What is Sai and what does it do
Sai is a digital illustration and drawing program that is available both as a drawing tablet application, as well as an app for the iPad. The traditional version requires a drawing tablet in order to work, while the iPad variant can be used with just about any Apple device. The main function of Sai is to present the user with a massive array of drawing tools, filters and other options so they can focus on creating artwork rather than wrestling with the application. For those who are interested in getting started with digital drawing and painting, Sai is a good, free option.
Sai is a very easy to learn digital illustration program that allows you to create drawings and paintings through the use of your computer or tablet. You can use a graphic tablet to provide you with a more natural drawing experience, though you can also use it with an iPad provided that you have one of the stylistic Apple devices coming out in recent years. You draw using the stylus that comes in the package, which is very similar to a pencil. You are only allowed to draw lines at this time, but there are plans for an updated program in the future that will allow you to create shapes and other basic objects.
How to use the lineart tool to create perfect lines
Start off with a plain background, in a color that matches your style of lineart. The black and white concept is a very popular style when it comes to lineart art and the reason is because it enhances the design to the point where an artist can leave room for other elements like shading and gradient to bring out a design.
If you have never played with the lineart tool before or have even heard of it, well then you haven’t really been using your art program correctly. When starting off with the lineart tool it can be a little tricky but if you keep at it and remember the tips below you will be able to create perfect outlines within no time. Below I’ll go over each of these steps and provide some helpful tips to keep in mind along the way.
Painting with Sai – basic tips for getting started
When you start off with a new drawing, move the mouse around until you get used to the drawing tools. This can take a while, but it is well worth it. Drawing tools like the eraser, brush, color pencil and other tools on the main toolbar have shortcut keys to make drawing with these easier. It is important you do not start drawing right away. First, select a color that is going to work well in your artwork and then select the brush you’ll be using.
Start by creating an outline of your drawing on the right side of the screen, covering most of the canvas. This can be done by holding down “A” on one side of the screen, and then holding down “Z” on the other side (the key will show up in red). You should have a horizontal line from top to bottom. Draw the line across the width of the screen, then hold down “Z” again, and draw a vertical line to create a box shape.
Working with layers in Sai
Layering in Sai is a very important aspect of drawing because if you do not layer your layers, you will lose all your work if something goes wrong. Although the program comes with a layer manager that allows you to create multiple layers simultaneously, this is not always the best option. If you use only the layers feature provided by Sai, your digital artwork will turn out flat and lack of depth. If this happens, you may need to import your art into a program like Photoshop and then use layers in that program.
The layering feature that is included with Sai does have a number of holes where it falls short. Basically, because of these flaws, the program will get your work out of step with the layers in Photoshop. Essentially, you cannot import files from Photoshop and have them automatically contain these layers. This is hopefully going to be fixed in future versions of Sai but for now we need to make adjustments so that these problems are minimized.
Here is a list of things that you need to take note of concerning layers in Sai.
1. The Import/Export layer feature does not work properly as layers are not preserved during import and export. This means your art will loose all of its layers when you import it into a program like Photoshop. This can be particularly frustrating for those who have spent a long time creating multiple layers and then have to manually recreate them within the different program.
Saving your work – how to keep your files organized
One of the most important things when you are creating art is how to save it. Most of the time, you will want to save your work as a jpeg file or a png file and then save it on your computer. This is important because it allows you to share your work with friends and other people who will appreciate your artwork. When you save your work, it is a good idea to name it and then also to put in some additional information as well.
What is a wallpaper?
If you are working on a piece of art, this is what you should be saving the file as. They are usually 640 x 480 pixels but it is important that you check the dimensions to be sure that this is what you want to save it as. Usually, there will also be a section for adding your name and email address if you wish to do so. You can also choose which type of file system or format that your computer uses for saving files. These include .jpg, .gif, .psd, .jpg, .jpeg, .png.
“Wallpaper” is a term used for a very specific type of file that you can use when creating art. The thing about it is that it will display on the computer or phone perfectly, but you cannot change or edit the picture at all, as this would be considered as stealing and illegal. You have to have a very close look at your file and make sure that it is in this format.
The different types of art that you can do