1. Basic iPhone version operation



While the iPhone version of Clip Studio Paint has access to almost all functions of the desktop and iPad versions, the layout and controls are unique.

Clip Studio Paint initial screen

The default canvas will match your device’s size.

On the screen, there are three bars for tools and commands.

 Edit Bar

(2) Select Tool

You can select tools and sub tools for creating your works.

Tapping again on another tool allows you to change to it.

The iPhone version comes registered with 22 types of tools and 200 types of sub tools.

Types include drawing tools such as pens, brushes, and decorations, in addition to other kinds of tools such as text, rulers, frame borders, and balloons.

Start by tapping each tool to familiarize yourself with them.

(1) Tool Switch (switch to eraser): Switches between the current tool and the [Eraser] tool.

(2) Select Tool

(3) Brush size: Sets the brush size of a drawing tool.

(4) Opacity: Sets the opacity of tools that use color.

(5) Color icon: You can select the main color, sub color, or transparent color from here.

Double-tap the color icon to show the [Color settings] screen and change the color.

[Sub/transparent color]: This is the layered color icon on the bottom of the edit bar (bottom left corner of the screen). Tapping either one of the layered icons allows you to switch to another color or to transparent.

 Palette Bar

By default, the bar comes set with the [Quick Access], [Layer], [Layer Property], [Tool Property], [Color Wheel], [Color Set], [Color History], [Material] palettes. Tapping each button shows each palette in a pop-up menu. Tapping the same button again to closes it.

(1) [Quick Access] palette: Frequently used tools, commands, auto actions, and other functions can be assigned to the Quick Access Palette. Some frequently used functions and tools are already registered to it.

(2) [Layer] palette: You can create and edit layers. Blending modes, clipping, and layer masks can be set in the same way as in the desktop and iPad versions of the software.

(3) [Layer Property] palette: You can apply effects such as outlines and watercolor edges to layers.

Color illustrations can be converted into screentones.

(4) [Tool Property] palette: You can adjust the settings of the selected sub tool.

(5) Color palettes: You can set drawing colors using the [Color Wheel], [Color Set], and [Color History] palettes.

(6) [Material] palette: Contains screentones, textures, and patterns for comics and illustration.

Tapping the [Material Folder] button allows you to browse individual folders within the Material folder.

Select a material, and tap the [Paste material on canvas] icon to paste it onto the current layer/canvas.

You can also drag & drop materials by long-pressing the bottom left grip icon next to each material and then dragging your finger over to the canvas.


For details on how to operate layers and register functions to the Quick Access palette, please refer to the following.


 Command Bar

The Command Bar lets you edit the canvas by saving, copying, pasting, etc.


You can customize each button’s position on the bar as well as the bar’s settings.

For details on customization, please refer to the following.


Switching to another work

Tapping the [Close] button will show a screen asking if you wish to save your progress before closing the file. If you select [Save], it will be saved in [Manage works].

To open and continue drawing on a work, double-tap its thumbnail in [Manage works].

If you want to create a new file, tap [New] on the bottom left on the screen.

The screen appears, and you can then create a canvas based on your needs, such as for an illustration or a comic. See the following article for more details.


Complete menu list

Tap the [Menu] button to show the Clip Studio Paint menu.

From [App Settings], you can set preferences, bar settings, and access commands from the dropdown menus of the desktop version.

Some functions can only be used from this menu: [Edit], which allows you to change the resolution and canvas size, [Story] (* EX version only), which manages multiple pages, and [Filter], which allows you to apply blurs, etc.

[Menu] > [Help] > [Instruction Manual] links to detailed explanations of functions from the PC version. These functions are used in the same way on the iPhone version:


Tutorials / Materials / Files / Support

Various services are available in [Tutorials / Materials / Files / Support] (Clip Studio).

[Manage works] and [Manage materials] at the top of the screen show a management screen for artworks and materials stored in the app. For details, please refer to the following.


Tap the upper left X button to return to the Clip Studio Paint screen.

Publish your work in seconds! [Quick share]

You can share your work online effortlessly using [Quick Share].

Tap the [Quick Access] palette, and then tap [Quick Share].

You can select and directly post to any services on the list.

Note: You can also select [Menu] > [File] > [Quick Share].

Note: To share an image with a transparent background

If the [Paper] layer is hidden on the [Layer] palette, the background can be exported as transparent.

Download your favorite brush from over 20,000 materials!

Materials from Clip Studio ASSETS, Celsys’ material sharing, and download service, can also be used on the iPhone version.

More than 20,000 free materials are available.

(1) Tap the [Material] palette on the palette bar.

(2) Tap [Search for materials on ASSETS] to launch the browser and search for materials on Clip Studio ASSETS.

Materials downloaded from ASSETS are stored in [Material Folder] > [Download] in the [Material] palette.

See the following article detailed procedures.


Share your work with other apps and devices

Once your work is completed, try saving and sharing it.

* Saving in a common format

As the .clip format is exclusive to Clip Studio Paint, files will need to be exported as general-purpose image formats such as png, jpg, or psd. to be used with other apps and services.

[Menu] > [File] > [Save as]

* Share with other devices

Artwork saved in [Manage works] can be shared using the Clip Studio Paint cloud service.

Click here for information on how to share your work using the Clip Studio Paint cloud service.


If you want to use an external file sharing service, you can link to a service of your choosing by specifying the save location of the work, such as iCloud or Dropbox, from [Menu] > [File] > [Save As.]

Click here for instructions on how to share using File App / iTunes.


Note: Opening artwork saved outside of the app

Artwork stored outside of Clip Studio will not show on the [Manage works] screen.

To open, tap [Open work from file app] from [Manage works] and select the file you want to open.


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