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:
 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.
 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.