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Paint Tool SAI Basics tutorial
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Published: July 16, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 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 Sai©Me

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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VelvetVeronica's avatar
VelvetVeronicaHobbyist Digital Artist
i love this tutorial
CreepSan's avatar
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's avatar
LilMissPeppyStudent 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's avatar
Really? wow!
I'm looking forward to it ! * v*)+
LilMissPeppy's avatar
LilMissPeppyStudent Digital Artist
I did it! :dummy:
Night Fox by LilMissPeppy
dog84715's avatar
dog84715Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get tablet pressure to work for it?
mine hasnt worked since i got it
BloodlineV's avatar
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's avatar
dog84715Hobbyist Digital Artist
im using windows
KatsuNoJutsu95's avatar
KatsuNoJutsu95Hobbyist 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's avatar
JamieLaFoxStudent Digital Artist
omg it so helpful! But it getting paint tool say tablet for cristmas
MeWaii's avatar
MeWaiiHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much... ♥
jbunny122's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
mayodhaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much this made me understand the basics in paint tool sai Boogie! 
neoichidan's avatar
neoichidanStudent General Artist
Thank you! This tutorial helps me a lot <3
Also, your grammar is pretty good. :hug:
sonicXyoshi's avatar
sonicXyoshiHobbyist 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's avatar
Nan-the-MistweaverHobbyist Filmographer
This was just what I needed!
aiiaaiai's avatar
aiiaaiaiHobbyist 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's avatar
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's avatar
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!
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ananyamousHobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for going into so much detail. It's helping me so much!!!
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D0nldHobbyist General Artist
i just downloaded sai but you're a pro thanks it helps much :3 ^-^
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