PaintTool SAI

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PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.

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PaintTool SAI review by <span>Isabela N.</span>
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What do you like best?

I love the fact PaintTool Sai has a native stabilizer, it has clean GUI, has dozens of options to configure the brushes and pencil the way you want, you have Color Wheel, RGB Slider and HSV Slider to precisely pick the color you want.

What do you dislike?

The lack of effects, as Gaussian blur, but you have a blur brush, vector needs improvement, and if you don't change the default hotkeys, it can be confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are wondering if PaintTool SAI is the right tool for you or it has the features you need, I recommend searching for videos of people drawing using PaintTool SAI and tutorials, this way you can see the full potential of this tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use PaintTool Sai to create sketches and illustrations.

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PaintTool SAI review by <span>beronica c.</span>
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sai the best

What do you like best?

Is an excellent program of basic and average illustration, has a fairly easy to use interface, I can alter my bar of brushes and create as many as I want, it is very comfortable when using my tablet, i can have many documents open at the same time and the program is very light my pc does not get slow when using the button to flip the view is the maximum, it is also easy to use and locate each tool, i can create my own color chart and have access to it all the time,being able to work with layers is the maximum for the organization and also have the option to alter them, the stabilizer greatly improves my pulse by making any stroke which is one of the best things that it has.

What do you dislike?

For being so simple, is also very limited in certain things, for example there are not many layers modes to choose from, there are not many formats to export, if you work with mouse is complex and you do not take full advantage of it, does not contain text or gradient application, i can not print from sai, which is very uncomfortable because I have to export the artwork to other programs and change colors

Recommendations to others considering the product

With this program it will always be necessary to have another support for certain applications that it can not perform but in general you just have to try it and it is very easy to get used to it, you get a lot of money if you have a digitizing tablet

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can do quality illustrations in a simple and fast way since knowing the tools is very easy. My clients have been happy with the results

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PaintTool SAI review by <span>Bobby F.</span>
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Great Software, But Not Well Supported

What do you like best?

Sai is by far the most comfortable program to work in. Sketching, inking and painting in it feels like a dream compared to Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. It offers stabilization and some lovely blending tools you'll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. The simple interface makes it a delight to work in as well.

What do you dislike?

This is maybe the least supported program I've ever used. It is 32 bit, and will only use up to 4GB of RAM. You also cannot exceed a certain size canvas, which is extremely frustrating in many cases. The RAM thing might be the biggest problem - I very frequently get trapped in SAI and cannot save or export my work due to this problem. The toolset is also very limited - no gradients, no text, and brush sizes cap at 500px.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not rely on SAI as your only program. Save your files, FREQUENTLY. Also, download Doxy/Onta's brushes - they're beauts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not many, to be quite honest. SAI is a very limited program and unfortunately does not aid in many business problems. As a freelance illustrator, I do find that I'm able to quickly and comfortably draw in it, however there are frequently issues that force me into other programs such as Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop.

PaintTool SAI review by <span>Anna K.</span>
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Paint Tool Sai Review

What do you like best?

- one of the best color blending visually,

- light software size,

- psd compatible,

- 2 window options,

- really easy to use,

- line correction stabilizer,

- really easy interface,

- ease of creating and saving new brushes,

- compatible with most systems and tablets,

- there are lots and lots of sai tutorials and brush settings, and the community is really welcoming and helpful,

- it can me copied on a pendrive and moved between machines - no need for reinstall.

What do you dislike?

- no shape brushes,

- the line tool doesn't have the "close/connect" option for making closed shapes,

- no text function,

- can bug out from time to time, but most of the things are easy to fix (like restarting the software, or cleaning the drivers).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sai is for artists who prefer more "free" style of drawing, as it lacks the vector component. But the original functions in the software make it worth the use. Compatible with most systems/tablets as well. The price is very affordable, comparing it to the mainstream software, it's cheaper than it's worth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

after switching to sai from photoshop, work is easier, as the program doesn't lag as much, opens and saves files faster, as well as having better color blending.

PaintTool SAI review by <span>J Marie D.</span>
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Best Graphic Program I've found

What do you like best?

Easy to use, great for artists. The layer system makes it so that you don't have to worry about messing up the lines you already did. It works with tablets, and has multiple ways that you can input the colors you want, from an eyedropper, to RGB, HSV, and a color wheel. There are a lot of different brushes available to use for different stroke types.

Layeres can be changed in Opacity, as well as style.

What do you dislike?

The layers are fairly simple and - unlike Photoshop - you cannot apply a function styling to them, to add embossing, stroked outline, glow, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a tool for artists, not for photo manipulation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

creating graphics for website

PaintTool SAI review by <span>Lisa W.</span>
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My Go-To Illustration Program

What do you like best?

I know a lot of artists use Photoshop or Illustrator to draw digitally, but since SAI is specifically geared towards drawing, it's a lot more user-friendly and direct. Also, it takes up much less RAM and is portable, so I can use it whenever and wherever I want.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike with such a cheap and efficient product. It's a much more affordable alternative to many of the other programs out there. However, I do wish that there were more brush or editing options. Also, the vector functions aren't as sophisticated as in the Adobe Suite. One problem that I often have is getting the pen pressure to work. Sometimes, the program doesn't respond to the drawing tablet that I'm using.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great program to ease into digital art. It's direct and efficient.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use PaintTool SAI to create both personal art and illustrations for clients. It's useful for quick sketches and to give a more painterly feel.

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