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Here is the first tutorial in a set of Paint Tool SAI tutorials that I am making. I thought that a settings tutorial would be the best to post first, as I will refer to this tutorial in future tutorials.

I hope I explained everything well. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

For more Paint Tool SAI tutorials, visit my tutorial website saitutorials.com!

WOW! Thank you so much for the daily deviation!!! It is quite an honor! Thank you!!! :)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-06-10
Tool Settings Tutorial - Paint Tool SAI by *MaakuCat also suggested by ~Rosella-of-Daventry ( Suggested by MissDidichan and Featured by Elandria )
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nondev Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
Thank you so much for sharing! I've been using SAI for years, but I really needed a thorough explanation :)
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Pupkim-Project Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Do you know how change the location of the pivot when in free transform?
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artmagec Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for explaining Dilution and Persistence... and the Advanced Settings..
I was so puzzled on that so each time I configured it (with hopes it would work) and the result was always unexpected and annoying to fix up..
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Yukiteru Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Thank you so much for the stabiliser tip! i'm really bad with line art and i think it'll be such a great help to use stabiliser!
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Kawaiibloodyvampire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I (re-)started drawing recently, this is a massive help. Thank you so much for doing this! Very helpful, everything is super simple to understand. Bravo!
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tcarroll12 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Any suggestions for this problem: my tablet works for about 5 seconds in SAI, then whenever I go to a different program (like Preview, as I'm drawing something from a photo reference) and go back to sai it doesn't recognize the pen AT ALL, pressure or otherwise.
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komeiji-chii Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently stumbled upon this, and thank God I did, because this is super helpful. I am still a noob and this will definitely give me more knowledge about SAI. :) Congrats for the DD!
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OtakuNikku Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Half of my sai tools wont let me change the min size of the brushes xc but its like so important for my style.. its like grayed out 
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vediis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure "size" is checked next to density at the bottom.
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BossDoki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! I'll make sure to come back to this for sure.
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MischeifKitty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Sup
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Smokey1999 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i need t get SAI so badly i got Medi bang paint pro at the moment and need to figure that out at the moment
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Alvro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial Nod 
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etremelyinnpropiart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Now I have a question, as I'm trying to edit my brushes, "spread" won't show up, or anything else for that matter, only "simple circle". Is there a way to fix this?
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RedRyuuko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks fotr your tutorial, it's very helpful to start with SAI
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MelodyAMV Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Thank Thank Thank Thank So Much! 
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FinaMusica Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks!Now i know what persistence is for :) (Smile) 
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NesFX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful, thank you!
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DragonessAnimations Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This was super helpful! Now I actually understand why people seemed to have so many more tools than me XD
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Vizzy387 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Woot! Coolies!
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Misaki-onee-san Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry but now you make sai even look more hard for me to understand
i don,t get it at all there too much settings and stuff i don,t get it it too much to remember all Nuu Nuu 
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MyMimicat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this helped a lot.
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TKorca Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are the most amazing person in the world for making this. THANK YOU! 
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Krinmu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The pen pressure doesn't seem to be working!It's worked before on some other software but not here:baffled: . any suggestions?
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I make a slide show like this ?  Also, do you know how to upload videos so they play directly in Deviant art ?
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ProfessorLenah Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you use Phtotoshop cs5 i suppose
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Be7AMod Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have something i want to say, how to get all drawing tools?

you know the default, but there are more, like (Line or line rotate tool).
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I think to do that, you'd select the Edit , option in the line work window . Or to rotate canvas hold space bar and   Alt .
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mrsmile10 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
thanks for this. i really needed it
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FennecFe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your so helpful thanks so much!
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Carolina22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! Really helpful!
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BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! I could really use this!
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Dareverius Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the hard-soft and the press options...doesnt appear on my SAI...WHY?! help D: i want so much to have custom brushes

I have a Wacom Intuos,if this information helps
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iamazoroark Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I change the strength of the simple circle brush? :c
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CloudDashieART Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, nice tutorial!! thank you so much!
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chani14 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2015  Student Artist
This could help me to use the materials sooo~! thank you~!<3 ///^^///
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HedgeCatDragonix Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Advanced Settings are greyed out ;3;
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Ewalynn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
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chaosmarine125 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tut. When i try to access your site it says "This webpage is not available" but i can access other sites normally. I'm using chrome could that be it? I also tried firefox and got the same result. 

Something wrong or is it just me?
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PaintbrushPonyArtist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope I've gotten the same problem :I
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breeyawnuh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is extremely helpful! thank you so much!
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nanakah Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Thank you! :) I had been away from digital art for a while and this was a great help to getting back on track with Sai.
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does the " Quality " setting adjust ? When I make a new brush , that is one of the adjustments for it :
  I don't notice what its doing .  It has four number  settings> 


1- Fastest , 4- Smoothest .  What is this effecting ? 

Update, never mind, I see you answered this. Thanks a lot. 
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SakuraPetal91 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO HELPFUL
THANK YOU SO MUCH
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Dakimomoe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I "oh"ed all the way, very informative, thanks!
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darkstormangel16 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!!! I'm a noob at SAI and I really needed this
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reliikkiART Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student General Artist
You can also set tools with their own stabilizer, if you need an exact one with specific tools! (just double click the brush)
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BrianRA Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, very helpful Inspiration 
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An-Pseudonymous Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gET REKT
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Animekowa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
AWESOME!! Thx for this tutorial :) <3
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