2.Planning and Draft




First, think about how you want your moving illustration to look, then create a new canvas and draw your drafts.



Think about how you want your moving illustration to look.

In this example, we will create a moving illustration of a character jumping, using the four illustrations shown below.


Creating a New Canvas

Start CLIP STUDIO PAINT and create a new canvas for a moving illustration.


1 First, create a new canvas.

Select the [File] menu → [New] to open the [New] dialog.


2 Configure the settings in the [New] dialog.

In PRO or EX, start by selecting [Illustration] for [Use of work].


(1) Set [Unit] to [px].

(2) Enter "595" for [Width], "842" for [Height] and [72] for [Resolution].

(3)Turn on [Create moving illustration] .

(4)Enter "4" for [Number of cels] and set [Frame rate] to [8fps].



·If you are using DEBUT or PRO, the maximum number you can set for [Number of cels] is 24. It is not possible to set a larger number.

·Some web services may have an image size or file size limit. We recommend checking this beforehand and setting [Width] and [Height] accordingly.

·The size of images to be posted online is usually specified in px (pixels).

·We recommend setting a resolution of 72dpi - 144dpi if you will post your moving illustration on a web service such as social media.


Display the Timeline Palette

The [Timeline] palette is a window for setting the motion of your illustration. Select the [Window] menu → [Timeline] to display the [Timeline] palette.


Check the Screen

You are now ready to start creating your moving illustration. Check that the screen is set up as follows.

·Check that an animation folder is created on the [Layer] palette and the number of cels (layers) is the same as the number specified for [Number of cels] in the [New] dialog.

·Check that the cels in the animation folder are specified in the [Timeline] palette.



·The animation folder is a folder used to manage animation cels. Layers stored in the animation folder are handled as cels to set the motion of the animation.

·Specify cels on the [Timeline] palette to make the images in your animation move.


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


Drawing a Draft

Draw a draft for each cel.


<Draw the First Cel>

Draw the draft for the first cel.


1 Select cel "1" on the [Layer] palette.



2 Draw the draft using the [Pencil] tool and [Eraser] tool.



For details on drawing drafts, see "Try Drawing an Illustration in CLIP STUDIO PAINT Basic Guide"→ "Rough Draft".


Your draft is now complete.


<Draw the rest of the cels>

Draw drafts in the same way for the rest of the cels.


1 Select the cel to be drawn on the [Layer] palette.

In this case, cel "2" is selected.



·Only the selected cel from the animation folder is displayed. Other cels in the same folder are not displayed.


2 Click [Enable onion skin] on the [Timeline] palette.


The illustration drawn on cel "1" is displayed on the canvas. This is called an "onion skin".



Onion skin is a function that displays the cels surrounding the selected cel to help you keep the cels consistent. See "Tips: Onion skin" for information on changing the display color and number of displayed cels in the onion skin.


3 Refer to the onion skin as you draw the draft of the cel.


4 When you have finished the draft, select the [Move layer] tool and drag the canvas.

The second cel was initially drawn in the same position as the previous cel, but for this animation the character is moving forward, so select the layer for cel "2" and move it to the left.


5 Draw drafts in the same way for the remaining cels.

Once you have drawn drafts for all of the cels, the draft process is complete.


6 Click [Enable onion skin] on the [Timeline] palette.

This hides the onion skin.


<Tips: Onion skin>

Onion skin is a function for displaying the cels surrounding the selected cel to help you keep the cels consistent. You can show or hide the onion skin by clicking [Enable onion skin] on the [Timeline] palette. Displaying the onion skin allows you to refer to cels that have already been drawn when drawing the current cel.


You can set the display color and number of cels displayed for the onion skin by selecting the [Animation] menu → [Show animation cels] → [Onion skin settings] to display the [Onion skin settings] dialog box.


Check the Motion

Check the motion of the draft cels using the [Edit timeline] tool.


1 Select the [Operation] tool→[Edit timeline] on the [Tool] palette.


2 Click on the canvas.

The canvas switches to the next cel. Keep clicking to move through the cels.

The display does not change after the last cel is reached. Select the first cel on the [Layer] palette to move through the cels again.



You can also move through the cels by pressing the [→] and [←] keys on your keyboard when using the [Edit timeline] tool.



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