3.Inking and Coloring

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Ink and color your drafts. If a cel requires multiple layers, you can create a layer folder. The layer folder is handled as a cel.


Creating a Layer Folder

You can create a layer folder to handle multiple layers as one cel.


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


2 Select the [Layer] menu→[Create folder and insert layer].

A layer folder with the same name as cel "1" is created and cel "1" is stored as a layer folder. The layer folder is handled as one cel from this point onward.


[Memo]

You can also select [Create folder and insert layer] from the menu displayed by right clicking the layer name on the [Layer] palette.


3 Create layer folders in the same way for the other cels.

You have now created layer folders as follows.


Inking

Ink each cel.


<Draw the First Cel>

Add a layer to cel "1" (layer folder) and start inking.


1 Select the "1" layer in cel "1", double click the layer name and enter "Draft".


2 Select the "Draft" layer in cel "1" and click [New Raster Layer] on the [Layer] palette.

A layer is created.


3 Double click the layer name of the layer you have created and enter "Line drawing".


4 Select the "Draft" layer and change [Opacity] to 50%.

Lowering the opacity of the draft makes it easier to see the inking lines.


5 Select the "Line drawing" layer and start inking.


[Memo]

·For details on inking, see "Try Drawing an Illustration in CLIP STUDIO PAINT Basic Guide" → "Inking".

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/544

·If you cannot ink the layer, see "If You Cannot Draw on a Cel (Layer)".

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/527#2e68c47e


6 Click the [Show/Hide Layer] icon on the left of the "Draft" layer to turn it off.

This hides the "Draft" layer so that only the line drawing is shown.


<Draw the rest of the cels>

Create layers and ink the drawings for cels "2" and onward in the same way as cel "1".

When you have finished inking, your layers will look like this.


When you have finished inking, select the [Tool] palette → [Operation] tool → [Edit timeline] tool and click the canvas to check the motion of the line drawings. If there are any issues in the line drawing, fix them before coloring the drawings.


Coloring

Create a coloring layer for each cel and start coloring.


[Memo]

·For details on coloring, see "Try Drawing an Illustration in CLIP STUDIO PAINT Basic Guide" → "Basic Coloring" and "Drawing the Fine Details".

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/545
https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/546

·See "If You Cannot Draw on a Cel (Layer)" if you cannot color the layer.

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/527#2e68c47e


In this case, we have created layers and colored each cel as shown below.


When you have finished coloring, select the [Tool] palette → [Operation] tool→[Edit timeline] tool. Click the canvas to check the motion after coloring. If there are any issues, fix the coloring.


If You Cannot Draw on a Cel (Layer)

If you cannot draw lines or color on a cel in the [Animation] folder, check the following points.


<Is the Animation Folder or Layer Folder Selected?>

You cannot draw on cels if an animation folder or layer folder is not selected. Select the layer to be drawn on the [Layer] palette.


<Is the Layer Folder Name Displayed on the [Timeline] Palette?>

Check that the name of the cel (layer folder) containing the layer to be edited is displayed on the [Timeline] palette. Cels in the [Animation] folder need to be specified on the [Timeline] palette before they can be edited.


If the name of the cel in the animation folder is different from the cel name specified on the [Timeline] palette, change the name of the cel on the [Layer] palette so that it matches the cel name specified on the [Timeline] palette.

In this example, there is no cel with the same name as cel "4" on the [Timeline] palette. Change the name "Folder 4" to "4".


<Has the Cel Been Added as a New Cel?>

When you add a new cel to the animation folder, you need to specify the cel on the [Timeline] palette.


Right click the frame on the [Timeline] palette. This displays a popup menu. Select the name of the new cel you have added.

On the iPad, when pressing and holding a frame with your finger, a popup menu is displayed.


[Memo]

If you cannot see the frame where you want to specify the cel on the [Timeline] palette, change the playback time. See "Change the Playback Time" for details on changing this.

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/529


<Has the Inking or Coloring Layer Been Created Outside the Layer Folder?>

If the inking or coloring layer has been created outside the layer folder, drag and drop the layer into the layer folder.

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