1. Frame border




Compatible with Clip Studio Paint Ver. 1.9.14


This tutorial explains how to make your first printable monochrome comic in Clip Studio Paint.

Using the comic below as an example, I will show you how to operate Clip Studio Paint while explaining the procedure of creating a 4-frame comic strip.




This tutorial covers the following steps of comic creation.

For the Clip Studio Paint basic user guide, please see this tutorial:


[1] Creating a canvas

After starting up Clip Studio Paint, create a canvas for drawing.




■1. Creating a new canvas


(1) Click [New] at the upper left command bar.

For the smartphone version, tap [New] on the [Manage Works] screen.


(2) We’re going to create a black and white comic for print. Select [Comic] from the [Use of work] dialog box, and from the preset settings, select [A4 Monochrome (600dpi)].



Please read the following TIPS to learn more about creating and setting up a canvas.


(3) Click [OK] to create an A4 canvas for print.



To learn more about each palette on the screen, refer to the following TIPS.




■2. Set the unit for print

Clip Studio Paint’s default unit of length is set to [px].

When creating something intended for print, if you change the unit’s setting to [mm], the digital line thickness will match actual pen thickness when printed.


1. Select [Preferences] from the [File] menu ([Clip Studio Paint] menu on Mac/tablet versions).

Note: On smartphones, select [Menu] > [App Settings] > [Preferences].


(2) From [Preferences], click on the [Ruler/Unit] dialog box.


(3) Set [Unit of length] to [mm] and click [OK].


(4) This changes the [Unit of length]. Brush size, frame thickness, etc. will now all be displayed in [mm], which is suited for print.


[2] Frame Border

Using a [Framing template], you can create frame borders on the canvas.


This time I’ll use the [Framing template] from Clip Studio Assets.

You can download everything used in this tutorial from the following page:


Note: For details on make your own frame borders, please see the following TIPS.




■1. Download the [Framing template] Materials


(1) Access the [Framing template] details page.


(2) Log in with your Clip Studio account. If you do not have a Clip Studio account, select the [Register account] button to register an account.


(3) After logging in, click [Download] and once the download is complete, Clip Studio starts up.

Note: If the message “Open Clip Studio” is displayed, select “Open”.


(4) The [Clip Studio Account] dialog box will display and you can log in with the same account.


(5) The download will begin.


(6) When the download is completed, it will be in the [Download] folder under Clip Studio Paint’s [Material] palette.


Note: For more information on Clip Studio Assets, please see the following:




■2. Pasting the [Framing template]


(1) From the Download folder, select [Framing template] and drag and drop it onto the canvas.



Default framing templates are stored in the [Manga material] -> [Frame template] folder in the [Material] palette.

If you use the default framing template, download isn’t necessary.


(2) The [Framing template] was pasted to align with the [Default border].


In the [Layer] palette, the number of frames has been added to the [Frame Border folder].


Note: How to display the layer palette on a tablet

On tablets, tap the icon on the [Layer] palette to display the palette.


Note: Organizing by layer folder

This tutorial covers the following steps of 4-frame comic strip creation.

For the four frames on the left that will go unused, you can close their layer folder by clicking the ▼ button. You can click on the ▶ button in the same place again to open it.

With this, I can better organize the layers irrelevant to the work.


Next time, I’ll begin the rough sketch of the comic.



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