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First I have to let you know that I've been a PhotoShop user forever, since version 5.0. I'm not one to switch programs easily and I have yet to switch from PhotoShop to Paint tool sai.

   In comparison, jumping into PTS and playing with some of the tools there is some notable things that make life a lot easier. For example they have a complex Pen tool system which allows you to click and then click again to make a line. They have really streamlined this process. For example everyone knows PhotoShop pen tools are clunky, and half assed. This is because illustrator is the program of choice for line work(they aren't going to smash illustrator and ps together, they'd loose money). So if you wanted to have some nice line work you would have to scan your image and bring it into illustrator or start in PhotoShop and then move to illustrator. Not with PTS. You simply specify a layer that you wish to have your line work on, click on your tool and begin making line art. Delve a little deeper and you'll discover that you control the line quality. For example a heavy line may start thick, and then taper off at the end for hair. All of this is based on a click and drag type system. This is something I've been concerned with lately because PhotoShop; although a great bitmap program has been giving me some weird returns even with my Wacom in use. This pen tool is very easy to use and very convenient for someone who wants to really polish their line art digitally.

   Lets talk about some coloring. Another big concern of mine recently. Most want their artwork to scream with color and look really nice, finished. Brush textures and 'all that' are great and PhotoShop has a ton of options to make coloring very nice for some. You could use the smudge tool to flex your colored lines blending them together. The thing is, you have to use the smudge tool to do this. PTS has a great watercolor feature which allows one to render one line, then if reworking the same line again with a similar line you will get a smooth output. Ever heard of a game called magna carta? I am envious of the coloring done in this series and would love to achieve that level of skill. I'm no where close to that, but perhaps with this program it would put one a step closer to that type of result.

   So what's the secret? I've read that the program uses anti-aliasing based tech to give the user a finer line quality. And while in some areas the program may not be as strong as PS. Obtaining a legitimate copy is around 5000 JPY(yen) or 50$ USD(dollar). Pretty cheap for something you can use to make professional grade work.

www.systemax.jp/en/sai/

There is a trial period of 30 days, after that you gotta pay the piper.

Do you use this program already? What do you think of it?
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Uluha Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014

Eines der wohl beliebtesten Zeichenprogramme weltweit.


Paint Tool SAI, eine aus Japan stammende Software, gehört wohl zu den bekanntesten und beliebtesten Programmen für digitale Arbeit überhaupt. Es ist ein passender Ausgleich für die, die mit der Struktur von Photoshop überfordert sind und ihre Arbeit nicht auf Bildbearbeitung sondern mehr auf Bilderstellung konzentrieren.

Was genau ist es was dieses Programm so beliebt macht?

Prinzipiell ist es deswegen weil viele die, die den Umgang mit Photoshop als zu komplex empfinden, SAI eine empfehlenswerte abgespickte Version von Photoshop ist.   
Paint Tool SAi besitzt eine Menge positiver Funktionen. Angefangen mit den integrierten Pinseln die bei Photoshop nicht von Anfang an integriert sind. Pinsel die das zeichnen von Haaren, Gras usw. erleichtern, sind ein Hauptfakt für Leute die das Programm nutzen.

Genau so einfach ist auch die Oberflächenstruktur welches somit auch die Benutzerfreundlichkeit erhöht. Sie wirkt zwar sehr altmodisch aber dies ist wohl der Part der dieses Programm so sympathisch macht. Das Einfache verstellen des Bildschirms nach seinen Belieben mit seinen Wünschen an Tools ist  ein wirklich positiver Faktor. Wenn man zum Beispiel eine Anzeige als überflüssig empfindet ist diese ganz einfach zu minimieren und genau so leicht wieder sichtbar zu machen. Es besitzt ebenfalls ein ausgezeichnetes Zeichen- und Liniensystem welches das Arbeiten enorm erleichtert.

Genau so wie bei Photoshop werden ebenfalls Ebenen und Masken genutzt.

Die Software hat einen geringen Leistungsverbrauch und macht es für viele Computer fähig dieses denn auch zu nutzen.

Aber natürlich hat das Programm nicht nur positive Eigenschaften.

Die einfache Benutzerfreundlichkeit bringt leider auch den Fakt mit sich dass das Programm nicht für professionale Arbeiten gedacht ist. Fehlende Plug-Ins machen das Programm für einige User ZU einfach da Tools wie Effekte für viele unverzichtbar sind.
Ein anderer Grund ist dass es für seine Fähigkeiten vollkommen überteuert ist. Das Produkt ist als Testversion zu erhalten jedoch gibt es genug andere Alternativen die die Gleichen Funktionen mit sich bringen und dazu noch günstiger ausfallen.  

 

 

Mein Fazit ist: PaintTool SAI lässt sich einfach bedienen und bringt zugleich unzählige Zeichenwerkzeuge mit. Leider vermisst man zusätzliche Plug-Ins oder programmierbare Aktionen. So reicht die Software zwar nicht an Profi-Niveau heran, dürfte jedoch selbst ambitionierten Anwendern durchaus genügen.

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LadyRosalia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I dont know??
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Saouchi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i really like the program,  just as a personal preference i prefer it as a drawing tool to Photoshop which i typically use to edit.

first, photoshop feels more cluttered to me in a sense, it feels more tiring to draw the exact some thing in photoshop than in sai. lineart is easier and seems to look better. first of all i do line art at high resolution raster as a preference since i really hate using vector (as stated though, the vector tools provided by sai are excellent) and sai gives you more options (or perhaps makes it easier). an example of this would be the stabilizer tool. unlike a correction tool used in vector programs like flash this slows down the cursor itself while still accommodating for pressure. this allows one to create line work at the quality one might only be able to get with vectors. and as mentioned, the watercolor tool is probably one of the most unique tools featured in the program. for others who haven't used it, its a bit hard to explain but it does a better job of actually blending colors together in a somewhat more natural and beautiful way than the smudge or blur tool in photoshop.
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DahliaFay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Downloaded the trial version and I just love how "lighter" it feels compared to ps. I'll be honest I'm a newbie to digital art...

The deal breaker whether I buy the full version or not is that it takes up less storage compared to ps. Photoshop is a great program but I felt so intimated by everything, so many things to learn as you stated and most of them I might not even use.

Photoshop is really for more complicated works while sai is plain and simple but gets the job done.
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Zerosity Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I still have a long way to go obviously, but so far I absolutely love Sai. Cheap, easy to learn (compared to hefty programs like photoshop), ultra portable with it's tiny file size, adding custom brushes is somewhat simplistic/easy in a way and has been proven by many people to be able to produce amazing results.
A lot of people seem to prefer Sai for its drawing/painting aspects and use Photoshop afterwards to do filtering/touch-ups since you can save/open '.psd' files in Sai.

Also, this may just be my opinion, but after using trials of Photoshop and other software that's pretty commonly used and none of them seem to actually handle pressure sensitivity of tablets as well as Sai does.
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Zerosity Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Nearly forgot, here's a forum useful for keeping up with news about Paint Tool Sai and similar software.
[link]
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Purple-Scarf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's true that it's like cheating somehow, but it helped me render my finest piece of art! I humbly thank you.
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LacedStargazing Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The focus seems to be on Photoshop rather than SAI...
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evil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
The only reason photoshop is even mentioned is to put some of the tools into perspective for the average user. The focus isn't on photoshop, read the article.
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Baihu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
WACOM never ever worked well with Photoshop for me, and I never knew how to MAKE it work properly to get the lines I wanted.

Installed trial SAI, booted it up with WACOM. And everything WORKS. Pressure is pretty much spot-on right from the beginning, and finally I feel comfortable with digital drawing/painting as a complete sub for drawing on paper+scans.
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manolito777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I got into the paint sai tool, and to tell u the truth; I love it. For me it's better than illustrator for doing vectors or for inking. It's just so easy, and the brushes are awesome; especially the water
brush
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manolito777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I got into the paint sai tool, and to tell u the truth; I love it. For me it's better than illustrator for doing vectors or for inking. It's just so easy, and the brushes are awesome; especially the water
brush
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manolito777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I got into the paint sai tool, and to tell u the truth; I love it. For me it's better than illustrator for doing vectors or for inking. It's just so easy, and the brushes are awesome; especially the water
brush
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manolito777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I got into the paint sai tool, and to tell u the truth; I love it. For me it's better than illustrator for doing vectors or for inking. It's just so easy, and the brushes are awesome; especially the water
brush
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks for the great review. I've heard so much about this program, I have to check it out. I already have Photoshop and Painter and Manga Studio, but I'm a sucker for a new program =)
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BubbleBreak Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I bought Paint tool sai a long time ago. Years ago actually. I bought it even before i had a tablet and the reason I just HAD to buy it was because I had seen a lot of reviews and watched a lot of videos on YouTube which showed how amazing this program is. But well... then my enthusiasm went down. I spent weeks - months even to try to understand the program. It was frustrating since it was so complicated at first.
But well. Now I love it! I am obsessed with it and I love the easy tools and I love to try out new things.
I recently bought PS too and right now it's a maze to me, so I enjoy PTS even more now ^^

I am pretty much in love with this program :D
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frogonaleaf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Been using Paint Tool SAI for about a weeek now.

I have used, and still do in some cases..
Photoshop
Gimp
Sketchbook ro
Painter
Painter Essentials
Illustrator
Xara Designer
Artweaver
Artrage
MyPaint..

And SAI is a great program. Simple to use with fantastic results, and with a small footprint.
Another one to try is OpenCanvas. It has a nice feel too.


Just my two pence
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xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a really good program for beginners to get into digital painting because it's not as.... "complex".

Also it's cheaper lol
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HBForth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Nice article. I have just downloaded the trial and started using it straight away - it was SO intuitive - weirdly - even though most of the menus are in nothing like the order you'd see them in PS or CS and I actually like that the refresh rate is so much quicker - quicker than Artrage which I feel takes ages to make changes to paper resolution etc. I like that PTS has pre-set new canvas sizes at the correct dpis - after all - no one wants to start a graphics image at 72dpi and then have to reset it.... Also, saving files and adding to layers is just very real time and yet the whole application feels nice and light and I feel like I can just get an idea on the paper without losing the initial image in my head. It is superb value in terms of price and I will probably buy it when the trial is over. I still like Artrage simply because of the media available but I think I won't be too bothered about photoshop other than to tweak my already processed RAW photographs from my converter. At last, I feel like I can make one simple dream come true - a comic book that has been in development for a long time - this is going to get me to a stage I never imagined possible. I have been laboriously sketching and inking ideas on actual paper (between working and looking after child and husband and doing normal things), so yes, PTS is going to make me very happy.
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Glad you like it.
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Kateboat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want this program; this review is really, really helpful!
But I'm a bit confused about how buying the full version works. Do you have to get the trial version first?
Thanks again :D
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HBForth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Yes, you have to get the trial version first but it's all there - it lets you do everything like save and export and use all the tools but will time-out on the day after 30 days which is when you will need to pay for it. It's worth looking at Youtube - there are a few people who have put reviews on there too if you're not sure and maybe save up for a couple of months in case you do decide to buy it after the trial. I am really enjoying but it might not suit everyone.
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Kateboat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Yutaki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, but do you know if SAI has a Journal like GIMP?^^
I always loved the Journal there but I can't seem to find it in Sai and since my mother tongue is not English it's even more complicated to understand everything xD
I'm sorry but I don't know who to ask besides you^^"
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evil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
That's a good question. I don't know for sure. I've since reverted back to photoshop because of it's versatility and ability to create life like line work with some creativity. My review was simply to say

'This is great, for someone just starting out!'

Best of luck finding your answer.
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evil Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Yea you should def try it... lots of fun. Probably the funnest thing about sai.
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MyEternalNight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
im new to sai and i cant seem to find the smudge tool...is there even one? and where is it? i can only find the blur tool
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evil Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Forgive me for the long response it would seem this is now on google. Paint tool sai doesn't have a blur tool(well, it might, i don't have it open in front of me), but it has a watercolor cool which is crazy. You can use it to blur the colors and ink you lay down on your digital paper, you mesh blue with white enough with a couple sweeps, a fine gradation will be laid down.
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MyEternalNight Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
oh cool!
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ilovedogs11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
yu could search it on youtube or gogo;e cause im sure it has a smudge tool ... :D :iconlalalaplz:
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Yinsho Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude. I was googling something about SAI and happened across this, lol.
I use SAI. It's epic sweet man.
But recently I've run into a style I want to draw in where I'd like to have the anti-aliasing turned off, which I don't think you can do.
I've avoided it fairly well but using the binary pen instead of the normal pencil, and, thank god, the bucket tool has a check box to turn it off. But the eraser is where I run into the problem. If I erase, part of my picture loses that blocky texture look and becomes more soft edged. But if I just use the binary pen to go over something in white, then it mucks up the bucket tool.
It gets a bit frustrating.
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evil Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I know what you mean, I recently broke down and purchased a legitimate copy of CS5(photoshop duh), my first ever. That with the intuos 4(12" DUH!) is petty orgasmic.
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I have to agree with you here, you have taken the words right out of my mouth.

One of those 'weak points' which irks me about SAI is the lack of adding text functionality - I always have to open GIMP or Photoshop to add my text watermarks when I draw and upload it somewhere.

The vector tool of SAI has impressed me greatly, although, it's a bit saddening that the vector doesn't get saved when converted to a *psd.

This coming from a legal SAI user for two years - I have to say that the $50 was worth it. :D
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Great input bro, I think you've sold me on it. :)
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I tried the latest version but i couldn't get into it, not because it was tough to learn or anything like that. It was tough because I've been using a laptop and haven't used my old tablet, so.... using sai wasn't pleasant due to the touch mouse pad on most laptops.. but I'm gonna give it another go later
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AmethystAngeI Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Really? I have a touchpad and I find it very easy. :hmm:
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess it's just brute mashing fingers.. they aren't very gentle
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Ergh, yes. It was a bit hard to make stuff in SAI initially only with a touchpad, although it DOES have a nice effect when you use the water tool. :p
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I may have to give it some new life..
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
:nod: Just try.
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Yea you should give it another run, it's a fun program if you have a wacom. I guess any art program would be fun for me though. My opinion is pretty bias.
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Indeed, I have a Wacom and the rendering is great, you can paint pretty smoothly with it. :D
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love art programs, i used to use a poor mans program called The GIMP. And I also tried Coral (sp?) and Liked it, but Coral was only a trial version.
I might get all of them, all of them being, Coral, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Sai and maybe some of those 3D programs from those.. pirate sites.. or limewire... >>
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
*Corel, I assume? :o
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Corel painter 11... I have it on my comp, but I don't use it, don't know why, it's just there.... like a book one doesn't read anymore
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Pirating?! WHO DOES SUCH A THING?!

Yea, I'm tired of the special friends that come with the god damn programs that I do download... Viri... and such. So I'd really like something that I can produce professional work from that is, well, mine.
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
well, I don't always do that, I have this "scam", well, more of a technique, that I learned from the internet. All one has to do is have a Flashcard with a large memory capacity. Go to a store that has the full version set up on their computers/laptops, insert card, be a little underhanded and transfer/copy the entire program into the card and Voila! free full program.
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
omg omni where is this conversation going. Insert rofl icon pleaaaase :D
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no idea! :P
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evil Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Yea I saw the group that's why I started diggin for it a bit.
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