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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NOTE: This deviation is a little outdated.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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xindungnemda Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thank for the tutorial XD
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tilachihuahua Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist 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  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHMAHGAWD, THANKIE CHU SO MUCH! X3
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kittykat-005 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  New Deviant 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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ArtsyMM 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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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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ArcanaBlade47 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i'm dead so i don't have to think of paint tool sai every day
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Sehe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Hi ! Your tutorial is really helpfull, thanks ! but I have a little problem, maybe you can help me. I have a valid version of sai, but there are 
not "do it yourself"  and "start-sai" folders. Do ya think that I could download an other version of SAI and then put the liscence ?? 
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bellefleurdelamour Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
How can I get the fuzzystatic setting? Does it have to do with the version of SAI
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meokami Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Thank you thank you thank you ! :D 
This is just what I`ve been looking for ! 
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FORDGE Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Artist
If you're on the trial, can you make new brushes or do you have to buy it?
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say for certain because I don't have the trial version, but from what I've heard from commenters, the trial doesn't save brushes for at least a lot of people, or the new settings just won't show in the menu - most likely because the trial version has some permission locks on the files that keeps people from editing them. I'd certainly recommend buying the program - it's not too expensive and it's a really great little art program.
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FORDGE Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Artist
I'm planning on buying it. I'm saving up and I'm almost there ^^
Thanks!
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TheMagicMacaroon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Ok I have a question... So say that you wanna fill out an application.... and you have to make an OC.... and you need to draw on the application sheet. How do I get the Application in sai so I can draw on it??
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
is this a actual tangible piece of paper, or a computer file?
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TheMagicMacaroon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
It's a computer file
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
then go to the menu in sai and hit "open" and pick the file from a list (I assume it's an image file) if it's a .doc or .pdf you may have to draw the OC seperately and import it into the document though.
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link12752 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I tried to download the English sai, my avira antivirus kept detecting viruses. 
Is it just my avira acting up? :o
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sounds like it to me. I've never had a problem grabbing the english translation pack.
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link12752 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which one do I get :o
The Top english one or the bottom one in smaller text? 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you need to have the official SAI off the website (link down there in the description), and then you download the english sai translation pack and put that into it.. then your SAI is in english ^^
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link12752 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do I have to pay for anything?
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
for an official copy of SAI? yes.. like everyone else who uses it. for the English translation pack? No.
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Isoniazid1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Shit's not being saved, what am I doing wrong?
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
reinstall your sai. it's not that you're doing anything wrong (this is a common problem) but sai is pretty unstable and has a habit of letting it's .dll's go corrupt.. which is what helps to save your settings. if you reinstall it'll replace the corrupt .dll's and it'll work just fine :)
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vanillaorangelatte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you !
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epicumbre Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Artist
helped a lot! thank you for making this~
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Chinana77 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I have a problem here...
Your tutorial is really helpful and making new brushes could become another hobby :D
BUT it is really annoying that my new brushes I create are not safed!! >_<
Maybe I am just overseeing something really really obvious but I'm at my wits end here
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KiwiTheArtist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know this is late and whateves but when you make a new brush and you want to close out instead of clicking the actual exit button go over to file and click exit from there then it will automatically save them.
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HowlingOblivion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hard -- Soft setting doesnt change anything? TT^TT
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RipeCookieface Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm pretty sure it changes the sensitivity to the pressure of the pen when using a tablet.. (Just if you haven't checked yet.. :/ )
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Sweetylol Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg THANK YOU KNOW I KNOW HOW TO ADD  MY OWN TEXTURES IN PTS <3333333333Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] 
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li0nspit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use the Hard -- Soft tool and it doesnt change anything in the brush... :c
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CyanMask Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
well this saves a lot of research, so thanks. cute handwriting btw.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD welcome, and thank you :p
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blind-crow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
just exactly what im looking for~~

thank yoooouuu soooo much for making this awesome tutorial~~~ >w<)/
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD you are so very welcome
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AnimatorMX Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
help! when i made a new brush the program did not load t properly instead i just uses weird brush strokes! O_o
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll try my best to help.. what do you mean by weird brush strokes? What is it doing?
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AnimatorMX Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
ITS making these strange straight  lines similar to the default brush tool but the lines ar tiny o_o
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you have to be slightly more specific... what does?
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