PaintTool SAI is a graphics editing tool that can help you to make images using drawing tablets. Of course, you can edit pictures and photos without additional devices. It is lightweight and easy in use software that shows fast performance. Despite the program was designed by a Japanese company, it was translated into English and other languages. The editor provides a brush, pencil, marker, fill bucket, and other painting tools. It works with PSD, SAI, JPG, BMP, PNG, and TGA formats. The program also has multiple layer support.
The editor’s interface slightly differs from other painting tools. The canvas area is shifted to the right side of the screen. The color and layer panel is on the left side of the screen. However, you can change the position of these panes via Window tab which is on the top menu. After launching you can create a new file and draw a picture using pencil, air bush, legacy pen, bush, watercolor, and marker. There are also supplementary tools as Color Picker, Lasso, Magic Wand, Selection, Rotate, and Move. The layer panel allows you to create linework layers. It means that you can work with vector graphics.
You can’t apply a visual effect. The Filter tab allows a user to change only brightness/contrast and hue/saturation values.
The program price is 5,400 JPY per one software license. It’s about $54. You can order this on the official website of SYSTEMAX.
This software is one of the best editors for digital drawing and sketching. You can create pictures using only your mouse. However, it’s better to connect tablet if you want to get maximum from this program.
Key features and functions
- Multi-layer support.
- Work with vector graphics.
- Easy drawing performance.
- It has the same shortcuts as Adobe Photoshop.
- Pentium 450 MHz or later.
- From 256 (for Windows XP) to 1024 MB (for Windows Vista) RAM.
- 512 MB free disk space.
- 1024 x 768 resolution support and 32-bit True color screen.
Limitations of trial version
- The trial period is 31 days.
- Fixed crash bugs.