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How do I get rid of the excess picture outside of the circle? When I use the eraser tool, once I release the left mouse button the picture comes back.enter image description here

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    Is this a vector or is this a raster image? – Ryan Jul 13 '16 at 2:36
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The Eraser tool doesn't work like that. The best option is probably to use your circle as a clipping path.

  1. Select your circle and Copy (cmd+C).
  2. Select the background and Paste in Front (cmd+F).
  3. With the duplicate circle and the background image selected, hit cmd+7 (or go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make)
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  1. Use Select circle tool (M) to select the circle
  2. (Ctrl + J) to copy the selected circle onto the new layer
  3. Use Round shape tool (U) to draw a grey circle under your image. The grey color is the color of the border of the circle
  4. Select all canvas with (Ctrl + A)
  5. (Ctrl + Shift + C) to copy all visible pixels
  6. (Ctrl + N) to create a new document
  7. (Ctrl + V) to paste the copied picture
  8. Save it or use anywhere you need

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    your answer is for Photoshop, I believe the question is for Illustrator – Luciano Jul 13 '16 at 8:24

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