    In article <biiu8i$bs0$1forums.macromedia.com>,
    "Libertarian" [email]webforumsusermacromedia.com[/email] wrote:
    > I'm using the eraser tool in Fireworks MX to fine-tune the edges of one
    > bitmap layered on top of another. What I have to do right now is zoom in
    > tight, be VERY careful, and do-undo-redo until the edges are perfect.
    Use a vector mask. All you'd need to do is nudge the control points
    around to adjust the clipping. Nothing is erased, no pixels are altered
    permanently. Set the Fill of the mask to anti-aliased or feathered.

    --
    Lanny Chambers, St. Louis, USA
    [url]http://www.hummingbirds.net/[/url]
    Lanny Chambers Guest

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