Digital art can be a hit or miss.
People either choose to be a digital artist or a traditional artist. The difference is that traditional art uses the original drawing tools, such as pencils and paints. With our new technology, we have access to computers, which gives us more opportunities, and it is no doubt the same for art.
This article is going to give you tips about digital art. Because the only digital program I stick with is Paint Tool SAI, I will be giving tips relating to that. However, some of these tips will be universal, and will be able to be used for any program.
First off, pricing. Paint Tool SAI is expensive, but if you’re a desperate person like me, it shouldn’t take long to find a free version if you devote yourself to it. I found a way to get PTS for free, and I have no regrets.
These tips will cover any and, most likely, all digital art programs.
First off, the easiest way to get used to any program is to experiment. Draw a few things and play around with the features. It doesn’t take long if you just sit down and practice with each and every tool a few times.
After you get used to practicing with the tools and features of your program, practice drawing now.
There are two ways to do this. The more popular way is to get a drawing tablet, which I don’t use. The other way is to draw with a mouse. Using your mouse can be a disaster, but people like me with good grips can do it easily.
Good for you if you use a mouse.
Paint Tool SAI Tips
You can stop reading now if…
- You don’t own Paint Tool SAI and are not interested in getting it
- You were just here for universal tips (If so then well dang. I’ll have an extended article about that stuff if that’s what people want).
So for PTS, there are a few useful tools that other programs might not have. I have been using Paint Tool SAI for at least a year, so you can trust me.
Something that a lot of art programs have, but some don’t have:
Layers are extremely useful. If you manage to make a PIECE OF ART with ONE layer, then you are majestic.
Layers have several options such as changing the opacity (how transparent or visible something is), locking layers, and much more. Opacity is useful for shading as well.
How I shade is first, I choose a dark color that is extremely close to black and color around in the places I want shading in in a seperate layer. Then, I turn the opacity down and then it looks really cool.
Layer placement is key too. Certain things won’t show up if you place them in a certain spot.
There is also an option for each tool (pencil, brush, etc.) to set a special name for them and a quick-access key. Basically, a quick-access key is a key on your keyboard that you press and it selects the tool automatically for you. You can make tools have special effects like tool opacity, size, etc.
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