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Paint Tool Sai: Tips and Tricks by secret-pony Paint Tool Sai: Tips and Tricks by secret-pony
This is a tutorial I made a whole while back, before my brony days :giggle:
Download for full view.
You can also read it here: [link] (you might need to log in on a gaia account to see it, please don't post in that thread! ^^;)

It's not really a tutorial on the progress of drawing, but just some tips on how to use Paint Tool SAI more efficiently. It's also a great time saver for people who begin using this program or who want to try it out.
Not everything is in there though, I discovered more things since I made this. :giggle:

It's uploaded originally on my old account: :iconirelys:
Since I wasthinking about doing a tutorial on pony art anyway, I figured it would be a good idea to re-upload it here as well ^^


The drawing used in this tutorial is this one:
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:iconthepastelwolf:
ThePastelWolf Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you! this helps a lot. <3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad it helped <3 Good luck!
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:iconhigashikuni-chan:
Higashikuni-chan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
thanks for sharing this
it really helped me! >///w///<)
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad it did! Good luck! ^^
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:iconhigashikuni-chan:
Higashikuni-chan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
thanks a lot >w<
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:iconphoenixflamefox:
phoenixflamefox Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im still new and need help on understanding how to draw anything. PLease reply, I am such a noob.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can you specify what you need help with? :)
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:iconphoenixflamefox:
phoenixflamefox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Drawing well with a mouse, anime and stuff. I can't get a drawing tablet yet :(
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I don't really know anything about drawing with a mouse tbh ^^;
there's some really good tutorials out there though!
like this one here:
Lineart tutorial for mouse user
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JinxTheKillerCat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student General Artist
What would be a simple way to color is sketchy lines without them looking messy? I've tried but coloring them in doesn't work too  well, but I don't like my lines so clean.
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:iconblackydean:
Blackydean Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Not exactly sure what you mean by sketchy, but I prefer using the select, or, "Magic Wand" myself.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm afraid I can't help you with that question. I don't really know how to make sketchy drawings look good, I prefer clean lines. Sorry ^^;
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Soliloquy-Painter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Thank you so much! This helped out a whole lot! I shall forever remember you in my hobbying of art uvu
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:iconpaint-theskies:
paint-theskies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this!!! :)
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconsharkglasses:
sharkglasses Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great - thanks for sharing it with us!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it helpful!
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:iconsupersilvernrg:
SuperSilverNRG Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This will help so much in my comic!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful ^^
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:iconenchanted-feline:
Enchanted-Feline Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this while looking through Google, and i have found what i needed QAQ thank you!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful ^^
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:iconnightmaremoon1234567:
NightmareMoon1234567 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
do you use the computer or tablet, cause i cant change how soft my stokes are, they all look the same
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Tablet :)
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:iconcrazycoolcats:
crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh,I'm on my tablet and I can't zoom in,I can't read a thing :c
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Get off the tablet! x3
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:iconcrazycoolcats:
crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Too lazy :V
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:iconworthlessjay:
worthlessjay Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH IM USING THIS TENCHIQUE
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! ^^
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:iconphantoml97:
PhantomL97 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just got sai and this is useful as I was struggling with it before
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! Good luck! ^^
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:iconpuppycatdog:
Puppycatdog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW THIS MAKES MY DRAWINGS AMAZING. THANK YOU 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No probs, gl! ^^
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ameeangel333 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thank you so much for making this this everything seem so clear now :happybounce: 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No prob! I'm glad you found it useful!
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:icondanny-phantom-fan-1:
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there any way to do this kind of thing with backgrounds?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yup, the exact same way. :nod:
If you draw your backgrounds on the same layer as your foreground character(s), you can just use the same tricks.
If you draw it separately, be sure to connect the (invisible) lines behind the characters to not leave open gaps, else it won't work! x3
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Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconminkxs:
Minkxs Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God thank you so much
I needed to find out how to colour and do lines on sai well.
You're amazing.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful!
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:iconrevanedge:
RevanEdge Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank you so much! ^^
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:icontheanimatedbandslove:
TheAnimatedBandsLove Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped a bit. But is the sharp point at the end of the brush only for pen tablet? I use mouse, but is it possible to get the sharp point using mouse?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, this is for tablet and pen only. The sharp end is created when you lift the pressure off the pen at the end of a stroke.
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:icontheanimatedbandslove:
TheAnimatedBandsLove Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok, thanks anyways:)
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Yatoshi287 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Thank u so much! Nice tips u got there;P When u made the template of the girl, what tool and option did u use?( if u dont remember, what do u then use now when u make templates? :3 ) The lines look very smooth and simple.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you mean by "template", do you mean the line art?
If so, I use the default brush tool for my lines.
You can find the settings I used here. :3
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:iconyatoshi287:
Yatoshi287 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Yay! Thank you very much!:DD
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MikoHon3y3a3y Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thank you for the tips.. !! <3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yw! Glad you found them useful!
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:iconmazoorie:
Mazoorie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
My stabilizers don't seem to be working with the sharper end thing.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

You're talking about the stabilizer function with values 1 to 15, right?
Hmm... let's start with some basic troubleshooting questions:
- are you drawing with a tablet?
- if yes, which brand are you using? Does it have pen pressure?
- if yes, are you using the pen pressure? Are you able to create thicker/darker lines when drawing if you press harder on with your pen?
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