"I recently got Sai, and I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I’ve been having. I prefer drawing the lines in black, but, in the show, the lines are a darker shade than the coat. Is there any function that lets me draw the lines, and then color them in? Or do I just have to do the lines in color? I’m not really looking for the paint bucket. If you’ve ever heard of a program called ChibiPaint, it has a ‘lock-alpha’ function, and I’m looking for something similar. Thanks for any help"
Quick tutorial time!
I had such a hard time figuring out to color lines in SAI at first but it’s super easy
First, make sure your lineart is on a seperate layer from you colors and everything. Make a new layer right above your lineart, and set it as a “Clipping group”. Spike will be our example today.
What a clipping mask essentially does is simply makes all the contents of the layer visible ONLY when there’s something on the layer below it for the contents to go on top of
Hopefully this gif shows what I mean a little better.
You can even use multiple clipping groups on one layer, to have all sorts of fun with your line colors!
There’s other ways to do this in SAI, but I like this method since all my colors stay nicely visible and organized and manipulate-able.
Download the sai file of this pic if you want to study it a little more! It’s pretty simple but you might learn a trick or two from it!