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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:

:iconquest-akane:
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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DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Awesome!
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Lyan-s-Art Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist
you made my day <3
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:iconcandy-meow:
Candy-Meow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this~ I use Clip Studio Paint Pro but I've always been curious about SAI <33
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:icondymaraway:
DyMaraway Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both programs are great. Right now I work with paintstorm but i still miss sai (*>▽<*)
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KittyKidd17 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congratulations on your double d e.e jokes aside, thank you very much! This is very useful!
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macpainttool Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazingly useful, thank you so much for making tutorial!

I just found a good alternative to Paint tool sai Mac   for my Mac os x with pen pressure.

Just for those artists information to have a trial of the most convenient method to use paint tool sai on Mac
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RICHIGO1211 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i got one question, how many layers do i use for coloring ??
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Barnes-Daishaun15 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Artist
This is a little blurry, I can barely see the words
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animmika Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you get more brushes? I noticed that you have a pen tool, however, I got mine from the official site (I assume you did too) and I don't have that tool....
By the way, this was really useful, good job!
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just right click on any of the empty squares where the tools are (at the left) and you'll have a menu with more tools then you can configure them by changing their options below.
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animmika Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, thank you very much!!!
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Nocturnal-Beam Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when I first saw this ;w; I was just starting to use Sai (about two years ago) and I was so frustrated and confused. This helped me LOTS and I can't thank you enough for posting it! Temmie Emoticon Icon Gif 3 - Undertale 
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Starry-chi Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
This one is good and very detailed!!! Thank you so much, I might use some of the techniques ^^
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VhasTheGuy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I learned alot, semppppaiiii.
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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  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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:iconkiddo75:
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  Student 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  Student 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  Student 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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