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SAI Coloring Tutorial by foogie SAI Coloring Tutorial by foogie
See the finished product here: [link]


I've been meaning to make one of these for a while, and I finally remembered to take screenshots along the way as I was doing my last drawing.

I hope this helps some people in learning some of the cool features in PaintTool SAI!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment! :D

Enjoy!


DD: I'm so honored to have this tutorial featured in the Daily Deviations!! I'm glad to know that so many people will find this tutorial of use to them!! :D
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Given 2011-05-13
Featured as a part of ^ProjectEducate's Resources Week, SAI Coloring Tutorial by *foogie is a wonderful tutorial for all Paint Tool Sai users who want a neat way to color their line arts, and really aren't sure where to begin. ( Featured by Nyiana-sama )
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Aromakoffein Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks alot.
I'm currently starting with Digital Drawing and decided to learn the Tools fist :p.
There are some options not clear to me yet but google is my friend and i'm just happy to got some keypoints i can start working with.
It's like building a foundation and let's see how the House will develop.
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foogie Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! That's a great analogy!  I'm glad that this was of use to you!  :D
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Nark0tica Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been very helpful. I had no idea how to do most of these things, including making the lineart softer through gradient coloring and I had no idea how to use the Preserver Opacity, Selection Source or Clipping!
The things I learned in this tutorial are things I'm going to be able to apply to other works and that makes a tutorial a great tutorial. 
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D  I'm glad this tutorial was so helpful for you!
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Pencil-Mage Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I had no idea you can do these things in Sai @__@
this will be so useful OMG MOAR POEMS! 
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foogie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I'm glad you found it of use!! :D
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MoonwolfYouthOtaku Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will come in handy ^^
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foogie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad! :D
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MoonwolfYouthOtaku Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=)
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Everli Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist

This is very helpful; I needed some help when it came to shading.

Thank you!

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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful! :D
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Everli Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
It was :)
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annette-edelweiss Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow...so..beautiful!....are you using tablet for coloring this?
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D Yes, I currently use a Wacom Intuos4 Medium Tablet. :)
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annette-edelweiss Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I see.... :icongreatjobplz:
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ladidagab Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have no idea how useful this is. I can't understand anything about SAI and this helped a lot !
Thanks a million !
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foogie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, awesome! I'm glad it was useful for you! :D
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Xaviarluvya Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Learned sooo much! Thank you
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it helpful! :D
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guanhian Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I swear this is the most detailed tutorial that i had ever found!
Thank you : )
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I'm glad you've found it useful! :)
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Mintoti Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned a lot! And this going to increase my productivity waaay more! :)
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'm glad it was helpful :D
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OceanPirate Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one thing: do you know how i can make the blush?

i love to know it.

otherwise,it is a really amazing tutorial!
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foogie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I do to make the blush is take a pink color that's darker than the skin and shadows, and above all skin layers I make a new one- and airbrush this color onto the cheeks (very lightly, don't overdo it!), elbows, knees, bum, maybe fingers a bit too.... then adjust the opacity to get the right look. :) You can also try setting the layer to overlay or something to see if it looks better, but usually just the flat color with adjusted opacity is fine! At the end I'll take the eraser and make little round erased dots on these blush areas as a shine mark. :)

I hope that helps!
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OceanPirate Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! :)
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IrishArtemis29 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Artist
Do you do any tutorials for Photoshop? I know it's not as good as SAI but i's all i have =(
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foogie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do have a couple, they're a little old (made in 2006) and my skills since then are much better... but still tutorials nonetheless, you can see all of them here: [link] :)
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IrishArtemis29 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you so much! I use to do web designing and the highest level of photoshop was cs2. Thank you again!
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foogie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD you're welcome!
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PwnKage Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Hello darling! I love the tutorial. And congrats on the DD.

I do have a question. I used to use Sai, however now I have a Mac so I can't use SAI on it. So currently, I use Photoshop, but I want to make my lineart smoother. Is there some sort of option/bar I can fiddle with for my lines to be smoother?

Or otherwise, if there is a Mac version of SAI.

Which would be amazing. <:
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foogie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well I'm really not familiar with what's available (and not available) for macs... but I think your best bet for making smooth lines in photoshop would be using the pen tool. In the version I use (photoshop CS2) there is no function for stabilizing pen strokes, but there might be in newer versions. I'm not too sure :) but to my knowledge, the pen tool is the only way to get perfectly smooth lines. I also have an older tutorial on using the pen tool here if you're interested: [link] (click download image to see it)
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PwnKage Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thanks very much! I'll look into those. <:
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xxVampire-Alisaxx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your the only artist whos tutorial i've read that uses the selection source. Finally i know what it does and will make colouring so much easier. Thanks so much! :love:

You deserve the DD ;)
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foogie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD thanks so much!! I'm glad you found it helpful! :D
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kawaiineko405 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome tutorial! it has made take a few things into consideration for my own art.. things that i should naturally be remembering..lol.. i shall make good use of this tutorial~
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foogie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I'm glad you've found it useful!
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KittenPajamaz Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is probably the most perfect tutorial I've seen on anything ever! Thank you so much for this tutorial!:D
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foogie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I'm glad it's useful for you!! :D
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Eeffie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man. Totally freaking helped. Before the eyes looked dull and lifeless now they look A-M-A-Z-A-Z-I-N-G
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foogie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha, I'm glad you've found it useful! :D
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xKirameku-Lunaix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial! thanks!
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foogie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you find it of use! :D
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xKirameku-Lunaix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i sure did!
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RinaRinRin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very helpfull! :love:
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foogie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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i love the way you color her eyes! im definately going to try this~
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I'm glad you've found it of use :D
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MrAron Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is soooooo helpful! Thank you!
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foogie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you've found it of use! :D
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