How to run Paint Tool SAI on Mac® with Parallels Desktop

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Digital arts students use computers and other peripherals such as tablets to create art. They sometimes additionally work in digital photography, animation, electronic sound and music, graphic design, and other digital or interactive media. Popular programs such as Adobe® Photoshop® or Paint Tool SAI are often utilized together to allow artists to maximize their creativity.

However, the downside to Paint Tool SAI is that it can only be run on Microsoft Windows®, thus forcing Mac® users to find alternative solutions. Meet Tyler Pavia, a student and artist who expertly wields his Artist 22E graphic tablet made by XP-Pen, but wanted to run it on his Mac.

“I first just ran Windows 10 in Boot Camp®, but it was a pain having to restart the computer each time. Also, for some reason, my graphic tablet wouldn’t work with Boot Camp. After I did some research, I found recommendations for Parallels Desktop® for Mac for artists with Mac because it is compatible with (most) external graphic tablets. My external tablet is a 22-inch on-screen graphic tablet that runs perfectly through your program, and it is the only virtualization product that I have found that accepts my tablet’s pressure levels while drawing.”

Paint TOOL SAI Tablet(See Tyler in action on his XP-Pen graphic tablet)

Tyler is now one of the many users we see who utilize to run Windows-based programs such as Paint Tool SAI on their Mac. PaintTool SAI is high-quality and lightweight painting software; with fully digitized support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, and easy and stable operation, it makes digital art creation more enjoyable and comfortable.

Paint Tool SAI

“Thank you for making a program that saves me money as a student because I no longer have to buy a new computer.”- Tyler

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At Parallels, Kayla is the Audience Marketing Manager who yearns for customer storytelling, analytics, & all things Apple. She can be spotted hula hooping around Seattle, hiking the Pacific, or searching for the elusive "perfect cup of coffee."