Finish by drawing the background and using filters to add effects.

Creating the Background

Create a background for the illustration using materials from CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

1 While the "Draft" layer is selected on the [Layer] palette, click [New Raster Layer].

Double click the layer name of the layer you have created and change the layer name to "Background".

2 Select the [Gradient] tool on the [Tool] palette and select [Midday Sky] on the [Sub tool] palette.

3 Create the gradient by dragging downward from the top of the canvas with the [Gradient] tool.

4 On the [Material] palette, select [Color pattern] → [Background] → [Nature] from the tree.


If the [Material] palette is not displayed, select the [Window] menu → [Material] → [Material (Color pattern)].

5 Paste "Cloudy sky 01" by dragging it onto the canvas.

Cloudy sky 01 is pasted at the bottom of the [Layer] palette. This means that when it is first pasted, it is blocked by the "Background" layer and cannot be seen.

6 Change the stacking order of the layers on the [Layer] palette so that the "Cloudy sky 01" layer is immediately above the "Background" layer.


· Move any layers by dragging the grip on the right side of the layer when using the tablet or smartphone versions.

7 Change the "Blending mode" of the "Cloudy sky 01" layer to [Soft light].s

8 The "Cloudy sky 01" layer is combined with the gradient of the background layer, producing colors resembling a blue sky.

By changing the [Blending mode] of the layer like this and combining a material with the colors of another layer, you can make the material look completely different.

Using Filters

You can use the [Radiation blur] filter to create an effect resembling the focus of a camera. This adds perspective.


In this example, the [Radiation blur] filter is used to give perspective to the character's wings. The [Gaussian blur] filter can also be used to make the wings blend in with the background.

1 Hide the "Cloudy sky 01", "Background" and "Paper" layers on the [Layer] palette.

The canvas now shows only the character.

2 On the [Layer] palette, select the "Highlight" layer and then select the [Layer] menu → [Merge visible to new layer].

A layer called "Highlight 2" is created. This layer contains copies of all of the layers currently displayed on the canvas, combined as one layer.

3 Show the "Cloudy sky 01", "Background" and "Paper" layers that were hidden on the [Layer] palette.

4 While the "Highlight 2" layer is selected, select the [Filter] menu → [Blur] → [Radiation blur].

Drag the red "X" mark displayed on the canvas to a position near the character's face.

In the [Radiation blur] dialog box, set [Area to blur] to "5" and click [OK].


Checking [Preview] allows you to view a preview of the filter effect. This may take time, as the [Radiation blur] filter is applied by a complex process.

Blurring centers on the character's face and grows progressively greater further away in areas such as the wings and hair.

5 In the [Layer] palette, change the layer name of the "Highlight 2" layer to "Blur" and change the [Opacity] to "30".

Lowering the opacity of the layer to which [Radiation blur] is applied makes it possible to see the "Character" folder below and adjust the appearance of the blur.

6 The illustration is complete.

Saving the Illustration

The illustration is now complete! Save your completed illustration.

To overwrite the illustration you created according to the Basic Guide, select the [File] menu → [Save]. To keep the original file and save the illustration under a new name, select the [File] menu → [Save as].


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

For details on saving files, see "Draw a Manga in CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Monochrome Guide" → "Saving the File".



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