CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Software/app for Manga, Comics, Drawing and Painting
The Artist's Complete Tool for Drawing & Painting - World-class graphic software from Japan -

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World-class graphic software from Japan CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX & PRO

for Manga for Illustration for Animation US$49.99 / US$219.00
Windows & macOS

iPad app
6 months free
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World Renowned Digital Art Software

over 4,000,000 copies

CLIP STUDIO PAINT is used by more than 4 million creators around the world.1
This graphic software is used by illustrators and comic artists to create their work.

Clip Studio Paint is the latest version of Manga Studio (Comic Studio).

CLIP STUDIO PAINT, the successor to Manga Studio (Comic Studio), is an essential graphic software and app backed by creators of manga, comics and cartoons.
It offers even better specialized features for drawing comics and cartoons, and has improved features for coloring your works. You can create full color comics and cartoons using only this software or app.

Largest share of the graphics software market

Clip Studio Paint currently has the largest share of the graphics software market

2017 results

The top seller in Japan in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 in the same categories as Adobe and Corel.2

Most popular software among pixiv users

Most popular software3 among users of the world's largest social media service which has over 30 million users.(pixiv)

Frequently used in professional fields

Akiman (Akira Yasuda) Speed Painting
In this speed painting, Street Fighter character designer "Akiman" uses Clip Studio Paint to draw iconic video game fighter Chun-Li.

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Full of useful features for creating illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations

Close and fill
Simply circle the areas you want to fill to color the enclosed areas.

Extract line drawings from photos or 3D models!
You can convert photos or 3D models to lines and tones to easily increase the quality of your drawings or comics!

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All-in-One Digital Art Software

Learn about the detailed functions for creating illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations.

for Illustration

for Animation


US$49.99 / US$219.00
Windows & macOS

Turn your home into a studio and start creating your illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations straight away.

Over 10,000 Free Downloadable Content and Brushes

Access more than 10,000 free materials using CLIP STUDIO ASSETS

Clip Studio Assets allows you to access a vast library of free Downloadable content such as brushes, tones, 3D models and more. With new content being added daily, there is always something new to experience.
You can now share your original materials with the world.
Perfect for your illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations.


The CLIP STUDIO PAINT iPad app is also available.
Create full-scale manga and illustrations, as well as commercial level animation with the iPad alone.
Draw anywhere using the iPad app!

iPad app
6 months free

Artist Testimonials

Clip Studio Paint is the trusted software of professional digital artists the world over.

José Luis Ágreda (Spain)

Having worked on illustrations and comics for years, what first caught my attention with Clip Studio was that it worked in itself for all the processes in any of the disciplines, without having to share files between different applications. It is an all-in-one, making my life easier. When I started using it, thanks to its easy configuration, the transition to the application was almost immediate, because I could work with the shortcuts and display distribution I used to work with before. But none of this would have convinced me if the brushes hadn't had such a natural and versatile feeling, which is what artists eventually need: a tool that adapts to our needs, and not the contrary.

Derrick Chew (Singapore)

CSP is a versatile digital painting program great for painting and inking with many unique features. One of my favourites is the perspective ruler which is super useful and convenient for planning or drawing backgrounds!

maigoyaki (Taiwan)

CSP is full of useful features. In particular, the brush tools' blending ability is exceptional. However, the main reason I love Clip Studio Paint is the brush tool adjustment interface and its abundance of brush settings.

Rafchu (France)

I'm using Clip Studio Paint EX since three years for both illustration and comics making. The wide setting range available for all brushes allows realistic rendering. (brushes, inking pens, watercolor, etc.) No other software offers this possibility. Back then, juggling between non-compatible softwares was essential to get such renders. Now, I can do almost everything with CSP, from sketching to lettering, inking, coloring / tones, sets, etc. Also, 3D models are an amazing support for decors and complex objects making! I used to work on Manga Studio 4 & 5 and even Comic Studio a long time ago. They were both time savers for comics making (frames, backgrounds, all-made speech balloons). The improvement of the manga tools is amazing in CSP, I can focus on story making and drawing without wasting time creating frames and balloons! I can directly draw my storyboard on the final frames with the final balloons/texts and can easily edit everything later if needed. Finally, whether for illustration or comics/manga making, Clip Studio Paint brings effective and truly thoughtful solutions for artists!

Sheng Lam (England)

Clip Studio Paint is especially helpful for drawings and doing line work, it has many great features that make the process easier. One of my favourite tools is the perspective tool, Clip Studio Paint makes it super easy and effortless to set up perspective lines for your drawings. Another one that I love is the selection and fill tool, it's very flexible and speeds up the process greatly when I'm coloring the drawings.

Sam Nassour (United Arab Emirates)

Clip studio paint is a fantastic software that I use often for creating illustrations, I like the very customizable keyboard shortcuts, the robust brush engine and the way blending colors works. Also tools like Lasso-fill makes it easy to quickly block solid shapes in without extra clicks.

Lolita Aldea (Spain)

When I draw comics, it helps me a lot to be able to see all the pages at the same time. Quick navigation through the pages and having easy access to every file gives me a global feeling of the entire book. I always work using vector layers in my inking process. That way I'm able to edit my lines and use tools like the vector eraser, which saves me a lot of time. 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.

David Lopez (Spain)

Clip Studio Paint has totally changed the way I work and it has changed it to the better. It is a complete tool that doesn’t interfere at all with my workflow. It’s absolutely adaptable to the way I do things, and it’s obvious that this is a program specifically designed for creating comics. As an example of what I mean, here are my five favorite features:
5. Rulers: symmetry and perspective now are super easy.
4. Lettering: I can add the balloons and edit the text while I draw.
3. The customizable command bar and the tool sets: the interface adapts to my workflow and not the other way around.
2. Layer color: now I only work with black and transparent. These layer color options makes it almost impossible to accidentally ink the layer with the blue pencil sketch.
1. Flip Horizontal: I can see the page inverted and check how the work is with just a simple click. Bonus track: I can put the face of my friends as icons for tools, it’s silly but it makes me happy.

Masahiro Anbe (Japan)

Everytime I use the software I find the features more and more convenient. It's always increasing my work efficiency.

Akemi Takada (Japan)

With CLIP STUDIO PAINT, I can do inking that I wasn't capable of before. When designing merchandise for Creamy Mami, I use the line editing features to make sure the lines are the perfect thickness for each item.

Daromeon (Japan)

CLIP STUDIO PAINT is bursting with extremely thorough features that go beyond that of other digital painting software. I always want to tell people about the perspective ruler grid and the text features.

Siro (Japan)

There are so many tools that I think I'll never be able to use all of them! It really shows the level of service in the product.

Akira Sugito (Japan)

I've been using CLIP STUDIO PAINT to create comics for about three years, and it gets more and more features. It's great for black-and-white comics as well as full color comics. It's a really great software that lets me create comics stress-free!

Asato Mizu (Japan)

CLIP STUDIO PAINT has so many brush customization options, so I can create brushes exactly as I imagine. I can't do this with other software.

Tachibana Higuchi (Japan)

I chose CLIP STUDIO PAINT because I heard that it could create illustrations that look traditionally colored. I'm so satisfied with its usability, and I especially love the clipping features. My friends in the industry said they couldn't tell the difference from when I was drawing on paper. I was really happy to hear that.

Ryo Hirao (Japan)

If CLIP STUDIO PAINT didn't have features for supporting comic creation, I might never have become a comic artist! This software helps me out so, so much because I can do everything in one program, whether comics, color illustrations, or concept designs for games.

Robinson Haruhara (Japan)

I use CLIP STUDIO PAINT with all of its default settings, but they are already great for me! People often say that CLIP STUDIO PAINT seems useful yet intimidating because it has so many features. I'd also never used the software before, but it was already perfect in it's default state, so that was a huge relief. I love that whenever I wish for a certain feature, it's almost always already in there if I search for it.

Shotaro Tokuno (Japan)

I feel like the software really understands what users need. As well as the huge range of brush options, you can easily search for, buy, and download materials such as screentones from the ASSETS store, and you can select multiple layers at once and apply special processes. Although these might not seem so amazing individually, you can tell that the software has been made with an awareness of what users want. I started using CLIP STUDIO PAINT for black-and-white pieces, but it was so useful that I started using it for almost all my work, including color pieces.

Toshio Sako (Japan)

CLIP STUDIO PAINT gives me the satisfaction of being able to do things I wish I could do. It's undeniably loved as an essential software for comic artists and illustrators. Thank you, CLIP STUDIO PAINT!

Hekiru Hikawa (Japan)

I'm still in the process of shifting from Comic Studio (Manga Studio), but I managed to smoothly transfer all my color work to CLIP STUDIO PAINT. The program is so helpful especially for full-color comics! One thing I love is that it's always adding new features that I want.

Renjuro Kindaichi (Japan)

Before the iPad version of CLIP STUDIO PAINT was released, I was still creating my storyboards on paper and faxing them. Now, I can make them digitally and send them as PDFs. I'm shocked by how enjoyable it is to make my frames with the software...! It's so helpful to be able to work on the go with the iPad and take my work whereever I need. The only thing I still do on paper is my lineart, but I'm thinking about moving that to a digital process too.

Rei Hiroe (Japan)

I was previously using several different software applications, but now I can do everything with just one. I love this software because it gets more and more useful as I customize it to my needs.

Santa Fung (Malaysia)

CSP is really remarkable for inking and coloring my works!

Monica Galentino (Italy)

CSP is a fantastic digital painting software with a powerful brush customization system and color palette management. It is so easy to create and personalize tools with lots of options for shading, blurring, smoothing and texturing, like the most famous programs of the same type, but with a so tiny price!

Melanie Schober (Austria)

I absolutely adore the natural feeling while coloring in CSP! Blending colors is so easy, just like real brushes on real paper. Also I got very quick in filling lineart with the bucket tool. Close gap is a VERY nice feature.

SloppyInk (Brazil)

CLP is the best in lineart and your tools are fun for coloring.

Muhammad (Shaka) Hamze 2013 (UAE)

CSP presents a comprehensive, deep, and artist-friendly tool set, while keeping the performance silky smooth!

Linus Remahl (Sweden)

I've stopped using all my other graphics software, CSP has every tool I need.

MissChroma (Italy)

Inking in CSP is simply fabulous and smooth, as much as coloring. You have a wide range of possibilities to create your brushes and customize instruments as you like.

Tommaso Renieri (Italy)

CSP is the perfect tool for the digital painting.


CS Paint brings incredible usability and function to digital illustrators who want to imitate the fluidity of natural media on their computers with speed & grace. I currently use CS Paint more than any other painting program.


Clip Studio Paint a very portable and user friendly software that enable you to create beautiful details from top to bottom. CLIP STUDIO PAINT gives an unparalleled digital painting experience.

Min-Zhi Chin (Malaysia)

Clip Studio Paint has crisp, sharp lines and extremely intuitive tools that make inking and painting an incredible experience.

Jamie-B: (UK)

CSP's omnipotent fill tool and brush engine give an unparalleled digital painting experience.

EchoBlossom123 (New Zealand)

I've never seen a program with so many useful features!

ReniAry (Russia)

CSP really shines when it comes to both inking and coloring!

EduardoGaray (Spain)

CSP interface is really comfortable to use, and the varied number of tools for drawing, inking and painting makes it an all in one kind of software.

Aprillia Nindy (Indonesia)

CSP is awesome to make a beautiful artwork, you can blend color easily and make custom brushes and more.

Rinine (Spain)

CSP really shines when it comes to both inking and coloring!

RukiFox (Germany)

The program is very good for making linearts, but I especially like blending the colors for the soft-coloration.

Neaveria (Australia)

CSP has an incredibly intuitive interface and a wide array of really helpful tools for painting and inking!

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Used in Top Universities, Art Schools and Professional Studios

Clip Studio Paint is also used in video game and animation studios.

Collateral Damage Studios

Senior Illustrator
Tan Hui Tian

The brush engine in Clip Studio Paint is one of the most sophisticated among similar software.
>Using Clip Studio Paint To Create Concept Art

Clip Studio Paint is used in schools worldwide as an industry standard digital painting tool.

Osaka University of Arts
Professor Machiko Satonaka
Chairperson, Character Creation Department

"CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX can be used for everything from manga and illustrations to animation" More

Kyoto Seika University
Associate Professor Kohei Nishino
Character Design Course Department of Manga, School of Manga

"CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX is the only program designed from the perspective of the artists involved in a key part of Japanese culture." More


Aichi Zokei Design College/Bunkyo University/Kyoto Seika University/Nagoya University/Nagoya Zokei University/Okayama Shoka University/Osaka University of Arts Character Creative Arts Department/Seian University of Arts and Design/Takaraduka University/Tokyo Polytechnic University/Your Institute of Community Education

Art Schools

Aichi Modeling Design College High School/Anabuki Design & Beauty College/Aso Business Computer College/Collage of Digital Arts Tokyo (Digital Arts Tokyo School)/Hokkaido College of Art & Design/Human Academy/Human Academy Yokohama Campus/International Animation College/International Design Academy/Kyoto Computer Gakuin/Kyoto University of Art and Design / Kyoto Institute of Design /Kyushu Adachi Gakuen (Kyushu Designer Gakuen)/Kyushu Designer Gakuin/Manga Geijutsu Gakuin/Nihon Business College (Nihon-Chuo Institution)/Nihon Engineering College of Hachioji Campus/Nihon Engineering College of Hokkaido/Nihon Engineering College of Kamata Campus/Niigata Sogo Gakuin Japan Animation & Manga College/Nippon Design college/Nippon Designer Geijutsu Gakuin/Nippon Designers school/O-hara Gakuen/Osaka Communication Arts College/Osaka Designers' College /Sapporo Manga Anime Gakuin College/Sapporo Manga Anime Gakuin College/School of Utsunomiya Art & Sports/Sendai Communication Arts College/Toho Gakuen Film Techniques Training College/Tokyo Design Technology Center/Tokyo Designer Gakuin College/Tokyo school of Anime/Ueda Gakuen (Osaka Sogo College of Design)/Vantan Game Academy /Yokohama System Engineering College/Yoyogi Animation Gakuin

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CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX Volume License (Windows / macOS)

Volume licenses are available to companies and educational institutions, allowing the use of one serial number for multiple terminals, that may be used by different users. The application starts with a minimum of 10 licenses.
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Customer Support

CLIP STUDIO PAINT support is available 365 days a year.

Our support center is open everyday to assist with any technical difficulties you may be having with the software.

Ask questions about digital creation on our Q&A Community CLIP STUDIO ASK

CLIP STUDIO ASK is a useful service that allows the users to consult with each other as well as answer each other's questions.
Discuss all aspects of digital creation and drawing in addition to tips and advice on using the software or app.
Don't hesitate to post your questions here.

CLIP STUDIO TIPS -Share useful tips and know - how for creation-

Talk to creators from around the world about the software and app and share tips and knowhow for creating illustrations and comics. You can use this as a place to share all kinds of information with other creators, not only related to CELSYS products.

For Digital Drawing & Painting

For Comic, Manga & Animation

The professional edition equipped with all the features needed for digital drawing and painting.

The flagship edition has all the features required for manga, comic and professional animation production.

An illustration or comic & manga of a single page

An illustration or comic & manga of multiple pages

Moving illustrations and short animation
*Up to 24 frames long

Moving illustrations and professional animation

Customizable pens and brushes that feel natural

Drawing in vector format

Access over 10,000 Free Downloadable Content and Brushes

Utilizing 3D model and 3D drawing figures

Easily works with Photoshop and other softwares

RGB and CMYK compatible

For macOS and Windows


Printing and exporting a book of multiple pages


Convert 3D model and 2D image data into very manga-like expressions with outline and posterization of tone

Free Technical Support

Turn your home into a studio and start creating your illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations straight away.

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