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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 )
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Evailable Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love all your SAI tutorials! :D Perfect for a beginner like me. Thank you! Hug 
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CelestialVerity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial finally helped me to draw grass <3 (Even though I'm sure they're meant to be bushes...)
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Here I show how how to copy ALL names of the files fast into a text  list automatically.  fav.me/d9nrxo0  Hope it saves you a little more time .
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Gosiak5 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist
IT'S THE BEST SAI TUTORIAL ON DA!
Thank you very much :*
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Saltantan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
It looks so easy... but when I do it... XD
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kiddo75 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.... all seems easy until we try :o
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WaferArt01 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, Thank you so much! Very Helpful
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Egeskjold Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very very helpful, thanks a lot! ♥ Here is where I used your advise for the first time :> fav.me/d9921wl
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) it's great that you think that about this tutorial. Thank you
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s0phism Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is phenomenal! thank you so much for going through the time and effort to make this. Many many many thanks <3 <3 <3
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment :) it makes me happy when i can help
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Tianera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a detailed tutorial! There are many things, I searched for, thank you so much.
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) awwwn thanks for your kind comment
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M-a-f-u-y-u Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist
Great tutorial. I also find it very hard to part from Sai. When I try and follow Photoshop tutorials - I'm like, "Gahh!! Too many options. I never had to mess w/ 'transfer' settings in previous versions!!" Hopefully Sai 2 will be here before the end of the year Nod
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
I like photoshop and other programa but sai is the best for me hehehehe
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Ahrarara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Would you know how to color scanned drawings? 
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if the lineart is clean enough (and if the background is white) you can use the scan on top and change the color mode of that layer to multiply, then you can color on layers under the lineart.
If it´s just a sketch you'll have to ink it on a new layer.
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Ahrarara Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG thank you so much!!!
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my SAI hero now and I want to get it just so I can use this tutorial huuuuuuugs!
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwwwn thanks!!!!
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thetwelfthdwarf Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU FOR THIS <3 much love
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thanks for your comment!
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very insightful tutorial and very useful thankyou for sharing
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcomes
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MaryLovesLife Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was super helpful and easy to understand! Thank you so much for sharing. <3
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thanks
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ChewChuu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me a bit, thanks! It makes me rethink my way of coloring
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) hehehe thank you
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ChewChuu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You can check out my latest drawing to see some inspiration from your tutorial :D
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D checking!
thanks for telling me that my tutorial was useful.
I've checked it and compared with older pics and it looks better indeed.
As advice (i hope I'm not rude), remember to be careful with your shapes and shadows. I see a part of a circle of the background on the hair's accesory so maybe you forgot to erase it or it's transparent. Also that accesory doesn't have shadows so it doesn't merge with the rest of the pic.
Keep going!
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ChewChuu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah its suppose to be a sort of transparent hair accessory, but I agree that I should of put some Shadows, its those little things I always seem to forget >.<
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i see! If it's transparent then it's ok, maybe then lights and shadows only so that way it will look like part of the rest :D
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ChewChuu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah! definitely
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DoodleKnots Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Im going to follow your advice and purchase paint tool sai but I notice in the picture that it is in Japanese.
Does it automatically change after purchase?
Also thank you kindly for the tips about dark layer!
It helps me see even when coloring with a white color!
Though I have to watch out when using black lines (and making a black layer... I find myself go blurred when that happens xD...)
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LoxxyDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student General Artist
oh and you could try changing the transparency of the dark layer a little bit so you could see much better or do a dark but not black layer when using black lines. :)
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DyMaraway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now i almost never use the dark layer because I've learned how to use the clip option
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TyphonicSha Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this helps a lot! *o*
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brooklynn620 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness thank you so so much!~ Love Heart La la la la 
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teasmacker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super good and absolutely useful tutorial.
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Lewis-Pepper Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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here you go :D!!
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LoxxyDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
This is a permanent bookmark on my internet. THANK YOU SENPAI * Hug *
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Metalraptor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic tutorial. :D
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Jamie5m Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is godly. Thank you
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DoodleKnots Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Im currently using the trial version (almost over too T _ T)
so far sai seems very good since im a newbie to this...
But I have small options than the full version
The problem I was told that it is better to just download a free full version to pay since in the american version they give up and stop updating (there is another but i wont be able to understand it at all due to being in a different language)
The dilemma is that there is full free version but a pirated and im do not want to get in trouble...even though they left the project...
In the site i go to....everyone uses the pirated version...
Is it better to pay it anyways?
Also I cannot really zoom in for some reason for the dark and light part...
Based on what I learn so far from tampering...
The dark is just making making a new layer, fill it up with the bucket tool with a dark color right?
Then what is the light layer?
And how does the lineart not be effected and just look like a cut out before coloring?
Sorry if that is a dumb question... like I said... I am very new (as in paper bound new XD )
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LoxxyDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
hey, I honestly think it is worth actually buying it if you don't want a virus on your computer. If you have a good antivirus though, you could consider getting the pirated version. It may not come as a full version but some do, depending on where you get it from.
im not advertising the pirated version and I honestly would get the free version, just to be safe.

oh and for the light layer, I normally do the sketch, then a LINEWORK layer over the initial sketch. Then using the wand tool in the tool section ( it looks like a stick with a transparent ball on the end of it that has lines coming from it ) I select areas in the linework layer that I want to be light. Make sure you have a dark layer first! Then when the areas are selected make a new layer and start filling in the selected areas with white.
Well, that's how I do it anyway...
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DoodleKnots Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Sorry for the long reply.
Had some CPU troubles and I think I got it cleared out! Whoopie! ^.^
Also I tried the dark layer idea and it has been helping me a lot to clean inside the lines.
The selector tool for some reason bucket fills the background though x x. I'm pretty sure I'm doing that wrong (someone commented me on how to do it correctly )
However I finished the trial version (I was already having fun T.T)
So I decided to follow your advice to purchase to be on the safe side.
However I notice on the picture its in Japanese...
Does it automatically change its language after purchase?
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LoxxyDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student General Artist
ok, I have no idea how you can fix the selector thing but I had to tweak my version a bit since when I updated to windows 8.1 it deleted my SAI. since I had the original files from the old SAI I was using I changed a few of the brushes and some settings and it worked way better than the old one. As far as I know it should give you an option to change the language or it would change automatically on it's own. possibly for the bucket you may not have put all lines together so the background is filled as well. it may take ages but it is worth checking every line is connected together. good luck!
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Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I did not know about the transparency thing. I will give it a go sometimes, thanks.
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