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Coloring Tutorial and Sai Tips by DyMaraway Coloring Tutorial and Sai Tips by DyMaraway
I really hope this will be useful for some people. I know I'm not saying anything "new" but I've did my best to include some stuff that usually i don't read at some SAI or coloring tutorials.

Thanks if you read it all. I know sometimes it might be boring, having so much text for a simple coloring step, but as english isn't my main language, I felt I had to be more specific with descriptions -anyways, sorry if my english isn't good enough or sounds like when a song is played over and ooooover again-

>3< Fullview of course, or you won't read anything hehehe.

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OMAGAH I GOT A DD!!! THANKS TO EVERYONEEEE! *3* THIS IS MY FIRST DD AND I'M SOOOO HAPPY!
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***COLORING TUTORIAL AND SAI TIPS:
PART 1 [link]
PART 2 [link]
PART 3 [link]


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***Translations:

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PART 1 (RUSSIAN): [link]

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PART 1 (GERMAN): [link]

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Please read every tutoria and every answer for the FAQ section at this description very well before asking something.

Feel free to ask anything related to SAI and this tutorial.

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***DOWNLOADS:

Elemap Tones, Papertex, Brushform, Brushtex Files: [link] (Just extract them and copy-paste them inside your SAI main folder overwriting the existing files)

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F.A.Q:
(updated 15/01/2012)

"WHERE CAN I GET SAI?"
[link] this is the official site, where you can get a free trial for one month, after that you must buy it..... yes, piracy DOES exist but i won't tell you where.

"CAN I DO THIS WITHOUT A TABLET?"
It's not easy, but yes, you can. The result might not be exactly the same but you can get a similar work. But you have to arrange the transparency and other features of each brush to achieve certain effects. How? Well, i don't know, i don't paint with my mouse for more than 3 years so i forgot how to do it.

"CAN I USE THIS WITH OTHER PROGRAMS?"
Yes, you can. Not everything, but at least the coloring technique.

"IS THERE SAI VERSION FOR MAC?"
No, but there are other good programs for MAC, you can try those.

"WHAT'S THE SUPR BUTTON?"
Sorry people, i don't own a laptop with the keyboard in english, so i think you have it as "delete"

"CAN YOU SHARE YOUR WATERCOLOR BRUSH SETTINGS?"
[link]

"CAN YOU SHARE YOUR REDJUICE BRUSH SETTINGS?"
[link]

"CAN YOU SHARE YOUR CHARCOAL BRUSH SETTINGS?"
[link]
The texture and the brush tip can be found at the download section of this description.

"WHITE LAYER AND DARK LAYER... I JUST DON'T GET IT"
[link] check this small pic to understand how to arrange them. Why do i use them? As you see, i paint and my color doesn't respect the lineart at first, so i erase later... to find every part that i wanna erase, instead looking at a white background i use the dark layer. Also, if the white layer is well done enough, i can select it, invert it and erase the parts that i don't need without using the eraser -which takes more time-
=A= well... as it's kinda hard to explain and stuff... I've made another pic to explain it as a step by step... Some of you might notice the good side of using both... if you don't it's fine... that step is optional anyway. [link]

Anyway a lot of people asks me this even if the answer is big, with examples and clear, so i won't reply to that question again.

"HOW CAN I MAKE MY OWN BRUSH"
Read the part 2 please *link at the begining*
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Given 2011-03-27
Coloring Tutorial and Sai Tips by =dymaraway A straight forward and easy to understand, yet detailed tutorial on painting in SAI ( Suggested by Wlotus-2307 and Featured by shelldevil )
:iconjjxenon:
jjxenon Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Very nice Tutorial . Thanks :-)
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:iconadrien123:
Adrien123 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Interesting. Very interesting. ^^

I struggle with this software. But with this tutorial,  it should be fine. ^^
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flooorgutierrez Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! This saved my life!! :D
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PotatOS10 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial 0v0
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MeoowP Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Question; How do I "get" the dark layer? c; 
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:iconlackadaisical-artist:
Lackadaisical-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just create a new layer and use the bucket tool and fill it with a dark color. Then just place the "dark" layer under everything.

[Liner Art]
[Color]
[White Layer]
[Dark Layer]
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MeoowP Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... thanks, haha! Thought you used a special effedt the program had Ai Fuyuumi (Blush) [V1] 
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Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have Sai, (I use PS) but this is a really hand guide for almost anyone who wants tips for coloring digitally, I think. The results are so vibrant and bold, this is really great. Thank you for sharing.
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Furansessu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love your tutorial Hatsune Miku-15 (Happy) 
but i have problem regarding the transparent brush (the tiny thing which i just know)
mine doesn't erase the same brush settings (ink pen/pen/watercolour/etc) but it erases everything Hatsune Miku-07 (Cries) 
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So happy I reviewed youir tutorial.There are some things i did not understand the 1st time. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!Hug :happybounce: 
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Renttelb17 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is great - thanks! :)
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Tioluko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All Hail The Transparent Brush !!!!

Thank you very much for showing it xD
I guess I can improve a little more now :la:
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TheFabBerta Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so great! Thank you for ALL the details I learnt some "secrets" I didn't know about SAI yet. ;3
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MirajaneS23 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can use this tutorial on a andriod tablet?
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KittehBit Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
This is increadible! Thank you very much!! :D
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sallylamonde Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhh this is amazing! Thank you so much for this, it will be very useful! You are awesome! :dummy:
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Katsurin5 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
This is an amazing and helpful tutorial~
Thank you for taking the time to do it!
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YOSEILY Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Huggy heart) [V6] this tutorial is amazing Anime Emoji (Blush Oh yay dance) [V6] 
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GerryIsNear Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Wow! Very comprehensive! A problem I've had with other tutorials is that they seem to skip over some "obvious" steps, but as a novice, they aren't obvious to me.
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UTAUVocaloidAnimeFan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this! My SAI pen pressure doesn't work so I'm going to try it on Sketchbook Pro >3<
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Ismayoko Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
thanks for the tutorial is realy help me ^_^
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iLyriics Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very helpful, thank you a lot!!!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
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:iconisaacriomi:
isaacriomi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial Kudryavka Noumi Kud (Masato Dance) [V10] 
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vanillablizzard Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is amazing! I really want paint tool sai but unfortunately I don't think it's available for mac users... :<
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CrystalTheLuxio Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this!! I recently switched to SAI after I got my Wacom, since the other programs I had didn't have very good tablet support, and SAI seemed to be the best option. I've been trying to figure it out, but it's been a struggle. I still have a long way to go, but this is helping me in the right direction!! :meow:
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Kyasai Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this tutorial really helped me. This is explained in such explicit detailed and helped clarify a lot of things other tutorials did not cover, which of course, left me really confused and agitated. :')
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orangeei Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! It helped me a LOT! :)
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SugArisaCookies Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist
This is so helpful! Thank you so much!~ I wonder how you guys make those thin lines though XD
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Black-Card Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
when do you know that you make your lines thicker and others kept thin?
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marianne-art Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much! Can I have your permission to translate it in French? Then you could be able to published it in French on your account.
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JennaTenshi Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
thanks for this tutorial is so good *V*
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animals21 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it could help me a lot :) Well. I have mac, and do you know, where I can get SAI :)? (without getting any viruses)
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:iconowl-boo:
owl-boo Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O my glob! This helped me so much! Thank You!
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Accel80 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Thanks a lot this really helps =w= b
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strawberri-kun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Links are not working :< But the tutorial is amazing. Thanks <3 
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ichigo-icecream Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The watercolour brush link doesn't work! O___O
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Oldsoul-Mira Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student General Artist
YOU, MADAM, ARE A LIFESAVER! <3
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BlueShiranui Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'll try to use this Tutorial to make my own oc =) Thats a nice tut ^^
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terrisasterrific Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i love this tutorial xD Thanks :3
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plus-ruin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sugoi ... ty so much
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lolitamilk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omfg! This is amazing, and defintly very helpfull!
Thanks alot!! ♥ really!

very detailed and alot of detailed explaining (wich is not often found by tutorials on here, to be frank. xD )

Totally love it. ^^ !
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YAMATA12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Hola, debo decir que son muy buenos tus tutoriales, yo recién estoy usando SAI así que me van a ser de gran ayuda XD!
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XxwhitewolffirexX Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your style i wish you would do an anatomy tutorial 
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tare-musume Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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OhHeyKilo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
This is very helpful! Thank you for posting!
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CloudOniiKun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly I suffer from total colour-blindness, but I'd still love to give this a try... now I just need to actually get better at drawing ;-;
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iridemscence Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
omg this is gonna help me so much thank you you're awsome <3
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PurpleMoonFang Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i can't find the transparency setting anywhere on the watercolor brush settings. Help?
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RoxiiReaper Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its where your primary and secondary colour boxes are, in the bottom left corner.
Its the same for every tool, not just the watercolour brush.
Hope that helped >u<
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PurpleMoonFang Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx. I Googled it.
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