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First you need a new line art layer and to use the vector tools provided. Use the curve tool and edit tool to create your speech bubble shapes.

Below in red is where to find the line art layer. Click it to create a new line art or Vector Layer.
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On the new line art layer, click four points in a rought squared egg shape like below in the large red square. Use the curve tool to make this shape. The curve tool is marked in a little red box to the left of the image below.
Snap 2013-04-18 at 09.15.35 by DraconianRain

Now select the edit tool. Then from the middle of each point, click and hold then drag outwards to create a new point and deform your shape into a rough circle. You may need to change between your edit options to edit the shape. Translate should be fine to do most of the shaping.
Snap 2013-04-18 at 09.18.16 by DraconianRain

Then you can use the curve tool to ad the speech bubble tail. That's all there is to making speech bubbles in sai. Of course you can draw them by hand but using these tools you can get closer to a circle shape. Enough time and patience you can create a smooth ellipsis or circle. Also use the pressure tool to add thick to thin strokes on your line art. Just like the edit tool, click and drag the points to edit the stroke pressure.
Snap 2013-04-18 at 09.24.37 by DraconianRain
For spikey speech bubbles draw a basic ellipsis on it's own layer and then use the line art layer's Line Tool and Pressure tool to make the spiked bubble. Copy and paste some spikes and put them closer together if you want to save some time but the closer they get the harder it gets to edit the points.
Snap 2013-04-18 at 09.39.40 by DraconianRain


Any questions feel free to ask.
Tutorial
Please visit here about adding text Add text to SAI Downloadable Tutorial by Deckboy
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:iconroxaspikachu:
RoxasPikachu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
10/10 , love it.
thats all i wanted to know in Sai.
now i can just download it and try it on ^^
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it and good luck!
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RoxasPikachu Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
pikachu! Pikachu Plz 
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ZekuDraws Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by chance how would this work for thought bubbles & other types?
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well. Because it behaves like vector it's much easier to edit, it would just require more points and careful planning of where those points are. Just go in a jagged zigzag pattern and then curve and smooth each point into a bubble lump. I could probably make a quick video if you need it.
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ZekuDraws Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a video or tutorial like this would be gratefully appreciated uwu
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Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I used for this. If you could, could you help me with my comic?

White Rose Chapter Two Page 025 by archwings99
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What specifically did you need help with?
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:iconsakuraofchaos:
Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Just collabs, that's all.
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I have time, it is possible. It just depends on how much work it might turn out to be.
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Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh. Okay. Thanks! Hug 
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No probs
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Jay-Chan3 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Super helpful!!
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it 8D <3
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Sukeiisu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou so much im working on a comic and the bubbles i made looked like shit compared to the art >.<
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^w^ I'm glad this helped you out and also I know EXACTLY how you feel! Mine use to really suck before I found out about Sai's lineart layer and it's tools. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask ^^
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Sukeiisu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ though looking at the way i draw and shade the first chapter is gonna be really slowly updating XD , also do you have any tips on thought bubbles?
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing wrong with that <3 The better stories take more time Racing Girl Emoji (Heart shot wink) [V3]  Um well I use to colour my thought bubbles a different colour and my readers were fine with it. As long as you define somewhere, even the description you can do or draw any shape but I recommend always using the lineart layer in Sai or some kind of bezier path tool. Have you ever used Krita? It's freeware and has a lot of great tools for creating this kind of thing. I hated making the classic fluffy cloud thought bubbles towards the end. I definitely recommend having thought bubbles an opposite contrasting colour and drawing as a regular speech bubble and narration or monologues in rectangles. You could also try doing a normal speech bubble and then instead of a line tail make them little circles.
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Sukeiisu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
actually i have used krita but i just couldn't get used to it XD . I dont know why but i generally prefer sai , i just recently discovered layer modes XD . Sometimes in manga though they use those spiked line speech bubbles for thoughts or something , so maybe that would be good.

Also yeah i use colours to show who's talking or something , because my comic may have alot of confusing text XD . Though i am planning of switching up artstyles depending on what character a chapter focuses on , so at one point theres gonna be alot of chibis XD
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't at first but every since the newest releases I've found it a lot better to use lately. Ah yeah those are general either super shocking thoughts or screaming. I think you can find some premade on DA. A lot of people share their speech bubble resources. Maybe if you check them out it might give you some ideas on what to use also do you know about Sai's stabilizer option? That might really give you the help you need in drawing that kind of thing. I know it did for me.

Those spikey bubbles are usually emotional response type or atmospheric speech bubbles. If you want to make those you can do it how I suggested or freehand it with Sai's stabilizer set to the highest setting.

XD I use to do that too. Best I can recommend is to just test out everything and see what fits. Frustrating answer I know and I'm sorry T^T. If I hadn't lost my desktop PC when my house got smashed I'd make you a tutorial on different ways to make speech bubbles. I could perhaps make one in the near future though.
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Sukeiisu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah i use the stabilizer alot XD usually i have it at 15 or 3 . Idunno i guess i could maybe actually kind of look at the premade ones then , since usually they're pretty good i guess .

Hmmm yeah i guess they are emotional response or something , maybe i'll change it around during the creation of the comic though . Since thats why i also want to start a comic XD .

Would be great if you would make that tutorial! i'd appreciate it alot and im pretty sure alot of other people would too ^^

Thanks for these great answers by the way! helps alot ^^
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use to use it a lot. Not so much any more. It's such a great feature. Some of them are great but if anything it might give you some ideas on other ways you can do it. Sometimes it's good to browse through them just to get you thinking and who knows what ideas might come of it.

Some of them definitely are. That's the frustrating part about comics. Trying to display emotion in the speech bubbles as well as the characters actions and expressions. Also nothing wrong with that. I say just do it. Won't know until you try ^w^

It's definitely on my list. 

I'm glad <3 Sometimes I worry that it's not helpful T^T Best of luck to you and I hope you will be able to work it all out <3
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Deckboy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nicely done!  Very good tutorial!!  This will go perfectly with my SAI text tutorial!  Now I have something to refer people to when they ask about speech bubbles in SAI.
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D8 Thank you! Glad you found it useful!! And wow, you got a text tut to go with this?! Is it a lettering tut or something? I'd be very interested to see that tutorial.
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SquishyCatz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Thank you so much for making this!!! This was very helpful =w=
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Glad to hear you found it helpful :hug:
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tacolover99 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
How do I put the text in the bubbles?
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You either write them or use another program like Photoshop or Gimp or even MS Paint. Freeware like GIMP can make text with the same effects as Photoshop. Sai has no text tool anywhere. Sorry.
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tacolover99 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Oh ok. Though this helped me a bit :) thank you
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have any other troubles or need help please don't hesitate to ask. I'll do what I can.
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tacolover99 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
:) OK I will
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DreamNotes Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This so great! Thk you!
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^w^ and no probs
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RosalynnSpecter Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Do you know how to make a perfect circle using text? I need to know this for a design project if you don't mind...
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In what program are you planning to achieve this with?
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:iconrosalynnspecter:
RosalynnSpecter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nothing, I figured it out. I'm sorry I troubled you!
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No trouble at all
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:iconalan-winter:
Alan-Winter Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What if our Paint Tool SAI doesn't have an option for Curve and Pen. Or I just can't find it.

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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll have it you might just have it called something else in your sai. All sai versions- even cracked sai have it. You must use the Line Art layer to find it and use it though, and it only works on the line art layer. It won't work on any other type of layer. If you want you can note me a screen cap of your sai and I can see if the line art layer button is there and what's going on. It might just be labelled differently in your sai.
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CasBr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about the letters? Do I have to write them?
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's no text editor in sai sadly. Either you have to write them, use these tools and make letters or export your work in to GIMP or Photoshop and use the text tool.
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Thinktink606432 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I was thinking about making my on short comic but had no idea how to make speech bubbles. This is going to help a lot. Thanks!!
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No probs! And good luck <3 I hope everything goes well for you ^w^
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PurpleMistPepper Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is great :dummy:
Thanks for taking the time and doing it :D I'll give it a try as soon as I can ^^
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. If you have any troubles just leave a comment :heart:
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PurpleMistPepper Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Alrighty ^^
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