PaintTool SAI

PaintTool SAI for Windows

Powerful but Light Drawing Program for Digital Artists

PaintTool SAI is a lightweight drawing and painting software used for creating or editing art. Unlike other graphic design applications, SAI is focused on painting,  giving you great control of its color templates and line quality. Plus, it fully supports drawing tablets and pens.

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PROS

  • Full customization of tools
  • Pen pressure is smooth
  • Easy to learn
  • Color palette selection is vast

CONS

  • No print function
  • Extensive image-editing functions are sparse
  • Selection tool is sub-par
  • Interface looks outdated

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PaintTool SAI is a lightweight drawing and painting software used for creating or editing art. Unlike other graphic design applications, SAI is focused on painting,  giving you great control of its color templates and line quality. Plus, it fully supports drawing tablets and pens.

Unleash the Creativity

PaintTool SAI features various drawing tools that you can find in other programs. There’s the Airbrush, Watercolor, Pen, Marker, and Eraser, which you can customize according to your needs. Your pen pressure can be set to how you would like it to respond to your touch, so there’s more variation on your lines.  The color functionality is also surprisingly fine-tuned for light software. You can choose various primary colors, specific what hue and shade, and even adjust the saturation and luminesce of it. The layer tool can group other layers, pin them together, and let you move them around.

SAI’s anti-aliasing feature—or the smoothing of jagged edges on an image—also takes effect on the various selection and transformation tools it has. Your drawing canvas is customizable, as well, and you even get to have an application-wide scratchpad that you can use as a color-mixing palette, which will be saved between sessions. Plus, you can turn your brushes and even your airbrush into erasers for more creative touches. The number of functions in PaintTool SAI may be typical for other illustration programs, but it doesn’t lag behind with the other advanced features it totes around.

Not for Photos

Unfortunately, SAI prefers to be used on drawing and painting, so you’ll find that it lacks several key features you may be looking for in an all-around graphic design app. Some of the most prominent tools missing are the text tool, shape tool, and gradients. You also can’t edit image properties much with SAI, as the only tools you can use for them are the selection tools, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation. Compared to a popular photo-editor program like Photoshop—on which you can also draw and paint, and it has the sister program Illustrator—SAI looks only good for drawing and painting. You can’t even print your works directly on the app—despite the ability to export your works in popular image file formats. However, don’t let these things deter you from checking out PaintTool SAI. It boasts an impressively small size and smooth operation compared to other programs, so there’s no need for worrying with lags. You can try its 31-day trial offer to gauge it yourself.

A Handy App

If you’re looking for a good-quality drawing application that’s easy on the storage space, PaintTool SAI is a good choice. While more advanced editing features can be found on other programs, SAI makes up for its flaws with surprisingly fine-tuned tools and powerful digitizer support. The user interface makes it look like it’s a very old program, but it just seems that SAI chose to sacrifice aesthetics for the sake of functionality and size. This is a recommended app for digital artists who lean towards cartoon and anime styles and would like a fast rendering of their drawing.

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User reviews about PaintTool SAI

  • AshlieTheStar

    by AshlieTheStar

    I like paint tool sai, it's just not available for mac which makes it very unfair for those mac users to pay, rather than have windows More

  • 2025 Shaalin Gamble-Sarfo

    by 2025 Shaalin Gamble-Sarfo

    Its good with gacha life pictures and good for pictures in general.You can make amazing pictures with this app.I totally recommend it.

  • Yesenia Chavez

    by Yesenia Chavez

    i need to play it to show my real rating so if i cant play it i cant rate it

  • Alivia Heinzelmann

    by Alivia Heinzelmann

    I saw many people use it so I decided to try it out and not very surprisingly it worked! these are some people that I have watched use More

  • KimZ priadiwangsa

    by KimZ priadiwangsa

    its ok but i recently got a lot of problems with this app. its fine

  • yoana tenebro

    by yoana tenebro

    i love it cuz i dont have one i need it now now now now now

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