FORTUNATELY FOR YOU I have UNEARTHED THE SEKRIT and I’mma BLOW YOUR MIND with my NEWFOUND MASTERY OF CUSTOM SAI PENS
magical life altering TEXTURES, SETTINGS, and TIP SHEET below!!!
~ m a a a a a g i i i i i c . d i v i i i i i d e r r r r r ~
if you don’t have it already, you’re gonna need a copy of SAI with these brush textures available:
got it? good!! now:
—> RIGHT CLICK on one of your empty slots in the TOOL SELECTION PALETTE to CREATE A NEW PENCIL
—> DOUBLE CLICK that bitch, then set PRESSURE STABILIZER to 15, and STROKE STABILIZER to S-3 (i know what you’re thinking but trust me on this its integral to the experience!!!)
—> give your shiny new brush a distinctive NAME, like GINA or RICHARD or DIGITAL BRUSH PEN
—> alter the settings as follows:
You don’t have to follow these to the T!! However:
The reason I’m so CAPSLOCKY and ADAMANT about these settings is coz of the following
Your HARD <-> SOFT setting corresponds to the FLUIDITY and SENSITIVITY of your shiny new brush!! If you aren’t used to working with real ink, you might find yourself pressing WAY TOO HARD for the first little while. Give yourself time!! the lag and sensitivity takes awhile to get used to, but be patient. You won’t regrets :D
Your BRUSH TEXTURES correspond to that deliciamous FEATHERING EFFECT characteristic of traditional media! Set them too low and they’ll hardly show up, ruining the illusion :(
Your MINIMUM DENSITY corresponds to the ‘imperfectly tapered’ strokes most people end up with if they aren’t drawing with a superfine brush (or are using oddly absorbent paper, sob I know first hand)! I keep mine between 10-25, but you’re free to go higher if it suits your style :0
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WELP, THAT’S ALL FOR NOW! If you enjoyed this guide, reblargh and share! It took me ages to figure these settings out. NOW YOU CAN DO IT IN UNDER 10 EASY STEPS! ARE YOU FOLLOWING THIS, CAMERA GUY?
(oh, and the girl in the example picture is that secretary from my comic. ain’t she presh.)
i know you do, babes. Okay this I didn’t come up with, I actually found it in a tut from Kasune/GlubGrump so if you’re curious go and look the guy up. But he’s not too fond of Tumblr so I don’t think he’d want me reposting his tut, so I’ll just screenshot my own settings.
For this, you will need to right click on an empty square in Paint Tool Sai where all your tools are, and select “pencil”
be sure to click the box that says ‘Advanced Settings’ and to check off the density box. From there, simply copy the following settings:
The resulting brush is a wonderfully smooth ink pen that’s very sharp and crisp! try it out, you might like it. :>
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I’ve had a general idea what these things did but wasn’t completely sure what their specific functions were. I decided to sit down and figure it out, and I have thrown together a short reference guide for anyone who is confused about them. I know there are multiple translations of SAI floating around, so if some of these terms don’t sound familiar, just know that I’m talking about the three settings that appear under the texture in the brush tool settings (note that this won’t apply to any tool types except for brushes and watercolor brushes).
I don’t claim to be an expert so if you find I’ve made a mistake, let me know so I can update it, thanks! :3
BLENDING (Color Blending)
This controls how readily the brush will inherit any colors you are painting over with it. For example, a 0% blending setting will pick up no existing colors, treating it as if you were painting on a transparent layer. A 100% blending setting will ONLY pick up existing colors (provided there are any). So at 100%, the color you’re using won’t even show up, unless you move to a transparent area. Blending is not affected by transparent pixels, so if you’re drawing on a blank layer it will have no effect.
So you can see from this example that the color I’m using gets harder to paint as the blending increases and more of the existing green is absorbed, until at 100% it is just completely turning green.
DILUTION (Opacity Mix)
This controls how readily the brush will draw on a blank (transparent) part of the layer. A 0% Dilution will result in the brush painting very easily onto a blank surface, while a brush with 100% dilution will literally not paint on blank parts of the layer at all. Dilution is ONLY affected by transparent pixels. So it won’t do anything if the whole layer is already filled in (even with white). Dilution can be thought of as the inverse of the Blending setting in some ways.
So in this example, you can see that as dilution approaches 100%, the color I’m painting with basically becomes invisible. In fact, if you were to switch to binary color mode and look at this layer, there would literally be nothing there anymore!
Keep this in mind - if you ever can’t paint for some reason, check your dilution setting, it might have gotten accidentally bumped to 100!
This one goes hand-in-hand with blending. Basically, it controls how easily a brush shifts color as you are blending from one color to another. Rather, how long it “persists” if you will. Like blending, Persistence is only really relevant when painting over existing color so it’s mostly unaffected by transparent pixels. Basically, the higher the persistence, the longer it will take for the color to shift as you make a stroke, and subsequently, from which color to which other color it is shifting is dependent on the blending setting.
So for this example I’ve done the same test with three different levels of blending. I turned off all pressure sensitivity (actually I just used my mouse) to emphasize the effects in a controlled environment:
If blending is at 0%, persistence fails to have any real effect. With pressure on, there is only the difference of having to push harder, but the results will be the same as far as I can tell.
At a happy medium of 50%, persistence increase causes the orange that the brush is picking up to last longer as it goes into the green, until it never shifts to blue at all.
At 100% blending, there was never any blue in the first place, because as we already know, full blending causes you to only pick up existing color. So the persistence setting changes only how fast the orange changes to green.
Persistence is dependent upon the blending settings, so having them somewhere in the middle will probably produce the most optimal results.
Ultimately how you use these is up to you, and is largely dependent on what kind of brush you’re making and what it will be used for. And most of these settings are meant to be used together in unison, so play around with them a lot!
If you are confused, or not sure what settings you want or what settings you should be using, a safe bet is to put them all at about 50% - that will produce fairly average results that are easy to work with, and it’s easy to remember in case you want to experiment but don’t want to forget your settings in case you decide to switch back.
Hope that helps!