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SAI Tutorial - Custom Brushes by DarlingMionette SAI Tutorial - Custom Brushes by DarlingMionette
Wheeeeeee another tutorial :) This time on custom brushes in SAI! <3 I love custom brushes. It was getting so long that I tourniquet'd my custom brush settings off of it >.> But if anyone sees a brush exampled up there that you'd like, just ask and I'll copy the stats for you :)

ENGLISH SAI: [link]
Official Website: [link]

SAI costs approximately $56 USD (5250 Japanese Yen) for a license. Trials last 31 days. Check the exchange rates on your currency - they change daily so it can fluctuate up and down.


[link] <- Custom Brush Suppliment Tutorial. Has all my brush settings.

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NOTE: This deviation is a little outdated. You can now download "DarlingMionette's SAI Resources" at the bottom of the Custom Brush Supplement.

It is a .zip file of all my brush settings, textures, blank do-it-yourself resources, instructions for creating custom content, and associated start-sai.exe file that lets you register these files to your SAI without editing the .conf files manually :3 All in one convenient place. All of my current brush settings have been updated to match the files in the .zip file, and contain image examples for each. Be sure to read the README's! If you like it, then drop me a +fav on this deviation :D. Thanks!
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:iconantlergod:
antlergod Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
i bought sai and i do not have a do it yourself folder???
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MysticalBlackWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
so you say the hard to soft changes the tip thingy how come it doesnt change for me
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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See? It isn't supposed to be that pixelated right? Or am I just complaining about what everyone has?
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all my brushes are so pixelated, even when I make my own. The pixels are so big and blocky that it makes everything I draw look like I drew it with a Nintendo DS. Do you know how to fix this? All your brushes look like they don't even know what pixels are XD
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kawaii-mlp-anime Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Canvas size effects that. Make sure your canvas is big enough.
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you lots!
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Karasdraws Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So I've been able to do everything except get the brushes to open in SAI. All the conf files are entered correctly and everything, but they don't show up in SAI. I'm unable to hit start SAI like you specified because I don't have that option in my file. Is there an alternative to this?
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yxtsu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't free sai illegal.. ?
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:icondoritoloser:
DoritoLoser Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
whenever i press "start-sai" it goes "can't run sai.exe (createprocess failed with error 740)"
how can i fix this??
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MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Run as administrator 
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MultipleDimensionx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Heyo, you saved my life o3o
I was searching for the answer to the same question and now I'm so relieved! 
Thank youuu
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:iconmycrazyart:
MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD You're welcome, i was struggling  with it to so i tried running it as admin and it worked!
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:iconmultipledimensionx:
MultipleDimensionx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I would never in a million years have thought of that solution ;;w;;
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:iconmycrazyart:
MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA XD lol!
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Dragon-flame13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
My version of sai doesnt have the do it yourself folder :/ Nor do I have start sai, Im not sure what to do. I ve tried downloading start sai but an error pops up when I try to open it.
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iamkariina Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey! My custom brushes never save!! it is so frustrating. coulf you help me please? I googled it and couldn't find help 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
you probably have a corrupt .dll - which is what forces the program to save when you exit out. if you do a fresh install, it should fix the problem!
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iamkariina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student General Artist
thank you!!!
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Seraphim-Skye Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got SAI and this will be extremely useful!
Thank you!
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:iconfearlessleo:
FearlessLeo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How'd you do the brushy one that you use? ;A;
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
XD you can get all of the brushes i use in my custom brush supplement :D easy to download/install.
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:iconfearlessleo:
FearlessLeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
╮(╯▽╰)╭ thanks! ^ω^
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Andora44 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Artist
my BMP don`t show like that
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speckledcanvas Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could you possibly help me by telling me how people were able to get one of the setting to say like rough_flat ? 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They downloaded the file and followed the instructions >.> *points to large download button on the right hand side of the screen* Everything needed to create the brushes is included, or is default with SAI when you buy/install it.
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Exlaa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, i'm trying to make a brush for making chains in sai, but keep ending up with three lines. :/ 
Any suggestion as to why this isn't working?
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ArtemaSunset Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Minus 10 points for comic sans.

Just kidding, this helped me a lot. Thanks!
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Xuvia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
yeah i paid for my sai, love it and never regretted it once <3 ill try this out later when i have some time
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PaintbrushPonyArtist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When I click on the link for English Sai, it says the webpage contains harmful programs :I
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Could be a false positive, (I've never had a problem with the site myself, and I haven't gotten any other complaints from people viewing it) but of course it's up to you to whether or not you wish to risk it.
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IoveIiestIies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does any tutorial help with brushes if you use a mouse ??
Like god damn every single god damn tutorial is with a tablET DAMNIT

//table flip  RAGE 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately, most custom brushes require a tablet because of the pressure sensitivity.... with a lot of time, patience, and practice, someone can learn to manipulate the brushes manually to virtually work the same with a mouse... but it requires 10x more knowledge effort than just using the pressure sensitivity. Unfortunately, most good paint programs are just built that way.
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IoveIiestIies Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

 
i know it fucking sucks ;-;
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xindungnemda Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student
Thank for the tutorial XD
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tilachihuahua Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I recently bought SAI (didn't know if you wanted to update)
5400 JPY for a liscence, as of July 9th 2015 that is approximately $45 USD
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CuteFluffyCat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHMAHGAWD, THANKIE CHU SO MUCH! X3
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kittykat-005 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can I get Sai? Thanks <3
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:iconmaygusta:
MAYGUSTA Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My Sai doesn't actually have the water brush... Is there anywhere online find it to download?
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ALMcNelly Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
mine didn't either sot of, but it did in fact have it, was just hidden. Don't know why, but when i right clicked on an empty brush slot it was there and i could put it up with the others.  Hope yours is as easy to find.  :)
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Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this very informative tutorial. I downloaded a bunch of custom brushes for SAI but was just getting confused by how the brushes behaved. I started to play around with the actual brush settings instead and got far better results. This tutorial clearly states which options do what. Thank you again.
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Candy-Cane-xo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've noticed that many people (when they draw or write on SAI) that the lines are clear and with me, it's so...pixelly (However you call it, not clear lines at least). And no, I don't use my mouse, I have a bamboo :D But how do you do that?
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saiyukixpokemon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
How anput changing the resoluion of the canvas? 72 pixels/inch is the default and that is really low
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Son69 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you enable pen mode in sai?
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have a newer version of SAI, which I bought (yes, bought) back in July of last year. There is no "Start Sai" button that looks like a green version of the YouTube logo on my Windows 7 Acer laptop.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
start sai doesn't come with sai. also, it's not needed to install the newer version of brushes.
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have noticed that...
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
How do I keep custom tools? My laptop crashed last night and I lost all of them. If I close out of SAI, I'll lose them.
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LoveCreepys Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy Alt) [V1] 
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ShiiroHana Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello, When I look at my brush settings, the checkbox
for the blend settings is grayed out.... How do I fix it?
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