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SAI Vector Layer Tutorial by Catwolf SAI Vector Layer Tutorial by Catwolf
Whoa.. I always wanted to make a tutorial.. and I think I suck at it xD

Anyway, it's not short.. I hope it still helps someone D:

Part 2: Simple Coloring
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iceybae Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is there any way to copy and paste the lines?? theres an effect i want to try but i cant seem to do it with this type of lineart
FxMbrothers Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Spiders-luv-me Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having issues colouring the actual line when it comes to vector layers. I know in regular line layers you can just select 'preserve opacity' and colour your line and be happy with it, but with vector layers that 'preserve opacity' option doesn't seem to be available. Any idea? Thanks.
Catwolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry this is VERY late. But if you are using SAI, there is a simple trick. Create your lines in vector until you are satisfied. Mane a new layer underneath the vector layer, select your vector layer and click "Merge down layer" in your layers box. This will merge the vector with a "normal" layer and prevent you to make any changes to the lines in vector style. Then click "preserve opacity" like with any other normal layer and color the lines. 
Spiders-luv-me Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your help! :)
Belevow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For Vector lines you have to use the "Color" tool. It's three left from your pen tool when you're on your vector layer. If you look at the last screen shot in the tutorial, it's right under the color blocks. 

Click Color, select the color you want, and click the line you want to change.
Spiders-luv-me Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
Belevow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. 
Belevow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
er, three RIGHT from the pen tool. Not left. 
Luna-ReClipse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really helpful!
JakMaggai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Well its helping me; thanks :)
deliciousnutella Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, thanks so much! Someone told me to just hit ctrl, but that didn't do anything but move the whole picture around. This helped a lot better. c:
CartoonInDenial Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Artist
when i click there it says lineart :(
bustercloud Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool! I haven't try this stuff, I've been using SAI just fro sketching only.. :picknose: will try this later thanks!
Superior-Serperior Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You made my art world so much easier...
XxxXMoMoXxxX Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a way were you can keep your pressure the same ?
scottj52501 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This may be an older picture, but thank you for making it. It really helps :D
Rainsura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Good tutorial i had no clue how to make my lines smoother. Or what a vector layer was. I have literally been inking by hand. Erasing and drawing, erasing and drawing. It takes forever! My "smoothing" says stabilizer so i dont know if i have an outdated version or not. And the vector says linework layer. >.< I would of never known what it was without visual aid. Im completely new to drawing on computer with software.
Championx91 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Thank you the this guide!
Williamca Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I would like to say thank you for this guide. It helped me. c:
byJustine Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
hey, when I made ​​a picture on Vector how can I paint it?
TheTartaros Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
How do you get your pen tool to draw with pressure? Whenever I draw it is like drawing on microsoft paint and the line is shapeless. I can only seem to add pressure AFTER drawing the line :(
Technowolf3000 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
on the 'vector layer' or in my case, the 'Linework layer' it has a pressure tool, where you can add pressure using that ;D
Catwolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume you have a graphic tablet with pressure sensitivity
So you have to make sure that the "Min Size" slider is at 0%
If that's the case already, perhaps your install of SAI is busted? or the tablet drivers?
I can't think of any other reasons for it not to work
masterrohan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
OMG! One of my friends told me about this tool and your tutorial!

Thanks Catwolf! Time to dump Photoshop 7 (it's ancient anyway!) :D
StupidMisconception Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Thanks, this was really helpful. ^^ <33

Question though. Do you know how to convert sai files to regular files without screen shooting? o:
Catwolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just save it as JPG or PNG?
I don't get your problem, sorry ^^"
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