Digital Art Tips (Paint Tool SAI)

digital art tips

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.

Universal Tips

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, practiceย drawingย now.

There are two ways to do this. The more popular way is to get a drawing tablet, which Iย 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 areย extremelyย useful. If you manage to make aย PIECE OF ARTย withย ONEย layer, then you are majestic.

Layers have several options such as changing the opacity (how transparent or visible something is), ย locking layers, and much more. Opacity is useful for shading as well.

How I shade is first, I choose a dark color that isย extremelyย 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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Drawing Tools

Drawing Tools

Of course, you need tools to draw things. There are 2 different ways to draw, digital and traditional. Digital is drawing on any sort of electronic device with a program, such as a computer or a phone. Traditional is the easier way, which is drawing on paper.

Traditional drawings have access to more tools. The most common are pencils, which are used every day by schools all around the world. In art, they are mainly used for making outlines and sketches. They are also used for shading.

For coloring, there are tools like color pencils, crayons, markers, and paints. Color pencils are just like regular pencils, except they have colored led, and have no eraser most of the time. Crayons are colored wax sticks (and they smell good). Markers are like pens, but they have different properties than pens. Paints use a paintbrush dipped in a colorful paint, which can then be used on paper and rinsed in water. Those 4 tools are only some of the tools used for coloring.

For coloring, most of the time you need to stay in the lines of your drawing, but some people prefer to just color wherever they want. There are a lot of ways to color and draw things, of course.

The drawing tools could have different uses besides coloring. Like I said earlier, color pencils can have erasers, so if your color pencils have erasers, you can erase the marks you make. The paper sides of the crayons can be used for blending, and you can do a lot of other activities with crayons. For example, you can still make art by melting the crayons and putting them on a piece of paper.