Ultimate Beginner's guide to Concept Art
Clip Studio Paint's brush engine was created with artists in mind to provide the best drawing experience available. Choose the best brush from high-quality preset brushes with a natural drawing feel. Each line can be drawn with precision and nuance, reflecting the 8192 levels of pressure provided by high-end Wacom tablets. Import Photoshop brush files (ABR) and create expressive dual brushes by combining two types of brush strokes.
Create wherever inspiration strikes with Clip Studio Paint for tablets and smartphones. Robust features such as cross-platform custom brushes and cloud saving let you enjoy drawing and painting as you would at home, on the go!
Use the pre-installed 3D-figures to quickly create model sheets and turnarounds for characters and costumes, make use of the numerous 3D-objects or import your own OBJ files as reference. You can also use simple 3D primitives to mock up basic shapes.
Clip Studio Assets offers a huge library of free materials. Test concepts and create quick sketches with foliage brushes, tileable patterns, textures and much more. Make use of the constantly expanding universe of Celsys official and user-generated materials at your fingertips.
Create a thumbnail grid in seconds and get to work, either adding images and reference data to the same layer or to individually masked panels. Organize your game or movie concepts for easy viewing and save time for yourself and the creative team!
Transform grayscale concepts with gradient maps and explore moods and lighting for projects. Apply color variations to the whole image or individual layers to fine-tune your creations.
Draw and paint with traditional watercolors, oil paints, pencils and more, or create your own textures.
Find the best color scheme for your characters, creatures, costumes and more, and stay consistent with custom color palettes for every occasion. No need to clutter your canvas with swatches when color blocking or flatting colors to a design.
Draw vector lines with the exact same brushes used in raster painting and adjust them easily, using features such as the vector eraser, line thickness and shape sliders, or switch the brush shape altogether.
Experiment freely by adding finishing touches, fine-tune color balance, hue and saturation while keeping your original layer intact with non-destructive adjustment layers.
With built-in perspective rulers that snap brush strokes and shape tools to vanishing points, refining sketches and drafts feels like drawing free-hand. Add believable depth and perspective without any additional plugins.
Clip Studio Paint is highly customizable, allowing you to adjust the interface to match your preferred workflow and create your ideal workspace. Additionally, each tool comes with intricate customizing options to match tools you may be used to from other software.
Easily integrate Clip Studio Paint into your team and clients' workflow with PSD, PSB, and ABR compatibility. Make the most of Photoshop's robust editing features and brush files with Clip Studio Paint's natural brush strokes.
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)
Let your audience experience your work, be it in team meetings, in art books or portfolios, by having your RGB data ready for the screen, or using Clip Studio Paint's CMYK preview to ensure that your prints do your designs justice.
Angela Sung is a Visual Development artist and Art Director for animation. She has worked on numerous series, such as on "Bad Guys" as a Visual Development artist, on "Legend of Korra" and "Voltron" as a Background Designer and Painter, and many more. Angela has taught at several schools and co-runs the "Warrior Painters" plein-air painting project.
Magdalena was born in Poland, and is currently living and working in Germany as a Senior Concept Artist for game developer Ubisoft. Digital painting is her passion, spending any free time working on illustrations and character design.
In this webinar she shares her approach to lighting characters and concepts.
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.
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.
Discover new and exciting features in Clip Studio Paint with extensive upgrades and additional functions, giving you the opportunity to seek a new approach to art, like automatic coloring and integrated 3D primitive models!
Bring your concepts to life with Clip Studio Paint’s range of tools and brushes created to help you express your ideas.
Clip Studio Paint is perfect for a variety of painting styles, such as oil paint, watercolor, or cel-shading. Customize your brushes to paint in your favorite style, or add textures to your brushes for a traditional look. Go one step further and import Photoshop brush files (ABR) and create dynamic dual brushes that combine two types of brush strokes.
Clip Studio Paint comes with a full selection of preset tools, including user-favorite brushes, so you can start painting immediately without the need to customize.
Select, test, and manage colors with six color palettes, including not only the typical circles and sliders, but also palettes for similar colors, midrange colors, and your color history.
Connect your main computer or tablet device to your smartphone in Companion mode to turn your smartphone into your own digital paint palette.
Mix, blend, and add subtle changes to the colors on your palette, just as you would with a traditional paint palette.
Set color hints and let the AI color your art! Compare color schemes and test out new ideas in a fraction of the time.
It’s simple to eyedrop colors from your desktop or other applications and save them in Clip Studio Paint. You can even eyedrop from semi-transparent colors.
From precise color mixing to running paint and wet watercolor style brushes, experience realistic color mixing rarely seen in digital software. Ver. 2.0 allows for more natural color mixing while maintaining color brightness.
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 all at once, all with our smart fill tools.
Packed with useful tools, Clip Studio Paint helps you save time so you can focus on the fun of creating.
Simply draw a few times to let the software automatically detect the level of pen pressure sensitivity that enables you to draw natural and smooth lines every time.
Use the inbuilt stabilization functions to draw clean, accurate lines without shakiness or wavering, exactly how you’re picturing your creation.
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.
Clip Studio Assets offers tens of thousands of ready-to-use materials such as brushes, patterns, and 3D models. Search from free commercial-license materials and download what you need at any time.
Experience new freedom with vector layers; layers that allow you to move, thicken, thin, and selectively erase individual brushstrokes up to an intersection.
Set up ruler guides to draw buildings and interiors with perfect perspective using your favorite pen and brush tools. What’s more, access inbuilt and customizable symmetry rulers, ellipse rulers, and more to help you create geometric shapes with ease.
Create masks from selections to keep your painting layers organized. It’s easy to shrink or add to a mask with drawing tools for precise masking or to create interesting layered effects.
Import your own files or download pre-made buildings, furniture, crowds, vehicles, and many other materials that are ideal for trying out compositions before you start drawing.
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.
Clip Studio Paint comes with adjustable 3D models to help you sketch out human figures. Freely change the pose, proportions, and body type as needed for any kind of character.
Create your very own facial reference with our adjustable head model.
Fine-tune overall shape, eyes, nose, eyebrows, ears, mouth, and other parts.
The base head can also be transformed into various styles, such as realistic, chibi, and anime.
AI features enabled by deep learning algorithms allow you to scan a photo and have Clip Studio Paint automatically match its pose and apply it to a 3D drawing figure. Similarly, the hand scanner allows you to pose your hand via a camera and apply the pose to the hand of the 3D figure.
Extract lines from photos and 3D models to create frameworks for your artwork that you can build from, boosting your efficiency.
Apply effects to entire layers with a single click, whether adding outlines to text or images, adding a watercolor edge, changing the line color, or creating a screentone effect.
As well as basic two-color gradients, you can add and edit interval colors or create gradients into transparency. You can also apply gradient maps to instantly apply colors based on an image’s values, or use the Contour Line Fill tool to create gradients following a shape.
Use dedicated features for removing scanner dust or extracting drawn art from a white paper background, helping you to smoothly convert your traditional art for digital editing.
Handy features for effects, adjustments, and finishing touches to bring out the best in your art.
As well as rotating and flipping images, you can adjust the shape of selections with free transform or the mesh transform feature for more detailed adjustments. For precise adjustments, turn to the Liquify tool to edit parts without affecting the brushstrokes.
Use Tonal Correction Layers to add finishing touches while leaving the original layer as it is. Adjust image brightness, contrast, tone, and more until you’re satisfied.
Apply effects to images such as blur, sharpening, noise, and mosaic with filters.
Photos can also be converted into painterly styles with the Artistic filter. Here, you can also fine-tune line thickness and the strength of the effect.
Resample images and erase jpeg noise to reuse your past work as a larger image.
Use blending modes on your layers to add a variety of interesting effects to your image. Select from 29 blending modes to create specific effects or compositions.
Add text, edit line, and word spacing, or rotate, tilt, and flip text, all without switching your software.
Manage your storyboards, multi-page projects, and animations all in one software!
Create separate panels for thumbnails or storyboarding simply by dragging the frame tool. Save your canvas layouts as templates to recall them later on your next project.
Keep multiple project pages together in a single file, add or reorder pages, and export as print-ready data.
Before printing multi-page projects, check the final product's binding and finish with the 3D preview feature.
Clip Studio Paint supports the import/export of both RGB and CMYK data used for printing. With the CMYK preview, colors displayed in your workspace are even closer to their real printed hues!
Supports Kindle and EPUB e-book formats, including commercial e-books and self-publishing.
With Clip Studio Paint’s 2D animation tools, arrange your storyboard scenes with audio, or even work on full-length animations.In PRO and DEBUT, you can make animations up to 24 frames (3 seconds long at 8 frames per second). EX offers unlimited frames.
Clip Studio Paint supports the needs of professional artists with efficient tools and a reliable support system.
Save and share your customized palette layout, shortcuts, command bar, and colors whenever you need them!
With the secondary window, you can view your canvas at full-screen and zoomed in at the same time! Meanwhile, view and eyedrop your reference images with the Sub View palette. The Navigator palette lets you flip, scale, and rotate your canvas intuitively.
Perform frequent or repeated operations with one click using Auto Actions. Customize shortcuts and recreate your favorite shortcuts from other programs.
The Quick Access Palette gives you access to menus, Auto Actions, tools, and colors from a single palette to customize your ideal virtual workspace.
Clip Studio Paint supports input and output in Photoshop file formats, so you can deliver files to clients and printing companies without changing your existing workflows.
Load, edit, and save PSD and PSB data while preserving raster layers, and export files with text layers created in Clip Studio Paint for easy editing and in Photoshop.
Unexpected crashes are every digital artist's nightmare. That's why Clip Studio Paint provides an optional autosave feature that you can set to autosave at precise intervals. Background saving allows you to continue working without waiting for the save to complete.
Check and manage your saved works, and sync to the cloud. You can restore the software settings manually if needed, and synchronize your computer, tablet and smartphone data to take your virtual workspace wherever you go.
Create on the go or at your favorite cafe with Clip Studio Paint for tablets and smartphones. With the same functionality as the desktop version, enjoy smooth drawing thanks to complete compatibility with the Galaxy S Pen, Apple Pencil and other styluses.
Connect your iPhone or Android smartphone to your main computer or tablet device over Wi-Fi in Companion mode and transform your smartphone into a handheld shortcut remote, for a better creative experience.
Companion mode makes use of your smartphone to get the most out of your creative process! It comes packed with multiple modes to shortcut frequently used functions, pick and mix colors, manage tools, preview projects in real-time, and even control the canvas with touch gestures, making it the perfect studio assistant for whatever you create.
Touchscreen mode allows you to use and customize touch gestures to speed up your workflow or reorganize your workspace.
The interface and canvas displays clearly at the native resolution of Mac devices with a Retina display.
Clip Studio Paint comes with support for macOS & iPadOS features like Sidecar to mirror or extend screens, and Universal Control, which enables the easy transfer of Clip Studio Paint files simply by dragging and dropping between your Mac and iPad devices.
The Clip Studio Tabmate shortcut device is also Sidecar-compatible.
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