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Mini tutorial: easy layer navigation in SAI by secret-pony Mini tutorial: easy layer navigation in SAI by secret-pony
People are always freaking out at the number of layers I use in my works, but there's a super easy trick to navigate between layers in SAI which makes it practically unnecessary to organize or label your layers!


Don't ask me how it's done or if it's possible in Photoshop, Ilustrator, GIMP...
Because I just don't know. I have never used any other program but SAI.


If you're looking for more resources for drawing with SAI or drawing ponies in particular, check out my other tutorials.
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Lil--Fox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i WILL find all your tutorials... and i WILL favorite all of them...
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I dare you! - u-
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Lil--Fox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
;O IT IS ON!
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:iconanira-the-fox:
OMG I DIDN'T KNOW THIS!
you saved my life and I thought I have to struggle with all my 100+ layer forever ;A; thank you!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:icondignitylaughplz: You're welcome!
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seventozen Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I am certainly going to use this now. 

You don't name your layers? That seems like a cardinal no-no. Or maybe it's just me and my horrible navigational skills.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you can pick out the right layer right away with this, why bother labelling them? :giggle:
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:iconseventozen:
seventozen Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Because I...

...don't know, actually. 

I like labeling things. 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pfff weirdo xD
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seventozen Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Say what you will, layer naming is one of the few things I have control over. :)
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xn-d Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmm, interesting trick!
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Well, in gimp you can use the page-up, page-down, home and end keys to navigate through the layers list at any time, regardless of selected tool... so that's pretty handy as well ;)
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Left2Fail Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whaaaat!? I've been using Sai for years now and i've never known this o_o Thanks for sharing!!! This is gonna make things much easier for me I am a dummy! 
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, my reaction exactly when I found out! x3
Enjoy! :giggle:
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HankOfficer Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's useful trick! >^<
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I knooow! My life was a lie before i found that! xD
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Tombofsoldier Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:o (Eek) I'm gonna have to remember that :o (Eek) 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hehe, Good luck x3
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HaloPrime Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS IS AAWWWEWSSSOOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Thanks O3O!!!!!!
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha yw! xD
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Telbat267 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Hmm I don't use SAI much these days due to Manga Studio 5 but this seems to work for both, maybe all drawing software?
Great tip!
I'll be telling my freinds about this
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really, that's pretty cool!
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KodoK37 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
OH. MY. CELESTIA. :o
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:icondashielolwutplz: oh darlin', I know~
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing it, sweetie :)
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Np! ^^
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NightSound76 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O My saviour!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Now, all bow before me! - u-
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Oh that's gonna be very useful! I have only made one pic in SAI, but I already had that problem XD
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timeawesomemaker Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Wow, that's useful.

Bit annoying that I would have to move away from the tablet but whatever.

Will use.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Unless you mean your keyboard is far away. Derp :giggle:
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:icontimeawesomemaker:
timeawesomemaker Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Not far away but slid under desk when drawing. Still probably faster than hunting for the right layer though.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A click with a tablet pen works as well! ;)
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kas92 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Thanks! Very helpful!
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you think so ^^
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xFoxblaze Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Thats a handy trick!
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ikr? changed my life forever! :giggle:
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xFoxblaze Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ I will definitely be using this 'cheat' as you put it lol
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