Thank you so much for this! I'm new to colouring, and while I do like photoshop, I find Sai a LOT easier to use and less laggy for my laptop. Also Sai's Blur/Blend brush is like 100x better. This is going to help a ton, thank you!
No, I doubt it'd be one layer. Because the fact remains the same: you would need to change the way the style. If you set the entire layer you drew on to "luminosity", it would all be bright and neon when not all of it should be this way in most cases. Of course, even if you did use thousands of layers you could always just merge them all together if in a folder with one click, or manually do it by pressing the button over and over (but be careful, as often you will find yourself messing up with the light value, so it's best to just put them all in a folder). Excuse my English as well. ^^'
LuminousValorFeatured By OwnerNov 15, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
The tools you mentioned are not included in the regular layers in Paint Tool SAI, they are included in a different type of layer (called either the vector or linework layer)
You get that layer by going to the normal place where you press to add a layer, go to the layer icon and slide your mouse to the right. There should be an icon with a piece of paper with a pen over it. That is the vector layer, which is where the edit and pressure tool are available to you.
I hope I didn't give you useless info that you already know, but there isn't really any other way to explain it and I don't know why you wouldn't have those tools in the vector layer selection...I really hope I helped you a little though!
(just read the date of the comment post...you probably know all this by now derp but I wrote alot so I'll post it to you just in case)
Thank you for providing this walkthrough! I have one question though, if you could help me.
For some reason, I don't have the xShape_Arrow option visible in SAI. But there are files of it in the elemap folder and brushform file. The same is true for the other brushes starting with 'x'... do you know what could be wrong?
Did you buy your version? You or did you download it? If you buy it from the Sai site you will have all the brushes including awesome ones like the 'flat' brush If not its easy to get, you basically just paste it into your elemap folder.
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-best to decide the colour scheme before you begin sketching
-Image Res: 4920 X 3510, 300dpi A3
-Brush Settings (airbrush): -Min Size: 100% Full -Density: 3 quarters usually -xShape_Arrow & (no texture): this brush is great for painting style images -“Memory load: 75% (698MB used / 1786MB reserved): this is pretty common with Paint tool Sai It really doesn’t like big files so its best to save as often as possible and don’t make too many layers or merge the ones you don’t need any more
-Plot down the colours you like and when you feel it ‘works’ begin building detail
-I find its easier to treat the image as if you were cell shading. Start with only 2 tones on the characters to get a good balance of light and dark
-Selection>>Increment (I): -increment is useful if you are trying to fill in line art using the select tool or magic wand. This tool makes the selected area slightly larger. This makes the color go just under the line art and get rid of any white spots
-Keep building detail. Add more detail and tones where needed
-The image didn’t look busy enough so I added another character. Don’t be scared to fill the picture up.
-Colour correction is usually the last phase. I usually use photoshop because it has a wider variety of adjustment tools and options. If you are using Sai there are still some good tools. I used overlay to make a blue to pick gradient.
Fay (?) Brushes: -(simple circle) -xShape_Arrow -Spread -luminosity: last touches are done using layers. Overlay is good for adding colour while luminosity is great for glowing effects -This layer option is very useful for glowing effects
Hopefully I got everything and all the words right