Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Animation Apps
Coming from a legacy of animation software, we know that frame-by-frame animation needs a smooth drawing experience that lets you draw exactly how you want. Clip Studio Paint is used in 2D animation studios worldwide as an essential part of the animation process.
You can create every stroke exactly as you imagine with our powerful brush engine. Clip Studio Paint works with your device to reflect every nuance of your pen, even up to the 8192 levels of pen pressure detected by Wacom tablets.
Create your animation in flipbook style! Take advantage of the light table and onion-skin features to view adjacent frames and create even smoother animations.
Place 3D drawing figures and head models directly onto the canvas.
Customizable body shapes and camera angles make it ideal for hard-to-find pose references. Bring poses to life with the help of the pose scanner that reads poses from photos and the hand scanner that mimics the pose of your hand with a camera.
Whether you're stuck on a new feature or need technical help, you can rely on our free customer support. We’re proud of our excellent customer satisfaction rate, and happy to be there when you need us.
As well as being bundled with the world’s bestselling pen tablets from Wacom, Clip Studio Paint is pre-loaded on the latest Tab S series Galaxy Android tablets available worldwide, making it the first choice for getting started with digital art.
“[The] drawing tools feel very real and the animation interface is strongly based on the procedures of traditional animation”
Our animation studio has the mindset of combining the artistic and expressive values of traditional techniques with the efficiency and speed of digital tools. When comparing animation software, the characteristics that influence us the most are its ability to use timelines, symbols, automatic interpolation or composition. However, when doing traditional animation, the most important thing we look for is what we will be doing the longest: drawing. That's why Clip Studio Paint EX is so attractive to us, since its drawing tools feel very real and the animation interface is strongly based on the procedures of traditional animation.
“CSP is really made with the artist in mind”
Clip Studio Paint is a top-notch program with a wide variety of features and easy, convenient customization to make it fit your needs and style. I especially love the easy-to-manage animation timeline, rulers, abundant collection of assets, and how it doesn't stress out my computer. CSP is really made with the artist in mind, making us able to create freely and explore the artistic process more deeply and creatively.
“It's… amazing for my animation process, as I can work in the same software and tools I'm used to”
I had been using Clip Studio Paint for a long time for illustrations, but it's also amazing for my animation process, as I can work in the same software and tools I'm used to, like the pen tools and layer functions.
It has a lot of helpful features for line art and stabilization, so even beginners can draw lines with good quality.
Draw your animation and storyboards on vector layers with your favorite pen and brush tools, then resize and edit without losing line quality for the perfect finish. Ideal for whatever you create, whether short gifs or high-definition animation.
Auto-generate natural-looking shadows from lineart and filled areas and then fine-tune them by adjusting the position and angle of the light source and setting the shadow’s color.
Easily rearrange or adjust the speed of animation cels in the timeline palette. In an industry-standard format, you’ll find the interface simple to understand whether you’re a first-time animator or seasoned in traditional techniques.
Create dynamic scenes by combining frame-by-frame animation with camera effects, from zooms and angle tilts to movement on a smooth curve. You can also turn on camera view to check the movement of the camera as you animate.
Enjoy creating whatever you want, whether its short animations and gifs for sharing on social media, or high-definition professional animation on Clip Studio Paint EX.
Import your music, sound effects, or dialogue, then export your animation complete with sound. Clip Studio Paint is compatible with 8‑bit and 16‑bit uncompressed wav files, MP3 files, and Ogg files.
Register multiple workplace layouts to instantly switch between different palette arrangements. With this feature, you can create customized workspaces ideal for each step of your workflow.
Save your paper settings as a template to use over and over again! No more wasting time setting up your paper size or resolution, and you can easily share your template with your team.
Instantly carry out repetitive actions like erasing your drafts or adjusting colors in one click with Auto Actions. Simply register the Auto Action once, and save your time, over and over.
The Clip Studio Tabmate allows you to perform frequently used operations with a single touch, all without having to let go of your pen, allowing you a more comfortable drawing experience. (sold separately)
(Compatible with Windows, macOS, Galaxy, and Android devices)
Work on high-resolution files with up to 10,000 layers without worry! With 64‑bit OS and multi-core processor support, Clip Studio Paint makes the most of your device’s capability, and the layer folder feature lets you manage layer-heavy files with ease.
Creator of anime “Mecha-Ude”, animated in Clip Studio Paint.
Wendy Grieb uses Clip Studio Paint on the Microsoft Surface Studio to express every nuance of the pen, from tilt to stoke direction. Experience for yourself to create your vision exactly as you want it.
With Clip Studio Paint, you can animate just as you would with a pen and paper, using the same tools you use for drawing and painting.
Set up your pen pressure with a few test strokes, and recreate the natural, high-quality lines of pen and paper. If the results feel off, you can always edit and tweak the settings to perfection.
Drawing clean lines can be challenging, but you can make it easier with stabilization and correction features. Reducing shaky and wavering lines and tapering the beginning and end of brushstrokes automatically, Clip Studio Paint’s lines feel almost organic.
Draw vector lines the same as you would on paper. Move, thicken, thin, selectively erase individual brushstrokes up to an intersection, or watch them in 4K without deteriorating their quality.
Draw precise perspective lines, buildings, and interiors by hand using the perspective, symmetrical, concentric circle, and other useful rulers, or directly import your own 3D materials onto existing rulers.
Use 3D references for accurate compositions. Import your own 3D models, or download architecture, furniture, humans, vehicles, and more to create a wide variety of scenes.
Set up simple 3D primitive shapes as frameworks for drawing objects and scenes, or even use them as building blocks for more complex materials.
When placing a 3D material, you can view from four angles simultaneously. You can also change the position of the camera and the focal point on the 3D layer. When you change the camera position from the All sides view palette, the model also adjusts on the canvas.
Pose 3D drawing figures in detail, from the head and face to the fingertips and toes and use it as a reference for your artwork. From our head model that allows for fine-tuning facial parts to our hand scanner that mimics intricate hand poses, drawing hands and faces has never been easier.
Is accurate perspective too mundane for the shot you have in mind? Use the manga perspective function to add dynamic exaggerations to your character.
Select a photo, and let Clip Studio Paint’s AI-based deep learning algorithms automatically duplicate the pose with a 3D drawing figure.
Clip Studio Assets offers tens of thousands of materials such as brushes, patterns, and 3D models, all ready for download and commercial use.
Quickly select, test, compare and apply the perfect color with approximate and intermediate color palettes and color history. With the eyedropper tool, you can pick colors from inside and outside of the workspace to create unexpected color variations and new swatches.
Speed up your painting process with smarter tools. With Clip Studio Paint’s fill tools, you can detect and ignore gaps in lines and fill tiny spots you missed in one go.
In addition to standard selection tools, Clip Studio Paint comes with a selection pen, shrink selection tool, and more, all designed to enhance your selection and painting speed.
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 randomized for a natural result. Multiple images can be set for a repeated pattern, so you can create a natural description that is not monotonous.
Use the gradient tool to set multiple colors and transparency in a single, detailed, and natural gradient or use the contour line fill tool to create gradients that follow a specific shape.
No animation can be made without the frames between keyframes. Clip Studio Paint comes with functions that allow you to reference multiple frames and more, all to create a better animation.
Use the light table function to freely reference specific keyframes while inbetweening.
Want to add more frames? Use the onion skin function to overlay the previous and following frames for reference with full control over the color and number of layers.
Just like flipping paper, use the keyboard to cycle through your completed frames.
With Clip Studio Paint, you can edit, adjust the timing of each frame, add camera work, and audio to your animation without switching programs.
Set the timing and order of each frame in multiple tracks, and adjust playback speed as needed.
Clip Studio Paint offers keyframe options for objects and camera movement. With multiple interpolation options, you can set sharp movements or smooth curved motions, and check the movement with the camera path display.
Add, adjust, and mix multiple music tracks, sound effects, and voices.
Choose the best format for your project from multiple export options.
Export frames of the entire animation as a flattened image sequence, for complete control over scale and framerate.
*Available formats: PNG, BMP, JPEG, Targa, TIFF
Each track can be exported as an individual image sequence. The export range can be set to specific borders as well.
*Available formats: PNG, BMP, JPEG, Targa, TIFF
Quickly share animation snippets and test animations online as lightweight, accessible GIF files.
Export finished animations as video files such as MP4.
Speed up your workflow, create backups of your workspace of choice, and create the best art you can with the help of Clip Studio Paint.
Save and share your customized palette layout, shortcuts, command bar, and colors as workspaces, and use them whenever you need them.
Save and share file settings and layer structures as templates, or share your workspace with your team and unify your environments.
Perform frequent or repeated operations with one click using Auto Actions. Customize shortcuts and recreate your favorite shortcuts from other programs. Shortcuts can be customized, and you can change them to other familiar shortcuts with other software.
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.
Save your work and settings directly to the cloud. Software settings can be restored manually if needed, and synchronizing your desktop, tablet and smartphone data is as easy as ever, so you can take your virtual workspace wherever you go.
EX *The functions with this icon are premium and only available in Clip Studio Paint EX.
Single-page illustrations & comics
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Up to 24 frames for gifs or short animations
Unlimited frames for professional animation
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3D models and drawing figures
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