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Tutorial: Colouring with the Fill Bucket in SAI by forte-girl7 Tutorial: Colouring with the Fill Bucket in SAI by forte-girl7
Someone asked me a while ago (too long actually ><) for a tutorial on how I colour/shade on SAI. I think it was just shading, but I figured I'd go over some other things anyway. The shading bit is in the next bit which will be up.... soon : D

But yeah! This is for colouring using the fill bucket on Paint Tool SAI. Hope this helps you guys out : ) And look out for Part 2!

Part 2 - Shading with Masks: [link]
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:iconryoku750:
Ryoku750 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
This was a pretty handy tutorial, thank you for sharing with us!
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Gem-jam Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
when I tried the magic wand thing my lineart turned blue as well! Help pls! Waaaah! 
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:iconastrior:
Astrior Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what ever happen to just drawing a simple circle and filling it with the bucket tool ;3;
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:iconantta:
Antta Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the info.
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:iconbluespiritfire1:
BlueSpiritFire1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering I got Sai like two days ago, this guide (both parts) was a serious SERIOUS help. Thank you so much Q_Q
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sure no problem : ) Glad to have been of some help ^^
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:iconcarolina22:
Carolina22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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:iconmagicseal-10:
MagicSeal-10 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey so it worked for me well.... kinda. This is what I mean:
sta.sh/01p2cokjsm0p
Please Help!
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hello, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner - did you figure  your problem out by any chance?
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:iconmagicseal-10:
MagicSeal-10 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah I just decided to go in and manually do it. But it's all good
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Oh, okay. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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scootsXx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Whenever I try to color in one part of the picture, it colors the whole canvas!
Here's what I mean: sta.sh/0e4y9xs338
Help? OTL
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It looks like the lines don't completely touch up near the right shoulder, near the hair. If that's the case, then it's going to fill the whole canvas.
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scootsXx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Ah, I've figured it out now. Thanks!
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:iconshadowsofthedragon:
ShadowsoftheDragon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Helpful!!!
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:iconfalconbelmont93:
FalconBelmont93 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
saved me a bunch thanks
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No problem : )
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:icondartsumaru:
dartsumaru Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Helpful :la: fav
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:iconwistrom30andskylar:
wistrom30andskylar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
i tride and this is what i got wistrom30andsonic.deviantart.c…
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Uhm... I'm not sure what I'm looking at. If that lion picture is like... a copied from a webpage and DID have a transparent background, then SAI won't like it (it usually shows pasted transparency as black space). If it had a solid white background, it won't fill in the lines as it should, as it treats the whole image as a well... a whole shape.
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CreAtor135698 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I followed your instructions but i still got this:
s27.photobucket.com/user/jerzt…
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It looks like you color filled on the line art layer, instead of on the color layer underneath it
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epicumbre Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I put the inverted selection on a different layer? I've just started using SAI and don't really know what I'm doing...
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Okay. once you have the selection inverted, to where it has the "inside" of your lineart selected, then you just created a new later and color on that one - make sure it's under the lineart layer though. Does that help?
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epicumbre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never mind I got it...
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
It just takes the whole pic with me :/
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Uhhh do you have a screenshot of your layers so I can maybe see what your set up is? Maybe I can help you figure out what went wrong c:
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Here Is screen shots: virus-mychoice.blogspot.fi/201…
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey - I know you said you apparently figured it out, but I never really looked at the link you sent me there. Is that link safe? The URL makes me a tad... hesitant to click on it....
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Oh! It's just a link to my Blog :"D I added the pictures of the work that I took as screenshots how it did not work over there. I think I have it figured but you could still help me out^^ cause I have not beendrawing for almost 2 weeks and at this moment I can't remember. And name Virus there is cause I had a character named Virus but I changed it to Negras so :/ stupid name
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Ok well I kinda drew the pic already I had to do a bit extra work on that one^^''
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh, well sorry about that : ( Hopefully you can get it to work out better next time ^^
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Yeah I hope so too :D It makes my pics as big as 3.09 MB somewhy so the pics I can't put here :/ 
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ShyVii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I think what you're doing wrong is that you made a layer above the lineart and tried to select the drawing which is why it made the whole area blue, you're supposed to be ON the lineart layer and while on it select the outside of your drawing, then create a new layer UNDER your lineart and do as said above in the tutorial. I do realize you've completed the drawing, but i'm just trying to help out in the future.
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:iconada-erika:
Ada-Erika Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Naah already found how it worked but thanks for the help :)
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:iconicandycorn:
iCandyCorn Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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RikaAkira Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I suspected SAI of hiding something from me... I wouldn't never find the right buttons without your help :D Thank you sooo much for both tutorials! It helped a lot!
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piaowsek Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I colour from bucket it colours the entire person and not only the face like for yours. Dunno what I'm doing wrong!:S
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Do you have both the lineart layer and the Paint Bucket set to "Selection Source"?
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:iconpiaowsek:
piaowsek Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, i realised what i was doing wrong!^^'
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh good : ) I'm glad you got it figured out ^^
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24Autumnights Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Love your tutorials. They're very helpful.

I have a question for you, how do you make your line art? It varies in thickness and looks wonderful. Do you use inkscape for that? I tried using inkscape, and it did give me easy line art, but I couldn't transfer that line art to Sai to color with the bucket tool like you did in this tutorial. How do you make such natural lines?

And if you can't color an inkscape line art in Sai, how would you color it?
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hi there! Glad to be of help!

Regarding my lineart nowadays, I use a Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet, so I draw all the lines directly onto the program. I rarely use Inkscape for lineart anymore. With that said, I'm not sure how to necessarily colour an Inkscape lineart in SAI.... However! I can do a test and get back to you on that when I get the time : )
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24Autumnights Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Oh that must be nice. Well I was able to take the linework from inkscape and open it in Sai, then I just used the bucket tool and marked the layer and bucket as Selection Source, and it works! I hate spending hours and hours on linework that I've already drawn in pencil, so I'm thrilled about this shortcut. Thanks for all your help :]
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24Autumnights Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Just kidding! I figured it out. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
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:iconorinknight:
Orinknight Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful thanks, i'm just getting started with paint tool sai
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:iconcybernetic-skrillien:
Cybernetic-Skrillien Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same ere :D This was helpful, and i just started using Paint Tool SAI!!! Well, ages ago more like!
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ElwenDesign Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much !!! ffffinn YAYYAYAY :)
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:iconberrysight:
Berrysight Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thank you so much! This helped me a ton!
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:icongooeybaumbs:
GooeyBaumbs Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You dont know how much this just helped me! I used to spend hours on just coloring a picture. XD
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