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How to Type in PaintTool SAI

Updated April 17, 2017

PaintTool SAI is a design and graphics program developed and sold by a Japan-based firm. The program has many features and is popular specifically in the Manga community in Asia and North America. Because PaintTool SAI does not offer a keyboard text-entry option, there are two methods to add text to graphics created in PaintTool. These options are creating the letters as graphics by freehand (drawing them in Paint Tool SAI) or by using another program to add text to the final image.

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  1. Select the File menu from the top-left corner of the screen in PaintTool SAI. Select "Save As," then "JPEG" and "Desktop."

  2. Open another program that allows typing text on graphics. Microsoft Paint works well for this option, as well as Microsoft Word or Publisher.

  3. Select the File menu, then "Open." Select the JPEG file you saved to the desktop.

  4. Click the Text tool and draw a text box. Click inside the box, and type the text.

  5. Press "Ctrl" and "S" or select "File" then "Save" to save the file.

  6. Select the Pen or Paintbrush tool.

  7. Use your tablet or mouse to draw the letters.

  8. Erase and redraw as necessary. This may take some time and patience to make them look the way you want them to, especially using a mouse.

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About the Author

Leah Newman has been a professional writer since 1999, writing about fine arts both in print and online. She specializes in how-to articles covering DIY projects. Newman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia and a Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature from Pennsylvania State University.

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