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Paint Tool SAI - Vector Line Width/Weight Tutorial by Shattered-Earth Paint Tool SAI - Vector Line Width/Weight Tutorial by Shattered-Earth

Easy Vector Line Width/Weight for Paint Tool Sai


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So a day or two ago I uploaded a tutorial on how to do line widths easily in illustrator, a few deviants commented on the fact that you could do it on paint tool sai as well! I did not know this, and there wasn't a tutorial about it on deviantart already so I thought i'd just put one together for easy reference.

It is a bit more limited than illustrator but I mean that's to be expected as one is $60 and one is.. $600+ LOL~

If you have any additional tips to add to the comments please say so, i tried to find a way to "move" the width or to make width "points" that were not attached to the actual line's shape points but i couldn't, i don't think you can :(



Illustrator's CS5's version:
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:iconalchemyfarie:
alchemyfarie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
I did not know this existed! You are a lifesaver
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:iconmindelectric:
MindElectric Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconpoopooboo:
PooPooBoo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
is there a way to make all selected vector lines the same width? i'm wanting to start from scratch on adding certain thinner and thicker points but i want a consistency in the line width or thickness all around.
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Digital Artist
I opened up sai to test, and i think there is a way. I don't have time to take screen caps but lemme try to type it out and see if it helps.

Open your file and make sure you're on the vector layer

In the tool panel select "edit"

Select the button for the first option "select/deselect"

Now click the upper left corner of your picture and drag to the lower right, this should select all the lines and vector points on your image.

[optional if your base weights are different]
Which everything highlighted, click the "weight" tool. The selected colors will go away but don't worry it should still be selected.
Pick a base weight for all the lines, and click on any of the lines, all the lines should instantly change to match this base. 
[end optional section]

Now, click the "pressure" tool, then click on any of the points, and drag it all the way right as you can and everything should be maximum 200%

LET GO of the mouse

Then click on a point again and  drag again back to 100%, everything should shrink back to 100% :)

Go back to "edit" tool and right click on your image to deselect all the points/lines.

Start to rework again!

I hope that helps, let me know if it doesn't work!
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:iconpoopooboo:
PooPooBoo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Sorry for the late reply and it worked! thank you so much this helped a LOT! ^_^
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Great! I'm glad it worked out XD
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:icondahliia-graphix:
Dahliia-Graphix Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome thank you!
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:icona13x231:
A13x231 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
One word: Oooooooooooooh!
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:iconcryaotic1girl2013:
Cryaotic1girl2013 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist
How did I miss that?
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:iconzombiechocolate:
ZombieChocolate Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Aw damn why doesn't Photoshop have this tool TT__TT
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:iconsonikacreatives:
SonikaCreatives Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you so much!! :heart:
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:iconreddivar:
Reddivar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much! <3!!!!
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:icononlymizuki:
OnLyMiZuKi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!
I'm just a beginner and this will help me in the future
Thank you so so much!!!!
                    ! MiZuKi!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Glad it could help!
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:iconbuttholehighschool:
buttholehighschool Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thank you so much!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconota-ku:
Ota-ku Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Can u give me the link for the brush pls ? :| (Blank Stare)  :) (Smile)  i need
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Digital Artist
It's not a brush it's the vector tool?
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:iconota-ku:
Ota-ku Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanksssssssssssssssssss ^^ I know now :D Nuu 
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:iconhaginee:
hagiNee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
ooohh,, now i know how... thnks!!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome! glad it was useful :)
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:iconfcdrawer4ever:
FCDrawer4Ever Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I can't find the download for this verison ;-;
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Digital Artist
the version of sai? isn't there only one?
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:iconfcdrawer4ever:
FCDrawer4Ever Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I figured it out...nvm.
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:icontare-musume:
tare-musume Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013   Digital Artist
For sure, glad you like it :)
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:iconzenakarma:
ZenaKarma Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that SeeU?? x3
O my goodness, that you so much! I find SAI to be a bit easier than trying in Photoshop
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
yea SeeU! :D the finished art is somewhere in my gallery XD. But Sai is very nice and simple for painting  yea!
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:iconannieieonhardt:
annieIeonhardt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
this is really helpful, thanks!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Digital Artist
glad it could be helpful!
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:iconhero-108-amy:
hero-108-amy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS ALOT XD
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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:iconhero-108-amy:
hero-108-amy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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:iconmasterovmalk:
MasterOvmalk Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was pretty useful! Thanks!
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:iconsilver-bunny:
Silver-Bunny Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
you're totally welcome :D
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:iconpuretassel:
PureTassel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Is there a way to stop the curve tool after I make a line with it? I'm clueless about it.
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Digital Artist
umm if i am interpretting you correctly, the easiest way i know is to just merge it with a layer under it, like ctrl+e? you can't turn it back into a vector though so don't do it unless you are really sure!
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:iconpuretassel:
PureTassel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I learned from a tutorial by :iconninjakato: that I could use the enter key to end the curve and line tools.
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Digital Artist
oh THATS what you meant by "stop" LOL
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:iconpuretassel:
PureTassel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Never mind, it turns out I could use the enter key. What was I thinking? (I'm just learning.)
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:iconthe-unknown-artist26:
The-Unknown-Artist26 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY SHIZZLE THANK YOU SO MUCH! I had no idea what that was for LAWL
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Digital Artist
HAHA now it's all clear >:3
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:iconvirusvbs:
VirusVBS Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank you X100000000000000
i've been trying to figure out how to get my lines like that forever!
this tutorial is much appreciated!
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
hahaha thanks! it's so obvious when we see it ahh @u@
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:iconspork-:
Spork- Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did I never see that button? Granted I just learned of the stabilizer feature 2 months ago >.> Also how did you move the layers window to the right?
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:iconshattered-earth:
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Um under the menu "window" there's an option near the bottom to move either thing to the left or right :)
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:iconspork-:
Spork- Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am going to have to change that then, thanks :)
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