Clip Studio Paint DEBUT
Natural, smooth,
comfortable drawing
Convenient,
easy-to-use functions

A basic paint tool with the standard functions needed to create illustrations and graphic art. The same high-grade feel with a simple, easy-to-understand user interface makes DEBUT widely available to anyone who is new to digital production.

Clip Studio Paint DEBUT is only available as limited special offers and as bundled software. It is not sold as standalone software.

Clip Studio Paint DEBUT's drawing capabilities.

1. Create smooth, beautiful lines with the realistic drawing experience loved by professionals!

With over 10 years of development as manga production software, Clip Studio Paint inspires confidence with realistic brush stroke capabilities such as advanced pen pressure sensitivity which creates natural and smooth brush strokes. Clip Studio Paint DEBUT is rich in customizable brush settings such as correction, which removes shaky lines, and line tapering, which alters the beginning and end of strokes.

2. Coloring is more fun! Paint with endless brushes at your disposal.

Painting tools include “Close Gap,” which paints an area without exceeding any gaps in the linework, and “Fill leftover,” which fills in any gaps leftover all at once! DEBUT offers a range of brushes to choose from such as watercolor, oil, airbrush and decoration brushes. Decoration brushes allow you to instantly draw patterns such as flowers, chains, and dotted lines!

3. 3D functions make drawing difficult angles and poses easy!

Import 3D drawing figures, characters, accessories, and backgrounds, and use them as drawing references. 3D drawing figures can be posed, allowing you to adjust bodies and shapes to your preference. You can also register your most-used figures and poses as materials, so you can import them as is instead of re-adjusting them each time you use them!

4. Equipped with all the basic functions for creating illustrations!

Useful functions for drawing such as text input, rulers, gradients, and filters are all included! DEBUT also supports scanner input and psd file import for creators who want to draw on paper and import and export files as needed.

5. Create short animations & animated illustrations!

Clip Studio Paint DEBUT includes features for animating your illustrations. Completed works can be exported as movies, animated GIFs, and sequential images.

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Compare Features

Clip Studio Paint DEBUT

Software S

Software F

Software A

Software P

Maximum Brush Size

✓✓

2000px

500px

✓✓

2000px

(✓)

Differs by tool

(✓)

255px

Drawing Pressure/Stabilization

✓✓

Pen pressure adjustment, precise stabilization, and post-correction

22 levels of stabilization

40 levels of stabilization. Can set stabilization for all tools at once or each tool separately.

(✓)

Post-correction for some tools

20 levels of stabilization, brush stroke tapering

Patterns (plants, decorations, textures, etc.)

✓✓

Comes with over 50 kinds of decoration tools with full color drawing capability.

X

Can import and use custom brushes (single color only).

Can import custom brushes and switch between monochrome and color modes.

✓✓

Can draw with rich patterns including impasto (thick coatings of paint).

(✓)

Can paint in rich photo-realistic textures.

Color set/Swatching

✓✓

10+ pre-registered color sets. More can be added.

(✓)

No pre-registered sets. Can be added but cannot be sorted.

Not pre-registered, can be added according to preference. You can also reorganize and switch color sets/swatches.

✓✓

32 pre-registered color sets. More can be added.

Six palettes (42 colors) can be registered. Images can also be registered.

Eyedropper

✓✓

Can pick up the displayed color, colors from lower layers, or colors anywhere on the screen.

Can pick up the displayed color, or colors painted on a selected layer.

(✓)

Can select a color from your screen's display.

(✓)

Can select a color from your screen's display.

(✓)

Can select a color from your screen's display.

Select

✓✓

Range of methods to choose from including Shrink Selection.

Basic selection methods.

Basic selection methods.

Basic selection methods.

(✓)

Has Lasso selection but no Selection pen.

Fill

✓✓

Can freely refer to other layers and use options such as Gap detection and Fill leftover.

Filling in multiple layers with a reference requires them to be in a layer set.

Images can be imported and converted to different formats.

You can fill on all reference layers.

(✓)

Must select an area beforehand. Other layers cannot be referenced.

Transform Image

✓✓

Selected areas from multiple layers can be free transformed together.

Free transforming multiple layers at once requires them to be combined into layer sets.

Can transform multiple layers at once with layer folders.

(✓)

Cannot free transform.

(✓)

Requires extra effort of copying the part you want to transform.

3D

✓✓

Can import 3D files to be used as references.

X

 

(✓)

Can use 3D models such as cubes and planes as a base.

X

 

X

 

Animated illustrations

✓✓

Can create images using timelines, light tables, split images, onion skin mode, export sequential images, movies, and animated GIFs.

X

 

(✓)

Can use onion skin to draw and export sequential images.

X

 

X

 

Manage multiple layers

✓✓

Can organize layers into layer folders.

✓✓

Can organize layers into layer sets.

✓✓

Can organize layers in layer folders.

X

 

X

 

Rotate/Invert canvas

✓✓

Can freely rotate and flip the canvas.

✓✓

Can freely rotate the canvas. Can only flip horizontally.

✓✓

Can freely rotate the canvas. Can only flip horizontally.

Can freely rotate the canvas. Flips only while pressing the shortcut key.

(✓)

Rotation is specified in angled steps. Cannot be flipped.

Layout customization

✓✓

In addition to window organization, you can also change the interface’s color theme.

Can freely arrange windows.

Can freely arrange windows.

(✓)

Each window is independent and cannot be organized.

(✓)

Each window is independent and cannot be organized.

Shortcut customization

✓✓

Can be assigned to most operations.

✓✓

Can be assigned to most operations.

✓✓

Can be assigned to most operations.

Can be assigned to some degree of operation.

X

 
Clip Studio Paint DEBUT
Natural, smooth,
comfortable drawing
Convenient,
easy-to-use functions

6. There are many ready-to-use materials and courses available on the web!

Many materials come with DEBUT including pens, brushes, tones, and 3D models, as well as a multitude of materials created by users and Celsys! There is a material for any kind of work you are creating! Additionally, when you are unsure of know how to use something, you can check out the professional tutorials published on Clip Studio TIPS. From beginners to those who are already familiar with drawing, you can find the right tutorial for you.

7. User support when you need it.

From installation to work completion, we provide user support, free of charge. User support is done in-house to assure accuracy. Our product updates reflect our users' input and feedback.

8. Easy to upgrade!

Upgrading to PRO or EX is done by changing the serial number only so as not to disturb any of your current user settings! New convenient functions are added and are free to customize. Upgrading opens up how you can create and lets you create your art faster than ever!

PRO
Enjoy creating more illustrations!

Additional functions:

・Rulers
・Vector drawing
・Auto actions
・Frame borders/balloons
・CMYK input/output
・Tool customization

EX
The professional’s software for creating comics and animation!

Additional functions:

All of PRO’s functions and
・Work management for multiple pages
・Group work features
・Convert images to lines and tones
・Professional animation functions
and other premium features

Clip Studio Paint DEBUT
Natural, smooth,
comfortable drawing
Convenient,
easy-to-use functions
Clip Studio Paint PRO

Upgrade from DEBUT to PRO

Clip Studio Paint Debut users can get a discount on the one-time purchase version of Clip Studio Paint Pro (Windows/macOS).

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO for Windows/macOS (English, Download, One-Time Purchase)

Price: US$49.99 → US$44.99

Note: This special discount is not available for DEBUT bundled with the Wacom Intuos/Intuos Pro, versions with an expiry date, or expired Clip Studio Paint PRO 1- or 2-year versions.

How to purchase Clip Studio Paint PRO at a discounted price:

1. Prepare your Clip Studio DEBUT serial number.
2. From here, click [Purchase] on the PRO Special Offers page.
3. Enter your DEBUT serial number and proceed to the Special Offers page.

Note: Please refer to here for how to update your license with the product serial number after purchase.