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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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TheLoneRestlessRose Featured By Owner Edited 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm beyond lost... this wasn't helpful at all. No box pops up and it doesn't work the way you did it unless I choose "multiply", and even that doesn't do what you did. 
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Kaydorable1 Featured By Owner 44 minutes ago
Well what did you do? I think I can help/ What steps did you take?
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BatInAHat Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you so much for posting this ;u;
You made it so simple even I could follow it
Here is what I achieved with your help if your interested //slapped thrice 
Cutieheart
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AmeToSora Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, YES! Thank you! I've been wanting to do this FOREVER, and now I know how! Thankz you! Heavenly 
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chiitters Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god. Thank you :heart:
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FennecFe Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made my drawing possible thanks so much
also, I referenced you in the drawing I was able to post thanks to you and this tutorial. I really appreciate it
(If you don't like that I referenced you please tell me)
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huunous Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  New member
Thank you so very much! I really needed this for a present for my mom :3
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weeaboogamer Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
OMG YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW CUTER MY ART WOULD LOOK NOW....BLESS YOUR SOUL..THIS IS GREAT
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EvkZombie Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The box doesn't pop up for me...
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Iamthecure049 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the help!
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FlutterDashFTW Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Artist
Oh God!! Thank you so much for posting this!! This helped me so much :D ;v; I love you... no homo though
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2sv Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks, almost screw it there.
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epicumbre Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for making this tutorial, im probably gonna use this all the time now ^w^
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SilverForeginLight Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Artist
Thank The Art God and goddess's Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much! OMG YES!
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XCyborgFillieDrawsX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you my lord.
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experbug Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when I save as png it doesn't have a window pop up. What do I do then?
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NanoButt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your paint tool sai probably doesn't have to transparent mod.
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experbug Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fixed it
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trial-of-six Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is there any way to get this, go around this, or am i technically fucked?
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NanoButt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure, but if you have photoshop I know you can make stuff transparent in there.
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trial-of-six Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh my version of photoshop doesn't do it as cleanly as i want it to... eh i'll figure out how to properly feather it and maybe that'll be fine. thanks though c:
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NanoButt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem c:
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MisuKishiPie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! >w< <33 It helped me so much!! ^w^
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killerskulldog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Omg you have no idea how useful this was! Thank you so much :D
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Kurumiko13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!!! This was very helpful [:
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garucca415 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank u >W<!!!! 
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Reakishin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guys, if the window doesn't pop up, you have a different version of sai.
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NanoButt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally someone points that out x'D
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MignonetteCodex Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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RAICESNEGRAS Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
thank U so much :meow:
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Aceystone Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
IT DOESN'T POP UP FOR ME ;A;
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NanoButt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It means you have a different version of sai. You have to have to transparent mod on it for this to work.
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Salcinro Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
A big thanks to you XD
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SkewedRevisions Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
WHAT IF THE WINDOW DOESN"T POP UP? D:
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Puriz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Helped alot :D 
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nathal32 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The window doesn't pop up, it never does ._.
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enderlox-x Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
you probably need an updated version of sai.
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EdwardBarnes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Thank you very much, saved our project!
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iMusicalMinji Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Savior, hallelujah 
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SuirenHime Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much for making this <333
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Peachesty Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi dear, I have the correct version of SAI. Everything pops up right.

I followed your tutorial word for word and my icon backgrounds are still not transparent? 

(I've been having to get my fiance' to slave away for me and turn the backgrounds transparent in PS)
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whitty-boo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Are you saving a file done from scratch? Or are you opening a file and then trying to save as png?
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:iconpeachesty:
Peachesty Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Sorry. I found out what I was doing wrong! Thank you for replying.
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Dusk-deerfluff Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
How did you fix it?
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Corperal-Hiroro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ^-^
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The-Ultra-Violet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student General Artist
thankss
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MyBakaLoveTheory Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much~! Bro hug 
I am so happy to now be able to have transparent backgrounds ;w; You're a life saver!
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Krysiis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That window doesn't pop up.
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Ritsukit Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for putting up this tutorial!!!
-huggles-
I didn't have a clue how to do the transparent background, and I was growing soooo frustrated >:(  
But thanks to you, now I know!!!!
So thank you so very much!!! :heart: 
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One-Stringed-Harp Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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