Ryan Benjamin

Mel Milton

Mika Pikazo

Sam Nassour

Nabetse Zitro

Jen Bartel

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

for character art, concept art, illustration

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$0.99/month

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

for manga & comics, animations

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$2.49/month

Whatever the medium, characters provide a focal point for your audience to relate to. From fanart to games, comics and cartoons, dynamic characters bring visual interest and emotional hooks to your work.
Clip Studio Paint’s pen and brush drawing tools make it easy and natural to bring your characters to life, and 3D figures provide fully poseable reference points to work from directly on your canvas.

Give Shape to What You Imagine with Countless Drawing and Inking Features

“There are a ton of brushes available that can be customized a lot. The lines are the most similar to traditional inking that I could find in any software.”
- Lolita Aldea (Comic Artist)

Lolita Aldea

Designed for drawing

We created Clip Studio Paint with artists in mind. Traditional artists and digital art natives alike will love the natural drawing feel of our proprietary brush engine.

Kid Chan

Perfect lines every time

Clip Studio Paint's sophisticated brush engine recognizes 8192 levels of pen pressure. Put digital pen to digital paper and draw exactly how you want - every line, every detail.
Let the stabilizer feature automatically correct minor wiggles or mistakes in lines, adjust the pen pressure sensitivity to your liking, or use vector layers for greater control of your lines.

3D models and AI posing

Draw right over endlessly poseable 3D figures, or let the AI replicate a pose from a scanned photo. Get the right pose and the right proportions every time.

Eric-Anthony J.

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

for character art, concept art, illustration

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$0.99/month

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

for manga & comics, animations

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$2.49/month

Colorization and Finishing Touches to Bring Your Art to Life

“The brushes (even the basic ones) are the best I've ever used in a digital drawing app. My favorite is the Textured Pen, which I use a lot for inking since it leaves a slight "texture" in the stroke that makes the line softer.”
- Mirka Andolfo (Comic Artist)

Mirka Andolfo

The materials you need

Clip Studio ASSETS puts tens of thousands of brushes and materials at your fingertips. Or, make your own drawing tools with Clip Studio's deeply customizable brush engine and user interface. Create your own signature style, whether watercolor, oil, or anime-style coloring.

Color your world with ease

Color palettes for every situation, smart fill tools, an eyedropper that lets you grab colors from outside of the canvas... Clip Studio Paint is bursting with features to make coloring easy, fun, and fluid.

Amei Zhao

Fill without fear

Clip Studio Paint's sophisticated fill tool lets you color your canvas with confidence. Easily fill areas without leaving gaps, even where there are broken lines, and color while referencing line art on other layers. You can also create easy, eye-catching gradients with just a click.

Details made easy

Use decoration brushes to replicate complex patterns like shoelaces, necklace chains, and other accessories with a single stroke. Or, create city skylines, cobblestone, tiles, and entire backgrounds by simply dragging your brush until you're satisfied!

Instant backgrounds

Great characters need great backgrounds! Import your photos to Clip Studio Paint and turn real-world backdrops into line art with just a few clicks. Draw over imported 3D objects for quick and easy details and trinkets that add visual interest to your backgrounds!

Support and Services

By artists, for artists

“My best advice for artists who are just starting out and who are interested in growing a following online is to start now. The first step to become known is to put yourself out there!”
- Vicki Tsai (Illustrator)

Vicki Tsai

A devoted community

Clip Studio ASK and Clip Studio TIPS are user community-driven resources that connect you to creators of all skill levels. Ask, answer, check out official content, or just hang out with fellow artists!

We're here to help!

Clip Studio Paint users have access to a dedicated support team to answer questions and help you with issues of any kind. Our support team is standing by!

What Artists Are Saying About Clip Studio

Mirka AndolfoComic Artist

The speed of execution is important to me, and I always have to maintain good quality even when there is no time. Clip Studio Paint is perfect for my purposes: intuitive and simple. The brushes (even the basic ones) are the best I've ever used in a digital drawing app. My favorite is the Textured Pen, which I use a lot for inking since it leaves a slight "texture" in the stroke that makes the line softer. I also often use the integrated "Decoration" tools and they are very useful to easily draw details when the deadlines are particularly difficult.

https://www.instagram.com/mirkand89/

Sam NassourVisual Development Artist

The process of creating complex artwork has been made much easier with the help of Clip Studio Paint's fantastic capabilities. I like how customizable the software is, all shortcuts and modifier keys can be set to different functions easily. And when I'm painting, I like the way colors blend together by using the Mix function in the brush customization menu. I also love using the inking brushes for my line work. They have a very natural feel and a high response to pressure sensitivity; going from thick to thin lines in one smooth stroke is quite easy, especially when using the Stabilization slider that allows you to slow down the brush stroke for more precision. I often keep the color wheel palette on top of the canvas so I can quickly choose the right colors. I also use other advanced color palette like the approximate color and intermediate color palette. Both really help choosing colors in different lighting situations.

https://samnassour.tumblr.com/

Derrick ChewConcept Artist

Clip Studio Paint is a versatile digital painting program that is ideal for rendering and inking with its many useful and unique features. It is easy to learn and has many tools and custom brushes that allow you to paint and render any type of illustrations you want. It even include 3D models of characters, items and backgrounds that you could pose and angle to further help as a visual reference, super neat function! Its competitive price point also makes it more affordable and accessible to everyone.

https://dcwj.artstation.com/

redjuiceIllustrator

Clip Studio Paint is one of the main tools I use for work. The Fill and Auto Select features are amazing for painting, and I also like that I can transform selections on multiple layers. Even when making something in Photoshop, I sometimes switch to Clip Studio Paint just for that feature.

https://twitter.com/shiru

Vicki TsaiIllustrator

I love Clip Studio Paint for its versatility, enormous bank of resources, and ease of use. When making art I'm most interested in minimizing the amount of time between an idea popping into my mind and sitting down to turn that idea into reality. Clip Studio Paint has a clean interface that allows me to immediately jump into the act of drawing and experiment with a variety of brushes and tools to bring my imagination to life.

https://twitter.com/vickisigh

Learn from the Best

Tomohiro Kimura

Akiman, Illustrator

In this speed painting, Street Fighter character designer "Akiman" uses Clip Studio Paint to draw iconic video game fighter Chun‑Li.

Gui Guimaraes, Concept Artist

Gui Guimaraes is a concept artist and has worked on projects such as Just Cause 3, Call of Champions and Saints Row 4. He shares his process to create a character in his Cyber Candy Girls series using Clip Studio Paint in Artstation Magazine.

Redjuice, Illustrator

Redjuice is a Japanese illustrator and character designer, known for his work on Guilty Crown and Beatless.

kiD Chan, Artist

kiDChan/Cyanparade is an artist based in Malaysia.
Her style is highly influenced by contemporary Japanese art and modern design elements blended with early 20th-century illustration and Art Nouveau.

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

for character art, concept art, illustration

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$0.99/month

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

for manga & comics, animations

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$2.49/month

Get to Know Clip Studio Paint

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1. Drawing Basics

Draw the lines you imagine by optimizing the pressure of your favorite pens and brushes! Clip Studio Paint offers tons of handy features to support your creativity.

Set the pen pressure with the wizard

Set up your pen pressure settings with a few test strokes, and recreate the natural, high quality lines of pen and paper. Even if it feels off, you can always change and tweak the settings to your liking.

Set the pen pressure with the wizard

Discover your new favorite tools

Clip Studio Assets offers pens, markers, brushes and more to cover all you need for your creations. Each brush can be further adjusted to match your style and techniques.

Discover your new favorite tools

Draw exactly as you imagine

Drawing clean lines is hard, but you can make it easier with stabilization and correction features. Suppressing shaky and wavering lines, or even tapering the beginning and end of brushstrokes, Clip Studio Paint’s lines eliminate the inorganic look of digital drawing.

Draw exactly as you imagine

Fix vector lines when and how you want

Draw vector lines easily and change their thickness and shape at any time. Erase individual lines, delete parts up to where lines intersect, and make adjustments, without deteriorating the quality.

Compare ideas with thumbnail sketches

Create thumbnail sketches by simply dragging a panel onto the canvas and dividing it into smaller panels evenly to conveniently sketch design variations.

Compare ideas with thumbnail sketches

Improve your composition with 3D references

Set poses for difficult angles and adjust the body proportions for your characters to create stunning and unique arrangements.

Improve your composition with 3D references

AI posing from photographs

Simply scan photographs and let Clip Studio Paint automatically pose your 3D drawing figures to match them by using our AI-based deep learning algorithms.

AI posing from photographs

Find new compositions with 3D models

Easily create, combine and arrange 3D models of buildings, furniture, people, vehicles and more. Explore different angles with objects downloaded from Clip Studio Assets or upload your own OBJ files.

Find new compositions with 3D models

Rule your path to new perspectives

Draw freehand along perspective rulers to create believable depth for buildings, rooms and other environments. Create intricate patterns with the symmetric ruler or draw cylindrical objects with the concentric circle ruler.

Extract lines and fills from photos and 3D data

Save time for your creation by extracting line art from photos and 3D data to smoothly integrate background into your illustration.

Extract lines and fills from photos and 3D data

Convert photos into paintings

Apply artistic filters to photos of buildings and landscapes to convert them into images that mimic traditional paintings. Adjust colors and linewidth on the spot, or process them at a later time to suit your work.

Convert photos into paintings

2. Painting

Clip Studio Paint offers tools for all imaginable painting styles and tastes, giving you the freedom to explore your potential.

Brushes for every taste

The choice of brush is yours! Delve into the nearly endless selection of brushes and pens for oil paint, watercolors, pastels, ink and more on Clip Studio Assets.

Brushes for every taste

Creative color combinations

Color palettes for approximate colors, intermediate colors, and your color history allow for a quick selection and application. Compose exciting color variations and add new swatches with the eyedropper tool by picking up new colors from inside and outside of the workspace.

Creative color combinations

Complex tile-able patterns and instant decorations

Draw repeating textures such as chains, accessories, textile patterns, and flowers with a single stroke. Multiple images can be applied to a single brush and reflected randomly for a natural result.

Quicker coloring with smart fill tools

Clip Studio Paint’s fill tools are smart enough to fill spaces without spillover, even if there are gaps in the lines. Drag to fill multiple spaces consecutively or fill missed spots with ease.

Quick and efficient selection

Use quick masks to easily and precisely create selection areas and masks with the pen and eraser tools.

Quick and efficient selection

Coloring with AI support

Find inspiration through AI-created coloring to test base colors and experiment with color variation by using color hints.

Coloring with AI support Coloring with AI support

Complex gradients made simple

Efficiently create gradients with multiple dedicated tools. Create your basic gradient with the Gradient tool, control the shape of your gradients with the Contour line paint tool, or apply colors based on values with gradient maps.

Complex gradients made simple

3. Finishing & Editing

Add different textures and effects to test variations with Clip Studio Paint’s non-destructive adjustment layers, filters, and image textures.

Impressive layer effects

Apply textures, outlines, and watercolor effects to layers, or convert colors into screentones without losing the content of the original layer.

Impressive layer effects

Experiment endlessly with tonal correction layers

Use tonal correction layers to add finishing touches. Leaving the original layer untouched, you can adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and luminosity, or apply posterization, level correction, tone curve, color balance, and more.

Experiment endlessly with tonal correction layers

Boost image quality with filters

Apply effects to images such as blur, sharpening, clouds, and mosaic with filters.

Boost image quality with filters

Get expressive with blending modes

Use blending modes on your layers to add a variety of interesting effects to your image. Select from 29 blending modes to create a variety of effects, like colorful shadows and stunning highlights.

Get expressive with blending modes Get expressive with blending modes Get expressive with blending modes Get expressive with blending modes

Smart Smoothing to improve image resolution

Resample images and erase jpeg noise to reuse your past work in a larger format for prints and high resolutions screens.

Smart Smoothing to improve image resolution

4. Publish your work

Share your finished art piece and reach a new audience via print, social media or other online services.

Supports CMYK color for printing

Clip Studio Paint supports import/export of both RGB screen colors and CMYK data used for printing. Colors displayed in your workspace are even closer to the real printed hues!

Supports CMYK color for printing

For your art books and fanzines

Manage multi-page works as one file and add pages where needed. Check your layout and page arrangements with the 3D preview, then output to data that can be submitted to print.

For your art books and fanzines For your art books and fanzines

Export to your desired format

Clip Studio Paint supports Kindle and EPUB e-book formats for commercial e-books production, including self-publishing.

Export to your desired format

Share your work

Portfolios, art books and print collections can be easily published on websites and social media, making your work more accessible to your audience.

Share your work

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5. Elevate your comfort and efficiency

Speed up your workflow and create the best art you can with the help of Clip Studio Paint.

Freely customizable interface

Adjust any UI element and settings option to optimize your workflow, be it shortcuts, units, UI color, palettes, or tool layouts.

5. Elevate your comfort and efficiency 5. Elevate your comfort and efficiency

Manage and save your favorite workspace

Create and share your favorite workspaces through Clip Studio Assets and download workspaces used by professional creators.

Manage and save your favorite workspace Manage and save your favorite workspace

Quickly access frequently used tools

Register often used items such as menus, auto actions, tools, and drawing colors in a personalized palette, and access your favorite tools with a single click to optimize your workflow.

Quickly access frequently used tools

Seamless integration with other software

Load, edit, and save PSD and PSB data while maintaining the original layer structure. Make the most of the natural drawing feel of Clip Studio Paint, then switch between other software whenever you want.

Seamless integration with other software

Your complete iPad workstation

The iPad version of Clip Studio Paint offers all the features available on the desktop version and pairs smoothly with the Apple Pencil. Take your digital workstation outside and find new inspiration.

Your complete iPad workstation

Optimized for high resolution displays and touch-gestures

Convenient touch features make working on the iPad and on Windows devices easy. Adjust the UI settings and use the native resolution of Apple's Retina displays.

Optimized for high resolution displays and touch-gestures

Improve group work with shared files

With the multi-page management function, multiple creators can share and work on a single file simultaneously, to oversee progress without the worry of conflicting files.

Improve group work with shared files

Save and access your data anywhere

Save your work and settings directly into the cloud. Software settings can be restored manually if needed, and synchronizing your desktop and iPad data is as easy as ever, so you can take your virtual workspace wherever you go.

Save and access your data anywhere

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

for character art, concept art, illustration

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$0.99/month

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

for manga & comics, animations

Windows/macOS only
Monthly usage plans
From US$2.49/month

PRO

EX

Single-page illustrations & comics

Multi-page comics/manga & illustrations

Up to 24 frames for gifs or short animations

Unlimited frames for professional animation

Natural, customizable pen and brush tools

Vector layers

More than 10,000 free downloadable brushes and materials

3D models and drawing figures

PSD compatibility

RGB and CMYK compatible

For macOS and Windows

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Export and print multi-page files

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Convert images and 3D models into lines and dot shading

Free technical support

Free web services & community
Clip Studio Ask / Assets / Tips / Share

Features