Clip Stu­dio Paint

This user-friendly soft­ware has gone through some ma­jor changes over the years, but it re­mains the num­ber one choice for comic artists

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Clip Stu­dio Paint two key fac­tors are its tools for comic artists, and its price

Pre­vi­ously called Manga Stu­dio, Clip Stu­dio Paint was re­branded by Smith Mi­cro to give artists a bet­ter idea of what the soft­ware can do. What re­mains the same is a ded­i­cated piece of kit, with hid­den depths, that’s aimed at comic artists and an­i­ma­tors.

“There are two fac­tors that make Clip Stu­dio Paint stand out from its com­peti­tors, es­pe­cially Pho­to­shop,” says long-time user

PJ Holden. “They are its tools for comic artists, and its price. While Pho­to­shop has in­tro­duced Per­spec­tive Rulers, Clip Stu­dio Paint (back when it was Manga Stu­dio) was do­ing it first. It has ded­i­cated tools to help quicken flat­ting, it has a ded­i­cated tool to add tones (aka Le­tra­tone, or Ben­day dots) to art­work that make it sim­ple to go in and al­ter the den­sity of the dots af­ter the fact quick and sim­ple,” he takes a breath, “and it has a non-de­struc­tive method of con­vert­ing any layer into blue line that’s as sim­ple as a but­ton press.”

PJ also re­veals that Clip Stu­dio Paint can dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween pen­cil lay­ers and inked lay­ers, and en­ables you to ex­clude pen­cil lay­ers from ex­ports or prints while they’re still vis­i­ble.

While there are many cool tem­plates and tools to start cre­at­ing comics with the Pro ver­sion, PJ stresses that the more ex­pen­sive EX ver­sion is the way to go, “for the sim­ple rea­son that it can han­dle mul­ti­ple page doc­u­ments. Be­ing able to set up a sin­gle page size, with bleed/trim/safe area, all within one doc­u­ment and then to have mul­ti­ple page doc­u­ments, each us­ing the same page size, is a real boon for work­ing in the in­dus­try.”

There’s also a wealth of hid­den gems to find in the EX ver­sion of Clip Stu­dio Paint. “I’m al­ways sur­prised to find that many of the tools and hints that I post on Twit­ter is new in­for­ma­tion even to sea­soned pros work­ing in Clip Stu­dio Paint ev­ery day,” he says.

“So many of its tools are hid­den. One layer, for ex­am­ple, can be set as a Ref­er­ence Layer, then you can work on an­other layer while us­ing the ref­er­ence layer to se­lect colours – ut­terly es­sen­tial to colour­ing in comics. Be­cause most peo­ple come to Clip Stu­dio Paint from us­ing Pho­to­shop, where th­ese tools don’t ex­ist, they keep work­ing in the same in­ef­fi­cient way.” If you’re a comic artist, maybe it’s time for a change?

pal­ettes Pal­ettes are drawer-based and can be opened and closed as nec­es­sary. The UI can be cus­tomised, and artists can es­tab­lish a range of set­tings for dif­fer­ent work­flows. comic tools Clip Stu­dio’s core fea­tures re­volve around pen­cilling, ink­ing, paint­ing and colour­ing. The colour mix­ing and blend­ing op­tions are great, as are the vec­tor ca­pa­ble can­vas and the per­spec­tive rulers. Choice of three There are three main Save set­tings: Il­lus­tra­tion (a blank 800x600 can­vas that’s eas­ily cus­tomis­able), Comic (in­cludes pre­set or cus­tom pan­els) and An­i­ma­tion, for frame-by-frame an­i­ma­tions.

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