Clip Studio Paint

Vector graphics software for creating comics & illustrations

About Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio Paint is a vector graphics software, which helps creative studios and artists draw and paint animations, illustrations, comics, manga, concept artworks, characters, and more using various tools including brushes, vector layers, color palettes, rulers, and 3D figures. The asset library allows artists to test concepts and create sketches using patterns, textures, and foliage brushes, among other materials.

Clip Studio Paint enables illustrators to draw precise lines using preset brushes, organize game or movie concepts by building thumbnail grids, and apply color variations to images or artwork layers. Designers can identify custom color schemes for characters on a palette, add depth and perspective to art concepts using native rulers, and personalize the platform according to preferred workflows.

Creative professionals can use Clip Studio Paint to edit, import, or save their work in PSD or PSB format and utilize pre-installed 3D figures and imported OBJ files to create model sheets or turnarounds for characters and costumes. The software also helps artists draw repeating structures such as textile patterns, chains, accessories, and flowers in a single stroke.

Clip Studio Paint lets creative studios resample images, automate recurring tasks, preview 3D projects before printing, and use preset templates to create black and white comics or webtoons. Illustrators can also add, rotate, flip or tilt text horizontally or vertically and apply textures, watercolor border effects, and outlines to artwork layers.


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Reviews

Overall rating

4,7 /5
(60)
Value for Money
4,6/5
Features
4,7/5
Ease of Use
4,3/5
Customer Support
4,4/5

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Aleksandra
Aleksandra
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great for small and big projects

Reviewed on 2021/02/17

Some of the features CSP offers seemed like a marketing catch, but in the end became part of my...

Some of the features CSP offers seemed like a marketing catch, but in the end became part of my pipeline. From working exclusively on cartography and digital painting, I have expanded my horizons to dabbling with webtoons and vector illustration, both made extremely easy and user-friendly with this program.

Pros

Performance of the application is outstanding in comparison to other products of this type; this allowed me to increase the canvas size and open files that would usually slow down the other programs. The asset store is a nice touch, allowing everyone to get additional brushes, patterns, backgrounds and other images for free (or in-program currency), and they're by default allowed for commercial use. That takes a lot of licensing hassle for creators and allows them to focus on their art.

Cons

Some asset features are very CPU heavy and can lag on older machines. Translations can be a bit of a mouthful at a times. Asset store tends to be very slow when browsing. Lack of custom shapes.

Alternatives Considered

Affinity Designer

Reasons for Choosing Clip Studio Paint

In case of Adobe products, the subscription model has became a motivation killer - feeling obliged to work every single day to make the use of money you've paid, ended up stopping the creativity flow and force me to obsess over the worth of my art. With CSP, I have already purchased it, so I can work whenever and however long I feel like. With Paint Tool SAI, the program has felt outdated for a long while, lacking the core features which forced me to use it alongside other programs. CSP has eliminated the need for that.

Switched From

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Switching to Clip Studio Paint

Price, non-aggressive advertising, no intrusive third-party DRM, full range of features.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Fantastic Program

Reviewed on 2022/06/23

The program is very affordable, it runs fast, and it has pretty much all the features I look for in...

The program is very affordable, it runs fast, and it has pretty much all the features I look for in an art program. It has added features that previous programs I worked with didn't have as well.

Pros

Clip Studio has grown over the years and has become such an amazing program. Templates for printing, for interactive digital storytelling, animation, comic page layouts, 3D assets to help with the layout of an illustration, vector layers and masking, completely customizable brushes and textures. I cannot say enough good about this program.

Custom brushes and assets are drag and drop install and the program comes with a search window to find other custom assets that users have uploaded.

There's a newer feature that records a time-lapse of what is being drawn.
CSP allows the user to export files in a number of different extensions, including PSD.
There is a cloud feature, and the ability to also use the program on mobile. (the mobile version, however, is subscription.)

Cons

One of the biggest weaknesses is the lack of ability to edit text kerning and allow for that text to follow a path, but I'm hoping this will change in future updates, which this program is always receiving. Otherwise, I really don't have much to complain about.

Alternatives Considered

PaintTool SAI

Reasons for Choosing Clip Studio Paint

Clip studio was vastly cheaper, didn't require a monthly subscription for it's desktop version and has most of the tools I need for all my work. It runs faster and smoother as well. Line art looks so much nicer and whereas I as having many issues with pen pressure in Photoshop, Paint Tool didn't have that problem.

Switched From

Adobe Photoshop

Reasons for Switching to Clip Studio Paint

Paint Tool SAI is a lovely program but updates are/were few and far between and the copy I had been working with just got too outdated to run well and the newer version was not to be completed for several more years.
Mykel
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  • Industry: Animation
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Clip Studio

Reviewed on 2022/06/09

My experience has been good so far. It has not crashed since I purchased it.

My experience has been good so far. It has not crashed since I purchased it.

Pros

I like the price of this software. it is inexpensive and has so many features. Also it does not use a lot of RAM, which is really impressive

Cons

On MacOs. the canvas is separated from the too bar. Creating two windows instead of one.

Adam
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  • Industry: Animation
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

CSP Is A Much Better Choice For Beginners In Digital Art

Reviewed on 2024/02/05

So far so good. I have no issues. I got used to how I work with CSP. since its so good for my...

So far so good. I have no issues. I got used to how I work with CSP. since its so good for my artworks, I continued using it.

Pros

You can Open CSP files in Adobe Photoshop and vice versa. So that made me very happy because my Adobe Photoshop kept crashing and Clip Studio paint saved my projects. I highly recommend CSP.

Cons

When I first started, I was a bit lost on how to import new brushes or materials.

Gabrielle
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The Artist's Friend

Reviewed on 2023/01/30

Clip Studio Paint makes my artistic process so much easier. I don't have to worry about my shaky...

Clip Studio Paint makes my artistic process so much easier. I don't have to worry about my shaky hand making my lineart look unpolished because the pen stabilization helps keep my art neat. I have been able to draw a lot and draw much more quickly thanks to the available assets so my creative workflow has improved greatly with this software.

Pros

Clip Studio Paint is an intuitive program that is easy to learn. It has an abundance of user-made assets and tools available to the artist that can be customized within the software. It works well with 3d models, has easy data import and export, and it can save as a .PSD. The pen stabilization and symmetry tools make drawing neatly for those with shaky hands a breeze. Clip Studio Paint cuts my time spent sketching and finalizing my lineart in half so I can focus on perfecting the smaller details on my drawing.

Cons

The vector drawings don't save as "true" or "editable" vectors if you need to send the vector image to someone who works with Adobe Illustrator or another similar program. It is difficult to export a vector illustration into other software because many of the editing points will disappear. It is also difficult to maintain your layers when exporting your project for use in Adobe Photoshop.

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Clip Studio Paint offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$49,99/one-time
  • Free Trial: Available

Clip Studio Paint is offered across two pricing plans, outlined below. A free trial is available. Clip Studio Paint Pro: (for macOS and Windows) $49.99 at a one-time purchase (for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone and Galaxy) monthly usage plan starts from $0.99 Clip Studio Paint EX: (for macOS and Windows) $219 at a one-time purchase (for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone and Galaxy) monthly usage plan starts from $2.49 Volume licenses are also available for businesses and educational institutions.

Clip Studio Paint has the following typical customers:

2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Clip Studio Paint supports the following languages:

German

Clip Studio Paint supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

We do not have any information about what integrations Clip Studio Paint has

Clip Studio Paint offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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