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Hi guys! Welcome to another one of my articles, this time I'll be giving you a thorough review about two very similar art programs, Paint Tool SAI and FireAlpaca.
FireAlpaca User Stamp by Demire            Stamp - Paint Tool Sai User by firstfear

Anyone who's just starting out with digital art might be asking themselves, Should I pay for Photoshop? Should I use a crack? Should I look for a free art program?

There are some of those like me, who kinda can't really afford expensive programs, I luckily got my PS in a package that came with my Bamboo Tablet. Luckily, FireAlpaca is free, and Paint Tool Sai has a portable version which is free.

Portable Paint Tool SAI

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These two programs have some of what is already a good enough Photoshop. There are many artists who use Paint Tool SAI and Fire Alpaca, and create beautiful art.


Paint Tool SAI - Commission: Tokiko by ZenithOmocha Paint tool SAI /Speed paint video by ryky Pocket Mirror ~ Title Screen by KirameKirai Spirited Away by moni158

FireAlpaca - FireAlpaca was tried. by yumeyu FireAlpaca by KaceyMeg snowy by grimay Cinyu SUPER LATE BIRTHDAY GIFT by illuminatedflower

And for those who probably have a crack/trial version of Paint Tool SAI and feel guilty, or have/will be buying a Mac (which cannot run Paint Tool SAI without a Windows crack), safe to say they're almost alike, and you won't have any problem switching over. Here's the layout of both programs.
FireAlpaca by illuminatedflower

Paint Tool SAI layout by illuminatedflower

To some people who have seen other's livestreams or whatnot, the layout will probably look different. (hence the featured pictures, they have different positions. I just like to keep mine in one line.)

So really, what's the same in both programs?

  • Smoothing (PTS) & Correction (FA) Tool
This comes in handy if you don't have a steady hand, mostly used for inking purposes.
  • Select Pen & Erase
When you have your outline and don't really feel like painting, you can use these to outline a part of your drawing, and color that in.
  • Importing and Creating Brushes
 Different artists have different brushes, luckily, if they have offered their brushes, you can import/create them.
  • Lock Opacity (PTS) & Lock Alpha
Instead of clipping layers, you can paint on the same colored layer, and not paint over other parts. It's helps the colors blend a lot more easier.

Great! Now tell me what's different about each other?


  • Textured paper (PTS)
I don't think many people use this, but it just gives the canvas a pretty cool look.
  • Transform (PTS)
There will be times something just doesn't look right, and you'll need to resize something or move it farther or further inside the picture.
  • Vectoring (PTS)
For mouse users, this is glory in Paint Tool SAI, you can almost ink anything, and look like you did it with a tablet. 
  • Fringe (PTS)
I know may artists who use the Fringe tool, it's very nice, and gives a cool look once you've used it correctly with shading.
  • Fixed Angles/Mirrored (PTS)
Sometimes you want to change the angle of how you're drawing something, cause it might look weird if you tried doing it upright.
  • Inserted Text (FA)
Some pictures require text been shown on the drawing, example being you'd need to put some text but you can't draw it cause you think it's ugly, or its not even your language. (Ahem, my handwriting is very ugly)
  • Shapes (FA)
It can be a pain trying to draw perfect shapes, and especially in backgrounds that use shapes. SAI is not equipped with this unfortunately. It's such a struggle.

So, which one would you suggest, Hikari?


I personally recommend both programs! Both have the full potential for creating art, and can probably help out anyone who is starting digital art! Just for a safe bet, stick with Paint Tool SAI (The Full Liscense version is like $56 USD) since there's many people who give out tutorials, guides, brushes out for free (or Patreon). But if you cannot do without certain relatable PS items, stick with FireAlpaca, as it has most of what PS kind of has.

Anyways, I really hope this review helped out some people! See you next time!

SUGGESTED TUTORIALS/BRUSHES
My brush settings~ by KirameKirai   Omocha's Advanced Sketch step by step by ZenithOmocha    Hair, Skin, and Eyes SBS by Sakon04   Coloring Tutorial and Sai Tips by DyMaraway   Full Shading Tutorial by AtsusaKaneytza FireAlpaca: Layered Shading and Coloring Tutorial by ChoppinStix Firealpaca Brush Pack by candydesufox MYNOTSOCOOLBRUSHES - 2015 by Erraday Fire Alpaca Brush Pack #3 by cheapkrabs Brush Settings- Paint Tool Sai by ShintaRee Paint Tool Sai Custom Airbrush by Deckboy SAI Tools - Complete set by Iris-hime


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SugaSkull Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
nice channel place thingy
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thank you!
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Thankyou for the watch! :D
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