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SAI Tutorial - The Basics by miru-kai SAI Tutorial - The Basics by miru-kai
WARNING: HUMONGOUS FILE!

My first tutorial ever Q U Q
I'm sorry, I'm a horrible teacher OTL

But please enjoy <3
Ask questions if you want, and I'll do my best to answer them!

It was supposed to be longer, but my computer ran out of RAM space and the scratch disks were full, so I couldn't resize the canvas to make it bigger orz.

So, I worked on this throughout class time (ICT 9/10), since I finished all my assignments super early. I barely have any more time at home, busy with homework ;A;

Not sure what to say here LOL
But I'm so tired and I should get some more sleep :iconotlplz:

I hope I can get a Part II out soon, but no guarantees.
Part 2 will probably be about drawing/shading, as my watchers wanted.

Oh yeah, this was made for:
:iconprojectink-magazine:
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Tutorial (c) =akarashii
Paint Tool Sai official site: [link]

EDIT: OMG A DD! ;A;


Never would have thought!
Thank you so much to ^MzzAzn for suggesting, and ^shelldevil for featuring it! Thank you so much!
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SAI Tutorial - The Basics by =akarashii ( Suggested by MzzAzn and Featured by shelldevil )
:iconfyo-chan:
Fyo-chan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to your tutorial, now I'm able to experiment with SAI. The only thing I didn't find was the Ink Pen - is this a custom pen with different options?
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:iconchadcomics:
ChadComics Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very informative. thank you.
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:iconginko-333:
Ginko-333 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! :3
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:iconcovert15:
covert15 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW!!! This is SO helpful!!! I just got SAI and this has really helped me figure out how to use it! THANK YOU!!!
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:iconglitterpanda93:
GlitterPanda93 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do u use a tablet?
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:iconaxelofart:
AxelOfArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can't figure out how to resize/transform... Anyone help...? ^^; ^^; ^^;
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:icondreamadove93:
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
select and hit T :3
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:iconaxelofart:
AxelOfArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
The last time I tried that, it wouldn't deselect and I had to close the program, but I think I have it now.. Thank you ^^; ^^; ^^; :meow:
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:icondreamadove93:
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
afterwards you hit enter to set and then control+d to deselect.
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:iconaxelofart:
AxelOfArt Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you a lot! ^^; :D
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:iconsunhuntress:
Sunhuntress Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have two questions. I don't have some of your basic tools like the pen. How can I get all of them? I have just bought version 1 a few months ago. Also how do I get my tools to have a small end and larger in the middl like you have? Thanks :P
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:iconrubygaara01:
rubygaara01 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
do you know how to reset the workspace???
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:icontetsuchin:
Tetsuchin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thanks, I'm just a beginner and idk much of SAI, so it was very helpful! :3
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:iconjubsticles:
jubsticles Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Thanks so much for this tutorial!
I've just started getting into digital art c:
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:icondrabble-monster:
Drabble-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
This is very very helpful! I only recently started getting into digital art and SAI in particular and this tutorial is exactly what I needed! :D
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:icondestroyerofgalaxies:
destroyerofgalaxies Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is so amazingly awesomely helpful! Thank you so much for making this!
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:iconjmagnus:
JMagnus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
this is a really wonderful tut for anyone who is new to sai or getting going with digital painting. Well done!
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:iconkawaiikoneko97:
KawaiiKoneko97 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you! I just got SAI and this is very helpful.^^
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:iconhisaa:
Hisaa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm a beginner with Sai and didn't know the "inversion" option.
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:iconlionorbeast:
LionOrBeast Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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:icongloomylovesick:
gloomylovesick Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
thanks for tutorial o-o!!!
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:iconmadkazer:
Madkazer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
thank you so much for making this! Everyone told me SAI was amazing but it's overwhelming to try to figure it out on my own. I hope I can produce some really nice artwork now.
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:iconzora-the-dragoness:
Zora-the-dragoness Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I dont have all the tools...
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:iconblumcsi:
Blumcsi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I must be blind but I cannot find fringe...
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:iconblumcsi:
Blumcsi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Never mind! I found it. (^.^) Genius!!!
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:icono-ccupied:
o-ccupied Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I'm like pro at sai at this point but I never even knew about fringe o3o thank you for this♥
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:iconpyrohusk:
PyroHusk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial it was very helpful :onfire:
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:iconmaewings:
MaeWings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if somebody said this, but for the color picker section on the sidebar, the ones with black and white, if you drag a color on side of a bar, and another on the other side, you can pick a color that's in the middle or blended. ^-^ Awesome tutorial though.
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:iconkirinora-hime:
Kirinora-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you now where the "Vector layer" is? o: Someone told me that there was a layer named that, but i can't find it??
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:iconmiru-kai:
miru-kai Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, yes! In my tutorial, I named it as the "Linework Layer", but it pretty much is the same as Vector. ^^

It's next to the "New Layer" button. It looks exactly like the New Layer except with a pen ink nib thingy on it.
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:iconkirinora-hime:
Kirinora-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oka, thanks ^^
I just thought it was named "Vector Layer" XD
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:icongenehayes:
genehayes Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure that's referring to the Linework layer :)
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:iconkirinora-hime:
Kirinora-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thank you ^^
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:iconromaniz:
RomaniZ Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
THANKS!!!
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:iconhebi-koinu-chan:
Hebi-Koinu-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have the pen tool.. *sob*
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:iconladybugging:
ladybugging Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
me neither :nuu:
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:iconhebi-koinu-chan:
Hebi-Koinu-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like, I have the pen in the linework layers, but I don't have the one for sketching and stuff.. :c
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:iconladybugging:
ladybugging Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
:noes: same here
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:icondark-angel-rin:
Dark-Angel-Rin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when you use the selection tool how to you edit the area can you only do your best to try and deselect and select the right parts?
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:icondark-angel-rin:
Dark-Angel-Rin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really helpful!
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imisshome Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for the colour palette/swatches When i try to romove a colour it doesn't seem to work. I've tryed hold R and clicking but it isnt working... Are there any other ways to remove a colour "thingy" ?
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:iconmiru-kai:
miru-kai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Did you try right click? It should show an option to remove.
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:iconimisshome:
imisshome Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks it WOOORKKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconboybites:
Boybites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
do you know how to make the canvas transparent????
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:iconpuriponpon:
puriponpon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I've known some types of Sai's that support transparency, usually the non-crack versions. But to make a background transparent on a sai that allows transparency, you click 'save as' and chose the 2nd option... If you don't see an option box, your Sai does not support transparency. I hope that helped :iconhontoplz:
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:iconmiru-kai:
miru-kai Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
SAI does not support transparency, as far as I know. ^^;
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:iconboybites:
Boybites Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
darnit!!!

:icony-u-no:
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:iconmiru-kai:
miru-kai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
However, I believe you can export it to Photoshop and edit the transparency on there.
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:iconboybites:
Boybites Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
No there is transparency i just found out
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:iconmiru-kai:
miru-kai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
REALLY?!
That's news to me! How do you get transparency?
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