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How to emulate Copic Markers digitally with Paint Tool SAI

I've been struggling to emulate copic markers digitally using Paint Tool SAI. After a lot of experimentation and thought, this is the method I decided to use. I admit it's still not exactly like using copics, but I reckon the result looks close enought.
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Given 2011-05-12
Featured as a part of ^Project Educate's Resources week, Copics in SAI by =White-Nuts is a wonderfully way for artists who do not have easy access to Copic Markers, this is a wonderful tutorial to emulate the markers within Paint Tool Sai. This is a great tutorial for anyone to use that wants to use Copic markers, but doesn't have any access to them, all you have to do is follow the steps, and you'll be on your way. ( Featured by Nyiana-sama )
Mintleaf13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Can in one elce not type in SAI?
Areiniah Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there's something wrong with my markers...I followed all your steps, but when I use the Copic marker, the colour gets darker and darker the harder I push/more times I go over it, but to the point of a light colour turning black. I don't think this is supposed to happen considering the nature of the skin tones you are putting down in your tutorial, each colour remains the same and is relatively consistent. It's kind of hard to explain, but basically the colour will completely change to an entirely different colour. My light beige skin tone shade turned deep red to black, I don't think this is supposed to happen. 
graysweed Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
its probably because of the multiply setting, it makes the color way darker than the one you choose
91vadpire Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you do promarkers?!?!:la:
Yukarimei Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this tool Cx I'm just wondering if there are any settings to make it come to a finer point with less pressure? Thanks.
Elizabeth3696 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for creating this. Now I don't have to go out and spend all sorts of money on Copics.
nanda-juleha Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for this :D
StefanyX3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hola me podrias Decir please Donde descargaste tu paint tool  SAI?
xChibinChanx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely tutorial!
FunSizedReesesCup Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit, thank you so much. I've been trying to figure out forever how to emulate a copic marker on SAI.
AgentKnopf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Really good tutorial, since I've been experimenting with the Marker tool and blending options a while now (albeit not for too long) and I wasn't quite happy with the way it usually turned out (normally a messy mix of Marker and Water Tool) but you r tutorial was a great help in finding other ways to shade and blend :D !
Raph13th Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Great tutorial.
pigeonwhisper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does "[None]" mean a simple circle for the brush?
LoneWintress Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kaoyux Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Hi, I'm writing to let you know that I featured your tutorial in my Art Features journal :pointr: [link]
Please consider adding it to your favorites. Thank you for your time and the work you did in creating your Tutorial! ^o^
bashful-incubus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
This is the prettiest looking tool. ouo I haven't tried it yet but so pretty!
Antilogist Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Just made a copic tool on sai.
MourantLune Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, This + Blend = HEAVEN!
ItaSakuSasu-SasuSaku Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
i can't duplicate the brush when i clikc on an empty space. any ideas?
MourantLune Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right click on the brush itself, then select "Duplicate." The new brush will appear in the next empty space.

IF you need to create the brush, right click an empty space, and select "Marker."
CheriHare Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
hybridatomsk Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing. Thank you very much.
tenshimanga Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the great tutorial :D
MangaHimeDollHeart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks this is so helpful!!!!!!
Kairui-chan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I have been searching all day for how to color my drawing, and out of all the tutorials I looked at, this is the best one! I am such a fan of copic markers, but they are expensive. I must say that this is an amazing solution!
kntfan010 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you use the same method for everything else?(hair,clothes)
Moonlightprincess002 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's working really thanx 4 this awesome tutorial!
Hayhayluvpokemon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Wow! So amazing! I must try this!
Pri-ThePuppeteer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   General Artist

Question! How do you save the new tool?
Cherrystarx3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :D

Could you take a screenshot or tell me the advanced settings for the copic?
NiveousArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this!
FireGemini Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wher do u get tehc opic marker? :3
PicturePixie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You have to make it ^^ If you right click on of the blank squares where the tools are, you can make new tools. for copic use a marker tool. You can rename it if you click the box again ^^

Also HELL YES TO YOUR OTP!! NaruHina, SakuSasu, SaIno! HELL YES TO ALL OF IT!! :iconlainloveplz:
FireGemini Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oopsss xD
FireGemini Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
will this overlap with my other brushes?
Tiquitoc Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds good, I'm gonna try it...
traerth Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
This was very helpful, thank you for making this tutorial!
alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
where can I download that paint tool sai with copic brush?...
Mine hasn't... :(

Btw, Thanks for the tutorial! :heart:
I'm dying to learn this coloring technique :)
BlackLucke Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to make the copic brush in Paint Tool Sai.
alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
how to make it?...
BlackLucke Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the brush there's settings. You just have to change the settings to the ones here.
alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
oh I see.. Thank you very much! :D
BlackLucke Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
Nemxis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Itīs a very usefull tutorial!!! thanks for submitting it!! <3
Drojan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011   Digital Artist
this is absolutely useful, thank you so much!
kitpocket Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Hey- I'm trying to replicate your settings. I have the SAI English Pack, and my advanced settings aren't 'optional'- they're preset; and I also don't have the watercolor A texture. Help?
kitpocket Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I found the texture setting you mentioned... and tried the brush as it was with the base settings.

When you say you fill your skin layer with your background color (the paper shade), I imagine that is not on the same layer as the lineart? I tried it on a new layer and each stroke of my brush terminated in a darker shade toward the bottom (and I'm talking like, 70% increase in shade).

No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to look like your settings. It just kept looking like the regular marker brush.
Pianocanival Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Do you mind if I translate this tutorial into Spanish for :icondacipher: and :iconnoticias: groups?

Awesome tutorial by the way ^^
iamatube Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just found this after posting my own attempt at 'Markers', [link] Great tutorial!
MichiePwa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its amazing what settings can do!~
I seriously love the tut. XD
c: Playing with the brush noww~<3
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