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Everything can be made with this software

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for Manga

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for Illustration

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for Animation

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There are three models for CLIP STUDIO PAINT series. ↓ See the differences of features

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO
Professional version that is fully equipped with all the features necessary for manga and illustrations. Also supports the creation of moving illustrations

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX
Flagship model fully equipped with all the features required for manga production such as page management tools. Also equipped with professional animation production features

CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT

CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT
Standard model equipped with all the basic features necessary for producing manga, illustrations and moving illustrations

*CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT is not sold separately as a software.

Special offer to upgrade from PRO to EX.

We have the special offer for CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO customers to purchase EX with a discount rate.

Introduction of several features

The features with marked with EX or PRO can be used only in [EX] or [PRO].

Pen/brush tool with which you can comfortably draw a Manga

It reproduces a natural, real touch like drawing on a piece of paper with a pencil or pen.

Advanced pen pressure detection function to allow for a natural, real-touch pen experience

Advanced pen pressure detection function to allow for a natural, real-touch pen experience

A correction function to smooth hand-drawn lines

A correction function to smooth hand-drawn lines

“Stroke-in” and “stroke-out” to easily strengthen or weaken the beginning or end of a line.

“Stroke-in” and “stroke-out” to easily strengthen or weaken the beginning or end of a line.

Free resolution for beautiful lines in vector format Scaling up / down never changes the beauty of lines and you can freely change the line even after you draw it.

Free resolution for beautiful lines in vector format PROEX
Scaling up / down never changes the beauty of lines and you can freely change the line even after you draw it.

Any kinds of expressions are possible

Various brushes realize any sort of expressions such as watercolor, oil painting, pencil and pastel. This is recommended to users who cannot be satisfied with drawing tastes and performances of other paint software.

With various brushes, you can create every sort of digital arts.

With various brushes, you can create every sort of digital arts.

Brush the shape of whose tip can be changed and that can add texture

Brush the shape of whose tip can be changed and that can add texture PROEX

Reproduces the watercolor border

Reproduces the watercolor border PROEX

Decoration tool that allows you to draw complicated patterns with lace, chain, vegetation and so on.

Decoration tool that allows you to draw complicated patterns with lace, chain, vegetation and so on.

Air brush tool can express the effect of gradation and blurring.

Air brush tool can express the effect of gradation and blurring.

You can create and save complicated gradation that uses multiple colors.

You can create and save complicated gradation that uses multiple colors. PROEX

Air brush tool can express the effect of gradation and blurring.

You can make smooth gradient by clicking an area between two-color lines.

Powerful performance

It supports the most recent 64 bits OS of Mac/Windows and multicore CPUs and can comfortably handle huge files with many layers and high resolution.

Extended features for manga drawing PROEX

You can conduct all the processes of manga drawing on PC, ranging from storyboard, draft, frame cut, inking, tone, background / effect to lettering.

Frame border tool and border line split tool that can easily do frame cut

Frame border tool and border line split tool that can easily do frame cut PROEX

Various rulers enabling to neatly draw effect lines that directs different effects such as expressing a sense of speed or motion or expressing a state of mind

Various rulers enabling to neatly draw effect lines that directs different effects such as expressing a sense of speed or motion or expressing a state of mind PROEX

Directly converts a drawn content into a halftone dot “tone” simply by turning on “Tonization” for a layer

Directly converts a drawn content into a halftone dot “tone” simply by turning on “Tonization” for a layer PROEX

You can freely change your tone even after pasting it, by adding or deleting relevant areas and modifying the number of lines or density, or changing the shape of the halftone dot.

You can freely change your tone even after pasting it, by adding or deleting relevant areas and modifying the number of lines or density, or changing the shape of the halftone dot. PROEX

You can create a balloon by setting the type, position and length of the tail or the color or thickness of the border.

You can create a balloon by setting the type, position and length of the tail or the color or thickness of the border. PROEX

It contains many materials for manga such as patterns, framing templates and effect lines.

It contains many materials for manga such as patterns, framing templates and effect lines.

The [Saturated Line] and [Stream Line] sub tools, exclusively for drawing effective lines, will automatically generate complex effective lines. Hand drawing with special rulers will realize more meticulous expressions with pen touch.

Just decide the area to create saturated line and stream line.

Just decide the area to create saturated line and stream line. PROEX

You can convert 3D model and 2D image data into very manga-like expressions with outline and posterization of tone. Digital data can be applied to manga in a progressive way.
You can convert “outline” and “tone” into a different layer by executing “LT conversion of layer”, thus it will be easy to add correction to drawing lines, change tone setting, and make modification such as trimming to enhance the quality.

It supports RGB for digital data as well as data I/O in CMYK format that is suitable for printing

Convert full-color 3D data for monochrome manga. EX

Flexible print settings including dual page and spread

LT conversion of image. EX

By proceeding [Fanzine printing data], you can export in batch image file of each page and text file describing specification and message for printing place and create correct printing data.
Furthermore, you can check layout of work for printing such as cover page, back cover page and main text and information of each with [Show binding list], and confirm binding status with [3D Preview for Binding].

[Binding process] function to help create printing data
[Binding process] function to help create printing data

[Binding process] function to help create printing data EX

Supports various workflow activities such as reading from a scanner and drawing a work for printing

It addresses different workflow activities like reading a hand-drawn original from a scanner and drawing a work for printing.

It supports RGB for digital data as well as data I/O in CMYK format that is suitable for printing

It supports RGB for digital data as well as data I/O in CMYK format that is suitable for printing  PROEX

Flexible print settings including dual page and spread

Flexible print settings including dual page and spread
* This function is unavailable for the iPad version.  EX

Easily works with Photoshop and other softwares such as Paint Tool SAI

It supports the input and output of image files in a generic format including Photoshop format and can be smoothly federated with other software.
It can also import storyboard(name) files created using the storyboard creation software called “Manga Canvas” preinstalled in Wacom “Cintiq Companion Hybrid.”

It can import a PSD / PSB file while maintaining its layer structure and save it in PSD / PSB format. It supports importing / exporting image files of BMP, JPEG, TGA, PNG and TIFF.

It can import a PSD / PSB file while maintaining its layer structure and save it in PSD / PSB format.
It supports importing / exporting image files of BMP, JPEG, TGA, PNG and TIFF.
In addition, the iPad version allows PDF file export.
* PDF file import is unavailable.

It supports importing a CLIP STUDIO storyboard(name) file (.CSNF) exported from “Manga Canvas.”

It supports importing a CLIP STUDIO storyboard(name) file (.CSNF) exported from “Manga Canvas.”  EX

Export in Kindle format EX

Work made with CLIP STUDIO PAINT can be exported to Kindle format.
* This function is unavailable for the iPad version.

You can export files in Kindle format.

You can export files in Kindle format.

You can preview files in Kindle Previewer.

You can preview files in Kindle Previewer.

Export in ePub format EX

You can export files to ePub, a standard eBook format.

You can export files in ePub format.

You can export files in ePub format.

Adds colors quickly and beautifully

Completed with an easy-to-use painting tool to paint efficient and beautiful.

[Fill] tool that can fill by closing gaps even when gaps and run over of the fill color are present or by surrounding a small unfilled area. 01
[Fill] tool that can fill by closing gaps even when gaps and run over of the fill color are present or by surrounding a small unfilled area. 02

[Fill] tool that can fill by closing gaps even when gaps and run over of the fill color are present or by surrounding a small unfilled area.

Reference layer that can be painted without running over a line drawn in another layer by referencing the line

Reference layer that can be painted without running over a line drawn in another layer by referencing the line

Quick mask by which you can create a selected area of complicated shape while viewing its image

Quick mask by which you can create a selected area of complicated shape while viewing its image PROEX

Generates a color as you desire

There are palettes for finding a color that fits your image, in addition to the color set palette, color circle and color slider.

Intermediate color palette that can create a intermediate color from a maximum of four colors

Intermediate color palette that can create a intermediate color from a maximum of four colors PROEX

Approximate color palette that allows you to select a similar color by specifying the conditions like hue, saturation, luminance and value

Approximate color palette that allows you to select a similar color by specifying the conditions like hue, saturation, luminance and value  PROEX

Sub view palette that displays a reference image from which you can pick up a color that you want to use

Sub view palette that displays a reference image from which you can pick up a color that you want to use  PROEX

Many rulers that supports elaborative illustration

This is equipped with various rulers, enabling to draw by leveraging a brush touch.

Perspective ruler

“Perspective ruler” that allows you to easily draw a background with perspective PROEX

Concentric circle ruler

“Concentric circle ruler,” which allows you to draw a line along a circle PROEX

Symmetrical ruler

“Symmetrical ruler,” which allows you to draw a line symmetry or a symmetrical figure with two or three points, with a ruler as an axis  PROEX

Eradiation line ruler

“Eradiation line ruler” and “Parallel line ruler,” which allow you to draw an eradiation line or parallel line  PROEX

Parallel line ruler

3D drawing dolls, which allows you to freely transform the ratio of total height to length of the head and the body shape.

If you add a pose to a 3D drawing doll, you can use it as a design for authoring.

You can freely transform the ratio of total height to length of the head or the body shape.

You can freely transform the ratio of total height to length of the head or the body shape.

Contains many ready-made pose files. By importing these, you can add a pose.

Contains many ready-made pose files. By importing these, you can add a pose.

Verify from 4 different directions all at once when placing 3D materials

When placing a 3D material, it is possible to confirm the material from 4 different direction with the [All sides view] palette. It's possible to adjust the position of the focal point and camera of a 3D layer.

Verify from 4 different directions all at once when placing 3D materials

Lots of free materials!

CLIP STUDIO has all the free materials you need to make your manga or illustration, including tones, textures and background brushes. You can now share your original materials with the world.

Lots of free materials!
Lots of free materials!

Create animation!

You can now make animation and moving illustrations in CLIP STUDIO PAINT. When you're done, you can export your work as a movie, an animated GIF or a series of still images. You can make a short animation or moving illustration up to 24 frames long in PAINT PRO and DEBUT, or create a full animation in EX.

Your finished work can be exported as a movie, an animated GIF or a series of still images and then posted on a website or social media.

The Process of Creating Animation

The Process of Creating Animation

Light table function - register pictures as a reference.

Light table function - register pictures as a reference.

Onion skin - display the surrounding images translucently.

Onion skin - display the surrounding images translucently.

Adjustment feature to improve the quality

It is equipped with the adjustment feature to improve the quality of your book.

Correction layer which allows you to do the adjustment without applying directly to your image an effect such as brightness/contrast, hue/saturation/luminosity, posterization, level correction, tone curve, color balance.

Correction layer which allows you to do the adjustment without applying directly to your image an effect such as brightness/contrast, hue/saturation/luminosity, posterization, level correction, tone curve, color balance. PROEX

Filters that give an image various effects such as blurring, Perlin noise and mosaic etc..

Filters that give an image various effects such as blurring, Perlin noise and mosaic etc..

You can create various effects when combining layers by changing the blending mode. Choose from 29 different blending modes!

You can create various effects when combining layers by changing the blending mode. Choose from 29 different blending modes!

Text input

You can add texts in your work not only as words for manga but also as a point of illustrations. Texts are set detailed.

You can add texts in your work.

You can add texts in your work.

You can add an edge to your text.

You can add an edge to your text. PROEX

You can search and replace input line and draw name after inputting lines in batch. Input text will be reflected as text layer.

[Story editor] to edit lines in batch
[Story editor] to edit lines in batch

[Story editor] to edit lines in batch EX

Further, the iPad version includes fonts optimized for manga creation.
* Fonts not included in the PC version.  EX

Managing multiple pages

PAINT EX allows you to manage a title consisting of several pages.

It allows you to add a page or change the order of pages, or change to spread or a single page.

It allows you to add a page or change the order of pages, or change to spread or a single page. EX

It enables you to manage as the story properties the binding position, story name, number of stories, or the position, size or starting number of the pagination (page number).

It enables you to manage as the story properties the binding position, story name, number of stories, or the position, size or starting number of the pagination (page number). EX

Manage shared work by several people smoothly EX

It will be easy to manage shared work for each page by several people. By using storage service such as Dropbox, manage who’s editing which page and configure setting to prevent trouble when sharing work file which is overwritten by mistake.
* This function is unavailable for the iPad version.

Manage shared work by several people smoothly

User interface that allows you to freely customize the color or layout

It will allow you to focus on creating artworks by providing a workspace laid out according to your preferred drawing style and the drawing environment that does not let you feel stressed.

Canvas that you can seamlessly scale up/down or rotate.

Canvas that you can seamlessly scale up/down or rotate.

It enables to change the color or density of the main window so that you can work easily.

It enables to change the color or density of the main window so that you can work easily.

Palette layouts that fit a certain style or purpose such [Manga], [Illustration] and [Design] can be saved as a workspace.

Palette layouts that fit a certain style or purpose such [Manga], [Illustration] and [Design] can be saved as a workspace. PROEX

You can register and publish workspaces as a material as well as download and use published workspaces.

You can register and publish workspaces as a material as well as download and use published workspaces. PROEX

Provides an optimal work space for creation on the iPad.EX

Interface optimized for high-resolution retina display and touch operations

Applications and canvases can be displayed in the resolution of the retina display in the Mac OS version. You can also switch to an interface optimized for touch operations in Windows8. Various palette layouts, the sizes of design elements such as icons and various areas that would otherwise be difficult to operate using your finger have been adjusted to make the interface ideal for touch operations.

Perfect support for Tablet PCs.  By fingers and pen, you can draw as if on a paper.

In complete harmony with the Apple Pencil

The powerful CLIP STUDIO PAINT drawing engine uses the maximum capability of the Apple Pencil to promise the best drawing taste. From now on, the supreme drawing taste can be enjoyed anywhere. Apart from the Apple Pencil, the Wacom Bamboo Sketch (iPad version) and Wacom Bamboo Fineline 3 (iPad version) are styluses supporting pen pressure.

Compatible with operations that use the Microsoft Surface Dial

With the Surface Dial it is possible to magnify and rotate a canvas, perform the undo function, adjust brush size, move along the timeline and rotate parallel line ruler.

Compatible with operations that use the Microsoft Surface Dial

Accelerates the realization of your image in 3D

There are various 3D functions that help bring out and get the creator's image into shape:

Makes up a scene for manga by laying out 3D characters and small objects with 3D as a background.

Makes up a scene for manga by laying out 3D characters and small objects with 3D as a background.

Contains 3D characters that can be customized by freely combining the clothes, hair style, facial expression and accessories.

Contains 3D characters that can be customized by freely combining the clothes, hair style, facial expression and accessories.

Original software from Japan

CLIP STUDIO PAINT is an original program from CELSYS, a Japan-based company. CELSYS develops and sells the program and provides technical support.
Our development team is constantly adding new functions and making improvements, and you can update CLIP STUDIO PAINT for free to ensure compatibility with a new version of your OS or use the new functions.

Additionally, this is sometimes confused with Paint Tool SAI, but it is quite another software.

Differences among the lineup

Basic function DEBUT PRO EX
Drawing an illustration or manga of a single page

You can draw an illustration or manga in color or monochrome.

*On DEBUT, you cannot use some features.
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Managing a file of multiple pages You can manage multiple pages on a book basis.    
Drawing in vector format You can draw in vector format where even scaling up/down maintain the beauty of your line.  
Customizing the tools Every tool such as Pen and Brush is freely customizable.  
Features for moving illustrations and animation

Create moving illustrations and animation.

*In PRO and DEBUT, you can create animations up to 24 frames long (3 seconds if playing 8 frames per second).
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LT conversion of 3D model & 2D data You can convert 3D model and 2D image data into very manga-like expressions with outline and posterization of tone.    
Printing and exporting a book of multiple pages

A file of multiple pages can be massively printed and exported in a specified format.

* This function is unavailable for the iPad version.
   
Number of contained tones and materials

PRO and EX can use the same number of usable materials.

*On DEBUT you cannot use some materials.
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