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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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:iconaceystone:
Aceystone Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
IT DOESN'T POP UP FOR ME ;A;
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Salcinro Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
A big thanks to you XD
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:iconskewedrevisions:
SkewedRevisions Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
WHAT IF THE WINDOW DOESN"T POP UP? D:
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:iconpuriz:
Puriz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Helped alot :D 
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:iconnathal32:
nathal32 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The window doesn't pop up, it never does ._.
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:iconenderlox-x:
enderlox-x Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
you probably need an updated version of sai.
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:iconedwardbarnes:
EdwardBarnes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Thank you very much, saved our project!
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:iconimusicalminji:
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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:iconpeachesty:
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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:iconwhitty-boo:
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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:icondusk-deerfluff:
Dusk-deerfluff Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
How did you fix it?
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:iconcorperal-hiroro:
Corperal-Hiroro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ^-^
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:iconthe-ultra-violet:
The-Ultra-Violet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student General Artist
thankss
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:iconmybakalovetheory:
MyBakaLoveTheory Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  New member 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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:iconritsukit:
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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Silversocks112 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  New member
my  g o d  thank you!
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:iconpixstral:
Pixstral Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! 
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:iconbabeehcakez:
babeehcakez Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is soooo helpful! Thanks a bunch! 
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WaffIeWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The is super helpful; I was making everything with a dA colored background xD
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:iconpink11219:
pink11219 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I had to transfer everything to firealpaca and it looked terrible after I was done. This will really help! :3
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Kiara137 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, thanks so much! :iconcuteplz:
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BlackBlade58206 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? That's it? I feel incredibly stupid...
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:iconmimiwillruletheworld:
MimiWillRuleTheWorld Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Yay~ thank you!
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:iconalexer14:
Alexer14 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This will help me make my own lineart ^.^
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:iconileauc:
Ileauc Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;)
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:iconvikiuko:
Vikiuko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yesss i was lookin for this thank you very much :33
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VerruecktCat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this was loads of help.
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SketchKitty96 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg so helpful, thanks so much!! Bunny Kitty Emoji-01 (Lovely) [V1] 
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AryaTheWolfCat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
But when i save not open the pop up ;---;
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VerruecktCat Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check the description
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:iconthemandii:
themandii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops, Duhhhh.... Now I figured out why it wasn't working. Thank you!!!!
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:iconfehiki:
fehiki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU Kawaii Eyes Icon 
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SnivelGriffoon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped so much, thank you ^^
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:icongrey-terminal:
Grey-Terminal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But when I save it there pops no setting-window up ???
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:icondoodlebozo:
DoodleBozo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Check the description C:
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:icongrey-terminal:
Grey-Terminal Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :) (Smile) 
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:iconpocketsnowflake:
PocketSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thankyou ;u;
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:iconalihira:
AliHira Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :D
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FaolanEternal Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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Ami-bot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used this for my icon c:
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BabiiSmileii Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much!!!!!<3
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razorsharp2199 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't work for me :<
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:iconami-bot:
Ami-bot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
double check that it's being saved as a PNG and that you have the background layer turned off (no little eyeball) 
But you probably need a different version of SAI that supports transparent backgrounds. 
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tuwas1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I was having a bit of trouble saving my picture with a transparent background. :)
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CyberLatiosDragon77 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Window doesn't pop up.
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IceCreamWoman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The little window didn't pop up X.X
How do I fix that?
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