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Paint Tool SAI Basics tutorial by BloodlineV Paint Tool SAI Basics tutorial by BloodlineV
UWAAAH, it's ma first tutorial, EVER. @ B @
And I'm so excited that it's done yet terrified because I surely made mistakes and typos and more mistakes...!!!11187tdjklfnakjbsfsbvhxds
Bear with me ppl.... = w ='' Be gentle....

And note that english is not my native language so I can't express myself as fluently as I would in finnish. Perkele.
Also my grammar is from ass. >>has forgot alot since the vacation started.

This tutorial is about Paint Tool SAI basics that I could think of when I was constructing this. I most likely forgot to mention a million things~
Also this is kinda just tutorial practise; I will be making coloring and drawing tutorials later(And I really mean LATER) and they take so much more time and effort~

Still, hopefully this helps somebody~ ; w ;/

"Where can I get this awesome program?"
This is the official site, I think: [link]
You can download a 31 day trial version, but after that you'll have to buy it.
Piracy exist, but I don't know where.

Hehe... Ma OC Sai introducing SAI. : D
Finished picture:

tutorial, my oc SaiİMe

I know that the easy pattern can be done by clipping group. I'm completely self-taught with both photoshop and SAI so I've just developed my own ways.
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Given 2011-09-03
Paint Tool SAI Basics tutorial by *Bloodline-009 -- Suggester's words: When starting out in using a new software its nice to start with basics and this is a wonderful aid to those starting out in Paint Tool Sai! ( Suggested by Snowy-Ninja and Featured by FantasyStock )
VelvetVeronica Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this tutorial
CreepSan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
Could you give me some advice about how to do smooth lineart ; _;)
when i try to do the lineart it always ummm..distort..?
it doesn't go straight and smooth like you do.

btw thank you for your tutorial :D I really love your style !
and sorry for my bad eng. O<-<
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm going to do this step by step with you! Squee, can't wait! I've learned some new things here! Like making new linearts for shoes, hair, etc., and using the mirror option to hide mistakes!
CreepSan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
Really? wow!
I'm looking forward to it ! * v*)+
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I did it! :dummy:
Night Fox by LilMissPeppy
dog84715 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get tablet pressure to work for it?
mine hasnt worked since i got it
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Are you using a mac or pc? The problem might be in the version of SAI you have or your tablet properties. Are you sure your tablet has the pressure property at all? :)
dog84715 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im using windows
KatsuNoJutsu95 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! There are a few commands in Sai I didn't know how to use or what to use them for and this clarified those. Thankyou for sharing!
JamieLaFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
omg it so helpful! But it getting paint tool say tablet for cristmas
MeWaii Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much... ♥
jbunny122 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist
It's so hard to use the mouse to do art for me..
But I can't use a tablet because I don't have one and they're too expensive.
But if I did have a tablet, I'm afraid I would put my arm down onto the tablet while drawing.
Like, when I draw, I keep my elbows pressed to the table. I'm afraid I'll do that when using a tablet and mess it all up. :c
Can someone give me some advice? q.q
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
There are tablets out there that have the touch effect so that you can control them with your fingers but when you're using a normal graphics tablet, you can put your hand on it and nothing will happen.
It will only recognize the tablet's designated pen. :)
jbunny122 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist
Well, the tablet I'm using (my dad's Wacom tablet) has both a touch option and a pen option
My dad lent it to me last week or so
mayodha Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much this made me understand the basics in paint tool sai Boogie! 
neoichidan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you! This tutorial helps me a lot <3
Also, your grammar is pretty good. :hug:
sonicXyoshi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a link to the pirated version. but I got it the right way.
so if you want the pirated version, here it is:…
Nan-the-Mistweaver Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
This was just what I needed!
aiiaaiai Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a problem T_T
I use a draw tablet, but line (pen) i draw doesn't get thiner on its end. 
Can anyone help me? :(
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Either your tablet doesn't have the pressure option in itself(or it desn't work for some reason) or the pen tool's "min size" property is above 0%.
Hope this helps! :)
Alone-Alice Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First look at the pen you use in Sai. change it Min Size to 0 (found in brush setting) if that doesn`t work try the Stabilzier and make it around 10-15 ouo if that still doesn`t work. well then idk ^^" Hope i could heko have a nice day!
ananyamous Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for going into so much detail. It's helping me so much!!!
NIKHELMANGAKA Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
D0nld Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i just downloaded sai but you're a pro thanks it helps much :3 ^-^
AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is the red joy-stick symbol used ?
thinhtrann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello! Anyone can help me? I'm new in SAI. I want to make thickness of the line when i'm drawing hair and eyes. But, I don't how to make it. I'm so confuse when i see other people can do it. Please help me :(((((
GhostScreech Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is REALLY late, but, you need a tablet that detects pressure. If you have something other than that, then you'll have to use the line art tool. 
Tenten110 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow this locking thing doesn't work for me... Even though it's locked I still draw in the empty spaces
CyanCreativity Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Wait, is this on pc or tablet?
RedMelancholy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student Artist
CyanCreativity Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Thank you.
C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Oh my goodness it helps so muchhhhhh! I was specifically looking for how preserve opacity worked, GAH that's going to help ;3;
Nixxoma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Filmographer
i dont have a pen  and when i right click the boxes to add different brushes, it only shows the ones that were already there
C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
She re-named it "Pen"
The presets she is showing is what makes it a pen. I believe she stared with the Pencil, then she set it to the settings as seen in the tutorial. Hope this helped :D
Nixxoma Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
okay thanks! sorry for late reply xD
C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Haha no problem, just here to help
LuckieBrie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, do you use linework layer for your lineart or just a layer? :D (Big Grin) 
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Just a normal layer. :)
bro-mance Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
OMG yes. This what I needed.
Thank youuu.
Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
starmic Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
im new in paint tool sai since its the reason why im reading this tutorial mmm i have a weird problem when it come
to the color looks very dark and always  with watercolorish look how can i get back to normal? pls help…
Zeeshanart Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good JOb You Are Awesome :)
I work on Sai Too You Can See My Work 
bunnybunnybunnie Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
How do you move and rotate lineart objects? TTwTT
QuantumTrance Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably know it by now XDD
but select the layer and transform it ;w;
KeynPerplexor Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What if I only use a mouse? ( I don't have a drawing tablet T^T ) Do you think I can make my line art better? ( Using mouse has limitations too... Maybe? ) By the way I really like the tutorial thanks I owe you alot! I really sucked at coloring so this helped me a bit.
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
I'm glad you found it useful. :)
Drawing using a mouse is much harder, because it's not actually made for drawing.
You can use it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
miriazoe123 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial!!! This is really helpful!
dldbdms0630 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Um, I don't have the pen tool.  I can't find it anywhere. Instead, in  its place, there is the pencil tool. Is this a bug, or is this because I have the trial version?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
The tools can be named differently ^^
It's probably the same tool.
mikichihiro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't think it's a bug or anything. I think both pen/pencil has like the same function, you can actually customize your own brush/pen settings, try right-clicking the 'pencil' then click options you can rename, assign shortcut keys etc. on it (i'm no expert though since i've just started loving sai recently xD) although i hope that helps :D
lotus-alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awsome tutorial. But I am stuck with Artflow on my tab(Samsung note 3 neo) with only 2 layers. (I use the free version).
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