CLIP STUDIO TABMATE

The CLIP STUDIO TABMATE is a new handheld device that can be used with pen tablets and
tablet PCs so that you can more easily create your illustrations, comics, cartoons, and animations.

By customizing the settings for each button, you can switch to your most frequently used tools with the press of a button.
With its symmetrical design, it’s easy for anyone to use, whether left- or right-handed.

How to Start Using CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT

This product comes with a download license for CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT.
Follow the instructions in the below link to install and use this software.

Download CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT

The serial number is on the inside of the top flap of the package.

* Serial number cannot be reissued. Please keep it in a safe place.

Specifications

Version: Bluetooth® 3.0 Class 2 (wireless)
Bluetooth® range: Approx 3–10 m
Radio frequency: 2.4GHz
Battery: 1 x AA battery
Warranty period: Six months from receipt of the product

* Does not require drivers.
* If your computer does not have a Bluetooth® module installed, you will need a separate Bluetooth® adapter. Please make sure that the adapter is for Bluetooth® 3.0 Class 2.
* Ensure that you read all items on the enclosed “For Your Safety”.

System Requirements

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10
mac OS 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14

Software: CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT / PRO / EX   Ver.1.7.1 onwards

* The device is not compatible with other operating systems.

Contents of Package

  • Controller x 1
  • Serial number for downloading CLIP STUDIO PAINT DEBUT x 1
  • AA battery (for testing purposes) x 1
  • Instructions/Warranty (paper) x 1

* The included battery is for checking the controller’s operation. Please switch this for a store-bought battery after checking that the controller operates correctly.

User Guide

Part Names

Getting Started

* Your computer must have Bluetooth® capabilities (module).
* Your computer or Bluetooth® adaptor may have its own Bluetooth® functions. Please check the operating manual before use.

Windows (Windows 8.1 and newer)

  • Right click the Bluetooth ® icon in the notification area and click “Add Bluetooth device”.
    * The icon will sometimes be stored in the pop-up window accessible via the up-arrow.
  • Open the “Manage Bluetooth devices” screen and check that Bluetooth is turned on. Then long-press the [CLIP STUDIO] button on the controller for three seconds to turn the power on.
  • When the power is on and the device is in pairing mode, the LED will flash red and blue alternately.
  • On the “Manage Bluetooth devices” screen, select “TABMATE” and click “Pair”.
  • When the device is paired, the “Manage Bluetooth devices” screen will show the “TABMATE” as “Connected”.

Now you can start using your TABMATE with CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

macOS

  • From the Bluetooth® menu, select “Open Bluetooth Preferences”
    * If the Bluetooth® menu is not displaying, go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”. From the “System Preferences” screen, select “Bluetooth”.
  • On the “Bluetooth” screen, check that Bluetooth is active. Then long-press the [CLIP STUDIO] button on the controller for three seconds to turn the power on.
  • When the power is on and the device is in pairing mode, the LED will flash red and blue alternately.
  • Select “TABMATE” from the list of devices in the Bluetooth® panel and click “Pair”.
  • When the device is paired, the “TABMATE” will show as “Connected” in the list of devices.

Now you can start using your TABMATE with CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

Main Operations

  • Long press the [CLIP STUDIO] button for three seconds to turn the power on or off.
  • When the power is turned on, the controller will automatically enter pairing mode. If you want the controller to enter pairing mode, turn the power off and on again.
  • If the controller cannot find a computer to pair with after searching, or if the controller is not used for 10 minutes, it will enter sleep mode. To wake it from sleep mode, press any button (except the [CLIP STUDIO] button.)
  • If the controller is left in sleep mode for 20 minutes, the power will automatically turn off.
  • The TABMATE remembers the device it last paired with. It will automatically connect with this device.
  • While connected with a remembered device, it cannot connect with a different computer (it is not recognized as a device to connect with, so it cannot be detected). To connect with another computer, shut down the computer you are currently connecting with, or stop the pairing.

Changing the Settings

You can set up your TABMATE by going to the [File] menu ([CLIP STUDIO PAINT] menu in macOS) > [CLIP STUDIO TABMATE] > [CLIP STUDIO TABMATE Settings] while the TABMATE is connected.

You can switch between four modes on the TABMATE.
Set up your assigned functions for each button, switching between modes using the button at the top left of the above dialog box.
If you press a button on the TABMATE, that button will be highlighted in the above dialog box.
For detailed settings for each button, please read “Actions and Special Settings for Buttons” on this page.

The default settings when you purchase a TABMATE are as follows.

 

Mode 1

Mode 2

Mode 3

Mode 4

+ Button

Undo

Undo

Undo

Undo

- Button

Redo

Redo

Redo

Redo

A Button

Change tool temporarily: Rotate

Change tool temporarily: Rotate

DEBUT: Change tool temporarily: Auto select
PRO/EX: Quick Mask

Change tool temporarily: Rotate

B Button

Reset rotation (of canvas)

Reset rotation (of canvas)

Depends on length of press Short press: Fill Long press: Deselect

Reset rotation (of canvas)

C Button

Increase brush size

Increase brush size

Increase brush size

Increase brush size

D Button

Decrease brush size

Decrease brush size

Decrease brush size

Decrease brush size

Q Button

DEBUT: Color Set (Pop-up)
PRO/EX: Quick Access Palette (Pop-up)

DEBUT: Color Set (Pop-up)
PRO/EX: Quick Access Palette (Pop-up)

DEBUT: Color Set (Pop-up)
PRO/EX: Quick Access Palette (Pop-up)

DEBUT: Color Set (Pop-up)
PRO/EX: Quick Access Palette (Pop-up)

Direction Pad (Up)

Change tool temporarily: Move layer

Change tool temporarily: Move layer

Change tool temporarily: Move layer

Change tool temporarily: Move layer

Direction Pad (Down)

Change tool temporarily: Hand

Change tool temporarily: Hand

Clip at Layer Below

Execute with repeated taps
1 tap: Auto select (Change tool)
2 taps: Selection (Change tool)

Direction Pad (Right)

Switch to main color

Tool Rotation
1: Pencil
2. Pen

Execute with ON/OFF
On: Switch to sub color
Off: Switch to main color

Change tool temporarily: Fill

Direction Pad (Left)

Switch to transparent color

Scale up/Scale down/Rotate (Transform)

Execute with ON/OFF
On: Switch to transparent color
Off: Switch to main color

Scale up/Scale down/Rotate (Transform)

Wheel (Rotate up)

Zoom In

Zoom In

Zoom In

Zoom In

Wheel (Rotate down)

Zoom Out

Zoom Out

Zoom Out

Zoom Out

Wheel (Push)

Fit canvas to screen

Fit canvas to screen

Fit canvas to screen

Fit canvas to screen

Trigger Button

Change tool temporarily: Eyedropper

Change tool temporarily: Eraser

Change tool temporarily: Eyedropper

Deselect

CLIP STUDIO Button
(Short press)

Switch to Mode 2

Switch to Mode 3

Switch to Mode 4

Switch to Mode 1

CLIP STUDIO Button
(Long press)

Turn power on/off

* The settings for the [CLIP STUDIO] button cannot be changed. (Long press: Turn power on/off; short press: Switch modes).
* The modes were set up with the following imagined uses: Mode 1 - Sketching; Mode 2 - Inking/drawing; Mode 3 - Coloring/painting; Mode 4 - Processing/finishing details.

Actions and Special Settings for Buttons

Use the TABMATE by pressing the button to run the assigned command or switch to the assigned tool.
You can assign multiple functions to a single button by assigning functions based on time pressed (short press/long press) or by number of taps (up to four taps).
You can also use “Tool rotation” to switch to a particular tool group you have set up, “Pop up palette” to display a palette while the button is pressed, and “Execute with ON/OFF” to assign operations to when a button is pressed or released, such as assigning on and off to “play/stop” so that an animation plays only when the button is pressed.

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