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PROTIP - Straight Vector Lines with SAI

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Published: March 6, 2012
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Paint Tool SAI has no shift-constraints when using a linework vector layer to draw with. This my preferred workaround. Gives me great flexibility to wing my perspective.

This may already be a well-known thing among SAI users, but I thought I'd make it into a mini-tutorial anyway :) This may be the start of a new mini-series of tutorial which focuses on a single aspect of using a piece of software. PROTIPS!


Edit: Added a new point about adding a quick curve. (#4)
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FEGirl17's avatar
Thanks for the tip! I just got SAI and was wondering how the heck to use the curve tool since I was used to using Medibang Paint Pro lol
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porffordrysiStudent General Artist
Here i was tryna make a straight line for 30 minutes rip
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This helped me out, thanks.
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ManticoralTigerStudent Artist
Thanks man. Starting some comics today and I needed help with making straight lines. This helped out a lot.
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ChippewaOkamiHobbyist Digital Artist
I was just wondering if you could do straight lines in SAI today when I googled & this was most helpful; thank you ♥
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JadedHysteriaHobbyist General Artist
oh gosh this is so helpful thank you ahh
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lentekalHobbyist Traditional Artist
This REALLY made my day, I was having so much trouble with sai but this solves almost everything :P
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Great tip Mat, has helped me alot. You seem to be a wiz on Sai do you know any handy tips to do circles & ellipses in the program?
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SAR500Hobbyist General Artist
Just got a tablet looking a programs thinking this one might do the trick
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This makes me feel like an idiot... but happy at the same time!
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xadakoHobbyist General Artist
the vector layer is really useful,
but sometimes I do feel the need of shift-constraints thingy because I can't make a straight horizontal/vertical line TTvTT
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Blue-Ink-SplatterHobbyist General Artist
This was so freaking helpful you don't even know
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xXMacoyXxHobbyist General Artist
how do you save an image as a vetor file?
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thedangokingHobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this!
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vaporeonxglaceonHobbyist Artist
thanx this helped a lot
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MaNgaFeeLOVESmAngAsHobbyist General Artist
If you don't mind me asking, how do you begin when you begin to draw? Do you first make a sketch with the help of a perspective grid and add the clean lineart on another layer? I really have no idea how to begin drawing something like that digitally ... :/
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haosamaHobbyist Digital Artist
good teaching. i'm using it quite a bit. kinda hard to control at the begin =/
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CobbaltCOHobbyist Digital Artist
Okay...I'll learn to draw some shit :D

Step 4...yeah,i did it! I DID IT!
step 5...Fu...
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CuriousBunny11Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of felt the same way~ XD
Was like "How did that... go to that..... > w > "
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EternalSlurpHobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea and Ive been using sai for like almost 2 years. O__o
I guess you just need to experiment around.
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AlomoriaHobbyist General Artist
...That escalated quickly.XD But informative and pleasing to the eye! Very exciting.
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SoleilanceStudent General Artist
Thank you!
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its Full ? ^.^ < I Mean U Buy It ?
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Well, looks like I have a lot to learn about Sai.
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