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SAI Official GuideBook
« on: July 11, 2008, 01:13:53 PM »
ohh, look what just arrived here ^^

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4883807673

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2008, 03:52:22 PM »
I'm in the U.S. but I have used my Amazon account to purchase items from the British Amazom site.  Wonder if I can order this as well.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008, 06:36:20 PM »
you bought it ? XD
is it illegal if you scan and share it ?
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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2008, 12:34:22 AM »
Hmm, checked with Amazon and it seems Japan is one of the few places I can't use my Amazon account at.  Maybe I can ask the anime dealer I used to buy my manga from if he can get it on one of his buying trips to Tokyo.  Otherwise I can check Yes Asia and J-List.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2008, 08:03:41 AM »
Looks cool any chance of a few inside photos to have a taste?

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 12:10:26 AM »
!! thats so nice! i need to buy this but im in the UK too!

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008, 06:38:40 PM »
you bought it ? XD
is it illegal if you scan and share it ?
it is not illegal if you do it outside japan. The book,like many other things, is not licensed in europe,america or any other place, therefore they cannot sue you if you scan and even translate it.

Now we only need someone to do it- a scanlation would be great

if you have a scanner,you can provide us with a clean raw scan, then we find a scanlation group and they do it.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2008, 06:41:12 PM by blurymind »

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2008, 12:15:09 AM »
I just want to study more arts done by various artists.
How they sketch, line-out, color. Not SAI usage and technique and etc.
I hope that book will give me what I want.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008, 02:41:14 PM »
you bought it ? XD
is it illegal if you scan and share it ?
Yep, it's pretty cheap anyways, 1600 yen, just the shipping costs a bit (about 4000 yen), so best to buy some other stuff too while you're at it. The Japanese amazon site is pretty easy to use, they got "This page in English." buttons all over the place. I haven't bought on amazon before, so I made my amazon account on that site, but I think I read somewhere that they don't use the same accounts as other amazon sites or something.

I don't have any scanner where I am at the moment, but I think i'll put some photos up later.

The book includes a cd which contains over 80 textures for use with brushes, on the cd is also GIMP and Inkscape, full-size screenshots of the wips of the works presented in the book. There's also a plugin for SAI included, which I haven't looked into much yet, but seems to add support for scanners, some specialized gif, jpg and png exporters, full-screen workspace (no windows menus), and some other stuff. In the book is also a tutorial on how to buy SAI.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2008, 08:01:43 PM »
The plugin is SST(A), it's pretty good, I use the rulers a lot, I plan on opening up a thread explaining the settings but if anyone wants to try it now go to http://yamage.com/sst/ the second last or the 4th menu is for exporting and importing the color swatches, the first option is to clear, then export and last is for import, so if you delete your swatches don't go blaming me!

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2008, 06:53:37 PM »
As promised, here's a bunch of photos from inside the book ^^

The first chapter "Introduction: Ready to Start Up" is some basic information about the book, SAI, the included cd, etc, it explains how to buy and install SAI and stuff like that.


The second chapter "Tutorial: About SAI" explains how the tools in SAI work, and ends with an extra column about recording your work with tools like CamStudio.


The third chapter "Practice: How to Draw" gives basic tips on drawing some random  things with the tools in SAI, and is concluded with an extra column about GIMP.


The fourth chapter "Techniques: Digital Art Skills" explains how to draw cute girls techniques used by various artists for their digital artworks, and at the end there's some information about InkScape (seems to be an advertisement for some book that mixes SAI, GIMP & InkScape)
First there's an illustration of a cute girl at the beach.

Together with an explanation, obviously, on how to make her look cute.

Then there's a painting of a woman in a fantasy setting with some dragons flying around and a random evil dude in the background.

An entirely different style of working than the previous illustration.

Then there's a drawing of a cute girl wearing a just-not-transparent-enough skirt in some sort of magical fantasy underwaterworld with fish swimming around her.

Again with other techniques used.

And finally the mecha used on the front cover of the book.

Using a more technical approach of drawing. Makes use of vector layers for the final lines.


The fifth chapter "Appendix: Extra Data and Information" provides a bunch of links, prices of wacom tablets, a list of the textures included on the cd, a list of all the software on the cd, a list of explanations of some technical terminology, and a table with the key configuration of SAI.


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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2008, 07:13:57 PM »
it is not illegal if you do it outside japan. The book,like many other things, is not licensed in europe,america or any other place, therefore they cannot sue you if you scan and even translate it.

Now we only need someone to do it- a scanlation would be great

if you have a scanner,you can provide us with a clean raw scan, then we find a scanlation group and they do it.
Actually, it is illegal to do that, and they can sue you for it. The book -can- in fact be sold outside of Japan (otherwise Amazon would provide you with a nice warning that the product can not be ordered out of Japan). The owner of the copyright always starts out with a worldwide exclusive right of copying and distributing copies of the work. They also have the right to license part of their rights (exclusively or non-exclusively) to another company, if they wish to do so.

Generally (but not legally), though, fan translations for a market where distribution is not intended by the copyright holder or licensees, are accepted as fair use.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2008, 01:21:12 AM »
too bad its in japanese only

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2008, 01:46:57 AM »
Looks very interesting, I'm curious if the artist that did the mecha used the SST plugin for the perspective lines, also I would probably order this just for the textures and other stuff on the CD.

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Re: SAI Official GuideBook
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2008, 10:32:48 AM »
too bad its in japanese only
As I use this program with my art (could use improvement anyway..) I really wish the book was was in English. *shakes fist*