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Erase tool 'mode' not working

Discussion in 'GIMP for Windows' started by gregorygainsborough, Aug 25, 2013.

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    gregorygainsborough New Member

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    Hello, I am not able to activate the eraser tool 'mode' settings - the box is grey and set to 'normal'. Mode settings seem to be active on every other tool that has a mode setting. I would like to be able to switch it to 'overlay' mode.

    I'm not sure if this is a technical problem, or some aspect of the software I have yet to understand.

    I am running an up-to-date version (2.8.6) on Windows 7.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!
    Greg
     
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    Rod Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi and welcome to Gimper. :)
    The mode option cannot be enabled when Eraser tool is selected.
     
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    Hi Rod, can you tell me then how to do 'overlay' with the eraser?

    I am following this tutorial: <a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f00u19-fck" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f00u19-fck</a>
    ... presumably this is on a previous version of GIMP, because at 1:40 he switches the eraser mode to overlay.

    Thanks for any help you can provide. Basically I am trying to learn to colorize images. If you have a recommendation for an alternate tutorial, or care to explain the process yourself, I'd be open to that.

    Thanks.
     
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    Rod Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes he isn't using the overlay mode in tool options he is using overlay mode for the LAYER. :)
    watch the video again.
    He is actually placing the layer mask in overlay mode then using the eraser tool.
     
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    ah, I see, thank you!

    As it happens, my image is mostly white (it is a scan of a pencil drawing) and this doesn't seem to be working except on the areas where there are pencil marks... Can you make any suggestions as to how to proceed? I would like to colorize the grass green, the sky blue, etc, without obscuring the pencil lines.

    Thanks for any help you can provide here.
     
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    Rod Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes i recently applied a pretty cool effect like this to an image a friend posted.
    <a class="postlink" href="http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=8371#p108397" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 71#p108397</a>

    The steps for different ways to accomplish this are also posted there. :)
     

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    thanks for the suggestion, I'll play around with it.
     
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    Rod Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe you can share your results?
    Thanks.
     

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