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Ink Settings by squeedgemonster Ink Settings by squeedgemonster
I get folks asking what my settings for inking in SAI are pretty often, so I thought I should take a handy dandy screenshot instead of trying to explain it over and over.

So yes, these are my settings. I tend to ink with a 20pt brush for the most part, but I like using a 9pt for smaller details.

Also, I'd like to point out that the drawing is zoomed in 100%, so the lines tend to look a bit pixely. I always draw HUGE so when I downsize the file, the lines end up smooth, clean, and crisp.

Edit, because people were seriously confused: This screenshot is old and looking back I don't even remember why I have the pencil tool there instead of the pen tool. They are basically interchangeable after fiddling with the settings, though. For the record, I reinstalled SAI a bit ago and now use the pen tool with these settings.

Feel free to ask any questions if you'd like further explanation :3
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:iconluna-tech-art:
Luna-Tech-art Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Yes, this pen is perfect!
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MathewH88 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
How did u get that tool?
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:iconk-b-21:
K-B-21 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
copy the settings
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:iconmathewh88:
MathewH88 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
?
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:iconk-b-21:
K-B-21 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now I'm confused and I don't know what did you mean by writing "How did u get that tool"
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:iconmathewh88:
MathewH88 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
The sai tool
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:iconk-b-21:
K-B-21 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the software? oh. you can find it on the internet. I thought you meant the brush settings
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:iconmathewh88:
MathewH88 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
-w-
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:iconadvancerun:
AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing!  I haven't worked with the pencil tool a lot, I'll have a go at it!
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PinkFeather24 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Student Artist
its cool!
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CuteToyBonnie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
Ty !
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SometimesFox Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good sir, I said good sir.
this setting right here

this setting right here
is so amazing
my art is so perf!
not the art I have posted yet..
but the brush is just perfect

bless you
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:iconlexislovesritsu:
LexisLovesRitsu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks!
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SuraNekoChan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Muito bom!!
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Scorchwind58 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
I tried to use these settings, but it was very pixliezed like it didnt have the black edge it was black to grey. how can i fix this?
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HY333NA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
try increasing your canvas size? 
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:iconscorchwind58:
Scorchwind58 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student General Artist
hm , ill try
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:iconchingis09:
Chingis09 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Is it finished?
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:iconfnafarts:
FNAFArts Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D; i want to make my arts to have Pressure without the Linework layer
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Sekhmet-Ra-Ptah Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing settings! I used this before on an old computer and the pressure didn't work, but now it's magical OuO
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SiIIyGirl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
uhm, i did all this, and it didn't work... 
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Killerdog87 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Artist
Same, Idont know how to start or end with the sharp points.
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:icon4chxn:
4chxn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omf amaze i use!
i dun care if old....I USE DIS
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:iconxxxxstarfirexxxx:
XxXxStarfirexXxX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
It doesn't work for me
WHY DOES IT NEVER WORK FOR ME?! Wolf Mad 
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:iconem-iko:
EM-IKO Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you you saved my life
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:iconinfernaldalek:
InfernalDalek Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Ugh, Quality is grayed out for me and I can't change it. It's currently set to fastest.
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NunyaPie Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo hoo, I will stop using the Linework layers for making the lines of my drawings. Now I just need to stop my hand from twitching that much.
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SickAede Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Turning the smoothing up really high will fix that for the most part. :>
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:iconnunyapie:
NunyaPie Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thanks for the advice. 
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SickAede Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Np
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kipahara Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey man, this Brush Ink Will help me soo much for linearts (i know have many inks but your is fast and good), thanks for post
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Arbrecent Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Squeedgemonster, Which tablet do you use?
May I know? Cause I've been thinking of buying a tablet for my artwork to be done quicker.
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Reina-R Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well I use a Wacom Bamboo Pen, it's pretty easy to use and it's a tablet.
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Arbrecent Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh thank you!
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SlapHappyDrew Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much!!!! =3 
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WilliamTheKonqueror Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Writer
I have a question or two to ask...

This is done on the linework layers, right? Well, on my linework layers, it can't adjust the quality (It's stuck on 1-Fastest) and it's being a real pain in the neck. Any suggestions?
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Chomp-chi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In SAI the linework layer only allows you the tool that it is designated for.
So the pentool that is shown above is not used.

In order to use the regular pen tool, and the pen setting above.
You need to just create a new,normal layer tus you can se this custom brush setting.
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KARUKITSUNE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they dont work but what version to you use?r
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MoeMoney123 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
late response but set the stabilizer to s3
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KARUKITSUNE Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still doesnt do smooth
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:iconkarukitsune:
KARUKITSUNE Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it works <3
but it doesnt do lines like yours
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RavenLunaticArt Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh how I wish I had Sai or this could be applied to photoshop TT0TT
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Ma-zack Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you use linework layers or do you draw all your linework freehand?

Btw. I fucking love you art and your style, your art gives huge isnpirations!^^
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Karirae2010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO MUCH! I've been having the biggest issue getting the best tool for outlines and everything always looked blurry or feathery. This solved ALL MY PROBLEMS THANK YOU
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die22342 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used these settings they work nicely. Thanks for the pointers!
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skusil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks like such a great inking brush to use, but when I opened SAI and put those setting on my 'pen' tool for some reason my tablet won't register that I'm putting less pressure or not so i just get one big bulky line no matter what I do. I was wondering if you had any idea what's going on (if it's my tablet or some setting I couldn't find isn't right D: )

I had no problem with the pressure and size settings when I used SAI two days ago and I've been researching an answer but I haven't found one yet >.< and no matter which tool I use now or what settings, the line is always the same size :/
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Torekzzak Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its your Pilot, maybe.
I use those and it works fine.
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RiotLizard Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I did those settings exactly like that and in the exact order shown, but is still looks real fuzzy on the outside of the line i drew
Is there something I missed not shown here? Sorry for bugging you, I'm just confused as to why it isn't working :?
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:iconchomp-chi:
Chomp-chi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had that problem before and I found that working on a VERY LARGE scale (around the thousands for canvas ratio)
an then sizing it down helps make things crisp

you can also see how many dpi the canvas is set two, 300 s a good dpi setting as it allows more detail to be packed in.
(300dots per inch)

I don't know if that will work but it helped me when I got fustraited
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