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How to get more vivid colors in SAI?

:iconimastarchaser:
ImaStarchaser Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Unless I use Photoshop after finishing a painting in SAI it's almost impossible to get the colors vivid enough or bright enough...

This what I basically edited with Photoshop [link]

And this is how it was before editing [link]

There's obviously a huge difference in the hair color... how can I get such intensity of colors in SAI?
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:iconlodchen:
Lodchen Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, bright colors usually aren't a matter of the program you use^^
As an exmple:

The first picture was done in Photoshop, the second one in SAI ;)
As someone already said, bright colors have pretty much to do with contrast^^ So, if you want bright colors, you need dark and low saturated colors to get a big contrast^^
To make the hair look more saturated I would suggest you to use yellow or orange for the highlights and a relatively low saturated reddish brown for the shadows^^ You almost never should use black or white until you know what you're doing^^

Good luck! =D
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ImaStarchaser Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
That's very helpful, thanks a lot
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:iconlodchen:
Lodchen Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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weremole Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think its as much about Sai as it is about your choices of colors. For something to appear bright and vibrant it kind of has to have something to compare against. If you have many similar values against eachother then none will stand out that much.
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ImaStarchaser Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Oh that makes sense... I'm very new to coloring and blending
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WindHydra Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like you increased contrast? SAI got filters for that too.
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ImaStarchaser Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Yes I did, can you tell me where those filters are in SAI?
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WindHydra Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Under the filter menu.
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