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SAI Tutorial by algenpfleger SAI Tutorial by algenpfleger
Edit: SAI is now officially released as v1.0 and available from the developers' website. It costs about €33/$52, which is really a good price.

So, here you go :) Note it's a little advanced, no "how to draw a loli in SAI".

Here are my screentones: [link]

Hope you'll enjoy!
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Lunammi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pancok Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my brushes won't save, and i know that we have to use 'start-sai' to make sure that it'll save the brushes, but it won't for some reason? like everytime i try to use 'start-sai' it'll go 'can't run sai.exe createprocess failed with error 740' and honestly it's so frustrating because i have lots of nice brushes to use but i can't save them. (strangely enough, sai.exe still works...)
Thank you
EdmondRad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When I have to edit the brushes in, its in wordpad not notepad. It also won't let me save them in the same format. What the fuck, now do I fix this shit? It's seriously irritating.
Catnip1996 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you C:
Greebs232 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
im kinda confused, i just want to know how to make my brushes save, becasue they wont :(
GeminaArtifex Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I am highly confused on how to put the screen tones in.
Do I put them all in each folder.. Or what ;-;???
phob00 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The easiest tutorial i found Cute Emoticon Blushing thank you Little Pixel Heart 
catgreen333 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
no hablo ingles
briar-spark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Hi, algenpfleger! Thank you very much for this tutorial, especially for importing textures!
Konekomoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for this, I was just dropping the textures into the folders only and wondering why that wasn't working, I didn't know you also had to make an entry of it in a .conf file too. I did that and now the textures are in my SAI! Yay! yay 
Shikimura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This took me awhile to understand *_* But it really helped, Thanks for making this <3
TheCartoonLife Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful but my head is spinning because I'ma noob XD
mechanicalvalkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
This was helpful, I learned some new things :)
KanzenbanART Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
It's complicated to understand how to to those textures instalation.
ChadComics Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very informative. thank you.
AkaiiTori Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I have a question. My pen tool stopped working with pen pressure about a month ago, every other tool works just fine, except my pen tool. What do I do?
RoxiiReaper Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
try making a new pen tool? you probably just messed with the settings for that tool.
AkaiiTori Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Yes, thank you! Turns out, it was the min-size option.
fROSEn24 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i dropped the the files in the folder but im not really getting what exactly to do. I see the folders that you are talking in the sai folder but when i open my program I am still not seeing the new textures. PLEASE HELP. 
PRUSSlA Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank god for this tutorial xD
Mijolite Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 Nice tutorial, but I gotta disagree with the statement that Pressure tool is useless. For mouse users, it is very helpful to make a line that has thicker points and sharper points, because with mouse you cant just press harder or softer :/
taalaruhun Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent tutorial :3
noodleluv0951 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haz this fo free! and might I suggest..... make simpler!!!!!! :icondesperateplz:
woesofthenorm Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I never even knew about custom patterns in SAI until I read this! Thank you so much! Invaluable.
draggersprez Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this!
HyliaBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I know this is a very nooblike question but how do I scroll on the options/setting thing?
Xaviarluvya Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank yyyoooouuu!!!
Jano19 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Filmographer
AWESOME tutorial!!
xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
hilfreiches tutorial^^ jedoch versteh ich nicht ganz wie man neue pinselforem hinzufügt... könnest du mir bitte helfen? ^^'
TeacupArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
This was extremely helpful. <3
HeavenMGN Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Thanks. :D
I didn't know it was so cheap too.
MomoHinamoru Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
why is there a thingie art should be easy dammit dammit
ArteDB Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can not open the folder "brushform.conf"..
tornadoz01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Try opening it with notepad?
Lumpous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I'd just like to ask which settings you would usually use for the pen tool while sketching, if I may.
Peach-Cobbler Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I tried to add the screentones you generously provided, and tried to write the file names in the brushtext.conf file. But whenever I try to save it, it makes a new .BAK file and doesn't overwrite the current .CONF file.

If by chance it does overwrite, it becomes undone, once I open Paint Tool Sai. Not only is the tones not options for the texture, but when I open the brushtext.conf file again, it's like I never touched it. Please help. >.<

I used the notepad++ program and the normal notepad program to edit the .CONF file.
LoneWintress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes I can't do this either :C ^
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^
orihama Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you like copy your screentones to brushtex? - u -''' Sorry, but it's really confusing for me.
somedreamingstatE Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wait, i dont understand how you get the screentones to be in Sai D8 What do you do for the papertex? :C
vedisdragon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!

I might just change it to the photoshop layout so that when I finally get PS, I wont have to spend too much time getting used to it.
Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HeirOfGlee Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
changed most settings to photoshop
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!!
Foxy-Sierra Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nevermind, I got it to work after working with it some more. Awesome tutorial~
Foxy-Sierra Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh... I try to add a the entry into the .conf file and is says make sure the spelled path is correct after I click to save over the existing one and no matter how many times I try it won't update using the new 'start-sai.exe' path that has been used by other users of this program. It's frustrating that I can't get it to work!
Prasadstudios Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Many Thanks to you .....
I am using Photoshop .....but your sai paint tool pictures more beautiful than Photoshop images...
Now I am learning sai paint by your tutorials ...................Thank you for your techniques
HetteMaudit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Oh, thanks for your help.
I was trying to understand what was this SAI.
Zorrowl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I love you for this.. :iconloveloveplz:
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