11.Saving the File




CLIP STUDIO PAINT saves files in CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: .clip).

1 Select the [File] menu → [Save as].

Save files in CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: .clip) from the [Save as] dialog box.


To open a saved file, select the [File] menu →[Open file].

<Tips: Formats for Saving Files>

CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: clip).

The data of the currently open canvas is saved, with all layer information kept. Images created in CLIP STUDIO PAINT are saved in CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: .clip).

Adobe Photoshop Document Format (Extension: psd) and Adobe Photoshop Big Document Format (Extension: psb)

The layers are not combined when saving using [Save as] or [Save Duplicate]. When saving using [Export], all layers are combined as a single layer. All layer information unique to CLIP STUDIO PAINT, such as [Toning] and [Special ruler], is discarded when saving.

BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and Targa

All layers are combined when saving the data. All layer information is discarded.


To print toned manga or illustrations in monochrome, select the [File] menu → [Print Settings] and then select [Duotone (Threshold)] for [Expression color] in the [Print Settings] dialog box.

Configure the same settings from the [File] menu → [Export (Single Layer)] even if exporting in a general image format such as BMP.

<Tips: Types of Duotone>

When [Mask expression] → [Posterization] is set to [Yes] in [Tone] as an effect on the [Layer Property] palette, the mask can be blurred with gray posterization, but this effect cannot be printed in duotone. When printing in duotone, the result differs depending on whether [Duotone (Threshold)] or [Duotone (Toning)] is selected as the [Expression color] in the [Print Settings] dialog box.

Duotone (Threshold)

Dark areas are printed in black and light areas are printed in white, with brightness 50% as the threshold.

Duotone (Toning)

Posterization of opaque areas is toned according to the [Screen frequency] on the canvas.


On the tablet and smartphone versions, the printing function cannot be used.

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We will introduce how to draw a color manga manuscript using CLIP STUDIO PAINT.



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