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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 )
lotus-alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  New member Hobbyist General 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).
Lindako Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<smal> You're a lifesaver for a real beginner like me! God bless you! <3 <3
Kawaii-Chain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aa thank you so much ;u;
MeiRedPills Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much c:
zafira241 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well i think the pen is the lineart tool right?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
At least I use it for doing lineart. ^^
zafira241 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, i mean. its only that the tools on my pain tool sai seem, to have different names. and i have multiple tool instead of one. instead of the tool you have i have the: lineart, colour and sketch
TsuChihiko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
+favlove +favlove +favlove +favlove :squee: :squee: :squee: :squee: 
DarkraDx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
theGreatAlbertus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It is very easy to learn from your tutorial. Glad you make it done in a very simple way, Thank you very much BloodlineV
debellischew Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
nice tutorials. very good.
I learned a lot from them. I still need some time to digest all of tutorials. Anyway, thanks a lot.
Just for your informatio, I am new to Paint tool sai. I used to paint with a good Alternative to Paint for Mac  named MyBrushes app. 
DaydreamerA Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  New member Student General Artist
As a digital art beginner, this was super helpful!! Definitely adding to my favourites :)
blucardinal32 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even use Sai, but this was still very helpful ^-^
WanderingDraconis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello, mind if I ask what the settings for your line art are? Thanks! Very helpful tutorial btw :)
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hi and sorry for the late reply! v - v''
For lineart I use the pen tool on default setting but I reduce the opacity to 60-70% to give it a bit softer look.
MaztorShake Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Silly question, but did you use some form of tablet (like Wacom) to do this? If not, is paint tool SAI compatible with such devices. I'm going to buy one regardless for Christmas, but my software choice may have to change.
xXMaRTiaLaRCheRXx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, so you layer the lineart? And would you suggest having the lineart be black or a much darker version of the color?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes, I usually draw the lineart with black and recolor it afterwards if needed.
xXMaRTiaLaRCheRXx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Recolor the lineart?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes, you can color the lineart with a different color once you lock the layer's pixels with "opacity lock".
xXMaRTiaLaRCheRXx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
huh. I'll try that. so you can just select it or something,and choose a color?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You don't have to select anything: when you use opacity lock on a certain layer all the pixels on that layer will be locked and you can sort of paint over them.
MeloneyPringle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
INCREDIBLY helpful!!! :D
Renttelb17 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for ages how to draw only on the pixels omg thank you for this tutorial! *favorited for future reference :)*
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How exactly did you change the color of the lineart in SAI? I'm trying to figure out how cause I saw that you went from red to black
Dim-Witch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the lineart layer, click the "Preserve Opacity" button on top of the "layers" box. Once you've done that, just colour over the lines with the colour you want. c: Hope that made a bit of sense...
Sprinklesinall Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're my savoir! I just got sai paint tool and I had know idea how to work it.
ps . did you name your oc after Sai?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad I could help- ^^

orangebrown21 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This. This tutorial. It totally caught my eye, seriously, those little drawings of you and all the explanations.... Damn, that sure was a lot of work. :clap:  :worships: 
1Kuroshitsuji1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! It's so helpful :D
KawaiiMoeAyu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eto, what version of SAI are you using?
MouHitoriNoBoku Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank oyu very much for making the tutorial, i normally make art in photoshop but heard from people that making lineart in Paint tool sai is the best, i tested it and they're right! really thank you very much for making this tutorial! it helped me C:

and keep it up wit hthe great work!
Insacove Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Digital Artist
I've already known most of this, but it's still somehow helpful to see it written out. ;w;
glaceon291 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, this is so cool and helpful!!!

And I have a question... What did you use to do the outline? Did you do it on the lineart layer or by just using the pen tool?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it helpful. ^^

I'm just using the pen tool on normal layer.
webbawebba Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Hey can u help me with something? My "Selection Source" is off to the side and not underneath the "Clipping Group" Can you help? Or how come urs is moved around?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply!
The tabs move around when you adjust the width of the whole layers panel.
Bear-Giggles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial!! I'll definitely reference this in future! Well done! :D
laora0403 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
THANK. YOU. Much love! :)
MMDKayKay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
StrawberryNyu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Scarletts-Fever Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omgosh! I was wondering how to only draw on the pixels! This was so helpful, I'm really excited to start drawing when I get home. ^^
typhoonbox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
sawamura-sama Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
nice basic tutorial, thank you! :D
animechick99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Artist
This tutorial is so helpful! Thank you so much for making this! ^^ It has helped me greatly! <3
darknessyuukisama Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I just downloaded PTS just now and I'm a completely newbie to using this program. I was wondering if you could do a tutorial for getting tools for paint tool sai! Please and thank you!
myteddygosmo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you do a separate tutorial on the lineart and make it more in-depth? I looked up tutorials like this to learn more tips on lineart. All you truly did was show us a few pictures.
Jeff-Tha-Killer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
thanks this tutorial helped me so much! i just recently got a tablet and paint tool SAI :D
Varvino Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Could you detail the lineart part more? As in how did you set your pen tool doing the lineart?
DJBoomBase Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This will really help me :D
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