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SAI: Line art brush settings by AquaJet SAI: Line art brush settings by AquaJet
So here are some of the brushes I use for my line art, you are free to use these settings as they are or customize them further to your liking. If you want to ask questions regarding other brushes just ask and I might make another one of these.
Download if you cannot see.
the program I use is Paint Tool SAI (the original trial one not the crack) and here is the trial ---> sai.detstwo.com/sai/
Also, I'll look into the calligraphy elemap and find out how you can obtain it and use it

EDIT: fav.me/d3egp90 <---here's the Calligraphy elemap. Enjoy

Edit again: OKAY, if you have problems with pressure settings, here's a tutorial on how to deal with it --> starguttercomics.deviantart.co…
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telvanniarter Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Where can I get a calligraphy for brush  ?
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pearlabigail13 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Artist
i have a problem in my pen, why is it the first tip is not pointed but the end of tip is pointed?
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not exactly sure what you mean but I think you're referring to the pen stroke itself and how the end of your stroke looks thinner/sharper than the beginning. If that's the case then it's really a matter of pressure sensitivity. Just try not to press too hard on your tablet.
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pearlabigail13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Artist
thank you!
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swag-QU33N Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you do a tutorial on how to create custom brush tips?
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by "custom brush tips" did you mean you want a tutorial on how to create new custom brushes or how to create custom brush shapes like the calligraphy brush?
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swag-QU33N Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Custom brush shapes.
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went ahead and made a tutorial!
aquajet.deviantart.com/art/SAI…

I hope it helps!kaomoji set 2 39/67 
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swag-QU33N Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Ariannedione11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this work using mouse?
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately no. These settings are best used with a tablet as they fully utilize pen pressure. Paint Tool SAI does not support pen pressure for the mouse.
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Ariannedione11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok thanks!!😊
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Celestia-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HALP :( ive tried messing with all the settings but it doesnt make a difference... I dont have a tablet, I have a laptop with a touch screan and i cant for the life of me get those pointy ends on the ends of the lines!! how can i fix it so i can still get that..?
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try these methods: starguttercomics.deviantart.co…

If that doesn't work, then I'm unsure of what issues you're having and I apologize in advance because I won't be able to help you out.
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Celestia-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That did answer my question, thank you!!!
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AmaPip Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
So helpful Thank you so much ^^
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uzumaki-hyuga-kikyo Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no entiendo !
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FantasyMiracle1990 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Pikachu here looks nice.
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hippowdonmaster Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I tried entering the settings into a new brush and it worked. I tried playing around with it but the thickness of the brush doesn't change when I press harder or softer on the drawing tablet. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks!
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume that you pressed the boxes at the last line of the advanced settings ("Press" --> "Dens", "Size", "Blend") so your proplem should have to do with SAI settings or your tablet driver.
Here's a tutorial on it: starguttercomics.deviantart.co…

Good luck! I hope everything works out! :3
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janjiz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I'm so confused..for some reason even tho I have my pends on the exact same settings it still doesn't look anything like your lines.. the stroke still stays exactly the same. It's like the pressure is all off I thought maybe its my tablet settings but I dont see anything wrong with the tablet... please help? =(
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no! This is a hard one to help with. Please tell me what kind of tablet you have so I know the specifics.
Other than that, Have you tried uninstalling your tablet program/drivers and then reinstalling? Sometimes it just has to do with installation errors. If it's not the tablet then it might be Paint Tool SAI so at the top of your canvas, there are various navigational tools and the last one is "Stabilizer". Make sure that is above 7 (this changes the smoothness of the lines and makes it look better)
You could also check "Others>Options>Digitzer Support" at the top and make sure your coordinate mode is in Pen mode not mouse mode

If all of these options fail then I'm not sure what the problem is with your tablet, but I hope that isn't the case and everything works out fine!
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RareBel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love these brushes ♥w♥
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :iconiluplz:
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Numbuh4-Go Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you use a tablet to make these drawings
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I use bamboo pen and touch tablet :3
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Numbuh4-Go Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shit. I don't have one
Thanks anyway
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even if you don't have one, in Paint Tool SAI, you can use vectors.
Here's a tutorial on how to use that: aquajet.deviantart.com/art/Tut…
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artisticaer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
So I have SAI, but foor some reason none of the lineart tools are there :(
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If possible, could you send me a screen shot so I can figure out what's wrong with it?
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artisticaer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I actually already fixed it! all I had to do was right click on the empty boxes where the tools are supposed to be and it gave me all the options to place them correctly. c:
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:iconheroesofolympusfan05:
Did you download the full version, not the trial version? cause I have the trial version, but also have the software license, so I can still use it, and I've tried pretty much everything I know, messed with the brush settings, but I can't get a pointed tip like you have. I got it once when I first got SAI, but changed it back to the rounded edge thing, and I can't figure out how I did it the first time. BTW I use SAI on my laptop, not a tablet, like a lot of people do.
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you mean you use SAI with your mouse instead of a tablet?
I can't really help you achieve the pointed ends if you're not using a tablet. The only other way I can think of for getting a sharp point with a mouse is with the "Linework Layer" (in this tutorial: [link])
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:iconheroesofolympusfan05:
Ok. I know how to do the pressure in a linework layer. :) But thanks
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Scootie-chan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, thank you~<33333
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ItzTatiii Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Writer
how do u get the pointy edge? I followed everything right but it is a round edge at the end.
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you mean the calligraphy one?
If you do then have you went to your SAI folder and clicked on "start-sai.exe"?
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ItzTatiii Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Writer
ok i did that, i don't have the point, like its a flat but in the picture above its like pointy.
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RomanosGirl56 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yea I have the same problem. I just started using SAI and the tip of any brush I use is flat and doesn't end with a point, It's very frustrating when I do my lineart
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Cereal-97 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG where did you get you get all those pens!?and where did you download paint tool sai?
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made many of those pens xD
And here's the paint tool sai trial site: [link]
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Cereal-97 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!can you please tell me how did you make them?im DYING to know!
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which ones specifically? c:
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Cereal-97 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm lets see...the NT Devon,the iPen,the iPen 2,and the one that says Calli Pen.and thank you!:iconimhappyplz:
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you right-click on a blank space and they will give you different types of brush options. Select the ones that match my pictures and change the settings accordingly c:
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Cereal-97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!this really helped!
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Cereal-97 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm lets see...the NT Devon,the iPen,the iPen 2,and the one that says Calli Pen.and thank you!:iconimhappyplz:
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JordanWindows Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you do frayed lines for the line art and make sure they're neat and tidy, or do you just draw the line in one go?
and great tut!
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AquaJet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think generally, you're supposed to make the line in one go but I have the habit of trying to make my lines neat/tidy instead :'D
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