3.Coloring the Characters




In this section, you will color the characters in Frames 1 and 3. Create a separate layer to color each character and background.


Tips: Tablet and Smartphone Specific Operations

On the tablet and smartphone versions, some operations may differ. For operations specific to those versions, please refer to the following article.


Tablet Version

· Screen Configuration

· Using convenient modifier keys

・ Using the drawing tool

· Displaying the [Layer] palette


Smartphone version

· Screen Configuration

・ Operating the [Layer] palette


Coloring the Base

Add the base color of the character. In this section, you will color the skin of the character in Frame 1.

1 On the [Layer] palette, select the "White" layer and click [New Raster Layer] to create a new layer.

Change the layer name of the created layer to "Skin".



2 Select [Window] menu → [Color Wheel] to show the [Color Wheel] palette.

Use the [Color Wheel] palette to select colors that are not on the [Color Set] palette. In this example, peach color is selected. Use the circle on the outside (1) to select the hue and the square at the center (2) to adjust the brightness and the saturation (how vivid the color should be).


3 Click the area to be colored to fill the area surrounded by the lines.



For details on filling with color and the basic coloring methods, see "Try Drawing an Illustration in CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Basic Guide" → "Basic Coloring".


Tips: If Small Areas are Left Unfilled

If small areas are left unfilled, select the [Fill] tool from the [Tool] palette and select [Close and fill] from the [Sub tool] palette. Closing the unfilled areas allows you to fill only the areas between the closed lines.


Coloring the Shadows

Create a new layer and fill the shadows of the character. In this section, you will add shadows to the skin.


1 On the [Layer] palette, select the "Skin" layer. Click [New Raster Layer] to create a raster layer.


2 Turn on [Clip at Layer Below] on the [Layer] palette.



Turning on [Clip at Layer Below] allows you to reference the layer immediately below so that drawing on the selected layer is confined to this area. For details, see "Try Drawing an Illustration in CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Advanced Guide" → "Touching Up a Work Using the Clipping Function".


3 Draw the shadow areas on the skin using tools such as the [Watercolor] tool and the [Pen] tool.


4 Coloring of the "Skin" layer is now complete.



Areas where runover has occurred, such as the hair, will be colored by placing another layer on top. For details, see → "Coloring Other Parts".


Storing in a Layer Folder

A convenient way of working with multiple layers is to create a layer folder to store the layers. Store the two layers used to color the skin in the layer folder.


1 Click [New Layer Folder] on the [Layer] palette to create a layer folder.

The name can be changed by double clicking the layer folder name.


2 Select the layers used for coloring and drag and drop them into the layer folder.

The selected layers are stored in the layer folder.



·To select multiple layers, click the layers while holding the [Ctrl] key down.

·To select a group of consecutive layers, click the layers while holding the [Shift] key down.


Coloring Other Parts

Follow the same process to color other parts, such as the hair and clothing.


1 Create a new layer for each part and color each part.



To color an area in white, such as the whites of the eyes, select white from the color palette. Do not fill them with the transparent color.


2 If you create multiple layers for the same part, create a layer folder for that part and store the layers there.

Coloring of the character is now complete.



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