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Copypasted from some random deviation (I forgot which) someone asked me for drawing tips

Working in SAI
- Alt+spacebar+dragging the cursor will rotate your canvas.
- Hold the spacebar and drag your cursor to move around the canvas
- Hold Ctrl+Alt, and you can change your brush size without having to go back to the brush panel
- If you go to View > New (It's on the top menu) and you can have another instance of your file open (Example)
- If you click a layer thumbnail and hold Shift, and it will select everything on that layer.
- Layer clipping! Color in all your bases, and then keep all the messy shading on a separate layer and click the "clipping group" option, and it will all neatly erase it self outside the lines
- Press H to flip your image. This makes it easier to weed out mistakes.
- It makes your life a lot easier if you organize your layers into folders!!!

For actual painting tips
- Try to keep shading subtle! Don't go overboard with details because more does not always mean good.
- I highly recommend having another copy of your picture open (Refer to the New>View tip I told you about) so you can always see the big picture. It might look good up close, but it looks like crap from far away. If you can always see the whole picture, you can make sure it always looks good.
- Composition is super important! Seriously I cannot stress this enough. This ties in directly with the tip above. Sometimes you can have a fantastic drawing, but the composition doesn't look good.  Here's a really helpful list of composition links to help you get started. Seriously. COMPOSITION IS SO IMPORTANT. Don't overlook this!!
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LlikeOaVsinE Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never knew bout the clipping layers - thank you so much~!
Ultimatekeywarrior Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student General Artist
great tips, thanks!
CalebP1716 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I work in Sai on a daily basis! This is very good information to know! Most of it I know, and some of it are really good reminders of what and what not to do in painting! Thanks very much! :)
michaelaquino000 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist
thanks for the info
kimchinicky Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student
Pretty cool. I didn't know some of the tips about Sai. Thanks (:
tish92 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist
hmmm yeah i need to start using folders, my layers are all over the place!! Sad dummy thanks for the tips :) Heart 
fae-chii Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woahhh o3o I didnt know anything here except the Ctrl+Alt o.o

omg thank you hahahaha :)
EndouHemel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMG THAT VIEW>NEW THINGY WILL BE SO HELPFUL! Thank you so much for sharing!
Ecinore Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
oh my god ahah thanks for the tips owo !!
Paulinarts Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much, you're  an angel T /// 7 /// T
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