Step-by-step: Mak­ing the most of frames

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In Pref­er­ences>Layer Frame, set the Frame Bor­der Hor­i­zon­tal Space and Ver­ti­cal Space to 5mm each. Clip Stu­dio Paint uses the 5mm both as a de­fault and a guide when mov­ing frames close to each other, but you can ad­just in­di­vid­ual frames to over­lap them or al­ter gut­ters. (If your mea­sure­ments aren’t in mm, change that in Pref­er­ences> Ruler/Unit>Unit Of Length.)

Once you’ve cre­ated a new frame (Layer>New Layer> Frame Bor­der Layer), with a bor­der set us­ing Line Width (it will re­mem­ber your last used size and de­fault to that), you can then slice the frame up us­ing the Di­vide Frame Folder tool, mak­ing sure it’s set to Di­vide Not Folder but Frame Bor­der. Hold Shift while plac­ing the cut to fix the an­gle of cut in 45- de­gree in­cre­ments.

Se­lect Rect­an­gle Frame, mak­ing sure the layer se­lected is the frame folder layer (if you’re on an­other layer, cre­at­ing a rect­an­gle frame will also cre­ate a brand new frame folder layer). You can now add this new frame on top of any other. Since Clip Stu­dio Paint lacks any tools for re­order­ing pan­els, though, it’s handy to know that cut­ting and past­ing a frame moves it to the top.

Us­ing the Poly­line Frame and set­ting its Draw Bor­der prop­erty to unchecked, you can now draw a frame over the top of any other. This is in­cred­i­bly use­ful if you want to add a bit of drama to a frame by hav­ing a char­ac­ter punch his way out, or even open the top or bot­tom of the frame up. The Poly­line frame sits on top and hides the frame bor­ders of any frames it’s on top of.

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