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Paint Tool SAI Description:
by ~MythArcana
SAI really is an indispensable tool and excels at anything that is based on vector line art. The way the vector is editable and easy to work with is a huge boon over other programs and just makes sense. My only gripes are there is no dodge/burn tool and custom brushes aren't very robust. Other than that, it's a great program and well worth the money for sure!

Paint Tool SAI Review by hamano_ayumi

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Paint Tool SAI Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Rueme
-I hope it helps some people out. Getting used to a new program can be tricky business!

Lineart Tutoral for SAI by Rueme
-Because people have been asking for it :heart:

Lineless CG Tutorial: HAIR by Rueme
-Because some people were curious C: (character made in paint tool SAI, tutorial in Photoshop)

Kimi's Paint Tool SAI Tutorial Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, by kimicatdemon
-I have started to upload the paint tool sai tutorials. The first few will focus on the tools. If there are any questions regarding the tools, feel free to ask.

Individual Tutorials

SAI Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Spoonzmeister
-I've noticed that there aren't a great deal of tutorials out there for Paint Tool SAI. Seeing as the program is rapidly gaining popularity, I thought I'd put some of my techniques out there for people who opened SAI for the first time and said "Whut?" There's a link to download SAI in my description if you've never used it before and decide that you want to give it a try. It's a magnificent program and I recommend giving it a go.

Paint Tool SAI - Tutorial by Lelia
-Few days ago a friend talked me about that there should be a Paint Tool SAI tutorial, so I started to do this tutorial about this media. Well here is, it's too basic .

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial by kioisrad
-How to start a new drawing in SAI, plus a short rundown of the different brushes.

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial 2 by kioisrad
-Someone requested this a long time SO HERE IT IS 8D

Line Art tutorial in SAI by himiko
-Mostly done in Paint Tool SAI.

SAI Tutorial: Vector Line Art by SakuraChan776
-This is how I make Vector Line Arts in SAI, it's not the right way or the best way it's just my way.

Sai Tutorial: Masking by SakuraChan776
-This is the first step in coloring for me ?A?;; I mask things.

Paint Tool SAI tutorial by dragonchickaya
-Tutorial I promised I would do a while ago. Well here it is :P My first one so it's not very good >_>

Paint Tool SAI Tutorial 2 by dragonchickaya
-Made a new SAI tutorial because I noticed that people today still look at my tutorial, and I still get questions about it. So yeah, I made this for all of them, and anyone else struggling with SAI. Enjoy :>

PAINT TOOL SAI TUTORIAL 1 by xxlilevilangelxx
1) I can't find any really good SAI tutorials out there that can explain more than what I can explain lol. (or am I not trying hard enough.)
2) People wanted it?

Paint Tool SAI: Line Tutorial by Infitima
-After learning SAI and seeing the greatness of it. I just had to share it with all my friends. And so I made a tutorial to show them even more of the greatness. And to also show those like me with bad hand-eye co-oridination thus bad line-art the greatness of it! It's just THAT GREAT! So Sai Line-Art Tutorial.

Coloring Tutorial by sakimichan
-Due to popular demands ,I decided to make a coloring tutorial .To avoid page stretch ,I used flash to make a book like tutorial .I had a lot of fun working with flash, though it was frustrating at times. I checked the tutorial 4 times ,and had 2 friends tested it /correct it for me ,so it should work smoothly. Just a Note. This tutorial is not for beginners ,it's for people with at least some understanding of how digital programs work. This tutorial is very general that means it have about a little of everything .

Tutorial - Paint Tool SAI by Salacia-Mao
-Please remember that this is just the way I use the program and I'm sure theres so much more you can do with it but I'm still learning myself. If anyone has anything to add on how this can be improved, please do hesitate to do so.. ^^

Sai Tutorial by Val4s
-It's a small tut and step by step through Sai Paint Tool. I find it quite nice to work with it.

Lineart and SAI tutorial by suzuran
-Some of you might wonder why I didn't just do the Sora picture in the coloring tutorial... well... I wouldn't be able to do the whole perspective talk that everyone keeps asking me about XD Happy reading, I hope it's not too confusing.

Basic Coloring Tutorial SAI by e-nat
-Uploading a simple tutorial (if you can call it that). It's more of a basic intro to coloring process and some tips. Not a full complicated thing.

tutorial, part 1 - hair and tutorial, part 2 - skin by tanukitchokes
-First of all, I can't write tutorials. Second, I don't really know my own method, i change it here and there every time i color something, so that DOES make it even harder to make a tutorial. Third, there ARE easier ways to do what I do, i BET, but this is how i learned >_> i'm not a fancy art student hahahaha XD OTL im just a country dojo samurai 8D Fourth: i'm forgetting a lot of stuff i wanted to type here.

Paint Tool SAI quick tutorial by KoiFishSushi
-My little brother was asking me how to shade on SAI, so I made this.

Wave's Coloring Tutorial by suzuran
-I added a shortcut to the "Alternate Method" for Preparing the Lineart (And elaborated on that a little bit) to the Table of Contents (The place where all the Red Buttons are in the beginning) This would most likely be targeted to people using Photoshop Elements, OpenCanvas---any Program that does not have the ability to split Channels.

SAI Paint Tool - Tutorial by LaFatalite
-Since SAI paint tool is such an amazing program - I wanted to make a tutorial for it. Though not on HOW to use the program itself, just another way of coloring using it. This tutorial is really recommended for those who already have a pretty good idea of how to use SAI, or pretty much any other painting software. But it's not really tough at all so it'll be easy to follow. Just ask me questions here or in a note if you need any help with it.

SAI Paint Tool Tutorial:: 1 by ClassyPirate
-So. I made my friend, Cody, this tutorial 'cause he kept asking me how I do line art. xDD;;

SAI Paint tool tutorial:: 2 by ClassyPirate
-The second tutorial for Cody! Hurray! D:

SAI Paint Tool - Tutorial 2 by LaFatalite
-Ok, let's start this off. When you first begin [making a new image] honestly don't worry about the size. Why? Because you can change the size later on. The only thing you should ponder is the resolution. 300 px is great unless you've got more memory to use, then put it higher. Any lower I'd say about 275 px.

SAI Simple Color Tutorial by masquevale
-paint tool SAI - Simple Color Tutorial featuring Agito FF13!

tutorial paint tool sai by Hamabi
-program : Paint tool SAI

Eye Colouring Tutorial? by Fushi-Chou
-Made With:
- SAI Painter
- Photoshop (for text & arranging)
- Pen Tablet (Graphire 4)
SAI Painter is a gorgeous program that's simple, yet beautiful. You can look it up and try out the trial version, then buy it if you really like it! Mine is bought, and I don't regret a single bit of it. It truly is masterful for linearts and is wonderful for coloring. But this tutorial should work for any coloring program, as long as you can know your way around your brushes.

Semirealistic Eye Tutorial by yuumei
-I used Paint tool SAI in this tutorial but the instructions can work for Photoshop as well.

Hair Tutorial SAI by Niaro
-A tutorial done for friend D: <3333 dokidoki It's fug and weird but if you wanna look at it go ahead LOL It gives you the basic of how to do hair with marker.

Hair tutorial- Paint Tool SAI by merki-the-vampire
-Hello! Its my tutorial about digital paintings- hair. I based on PaintToolSAI. I hope you can understand it. XD

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Mistymistt Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, i have a question. ;w; how can i save a painting and preserve all the layers so when i open the unfinished painting back up it wont all collide into one layer automatically? ;w;
macpainttool Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool. it is great.  I love it.  thanks for your great contribution.

I used  Mybrushes paint software   which can record and playback my drawings but I could not draw art so nice as you.:) (Smile)
Infectdestroygivein Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Thanks! I am having a problem drawing on my sketch layer after using the square select tool and moving it's contents. I deselected all. Now I can't continue my sketch. I draw but I see zero lines.  What gives? Can anyone help?
howlingnightmare Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Every time I close and open sai the tools go away
SaltyArts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There Arrr a lot of options to aquire Paint tool Sai 
LadyOper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanksssss :D
lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!!!:heart:
Sinnss Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I have the free full + brushes set, How do I open it?
nndwn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ....
princescelestia732 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I want to join!
Galaxy-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
How do you color BASES in sai? I cant seem to get it right.
II-Eddduardddo-II Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Squidward Sexy (Dance) 
someone HALP! where can i fin the latest version of PaintToolSAI for download? please can someone help me? 
Squidward Sexy (Dance) 
Lottedraven Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whisperS* here you go friend…
II-Eddduardddo-II Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Thank You Dude! ^^
xMaggieMags Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I clicked the download button but it apperas anither window with this page and i can download just the image :c Please help me :c
sainwtmnt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oooookkkkkk, so I just got the app or whatever today and I am really, really, REALLY confused..... could you please help... I dont even know how to get a page up... Blush 
FreezyKitty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
How would I upload my drawing to something like twitter? xD When I click the photo it leads me to the sai painting thing... Im confused
MistifiedMistress Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
did you save the file of your drawing as a .jpeg instead of .sai?
FreezyKitty Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Was I supposed to?
MistifiedMistress Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well have both .sai and .jpeg files
.sai files lets you go back to your layers and adjust them.
.jpeg files merges your layers and makes it into a picture which is loadable :) 
Yukarimei Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a question regarding how to edit images for tutorials o.O I just mean like the steps and how to put them in order and such....I know how to take screenshots xP just don't know how to edit them? >.<
MistifiedMistress Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
as in crop and move the around? 
SonikaCreatives Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you!!
infinitynopes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
How  do you upload a paint tool sai drawing to tumblr? I saved my drawing and tried to upload it but tumblr says only image files. And I don't know how to save it to image files. :(
laticat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
that's because you have it saved as a .sai file. in this form, it keeps your layer information, so that you can go back and open it and it will have all of your separated. to save it as an image file (.png, .jpg etc), open your .sai file, the one you've been working with. then click file>save as and choose a different file type from the drop down near the bottom. I always save my finished files in a new folder, and sometimes keep the .sai files, if I ever think I'll go back to them :)
OrionRetevex Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use the selection tool to move something but the question is.... how to i UNSELECT, it wont let me!!! what button combination do u press?!?!?!
marenbox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you use ctrl+d!! c:
Phirzie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
some of the links are broken. :(
CommanderHomo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This deserves a gold medal @_@
so many helpful things here ! ♥♥
juny777 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Thank you
Playstation-addict Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
thank you
TrippyMarshmallow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you stretch a selection?
Nekomimi0 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to run sai without being an admin?
AngieART93 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
same question here u.u
darket15 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
These are great tutorials, but it would be helpful to remove the ones you can no longer access. I'm a beginner to digital drawing/painting and have Paint Tool SAI. I wish I could find something like a manual to explain all of the tools offered and how to use them.  There are several explanations on YouTube, but they are so fast that I can't understand what they are trying to show me without pausing a zillion times. I'm sure I am asking for some kind of miracle, but how did people before us learn how to maneuver within this program.  So if anyone knows of a manual for the tools of this program - wow - then I think we struck gold!
SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't know of any manuals, but I also use Paint Tool SAI, so if you have any questions about anything, I think I can help, and I can send you screenshots of what I'm talking about.

Someone did this for me once upon a time, so I'm trying to return the favor for someone else. :)
darket15 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Sorry I haven't replied before now, the woes of life has gotten in my way. I really appreciate the offer and I'll probably take you up on it later. I write, so I have been working on getting ahead of myself before I go on vacation. Hopefully, this spring I'll be able to really take a look at Paint Tool SAI. I really suck at drawing, but I figured what the heck, maybe I could learn something new. Thanks so much! 
SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem!
GravityHope Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been trying to upload art out my DA but i t wont came because apparently my art isn't the right size. I would really appreciate if you helped out! :')
WAR-THERAPY Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a good number of these links do not work.
Cryaotic1girl2013 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to know how to copy things
ChimeiKado Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ifu want Copy,and paste any iamge to your work, just open it in sai (File>Open) then, select area, what you want to copy, press Edit>Copy and go to your Poject file and press Edit>Paste
Cryaotic1girl2013 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks I'm still new to it
ChimeiKado Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :D
InkedOnyx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student
Thank you, I've started using it for my digital inking art!! This is exactly what I needed to get the basics! Clap 
Sootwolf11 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, how do you change brush size? I'm stuck on that XD
SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
You can use open/close brackets on your keyboard([]) or the bar o the side. You can slide the gray bar, which indicated brush size. Or, you can click on the pre-sized brush thumbnails underneath that mess on options. :)
funkylime123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
ugh, does anyone know how to scroll down in the colors and tools panel?
SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't think you can. Try taking off some of the color tools like the RGB slider or something. There's buttons at the top you click to make them appear or disappear.
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