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Creating Digital Lineart with the Linework Layer by LittleMissSquiggles Creating Digital Lineart with the Linework Layer by LittleMissSquiggles
Shaboodles again all my budding squiggle meisters of the world. Here is with the third and final installment in my 'Introduction to Creating Digital Lineart' series. This time, in this guide, you will learn how to start creating digital lineart using the Linework Layer in Paint Tool Sai, for all you non-tablet users.

And thus concludes another tutorial-like-thing C: Comments are greatly appreciated. I'm always curious to know what deviants and other fellow artists think of my guides so if you can spare a couple of minutes or seconds to just write a small review or comment of what you think of this tutorial (or any of my other tutorials for that matter), I would very much appreciate that.

Don't forget to also leave a comment or favourite the process demonstration if you happen to watch it C: 

As always I hope this tutorial was helpful to all my fellow artists and until the next tutorial-like-thing, happy squiggling to all and to all, a toodles! C: 

LittleMissSquiggles (2014)
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Helpful Inking Tutorials From Other Deviants (Paint Tool Sai & Photoshop)

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lineart with the pen tool by acaraluvPen Tool Tutorial by Popo-LiciousUsing the Pen Tool Tutorial. by LightOfRevival PROTIP - Straight Vector Lines with SAI by fox-orian Sai linework layer tutorial by ItsMeJani Pen Tool Tutorial - VIDEO by Popo-Licious
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Comment below if you have questions. 



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0SuperKitsune0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Hello! You seem to know a lot about how to use this layer 
How do you color? (Not on the layer) When I try to on a different layer it keeps messing everything and it's really stressing me out to figure out how to color everything  >.< 
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Kitsune-chan C:
Apologies for the late response. When you say colour? Do you mean like colour with or on the Linework Layer you mean? :O
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0SuperKitsune0 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Color with I can't seem to figure it out :( 
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late response hun. No I don't use the linework layer to colour. For colouring I use the regular layer. The Linework Layer is just like it's name. It is perfect for creating lineart because it allows you to create vectors. However for colouring, I wouldn't recommend the Linework Layer. It is better to use the regular layer where you can use Sai's brushes to colour your art.

So repeat: Use the linework layer in Sai to CREATE your LINEART. Use the Normal Layer to COLOUR your lineart. DO NOT USE THE LINEWORK Layer for colouring
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WinxAlexa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Artist
it wont let me select anything. I cant start a new layer or sketch at all.
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RanDomDoos Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Llama 2!!!!!! best... thing... ever...Finally this changes everything, thank you so much!
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. Thank you very much. 
I'm glad my tutorial was helpful to you C:
And also thank you so much for devwatch 8D
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WolfyMay Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
What i keep having problems with is the lines. they dont look like yours, mine look all pixely instead of looking smooth. am I supposed to change a certain setting or option? (I just started sai so sorry if its a dumb question) ^^;  
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello WolfyMay, apologies for the late response.

Don't worry, it's not a silly question and it's good that you asked because you never know if someone else might be having the same issue as you and are looking for the answer. So this info can benefit them as well C: To be honest, I've never encountered a problem like that and I'm not quite sure how to fix it. But, I can try. Quick question, when you first tried this tool, what was the size of your canvas (Width and Length and what resolution was it at? When you create a new Sai document, what are your settings? Canvas size and resolution)
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WolfyMay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
That's ok, I'm just glad you replied! :) and I Actually just use a drawing of mine and take a picture using my smart phone and send it to my laptop then open it up in sai ^^; then outline it. The thing that bugs me is the last time I used sai I had no problem with the lines and it turned out decent. So the only thing I can think of is when I was messing around with the settings, I was able to change the way the lines looked. And now I completely forget what I did to make it look like that...
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superkhrys Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I HAVE BEEN USING SAI FOR NEARLY A YEAR NOW AND I HAVE NEVER KNOWN THAT THE LINE THINGS WERE IN THE "NEW LINEWORK" I FEEL LIKE THE DUMBEST CREATURE OF ALL TIME. LIKE I JUST THOUGHT THE VERSION I WAS USING WAS BUGGED OR SOMETHIGN.

THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL IM GOING TO FULLY USE IT ONCE IM DONE CRYING AT HOW SLOW I AM
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome dude.
Glad my tutorial was helpful C:

And don't worry, not everyone knew about the benefits of the Linework Layer. I myself, didn't know much about it once upon a time until I figured out how to use it back in my earlier years of using Sai C: Hence the inspiration behind the tutorial.
Also thank you for the devwatch m'friend. 
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SunnyArts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is Paint Tool Sai software available for download online? I'm just curious because I draw comics, and so far, I draw them by hand and touch them up using Corel Painter.
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes of course it. There is actually a link to a downloadable copy of it online in the description of this guide C: 
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SunnyArts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL I feel dumb now. Thanks. I like to look up any software that could help quicken the editing process. :)
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah don't be. We've all been there dude---looking for any new art/editing software to try out. How'd you think I found out about Sai in the first place along with Photoshop, Open Canvas and the same Corel Painter you use ^^. 

And it's no problem. C: 
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