Hey guys! Today I am going to discuss one of the most common question among the Photoshop beginners that is What Should I Choose, Layer Mask or Eraser, to delete (in better words, hide) something, or this tutorial is about Layer Mask Vs Eraser Tool in Photoshop.

Last time I discussed on Magic Eraser Tool which is pretty much nice tool if you want to delete your background.

Before we go any further, it is required for you to understand both Layer Mask and Eraser Tool in depth. Without knowing them, you may find some difficulties while going through the difference.

The core difference between the layer mask and the eraser tool is that layer mask hides something and eraser tool erases something. Of course there are more difference and I’ll also show which one is better. Keep reading.

Eraser Tool

You can grab eraser tool form the tool panel or by pressing Shift+E again and again until it comes.

The first thing that we should do, although not necessary, is to select the area that we want to delete. In the image below, I am going to delete the background. This is why I have selected the background with the help of Quick Selection Tool.

1_thumb2 - Layer Mask Vs Eraser Tool in Photoshop, What Should YOU Choose?

Now use eraser tool to erase the background.

2_thumb2 - Layer Mask Vs Eraser Tool in Photoshop, What Should YOU Choose? And this is it. Now I am going to show you how layer mask works. After that I will show you which one is better and why.

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