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Paint Tool SAI Description:
by ~MythArcana
SAI really is an indispensable tool and excels at anything that is based on vector line art. The way the vector is editable and easy to work with is a huge boon over other programs and just makes sense. My only gripes are there is no dodge/burn tool and custom brushes aren't very robust. Other than that, it's a great program and well worth the money for sure!

Paint Tool SAI Review by hamano_ayumi

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Multi-Subject Collections:

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Rueme
-I hope it helps some people out. Getting used to a new program can be tricky business!

Lineart Tutoral for SAI by Rueme
-Because people have been asking for it :heart:

Lineless CG Tutorial: HAIR by Rueme
-Because some people were curious C: (character made in paint tool SAI, tutorial in Photoshop)

Kimi's Paint Tool SAI Tutorial Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, by kimicatdemon
-I have started to upload the paint tool sai tutorials. The first few will focus on the tools. If there are any questions regarding the tools, feel free to ask.

Individual Tutorials

SAI Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Spoonzmeister
-I've noticed that there aren't a great deal of tutorials out there for Paint Tool SAI. Seeing as the program is rapidly gaining popularity, I thought I'd put some of my techniques out there for people who opened SAI for the first time and said "Whut?" There's a link to download SAI in my description if you've never used it before and decide that you want to give it a try. It's a magnificent program and I recommend giving it a go.

Paint Tool SAI - Tutorial by Lelia
-Few days ago a friend talked me about that there should be a Paint Tool SAI tutorial, so I started to do this tutorial about this media. Well here is, it's too basic .

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial by kioisrad
-How to start a new drawing in SAI, plus a short rundown of the different brushes.

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial 2 by kioisrad
-Someone requested this a long time SO HERE IT IS 8D

Line Art tutorial in SAI by himiko
-Mostly done in Paint Tool SAI.

SAI Tutorial: Vector Line Art by SakuraChan776
-This is how I make Vector Line Arts in SAI, it's not the right way or the best way it's just my way.

Sai Tutorial: Masking by SakuraChan776
-This is the first step in coloring for me ?A?;; I mask things.

Paint Tool SAI tutorial by dragonchickaya
-Tutorial I promised I would do a while ago. Well here it is :P My first one so it's not very good >_>

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial 2 by dragonchickaya
-Made a new SAI tutorial because I noticed that people today still look at my tutorial, and I still get questions about it. So yeah, I made this for all of them, and anyone else struggling with SAI. Enjoy :>

PAINT TOOL SAI TUTORIAL 1 by xxlilevilangelxx
1) I can't find any really good SAI tutorials out there that can explain more than what I can explain lol. (or am I not trying hard enough.)
2) People wanted it?

Paint Tool SAI: Line Tutorial by Infitima
-After learning SAI and seeing the greatness of it. I just had to share it with all my friends. And so I made a tutorial to show them even more of the greatness. And to also show those like me with bad hand-eye co-oridination thus bad line-art the greatness of it! It's just THAT GREAT! So Sai Line-Art Tutorial.

Coloring Tutorial by sakimichan
-Due to popular demands ,I decided to make a coloring tutorial .To avoid page stretch ,I used flash to make a book like tutorial .I had a lot of fun working with flash, though it was frustrating at times. I checked the tutorial 4 times ,and had 2 friends tested it /correct it for me ,so it should work smoothly. Just a Note. This tutorial is not for beginners ,it's for people with at least some understanding of how digital programs work. This tutorial is very general that means it have about a little of everything .

Tutorial - Paint Tool SAI by Salacia-Mao
-Please remember that this is just the way I use the program and I'm sure theres so much more you can do with it but I'm still learning myself. If anyone has anything to add on how this can be improved, please do hesitate to do so.. ^^

Sai Tutorial by Val4s
-It's a small tut and step by step through Sai Paint Tool. I find it quite nice to work with it.

Lineart and SAI tutorial by suzuran
-Some of you might wonder why I didn't just do the Sora picture in the coloring tutorial... well... I wouldn't be able to do the whole perspective talk that everyone keeps asking me about XD Happy reading, I hope it's not too confusing.

Basic Coloring Tutorial SAI by e-nat
-Uploading a simple tutorial (if you can call it that). It's more of a basic intro to coloring process and some tips. Not a full complicated thing.

tutorial, part 1 - hair and tutorial, part 2 - skin by tanukitchokes
-First of all, I can't write tutorials. Second, I don't really know my own method, i change it here and there every time i color something, so that DOES make it even harder to make a tutorial. Third, there ARE easier ways to do what I do, i BET, but this is how i learned >_> i'm not a fancy art student hahahaha XD OTL im just a country dojo samurai 8D Fourth: i'm forgetting a lot of stuff i wanted to type here.

Paint Tool SAI quick tutorial by KoiFishSushi
-My little brother was asking me how to shade on SAI, so I made this.

Wave's Coloring Tutorial by suzuran
-I added a shortcut to the "Alternate Method" for Preparing the Lineart (And elaborated on that a little bit) to the Table of Contents (The place where all the Red Buttons are in the beginning) This would most likely be targeted to people using Photoshop Elements, OpenCanvas---any Program that does not have the ability to split Channels.

SAI Paint Tool - Tutorial by LaFatalite
-Since SAI paint tool is such an amazing program - I wanted to make a tutorial for it. Though not on HOW to use the program itself, just another way of coloring using it. This tutorial is really recommended for those who already have a pretty good idea of how to use SAI, or pretty much any other painting software. But it's not really tough at all so it'll be easy to follow. Just ask me questions here or in a note if you need any help with it.

SAI Paint Tool Tutorial:: 1 by ClassyPirate
-So. I made my friend, Cody, this tutorial 'cause he kept asking me how I do line art. xDD;;

SAI Paint tool tutorial:: 2 by ClassyPirate
-The second tutorial for Cody! Hurray! D:

SAI Paint Tool - Tutorial 2 by LaFatalite
-Ok, let's start this off. When you first begin [making a new image] honestly don't worry about the size. Why? Because you can change the size later on. The only thing you should ponder is the resolution. 300 px is great unless you've got more memory to use, then put it higher. Any lower I'd say about 275 px.

SAI Simple Color Tutorial by masquevale
-paint tool SAI - Simple Color Tutorial featuring Agito FF13!

tutorial paint tool sai by Hamabi
-program : Paint tool SAI

Eye Colouring Tutorial? by Fushi-Chou
-Made With:
- SAI Painter
- Photoshop (for text & arranging)
- Pen Tablet (Graphire 4)
SAI Painter is a gorgeous program that's simple, yet beautiful. You can look it up and try out the trial version, then buy it if you really like it! Mine is bought, and I don't regret a single bit of it. It truly is masterful for linearts and is wonderful for coloring. But this tutorial should work for any coloring program, as long as you can know your way around your brushes.

Semirealistic Eye Tutorial by yuumei
-I used Paint tool SAI in this tutorial but the instructions can work for Photoshop as well.

Hair Tutorial SAI by Niaro
-A tutorial done for friend D: <3333 dokidoki It's fug and weird but if you wanna look at it go ahead LOL It gives you the basic of how to do hair with marker.

Hair tutorial- Paint Tool SAI by merki-the-vampire
-Hello! Its my tutorial about digital paintings- hair. I based on PaintToolSAI. I hope you can understand it. XD

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PamTheCreator's avatar
When we pay the full version in paint tool sai
Have we more tools?
And Can we pay it  with Canadian dollars?
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strangegerman's avatar
Free trial works fine, but the purchased product requires you to complete the installation on your own; the product does not self-install lke every other software I have ever downloaded. SAI support staff instructed me to do ths:

> > > > - Let us know the path of your SAI's program folder.
> > > > (For example: "C:\tools\PaintToolSAI")
> > > > > > > > - Let us know "Link Target" of the shortcut of "PaintTool SAI Ver.1" on Desktop.
> > > > ("Link Target" is written in property of shortcut)
> > > > > > > > 1. Right click "PaintTool SAI Ver.1".
> > > > 2. Click "Property" on context menu.
> > > > 3. See "Link Target".
> > > > > > > > - Let us know the current system ID of your PC.

I followed the instructions, but my PC did not have the "Link Target" option, so the install never worked, and I was not given a refund.

femalesans-CakeyCat's avatar
thank you for this. it'd be a real shame if someone bought that. i'm sorry to hear you never got a refund.
Kokkinosman9's avatar
Some of these links may need to be updated as they don't go to anything.
NaoPocky's avatar
How do you make the background of a picture clear?
ThexMissingxSpiral's avatar
The "multi subject collections" dont work/ were deleted..
XxDragonGirl12xX's avatar
I think im going to say goodbye to MS Paint if i get this....
And get the hang of the paint tool too x3
Bunny-Kirby's avatar
Sounds like my type of tutorial. ^^

I'm saying goodbye to MS Paint if I ever succeed in your tutorials.
Feyzer's avatar
Putting this in memory...
Barnes-Daishaun15's avatar
Questions. I just need help Getting Started, what should I do, which tools I need to use and how many layers I need to make a full base form character.

Coloring and Cel Shading my character

How to set a color palette in Paint Tool SAI in one layer?

How many layers do you need to color in your character in Paint Tool SAI? Do you need numerous of layers?
AdvanceRun's avatar
Hi, I wrote a small tutorial for how to buy and un-lock SAI 2 ( The New Version ) .
Here it is  :  .
caiogs's avatar
you if there is to convert Photoshop brushes to Pen Tool SAI? I don't like to use PS, much. 
MessyBunsAnimeArt's avatar
I have a problem, while I draw in my tablet (Monoprice) it doesn't respond into the program. Help please? ;-;
lillywintersIV's avatar
I don't know if you already solved this and I don't use a Monoprice (I use Wacom), but do you still need help? Maybe I can try :)
PryzmTheDragon's avatar
I got SAI version 1.2.0 from the original site but i see some tutorials out there who have more brushes that i have and more textures n stuff. How can i upgrade this?
AdvanceRun's avatar
 Here I show how how to copy ALL names of the files fast into a text  list automatically.  Hope it saves you a little more time .
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This is a possible virus link. I've been using Sai for a while and I know a reliable link when I see one. Mediafire is the most reliable place i've seen by far to download Sai.

Click the first link here:…
Follow instructions on youtube to launch it properly
And it has the full download, hassle-free, no virus
AdvanceRun's avatar
Does anyone know, what does the red joy-stick symbol does ? It appears once you press that little white box on under the eye, on an unselected layer .  ????
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can someone plz send me a link to where i can buy/downloud it? Hug 
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and I would be really happy if its a long time user of Paint Tool SAI who give me the link so i know there is nothing wrong with it^^Huggle! 
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I've been using sai for a few months now, but I know the top link is fine.
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Can anybody help me please? I renamed a .sai painting to .jpg and now I can't open it or change it back either. Is there anyway to save the painting or is it lost forever??
Thanks for any help!!
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