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Eraser in Photoshop

Posted on 30th March 2018
For this tutorial, we will use a background image of paper or a desk.


1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose as “Background”, then create a “New Layer” by clicking on the button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel.

2 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (U) and draw a rectangle of the size and proportions you wish your eraser to be. You can use any other shape or text if you want.

3 - Duplicate your layer (Command/Control + J), hide your duplicate by clicking on the small eye button on the left side of the thumbnail, and then double-click on the original shape layer to apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Bevel & Emboss:

Inner Shadow:

Gradient Overlay: (color 1: #c77b6c, color 2: # fbe6e6, color 3: # 44749d. Location 1: 54%, Location 2: 57%, Location 3: 60%)

Drop Shadow:

4 - Now, turn back on the visibility for your “Eraser 2” Layer and apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Bevel & Emboss:

Inner Shadow:

Inner Glow: (#3f92cc)


Gradient Overlay: (same as before)

5 - Select your “Eraser1” Layer and using the “Transform” command (Command/Control + T) to enlarge your shape until it looks right.

6 - Duplicate the “Eraser2” Layer, right-click on it and choose “Rasterize Layer Styles”. Hide or delete your original “Eraser2” Layer.

7 - Click on the “Add Layer Mask” button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel, select the “Brush Tool” (B) and with a “Soft” brush (0% Hardness) erase the edges of your image to smooth it out.

8 - Go to Edit > Transform > Warp and play around with your image until you get a more tridimensional look. Once you are happy, click “Enter” or on the little check mark button on the top menu.

9 - Select your “Eraser1” Layer and add a “Layer Mask”. This time use a smaller brush with an intermediate “Hardness” (we used one with 27 Pixels in Size and 79% in “Hardness”). Fix the corners of your eraser to make more realistic. Double-click on the “Eraser1” Layer and change the “Drop Shadow” if needed.

10 - Create a “New Layer” by clicking the button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel. Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose a font (we used Myriad Pro Bold) and type some text using black as “Fill” color.

11 - Double-click on your Text Layer and apply the following “Layer Styles:

Stroke: (#393838 y #797878)

Inner Glow:

Lower the “Opacity” to 87%.


12 - Duplicate your Text Layer, erase the “Layer Styles” of your original “Text” layer and change the “Fill” color to white. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light” and move it a few clicks down and right.

13 - Select all your layers except for the “Background” and click on the small folder icon at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel to create a “Group”. Then right-click on top of the thumbnail and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now you can rotate, scale or move around your eraser without messing up your “Layer Styles”.

14: It should look something like this:

by @lornacane

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