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TUTORIAL::How to make Transparent BG in SAI by whitty-boo TUTORIAL::How to make Transparent BG in SAI by whitty-boo

EDIT: If the option for PNG doesn't pop up for you, check out this journal that will explain why:
Paint Tool SAI and TRANSPARENT .PNGVarious Paint Tool SAI users might have noticed it, me included, and it always bugged me a bit.
Apparently, SAI doesn't support .PNG transparency. Meaning, when you go and try to save an image supposed to have transparent areas, the picture still gets a white background.
To fix this, I and possibly other people used to save the project as .psd and load it in Photoshop or similar programs to save the file with the wanted transparent area.

Well, a quick search made me figure out that it instead DOES allow to save images with transparency, so I was wondering how.
After checking a tutorial that sadly now got deleted, I realized that transpare


I'm not responding to "IT DOESN'T POP UP FOR ME ;A;" anymore, because if it doesn't you need to read the artist's comments and go to that journal and get your copy of transparent-supporting SAI.




My first tutorial lolol //fail

A lot of people have been asking me how to do transparent backgrounds in Paint TOOL SAI. There weren't any tutorials on dA that seemed to be as simple as how I did it (there were barely any in the first place so.)

If you have some trouble understanding the summarized pictures, here's some more info on it.

Basically, in SAI everything you draw is automatically "transparent". When you save as JPEG, which doesn't support transparency, everything "transparent" is turned to white, like how you see it when you are drawing in the program.

Adding a new layer underneath and making it a different color allows you to see things you missed, preferably the whites. Let's say that when I added the yellow, Casey's white hoodie turned yellow also. That means I need to go in and color it white or else it will become transparent as well.

Saving it as 32bpp makes all the areas you didn't draw on turn transparent.

Some tutorials say that you have to merge all your layers into 1. That is not true. I could have had 3 or 4 layers on that Casey picture, it doesn't affect transparency.


I hope you guys find this helpfull!
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:iconjellmojello:
JellmoJello Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh my god thanks so much for this ^^
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:iconchuuyi:
Chuuyi Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Hey, I know not to comment that its not popping up butttt your link to the journal doesnt open :> Loves me
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Nera789 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
That "Paint Tool SAI and Transparent .PNG" link is saying it's unavailable
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:iconne0n-luw:
NE0N-LUW Featured By Owner 6 days ago
it doesn't pop up for me ;;
and when i try going to the journal it just says "404 not found"
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:iconprinceoftheimmortals:
princeoftheimmortals Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Thank you!! This was really useful~
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:iconwolfiepixel:
WolfiePixel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
when i got to export it the window doesen't show up..
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:iconxxpeanutpop:
XxPeanutPop Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same, it just saves for me
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:iconwolfiepixel:
WolfiePixel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
:L
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:iconzeke-01:
Zeke-01 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Thank you, I found this really helpful!    :3   
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:iconee-ko:
Ee-ko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This helped me a lot~ ^v^
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CeruleanWolfie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really awesome tutorial, but for some reason, the white background that I wanted to be transparent on one of my drawings still shows up opaque. I have read the tutorial and made sure that I've done everything right, and I did. I'm not sure what I ended up doing wrong. Do you have any ideas (if not that's ok) btw I did remember to save it as a .png and 32bpp 
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:iconbook-of-life:
Book-of-Life Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student
Thanks for doing this, it was very helpful! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconlumlummamba:
lumlummamba Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
¡Muchísimas gracias!! No sabes cómo me ayudó.Hug 
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ZombiUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
did it like you showed here and i had the option to save as png and it didn't work
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:iconllamabish:
LlamaBish Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same
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KiwiSaaur Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
It was such a struggle before Thank you!Steven Universe - Sapphire and Ruby (dancing) Steven Universe Lapis Lazuli (Thank You Steven) 
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YuriGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
whats the latest version of sai? and where can i get it? :O
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:iconseara12:
seara12 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist
 You can find SAi on: www.systemax.jp/en/sai/

 You do get a free trail for 30 days(?). But you will need to pay when it's over. c:' 
 That is, if you want to get the full version. Than you just need to purchase it software... Or you can always look for the free link.
 I got mine from one of the site. Can't remember where you can get it now. But do try the free trail version to see if you like the software. :)
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rebreb21 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very simple and great tutorial!! Thank you <:
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:icondemon-disaster:
Demon-Disaster Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
I tried this, it worked the first time but I tried to save another image and it didn't word, weird
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:icondenya-chan:
denya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making this! It was very helpful, and now I've just made my first transparent background thanks to you~! ^o^/
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High-Horizon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to be able to do this but now the window doesn't show up with the pixel format options when i try to save :XD:
So confused, anyone have any ideas? o3o'
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ReinaNaeki Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine does not show up too qwq
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:iconhigh-horizon:
High-Horizon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I downloaded the newer version and it works now :meow:
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:iconreinanaeki:
ReinaNaeki Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, okie, I'll try that too >w< Thanks :3
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catas123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial made it super easy. Thanks! :)
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iiPurr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The journal is the description sends me to the error page "404 not found"
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Buueeh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The journal wont come up for me >:
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KalineReine Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Writer
Whaaaaat? This makes it look so easy! This was so easy to understand, thank you very much! ;w; I'm going to try this out. <3
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Laghrian Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Okay I have version 1.2 and this window does not appear,
also when I will make colored layer invisible it says "Saving caNvas failed"
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Dragon-Wolf-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Okay, I have 1.1.0 (which, according to the tutorial listed, is the minimum version to make transparent backgrounds) but I still don't get PNG options.
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ilovewolves123456789 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
File>export as>.png
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:icondragon-wolf-lover:
Dragon-Wolf-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Yes, I know, but I don't get a popup window giving me the opportunity to choose opacity for my pixels
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:iconwolfiepixel:
WolfiePixel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
i have the same problem
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:icondragon-wolf-lover:
Dragon-Wolf-Lover Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
It turns out that I (and probably you) have a 'fake' version of SAI. It works just like the true version, but is missing some components. 
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ilovewolves123456789 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm. What ver. do you have?
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:icondragon-wolf-lover:
Dragon-Wolf-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Someone gave me some help ^^; turns out although i thought I had the legit version, the site I got it from was a tad bit untruthful :shrug: so I just need to purchase the good version~
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Iraxchu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I did everything but at the end, I don't have 32bpp etc...
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bxsket-cxse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks very much for the tutorial! 
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:iconordinary-october:
Ordinary-October Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, after i save mine the PNG save options don't appear. why is that?
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:iconkiyotohka:
KiyoTohka Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
can I have the link?
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AllOfTheKeely Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so helpful. thank yewww
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DragFairy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a Million! c:
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:iconala-ma:
Ala-Ma Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youuu, i really wonder why people don't read the descriptions, gonna see that journal now Nod 
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DrexelTheDeviant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! this helped ^^
                                         
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StarPaw007 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
What if we did originally make the canvas transparent? Does that mean we're screwed?
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:iconsteelpwny:
SteelPwny Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this helped a bunch!! <3
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FiveNightsAtHarmonys Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so helpful
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robloxgirlblox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This was super helpful!!
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CaptianLinebeck Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this work on making Shimeji's? ouo 
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