I've been experimenting with some little-known (at least to me) tools in Illustrator and Photoshop recently, and I want to share those today. The first thing I want to talk about is the Eraser tool in Illustrator. Then, next week, we're going to do a little warping & manipulation in Photoshop.
Open an Illustrator version of your doll. I created a couple of new outfits for mine. I want to embellish them, so they are quite literally neutral.
Since this lesson is about the eraser tool, let's add another border to another article of
Select your border and expand it the way we did earlier. Keep you brush selected and choose the Eraser tool. To change the size of the eraser, use the "[" and "]" keys on your keyboard. Left bracket to reduce the brush size and right bracket to enlarge it.
Anastasia doll, the borders were fairly intricate and some minor bits missing didn't really matter to the overall design.
This is a close-up of the finished edge. I could have tweaked all of the points manually, but using the eraser really speeds up the process, specifically with very complex brushes or shapes. I also find this a handy tool when creating shadows on the fashion dolls. It's easy to erase overhanging areas. The downside is that I'm often left with more points than I wanted. A minor downside for such a surprisingly robust little tool.
Experiment with the Eraser tool and you'll find lots of uses. I'll have another doll up on Friday. I'm hoping for a green-themed one for St. Patrick's day. As always, any questions/suggestions, etc, just let me know!