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    Have you worked with Paint tool SAI?

    It seems its a very nice tool, there are some videos in youtube of people using it and it has some pretty nice functions, do you have experience with it?, is it worth it?, is it better than artWeaver or artRage?, im interested in low budget software, thats why i am asking, i thing Sai costs 50usd?, like 5000 japanese yen i think, is that correct?.

    Heres the link to it.
    http://systemax.jp/en/sai/
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    It seems like it'll get the job done mostly. It's $50.38 USD (to be exact)

    One of the big things I noticed immediately is its brush tool isn't nearly as comprehensive as photoshop's.

    It does let you rotate the canvas in real time, which is nice.

    I could think of worse things to spend $50 on. Download the trial and see how you like it. It gives you 30 days.

    Please note I only messed around with it for 10 minutes or so.
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    Yeah I use it as my main program now-a-days, I couldn't stand what Corel been doing to Painter so I moved on and bought SAI, you can see it as a lite version of Painter but minus the random crashes and file corruption.


    Have you worked with Paint tool SAI?
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    any links to galleries, or examples? i wasn't able to find any at the above links.
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    I used the trial version whenever I had to make lineart on the computer. SAI doesn't have many options or tools as say PS, but the ones it has are very easy to use and well done.
    The lines always come out very crisp and smooth, much better than Photoshop in that aspect.

    This is a gallery of things made in SAI, from the English fansite(?).
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    In terms of what you can do with custom brushes and whatnot:

    Have you worked with Paint tool SAI?


    You can download the trial and try it yourself, the default brushes and textures are pretty basic, if you take the time to make your own you can do much more with this cool little program.
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    I tried the Trial version, pretty good so far, like a light Painter, good for linearts.
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    I've been using it since ages, it's awesome actually. It has this stabilizer feature that makes your lines literally stable, perfect for outlining like FlenG said.
    Then there's the watercolor-like resaturation and foundation settings, which make color blending incredible fun, and unlike Photoshop, it doesn't make your colors grey.
    And, more awesome than that, rotatable and (!) flippable view, which means, you can flip without having to wait for it and you can do strokes, then flip and undo them without undoing the mirroring. Awesome.

    I did a tutorial on how to use it a while back -> http://algenpfleger.deviantart.com/a...orial-67196095
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    I tried this demo version and I must say it's the fastest digital painting program I used so far. It works even smoother on my computer than openCanvas . Really cool ink brush and color palette. I think it's complicated enough to do pretty advanced stuff. If I could switch from PS to other program, that would be it.
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    (guess grave digging isn't an issue on ca?)

    HAELP: (SOLVED, wasn't a bug)
    I'm wanting to switch to it for a while (and even own it for a while :/) but one thing is hindering me: the eraser function (not the tool) turns up as rect marque :/
    I don't flip the digitizer but I have the eraser function on a side button which makes life so much easier for line drawing...

    does this happen for anyone else??

    EDIT: damn I'm stupid. The eraser mode can actually select any tool and I had had it select the rect marque tool as opposed to my desired eraser tool x) really neet versatility!
    using vector layers now and loving it.. hoping he will implement free transform of vector as well as pixel layers :3
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    Another vote for SAI here.

    Great program. Runs lightly, brushes are simple but work nicely and line work is much smoother than Photoshop.

    EDIT: *sees date* OH NO!!! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!?!?!
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    its absolutely fantastic. ive been using it for the past 6 months or so. the watercolor tool is blindingly fast at value block ins, and the acrylic brush is what ive been using to do the linework in my graphic novel thing. its similar to painter in certain aspects, but stripped down to just what you need to paint.

    i started in painter, then switched entirely to ps in like late 2004...but i missed certain brushes and blenders that were in painter. this filled the hole perfectly.

    in six months i havent lost work in it once.

    i can't speak highly enough about this great product.

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    I try SAI in the past 2 weeks and absolutely in love with it.

    Can't believe that I've been using Painter to do digital inking although now after PS CS4 got released I drop Painter and ink directly in PS.

    SAI crisp and smooth brush system really fill the void that makes me love Painter scratchboard brush. Bonus part it uses so little memory and loads instantly on my system. The file browser can generate thumbnails on the fly and I've never seen SAI crash yet.

    Like el coro said, it is like Painter with stripped down features that focuses more on the painting aspects. Only gripe with the app is there is now way to display transparency as checkerpattern and it is only showing it as white. Still there is Photoshop to remedy it.

    Lastly there is this feature that is hardly mentioned in most blog or site that features SAI, the awesome vector inking tool. It is bloody intuitive and much more easier to use compared to Illustrator. No wonder lots of Japanese artist loves this program a lot for doing linework.
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