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Holy crap. How long has this been here and I didn't know about it?

Paint tool SAI clipping by DiagonalEast

Clipping Groups, known in Photoshop as Clipping Masks and accessible from the layer's right click menu, allows you to just use an existing layer's per-pixel opacity as a mask for layers sitting on top of it. So you can do your flats on one layer, then create a layer above it set to Multiply and do your shading, instead of having to mask the whole folder or constantly mess around with the magic wand. This would be really useful if you're trying to do a no-outlines picture. And unlike folder masks, which used to be my go-to method for this, it doesn't add a ridiculous amount of data to your file size, and allows you to go all the way to the edges with SAI's fancier brushes (which you're not allowed to use on masks for some stupid reason).

I'll be putting together a proper tutorial on all the ways this can be useful, but I hope this post was enough to give you a basic idea how it works.


Steve the Pocket
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I've been drawing ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon, and into cartooning ever since I could read Calvin and Hobbes. Somewhere on that timelike I fell in love with the famous Disney talking-animal movies like The Fox and the Hound and Oliver and Company, and my interest in drawing human characters promptly took a flying leap off a nearby cliff.

I found DeviantArt through the Ozy and Millie fan forum, and that was the beginning of me sharing my artwork with the outside world. Just as well that I didn't have an Internet connection before that, or things could have gotten real embarrassing.

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