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Tips for thin lineart by ikr Tips for thin lineart by ikr
I hope this can be helpful to anyone ^^'' Please forgive any mistakes on the text OTL

Two extra notes:

:bulletpink:VECTOR PEN

I would have liked to explain more about this tool but I think that experimenting yourself is much better. Although I would like to remark that this is really useful to draw objects or symmetric stuff. Also, I use both the brush and the vector pen to do the lineart on this video [link], in case you're interested.

:bulletpink: HIGH PASS

There's a very useful tutorial by ~hannahjenny about this filter



Thank you for reading!
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:iconhiimfromtransformice:
HiImFromTransformice Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how does one in sai make their line end in a point instead of a rounded point? :^)
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xXCaptain--RioluXx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you need a tablet, with working pressure sensitivity. If you don't have pressure sensitivity, I believe you download it or go into your library and stuff. I'm 100% on where to get the pressure sensitivity tho :'0
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HiImFromTransformice Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww Damn
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Schmavies Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really, really nice. :) (Smile) 
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ShiroyashaArata Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, sorry if this is a stupid question, but... assuming I start off with the same size canvas in the tutorial, how much should I resize it to when I'm done? ^^
Also, I've heard that starting out with a large canvas and then shrinking it down is supposed to improve the quality... but whenever I shrink down my canvas, my lineart turns super pixely and it in fact worsens the quality. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? ^^" 


Anyways, awesome tutorial~ 
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:iconxdottie:
xDottie Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure that before you start drawing, your canvas is in 300 dpi instead of 72 dpi. This change will drastically change the way your art turns out while drawing and after re-sizing.

Also, just re-size it to anything you want it to fit into.
Photoshop will automatically make the dimensions fit, whatever you change the dimensions to.
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ShiroyashaArata Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it ^u^/
I checked though, and I believe my canvas is already in 300dpi :0 
There's probably something I'm still not understanding about dpi lol orz 
I do use Sai though, not Photoshop (though I doubt it makes a difference x'D) 
I'm supposed to resize the canvas right, and not the image itself? Or are those two pretty much the same thing? 
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xDottie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Image Size & Canvas Size are two completely different things; one adjusts the image as a whole (artworks included) one adjusts just the canvas size (artworks not included) meaning that it not adjust the size of the picture drawn and might cut the image off from the direct center. This is why there are two different options.

When creating a canvas in SAI your options (based on this tutorial) should be from
File > New Canvas ; with the options set as the following:
Preset: A4 - 300dpi
Width: 210 MM
Height: 297 MM
Resolution: 300 pixel/inch (which this is your dpi)

Now from here it's a pref. that you re-size your completed work in Photoshop because it may not have the same outcome in SAI as it would with Photoshop.

But from what I've been testing out on SAI to re-size an image after completing it. You're going to go to:
Canvas > Change Resolution

DO NOT CHANGE PIXEL WIDTH/HEIGHT THIS WILL CHANGE ON ITS OWN WHEN YOU INPUT NEW DIMENSIONS

Skip over pixel W/H & go to Width & Height and input the height, or the width you desire the picture to be. If you change the height, the width will adjust itself to match the height, & vise versa. There is no need to change both. Just one or the other. Keep the resolution at 300 pixel/inch. & Make sure that "Constrain Proportions" is checked.

This should give the same affect as Photoshop when it comes to re-sizing. If not, press undo, and go back to Canvas > Change Resolution > Rinse & Repeat but this time have both "Constraint Proportions" & "Constrain Pixel Size" checked and see how that works out.

Hopefully this helps?
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bluemooze Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Great tips.  Thanks.
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:iconmrscitty:
MrsCitty Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo are saving me! Thank you so much! 
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Shelilla Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
omigod, thank you SO much for making this. I like, love you now, senpai, and you are the beginning of my whole art life with this tutorial. Seriously, this is the best lineart tutorial I have ever had the luck to come across
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KieranHighlawn Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I discovered this sooner! Super duper helpful. Brush works great with lineart, and sharpen really helps too!
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GodPrinny Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
you obviously look experienced with sai and what not. Question. Now I made a short manga and had fun line arting it and was pretty straight forward. Then noticed i did the whole thing under 72 dpi when i didnt want it to be. i then just uped all of the pages to 300 dpi. now from what I learned from school and everyone on the internet, you always draw in 300. now that I draw in 300 its harder and out of my comfort zone. Having said that wouldn't it be the same to draw regardless of size or at least a range of 9x5 - 11-7 72dp then after its finished simply just up it to 300 dpi? this may or may not be a stupid question considering i've been over thinking things all day.
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belyreyes Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, is not an stupid question, I think is something everyone get to ask themselves. The difference is on the pixels, you can add after you finish the dpi, but it can despixilated in just a second with the abrupt change. So that's why we try to start from 300dpi.
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GodPrinny Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
i noticed. but thanks for answering tho to confirm :)
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belyreyes Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D 
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AmjeAmjeAmje Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I dun get bout the last part , my lineart is still the same. T_T or maybe im just using mouse with linework layer T_T
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DoodleKnots Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015
This helped me a lot with line art XD
This is my first time using vector lines and day twi with a draw tablet.
I followed this guide the best way I could and come out with this!
doodleknots.deviantart.com/art…
I also linked your guide if that is okay.
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Sharkysaur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial! I will have to try to do this.
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SP-Nova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just saw this through an artist blog, and I wanted to ask how you got the addition blend mode? My folders have the same options as regular layers, but also have one called Pass Through.  Are those the exact same thing or am I missing something?
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ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Maybe your SAI has a different name for it? 
It's the option right below Overlay mode gyazo.com/3d8b166c51ccc295e799…
I hope this helps ^^
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SP-Nova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh I got it!  It's Luminosity (which kinda makes sense if you're using black lol)  I didn't know it could be used like this, thank you!
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deathdollies Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! just what I need
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hyenagimmick Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I get the stabiliser in PS 5? 
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:iconikr:
ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
PS doesn't have a stabilizer option, only SAI does =)
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Penello-Meow-Meow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What Photoshop do you use .-.?
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ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
CS5 ^^
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Penello-Meow-Meow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :3
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Suneia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is the tutorial I was unconsciouslly looking for since forever. I don't know how to thank you, I'm going to use this a lot!!!!!
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z32tteden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this has helped alot thank you SO MUCH !
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Jellymii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm going to try it out, because I always wanted to draw thin lines to my drawings qwq <'3
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SilvueWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Artist
Thanks for this. Drawing nice lines is impossible for me though, as proven by by one of my newer scraps done on Sketchbook Pro on a Galaxy Note tablet, so I'll probably be relying on mostly the vector pen for lines from now on.
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anyafennec Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you for the tutorial! I always have problems with lineart on the computer.
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oxbabydoll Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where'd you get the straight line & curve tools.?
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Potates-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm Dead 
Oh mah gawd, thank you
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Kurumufan91 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for this :D
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irishberdie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is helpful :-)
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UsagiProjects Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this tutorial. I have the hardest time making my line art look good. I will definitely try these tips, Thanks! ^.^
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Chickadee-chii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Literally the perfect tutorial! I've been trying to find one which explains this, this simply, forever! Thankyou!! !<3
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Rosyane Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages! Thank you!
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Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I KNOW, RIGHT?
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NonashuBeltaine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
why can't there be any line art stuff for CS6.
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AikoAkaNeko Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really useful. Thank you!
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MrAnonArtist Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages! Thank you!
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marisuka Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you sO MUCH FOR THIS
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whitepinkrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
very useful information! thx a lot x)
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Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tut ♥
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Wonderlandskiss Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear god you just solved all my problems thank you
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