How to Change the Eraser Size in Illustrator

By Sarena Fuller

Updated September 28, 2017

Just like a physical eraser, the eraser tool lets you remove any part of your artwork in Illustrator.
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Mistakes are not simply mistakes in art -- at times they are integral parts of the creative process. For this reason, erasers are important tools in an artist's arsenal, and it's usually necessary to keep different types and sizes on hand. This is not the case when working with desktop publishing software such as Adobe Illustrator. The eraser tool is completely customizable, much like the calligraphic brush. Along with varying the size, graphic artists can easily change the angle and roundness of the stroke according to their design needs.


For a super quick way to change only the eraser size, try keyboard shortcuts. The square bracket keys -- [ and ] -- make the eraser smaller and larger, respectively.