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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 )
NannaMormont Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
This was just what I needed!
aiiaaiai Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  New Deviant 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  Student Digital Artist
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 General 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
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 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
Whitestar23 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, is this on pc or tablet?
RedMelancholy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student Artist
Whitestar23 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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  Student Digital Artist
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
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
SugarKittyPanda 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  Student Digital Artist
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
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  Student Digital Artist
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 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
genderfIuid 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  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 ^-^
RogueDoodler 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.
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