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Transparency in SAI by Sarucho Transparency in SAI by Sarucho
EDITED 4/16/12




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I've seen many people say that it's not possible to make transparent things in SAI but it is. (~o3o)~

I used to export my files as .psd and make them transparent in Photoshop, but it's much easier this way.

This is how I made my ID and Shimeji transparent. ^^

Hope it helps! If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, feel free to ask me! 8D


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PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION!


Many commonly asked questions are answered here.

-Use File>Save As or File>Save. If one doesn't work, then use the other.

-But no matter what...ALWAYS choose the second PNG save option!

-If it doesn't work, then update SAI.
NOTE! I have realized that there are multiple "strains" of SAI. So far, I have noticed 2, but both of these have been able to save transparencies. If this tutorial didn't work for you, you may have gotten some weird "strain."

Otherwise, I really don't know what's wrong. Sorry. ):
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:iconlaculigaminae:
LacuLigaminae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Chuckievoodoo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
I don't get PNG save options..... HELP ; - ;
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:iconp0cketpainter:
p0cketpainter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Student General Artist
For some reason whenever I save it to png then save it as the second option it doesn't appear transparent anymore o.o the background just appears white and it's been like this for awhile now D: can someone help please? :/
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:iconpollytypolly:
pollytypolly Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
I have the same problem...It's because you're version of SAI that don't saving pictures in normal png.
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:iconp0cketpainter:
p0cketpainter Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
It did before :0
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Saolbap Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same issue here, i had the option before, today it just wont show ; - ;
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a problem.  I save a PNG in GIMP with transparency to the desktop. There I see its transparent. But when its opened in Sai, the transparency is gone, and there is a solid white background with the image. I thought I did this before, but its not working now. I work on the image in Gimp, so i need to do this in this order. any advice ? 
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brcken Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
If you open it in sai and you see what looks white, it's just the canvas. 
Unless you edited the pic afterwards and saved ( doesn't sound like you did this ), you are confused. 

The canvas of sai is white, when saved its transparent. 
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EnderTheTimberWolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx!!! :D
Know I have avatar with transparent background! :D
I taught it won't work, but it did! Thx again! :3
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Ordinary-October Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, after i save mine the PNG save options don't appear. why is that?
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:iconseara12:
seara12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist
 Can you send a picture of what you did? Maybe I could see the issue?
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:iconpanphani:
Panphani Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some pirated/free versions of sai don't have the transparency option
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BurntMarshmellows Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah this is pretty cool, I've been wondering this for a while thanks! :iconepichighfiveplz:
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T1AonlyEC Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Hey, uhh.. ^^ Mine doesn't have the PNG options when saving as a PNG.. I'm guessing my sister didn't get me an actual version, probably? Is there any other way to do it?
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celestiaIs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
you've got an old one
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:icondakaido:
Dakaido Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I see which version my Sai is?
I can't make this work :c
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:iconlilythekitsune:
Lilythekitsune Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
If you PURCHASED SAI, it should show under the 'options'.
If you have a cracked version, you're shit out of luck
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:icondakaido:
Dakaido Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I found out of it ^^
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:iconchaotic-raze:
Chaotic-Raze Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Could you maybe help me out here? I don't have the png option either
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:icondakaido:
Dakaido Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*cough* I downloaded another cracky *cough*
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:iconchaotic-raze:
Chaotic-Raze Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*cough* do you have a link by any chance *cough*</small
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:icondakaido:
Dakaido Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*Coughs again* Sry, no D:
But if you have skype I can send it to ya? *Coughs louder*
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NyaKaien Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I was too having the same problems with my sai! But then I found this one I hope it works!!!!! I will tell you if it worked for me or not
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:iconnyakaien:
NyaKaien Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have a link to the latest sai!!!
www.youtube.com/redirect?q=htt…
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WandaKinkay Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Thank you so much for this tutorial ! It helped me :3 !
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:iconshiwaty:
Shiwaty Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That Helped Me !!! Thx :3
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:iconsherlockseb:
sherlockseb Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the second box option wouldn't pop out ;^; help?
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:iconfabani:
FabAni Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might have a different version of Sai then o.o 
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sherlockseb Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah it was the old version haha I updated and now it's okay! :D
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megasaurus-medu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how exactly do I update sai?
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:iconsherlockseb:
sherlockseb Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just download a newer version of it :)
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:iconj-tom-dans:
J-Tom-Dans Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Same, it just auto-saves with the first option. The box doesn't pop up to choose. :<
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:iconpartypaws:
PartyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
check what version you have, i updated mine now it works
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Ne-kai Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: i did the exact same thing but my second box just wouldn't pop out ;-; what did i do wrong...
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:iconlilythekitsune:
Lilythekitsune Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
If you bought Sai, go download the newest version and update it with your certificate
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:iconrytanny:
rytanny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
my problem is i cant paste transparent images into sai? If i try and paste a transparent picture all i get is a black background...
it shows up transparent if i save the image first and then open it in sai, but if i want to use a transparent picture on top of a drawing ive been working on im not sure how to without copy and pasting
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BluGummi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you happen to figure this out? I'm having that problem now.
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rytanny Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
lmao yeah
you cant really help it if its copy and pasting it'll always have a black bg
but if you actually save the image and then open it in SAI it'll work
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BluGummi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks!
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:iconj-lee-an:
j-lee-an Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i did exactly as you instructed...but the box never pops up..it just saves..and it does not do anything transparent for me at all... :(
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:iconpartypaws:
PartyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
check what version you have, i updated mine now it works
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:iconj-lee-an:
j-lee-an Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Updated.. you can do that? I didn't buy it..would that still be an issue?
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:iconpartypaws:
PartyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes!
you have to delete the first one and then get a updated version from mediafire (where i got it)
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:iconj-lee-an:
j-lee-an Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh...but did you buy it?
I get mines off of WinRaR..
Ill just stick with it...
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:iconpartypaws:
PartyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope
From Winrar
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:iconj-lee-an:
j-lee-an Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh... I MOST know how to do this....
so where can I get this new sai?
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PartyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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RavenHeartVevo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very helpful!! thank you!! ^w^
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Maledrox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
what if png save options never shows up
because iv never seen it before ever
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PARASlTE Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have an old version of sai and need to update.
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