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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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:iconnovosis:
Novosis Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you~~ I love this! It helped me out a lot ^3^
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Fallen-Gravity Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
This is so helpful! It's also a neat way to do transparent backgrounds as well. ^^
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ChibiDragonGaming Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Artist
Thank you so much for this! I've been trying to figure this out for a while! If only I found this sooner! Thank you!~
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MasterAlpaCHINO Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
For anyone still having problems; update your version of SAI.
:iconsea-doq: included the correct version in her journal.
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hrg1nona Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  New Deviant
When I do it the window that says 24 or 32 bpp doesn't pop up.. Help pls >_<
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:iconblack60dragon:
black60dragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh.... I always clicked 24bpp because I assumed f each pixel had oppacity that meant the white background would too.


Thanks!
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ForgottenWolfSpirits Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is really fucking useless in my opinion, and the title is very misleading. It's showing how to see if your background is transparent, not how to make it transparent in the first place. How the hell do you MAKE it transparent? Do I just have to spend 99 years trying to remove each part of the background? I'm NOT the person who is willing to spend 942 centuries on a piece of art. Is there ANY fast way to REMOVE a background on SAI?
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HeyAbbyAnne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You just delete whatever layers are beneath your actual drawing, if there are any. The tutorial is showing how SAI does not show transparency, but proving that it does support it when you add a colored layer underneath. The white background you always see can just be misleading.
So, just delete any extra "background" layers and follow the last bit of the tutorial if you don't care for the colored layer test part.
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ForgottenWolfSpirits Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
..............................Oml.

I just asked IF THERE IS a SIMPLER and FASTER way to remove a background in SAI without spending 99 years trying to erase the background from a file I DON'T have a PSD FOR/DIDN'T DRAW.
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HeyAbbyAnne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Use Google.
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:iconforgottenwolfspirits:
ForgottenWolfSpirits Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've tried, not a single tip or anything about it. Just vague-ass tutorials.
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AllenPaw Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
than use an other Drawing Programm: the end :>
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:iconforgottenwolfspirits:
ForgottenWolfSpirits Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smartass.
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sapphiremantis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Look, we understand you have trouble using SAI. Fine.

If you can't take patience in art, then that's your own fault, not the tutorial's. This tutorial is very useful- it just isn't useful to you. No need to bash.

Shovels aren't meant for cutting down trees.
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black60dragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chill dude. Its not hard to understand. Have some respect and maybe someone will tell you....
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AllenPaw Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i know my butt is smart. thanks
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TapionVirgo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
I tried it, it worked, then second time I didn't use second layer and just save as png. Still working, so there's no need for use layer as invisible background, if it's naturally white, I think.
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Zichqec Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure the purpose of the colored layer is just so that you can make sure any white parts of your drawing are actually filled in with white, and wont end up transparent too. The reason the tutorial exists is to show that SAI shows transparency as white, and if you save your files wrong then the transparency will turn into white, thus misleading people into believing it doesn't support transparency when it in fact does.
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mirmirs Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The journal doesn't exist :(
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Toast-Queen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
the journal doesn't exist lmao

explain it.
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MaryUniverse Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It kinda helped for me even that i have the cracked version for mac... Thanks a lot
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:iconcatttaco:
CaTTTaco Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student General Artist
you saved my life
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BelieveTheHorror Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist
You have my eternal gratitude Emoticon: Bow 
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Chesit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAH
COOL
BUT LIKE
ITD BE GOOD TO HAVE A JOURNAL THAT WORKS
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xxAtemxx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
the other journal doesn't exist anymore :(
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morphinetune Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
the link to the separate journal doesn't connect anymore. was it deleted?
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iLikki Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Doesn't work, sadly orz
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Ambipants Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015   General Artist
Thanx! I really needed to know how to do this. Favorited! :D
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J0YPAD Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this was very helpful!
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BreathlessBanana Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The journal isn't there so I can't see what I need to do if the window doesn't pop up.
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lemon-tama Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student General Artist
hhhhh thank you so muccchhhh 
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Girokett Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This will come in handy!

Thank you! ^v^
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Crystal25152 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't get onto the page of the journal. xD
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CreatureCorgi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
What should we do if the window doesn't pop up?
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boooooki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
what if a window doesnt show up?
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Aerite Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This was very helpful. :D
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Raven-Ride Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful!!!!
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ArtNewbie1213 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^ w^
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UsagiDoki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I ended up messing up my saves and couldn't figure out why it no longer saved my stuff with transparent backs. 
I'm such a noob with sai omg. ;w; love you for this.
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ackmanstein Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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the-argent-assailant Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you didn't want any more questions about the window not popping up but the link in your description is dead. Please update. Thanks for this, by the way.
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bigbubbleHL Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you sooooo much!!!! <<3<3<3<3<3
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FallenRichardBrook Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you said you won't answer the "it doesn't pop up for me" ...but I just wanted to inform you that the link to the solution does not work :c The deviation has been delted I guess?
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crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
same! ;-; I really would like to see the link but it doesn't work
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FallenRichardBrook Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Luckily I already found the problem: I had an old version of Sai on my computer! (I downloaded the program about three years ago) and the old version doesn't support transparent backgrounds!

Try donwloading a newer version and it should work just fine ! c:
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crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll see what I can do c: thanks
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FallenRichardBrook Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^^ If you have any other problems/questions, feel free to ask, maybe I can help xD
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