CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Software/app for Drawing Manga and Comics

Start drawing comics/manga today! The best comics/manga drawing software!

Drawing performance that professionals love

Pen touches feel as natural as hand drawing

Advanced pen pressure detection function for natural, realistic-looking pen strokes CLIP STUDIO PAINT has a wide range of settings to create images that suit your preferences, from correction functions to remove blurring and disarray to a function that recreates the variance between strong and weak pen pressure at the ends of lines drawn with a real pen.

Line correction that supresses shaky lines Line correction
Brush settings that add flourishes to the beginning and end of strokes Starting and ending

Draw complicated areas with just one stroke!

CLIP STUDIO PAINT's decoration tools make it easier to draw complicated areas such as small items and various patterns such frills, chains and plants.

Draw backgrounds quickly
Various coloring brushes

Draw vectors that can be processed and edited freely

Lines drawn on vector layers do not lose quality when zooming in or out, and the line width can be changed freely after drawing. You can also use handy functions such as pinching lines and erasing content drawn outside the lines.

Change line weight on the fly
Erase up to intersections

Quick, neat coloring

The advanced coloring functions allow you to fill small areas left over after filling and close line gaps that cause the fill color to go outside the lines.

The gap closing and filling "Close and Fill" Close gap
Paint small unfilled areas Fill leftover
[Graident] tool Gradation
Easily color with gradients using the countour line painting tool Contour line paint

In complete harmony with the Apple Pencil

The CLIP STUDIO PAINT iPad app is also available.The powerful CLIP STUDIO PAINT drawing engine uses the maximum capability of the Apple Pencil to promise the best drawing taste and completes the work-flow on the iPad alone. 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.

Draw manga anywhere with an iPad

Packed with unique specialist technology for creating manga

Draw backgrounds and effects using rulers

CLIP STUDIO PAINT has advanced functions to help you draw small items, background and effect lines for your work.
Make more authentic manga by drawing freely with rulers such as a perspective ruler that allows you to add perspective to your backgrounds easily, symmetrical rulers that allow you to draw symmetrical shapes around a line or multiple points (such as 2- or 3-point symmetry) and various others such as a concentric circle ruler, a focus line ruler and a parallel line ruler.

Quickly make effect lines with rulers and automatic tools
Draw backgrounds and shapes in seconds with the symmetrical ruler

Automatic creation of effect lines

Sub tools, exclusively designed for saturated lines and stream lines, will automatically create complicated effect lines.

The [Saturated line] sub tool dedicated to drawing effect lines
[Stream line] sub tool

Use 3D drawing figures as a ground layer

You can pose 3D drawing figures and use them as a ground layer for your work. The hardness and movable range of the joints are designed based on the actual structure of the human body, allowing you to create natural, unforced poses intuitively with the mouse. You can also import pre-made pose files. It is possible to change features of the included drawing figures such as the body shape and proportions.

Draw difficult poses with 3D models
Freely change the body type and proportion of the 3D models

Unlimited tones

Tones are an essential part of manga, and CLIP STUDIO PAINT has plenty of tone functions for you. You can add or remove areas as necessary and even freely process the tones after applying them. You can change the tone pattern or distort tones along the curved lines of the body. Many materials are also included for you to use as pattern tones.

Paste tones as if you're drawing with a pen
Transform tones to fit perspective and models

Over 10,000 free materials!

You can download free materials from CLIP STUDIO ASSETS to help you make your manga. You can now share your original materials with the world.

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

Balloons and drawn text

CLIP STUDIO PAINT makes it easy to draw balloons. You can also enter dialogs and make adjustments such as adding a tail smoothly. Drawn text such as sound effects can also be drawn to suit the style of your work using pens and brushes. Further, the iPad version includes fonts optimized for manga creation.

Quickly draw speech bubbles
Pens suited for sound effects

Smooth drawing of complicated frame borders

You can create frame borders easily using the frame border tool and frame border cutting tool. Frame borders can be created simply by dragging, and you can create bleed frames and frame borders in complicated shapes.
You can also create a frame border folder for each frame and use these folders to manage images and materials.

Draw frames in seconds

convert photos to manga style

CLIP STUDIO PAINT converts photos to manga style by adding outlines and posterizing with tones.
You can convert the outline and tones to separate layers using [LT conversion of layer], making it easy for you to improve the quality by modifying the lines, changing the tone settings and removing content.

Convert images to manga and pop-art style images

Draw backgrounds and small items
by converting 3D data

You can draw backgrounds and small items at the desired angle by automatically converting 3D models.
This allows you to create even better manga than when simply converting data.

Use 3D models as comic/manga backgrounds

All the management functions you need to create a manga

Batch management of multi-page works

You can manage manga or comic works composed of multiple pages. The Story window allows you to add and rearrange pages and change the page format between a spread and single pages.

Manage multi-page comics/manga all at once
Double-spread page support

Check your finished work in the 3D preview

You can check a screen view of multi-page works to see what the work will look like when it is printed and bound.

Preview the bound comic/manga in 3D

Exporting functions advanced enough for commercial manga

Import and export files
in Photoshop format

CLIP STUDIO PAINT is compatible with Photoshop, and data can be exchanged between the two programs. You can import PSD and PSB files to CLIP STUDIO PAINT and save CLIP STUDIO PAINT files in PSD or PSB format without losing the layer structure.

Smooth data coordination with other software

Import and export
in CMYK format suitable for printing

Data can be imported and exported in CMYK format suitable for printing in addition to the RGB format used for digital purposes. This allows you to display your work as it will be seen when it is actually printed, without needing to use another tool.

Both RGB and print-friendly CMYK support

Export in ebook format

You can export the files of your work in the EPUB and Kindle ebook formats.
You can also publish your work as an e-comic in the Amazon Kindle store using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
* This function is unavailable for the iPad version.

Read your manga on tablets and smartphones as E-books
Publish your manga to popular platforms such as ePub and Kindle

Export in PDF format

The iPad app supports PDF file export.
Create multipage works and export them to PDF to share it as a single file.
* PDF file import is unavailable.

Export multi-page comics/manga

Learn how to use Clip Studio Paint with our tutorial videos!

On our official Clip Studio YouTube channel, we release videos (with subtitles) explaining how to use the software and the many great features to create your own comics.

Customized UI to make your work easy

Auto actions allow you to perform multiple operations at once

Operations that you perform frequently or repeatedly can be registered as auto actions and performed with one click so that you can work more efficiently.

Auto actions that complete complicated operations with one click

Customize the layout and switch the interface according to your purpose

You can customize the layout by placing various palettes together or on their own so that you can use them more easily. Layouts created for a particular style or purpose (such as for comics or for illustrations) can be saved along with shortcuts and command bar settings as a workspace so that you can call these drawing conditions at any time. You can download workspaces from CLIP STUDIO ASSETS and upload your original workspaces.

Freely change the screen layout
Change interface colors

These are just a few of the features in CLIP STUDIO PAINT that make it fun and easy to create a manga.
Our trial version will give you a chance to see how easy it is to draw in this program that even professionals swear by!

CLIP STUDIO PAINT supports several comic awards by publishers and editorial divisions

Akita Publishing’s Weekly Shonen Champion: Joint Newcomer Manga Award NEXT CHAMPION / COAMIX: Comic Zenon Manga Award / Futabasha’s Action: Kamikaze Award / Hakusensha’s Monthly LaLa: LaLa Manga Artist Scout Course, LaLa Manga Grand Prix / Ichijinsha: REX Manga Award / NTT Solmare: Comic Seymour Mainichi Manga Award / KADOKAWA’s Shonen Ace: Kadokawa Manga Newcomer Award / Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine: Magazine Newcomer Manga Award / Monthly Hero’s: Hero’s Manga Award / NHN comico: National Student Manga Competition / Shinchosha: Shinchosha Manga Award / Shogakukan: Newcomer Comic Award / Shueisha: Young Jump Newcomer Manga Award (Shinman Award) / Shusuisha: Newcomer Manga Grand Prix / Square Enix: Gangan Monthly Comic Award

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