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Painting and Paint Tool Sai tips by moni158 Painting and Paint Tool Sai tips by moni158
I don't know what I would do without my paint tool sai...:iconotlplz:

Sorry its all handwritten...the one thing Sai lacks is any vector and text tools :/

Here is my drawing/painting process and tips on all my fav tools!

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TashaLuff Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful and informative! Going to refer to this when I work on paining again, which I've been doing a fair bit of recently. :)

P.S - Thanks for posting this! ^ ^
fanficbina Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That tool, erm, xShape_Arrow

If you only have the standards, how do you get that then?
followered Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
hopefully you've had your question answered before this, but if not, this is where you can download the xShape_Arrow from…
There's a guide here on dA that I used to help me install the files (:
fanficbina Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes thank you very much U v U
Tam-Es Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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!
100starryskies Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't mind my asking, how do you get your favourite brushes to be tapered at the end of the stroke instead of rounded?
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Minimum Size.
bluedog964 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you! This clear up a bun of questions I had!
EnliveningHearts Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much <3 This is awesome.
DeonQuinlivan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is pretty cool
iammuymuy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Clap 
Akatskifairy101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
one question, all in one layer?
ThePhantomHaunter Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
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. ^^'
Martianworks Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was wondering if you could help, i don't seem to have the xShape_arrow, and i don't seem to have the start-sai.exe, im stumped as to why this is because i have bought Sai
moni158 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
I got mine with my sai. But I had to add the flat brush which I would prefer over the x shape arrow.

Brushes are very easy to add in Sai :D I'm just trying to remember where I got it OTL

Martianworks Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i finally figured out what was going on, i had to many elemaps, sai can only load so many XD

sceneecupcake Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Very helpful, I'll be using this for my next painting! Thank you! <3
pHuezo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Im really gonna try this!  > < I really love your paint style > ^ <
SteelWing1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When setting down the base color, do you use the paint bucket tool or just do it manually?
Uchiha-Evelene18 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have the edit and pressure tool in Paint Tool Sai..
Anybody plz help! I really need it! :(
LuminousValor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist 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 probably know all this by now derp but I wrote alot so I'll post it to you just in case)
Uchiha-Evelene18 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My good friend of mine told me this one and I've been working with SAI quite well :)
Thanks for the tip, though I'll share this to my fellow deviants and friends out there :D
nathan-ex Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! Love the art dude its soo awesome!

Just a question? Whats the Fay Brushes? is it something to download or is it just the pressure you are using on the pen to get more narrower and sharp ends?
shephology Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am pretty sure he meant Fav Brushes, as in his favourite brushes to use...
yet again i could be wrong a fay just means something else but i doubt that.
CrymsonBlue Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your such an amazing artist;D
ChrysalisWolfHero Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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?
moni158 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
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 :D
If not its easy to get, you basically just paste it into your elemap folder.
Sux2suk59 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Spirited Away!
FullMetalDemonHunter Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: :love:
iluvtosinglalala Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
the luminosity thing didnt work in fact none of this worked D: im so confused and really need help...
Lloyd-Dono Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i can help! i just figured this all out!
iluvtosinglalala Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lloyd-Dono Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok i will post a tutorial if you would like one.
iluvtosinglalala Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah that would be really great thanks!!!
Lloyd-Dono Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there is a tutorial in my digital art folder in my gallery! i want to see if it gives you the tutorial... mine doesn't show it.
iluvtosinglalala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
it does not show it
Lloyd-Dono Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh well. It is now working. Sorry for the trouble. I can answer any questions you have.
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Kaoyux Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Hi, I'm writing to let you know that I featured your tutorial in my Art Features journal :pointr: [link]
Please consider adding it to your favorites. Thank you for your time and the work you did in creating your Tutorial! ^o^
Sp3ctrum-Insanity Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, you're amazing. :O Thanks for these tips. :D
Shia-chan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you!!! :heart: Very nice tutorial!
wabi777 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this!
AluraRB Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful!!

May I ask where you downloaded those extra brushes? :D?
InToTheSKY5 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
is the coloring in paint tool sai much better in photoshop?
Mizsterious Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great tips (: Thank you!
ckt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i'm trying to learn new techniques with SAI, this is just the thing I needed. Thank you for making it. You're a fantastic artist.
TM-RageChan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love when you make tutorials, I want to learn to color like this with my Sai program, thank you!
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful!:"D
Even the handwriting is really not clear...<.<
But,anyway,thank you so much for the tutorial!:heart::la:
xmoonprismpowerx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
do you have any custom brushes?
LittleRock34 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Beautiful and easy to understand with the picture even if I do not understand what is written .
MourantLune Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Putting these straight into my faves...
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