How to Color in Paint Tool SAI

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How to Color in Paint Tool SAI
PaintTool can give several different types of lines, just like real paintbrushes. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

PaintTool SAI is a Japanese graphics software preferred by many artists in the manga and anime communities. It is also popular among designers and novice users because of its small file size and full-featured abilities. It offers many features like the magic wand and lasso that are available in larger software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop. PaintTool SAI can be used with a tablet or a mouse, and can be used to edit photos, sketch line art or colour drawings.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Select the bucket tool and pick a colour on the colour wheel. Click inside any completely enclosed area to fill the area with this colour.

  2. 2

    Click on the magic wand icon. Sweep over any area you want to colour with the wand. The area will turn blue. Ensure that it is the correct area. Select a colour to fill the blue area.

  3. 3

    Select a paintbrush tool, and fill in any areas too small or detailed to use the bucket or magic wand tools in. Use the eraser tool to erase any colour that is outside lines.

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