Tools to save time in Clip Studio



Hello!! Welcome to this new TIPS, I'm Foxvon. Today I come to describe all the processes, tools, tricks and shortcuts that I use to optimize my workflow, minimize time. These tips will be divided into two large sections, the first will guide all the tips to the workspace and shortcuts, the second will focus on the tools that the program has that will undoubtedly help us save time. I hope these tips help you. Well, without further ado.

Let's start!!

1. Workspace and shortcuts

The first advice I can give you to have a better flow is to customize the work interface in the way that suits you best, this can be hiding the windows, moving them or calling them to where the cursor is at that moment. Having an organized workspace with shortcuts not only to tools, but also to windows is definitely a great time saver. Clip Studio's interface has the wonderful advantage of being highly customizable. The advice in this section is derived from the fact that sometimes it is overwhelming to see so many windows and even in many other occasions we need to have more space to work because our monitor is small or some other particular circumstance, so at this time it is necessary to hide or move the windows so they don't distract our attention. Each of the sections presented below contain the presentation of functions and shortcuts linked to the workspace that will help us save time, such as the implementation of the quick access window, the use of pop-up windows or the best of all , the combination of both, a pop-up quick access palette.

► Workspace

The window defaults to this appearance; is divided into six regions, it should be noted that I am not going to explain the functions of these regions now, I will only explain how to modify them. We can have a better workflow by having only the windows that we use the most active. Later we will see how to appear and disappear windows using commands. A clean workspace is an optimal workspace.


First of all, we must take into account that the windows can be hidden, this allows us to have more space for the canvas. To hide them we will only use the arrows that each window has in the upper left part if it is open or right if it is hidden. You just need to click on them to hide or unfold.

There is a shortcut to hide all windows, this will leave the workspace completely free. To access this function you have to go to "Window > Hide all palettes" or press the TAP key on the keyboard. To appear them again you have to click on this function again or press the TAP key once more.


As I said before, Clip Studio's work environment is highly customizable, we can move windows around the screen and dock them somewhere on the right, left, top or bottom peripheries of the screen. You just have to drag the window from the top (where the name is) to the place you want. Windows can be left alone, floating on the screen, docked to an existing palette, or create a new palette from this window. To drag it out of its usual area, keep a sustained click to the side where you want to have the window; A red section will appear when the window can be docked to other palettes.

One more thing we can do is resize the windows by dragging them from the edges as seen in the GIF.

We can also move the icons of the windows, and the brushes. In this case I moved the icons of the tool window, placing the icons in order of priority, in the central part the tools that I use most frequently and in the periphery the ones that I use the least. We can also move the tool window to any other part and even change its size.


To close any window we will have to click on the three stripes that are in each window in the upper left. When clicking, a series of options will appear that vary according to the window, but in all of them there is the "Hide" option.

In the title bar there is the "Window" option where we can find all the Clip Studio windows, such as the color circle, here we can open and close the windows we need and even bars such as the toolbar. commands.

Similarly, in the "View" section we can appear or disappear functions, tools such as scroll bars or floating menus of functions such as transform, text, rulers, grids, etc.

► Automatic save

Many may know it and many may not; when I didn't know it I lost many jobs on occasions where the power went out or my computer restarted out of nowhere, it is for this reason that I expose it, it may be something very simple, but it is very useful, it prevents us from losing our illustrations for not having remembered to keep them and with them all the time invested.

The autosave option is located in the title bar, in the path: File > Preferences.

When entering preferences, this window will appear. Within it we will go to the "File" section, here we will find the saving options, in the first section "Automatic restore" we will find the option to "Save file automatically every", there we can change the time in minutes between each saving that I did the program automatically. Now we can have a backup in case an incident occurs.

► Command bar

The command bar is at the top, we can also modify this; add features and tools. In the bar we can create groups to store tools or colors. Customizing it allows us to have access to the tools in a closer way, reducing unnecessary mobility on the screen.


To remove a tool from the command bar we have to right click on it, a menu will be displayed where we will find the delete option.


To add some function we will go to: File > Adjust bar command. The following window will be displayed where we will find tools and functions of the program. We will choose the one we want, we will click on add. In my case, I use the Gaussian blur tool, the fisheye effect, among others, so I will add them to the command bar and then group them so that it is easier for me to access them.


By default, in order to move the icons on the bar, you have to press the Ctrl key while dragging them; this is like this as a security mode so as not to move them carelessly, to move them simply with the cursor we will first have to right click on the bar, a menu will appear where we will find the option "Change order" there we will change the option to "Drag".

Now, to group the functions, we simply drag the icons one over the other, consecutively with as many as desired.

To locate the easiest tools in sight and not lose them between so many gray icons, we can change their color. To achieve this we will have to right click on the icon to modify, once the drop-down menu appears we will choose the "Icon adjustment" option, a window will pop up where we can modify the image, but in our case we will enable the box at the end Once this is done, we will click on the black rectangle where we can choose the color we want.

► Quick access palette

Another super important tool that can help us save time due to its practicality by housing the functions that we need the most is the quick access palette. This palette is located in the drop-down bar on the right, its icon is a circle with an arrow through it. We can also access it through the following path: Window > Quick access.

By default, some tools are established within the first set, but we can eliminate them or create a new set to our liking.

To remove any tool from this window we just need to right click on it, a menu will appear where we will find the delete option. To add we will only have to drag the tool to the quick access.

We can create as many sets as we want. By default, "Set 2" is empty. To create a new set you have to right click on the top bar, a menu will appear where you will find the option "Create set", we can also delete complete sets in this menu.

The "Quick Access Settings" option allows us to add and delete, but above all here we can add the tools that cannot be added, simply by dragging them, such as colors or border functions; I'm a person who resizes the canvas a lot while drawing, so this is a top feature for me, but it's not a feature that I can just drag to the quick access window, so I need to find it and add it via the "Settings". quick access". Also, as in the command bar, we can set a color to the icons, the procedure for it and the options are the same.

► Pop-ups

The best tool so far has to be this one, the popups feature allows us to invoke windows anywhere on the canvas where the pointer is; this is certainly useful, isn't it? In addition, it makes us look more professional. With this we can hide all the windows and without the need to open them invoke them.

To set the popup mode windows commands, we will open File > Shortcut Setting > Category: Popups.

The way to establish the shortcut is to click on the desired command, the edit shortcut option will be activated, we will click, then we will press the keys on the keyboard that we want to establish for this window. In my case all popups have this configuration, I use "Alt + a letter", this allows me not to get confused with any other command.

With this function we can hide all the windows, leaving the space one hundred percent free for the canvas and only call the windows that we need, such as the quick access window to use a tool that we have added there, the brushes, the circle of color when we need to change color or call the layer window when we need it. Wonderful without a doubt.

Note: You don't need to press the shortcut again to close the window, clicking outside of it automatically makes the window disappear.

My personal work space is as follows. As you can see, I only keep the left palettes active, I hide the right palettes when I'm not using them; this is why I moved the most essential from the right panel to the left (for me the most essential is the Layer window and the browser). When I need some function within the title bar dropdowns, I fall back to the command bar. Also when I need to have all my attention on the illustration, I hide all the palettes and when I need them I invoke a window using the shortcuts. This space minimizes my anxiety about order, it allows me to have more space for the canvas.

► Keyboard shortcuts

The functions, tools and windows of the program have by default keyboard shortcuts that allow us to access them in an extremely easy way, so we can have one hand to use the tools while drawing with the other; this gives us a lot of speed, therefore, we save time.


Placing the pointer over a tool or displaying the different menus shows the name and the default keyboard shortcut of that function or tool. This works like this throughout the program. For example, if we place the pointer over the eyedropper we can see that its shortcut is the letter "L".

All default shortcuts for tools and functions can be found in the program's instruction manual. I leave you the link of the manual in the part of the shortcuts below:


If it happens that you do not like them or they are not comfortable, the default shortcuts can always be configured to be accessible to your preference; this way you can change the shortcuts of the tools you use most frequently to keys close to your hand.

To edit the shortcuts we will have to go to the title bar to the File > Shortcut adjustment section.

The following window will appear where the options are divided into five categories: Main Menu, Popup Palettes, Options, Tools and Automatic Actions. Each category has sub categories where you can change the shortcuts.

The process for changing shortcuts is done the same way for any tool. First we have to locate the tool to which we want to change the shortcut, in my case for this example I will use the functions of "Reduce" and "Enlarge" the canvas. Next we will select the command, with that the "Edit shortcut" option will be enabled, which we will click on.

Now we can indicate which key we want for the command. For these functions I will use the "X + mouse" keys for both. To use the mouse in shortcuts you don't need to do anything particularly, just set the key. As it is a reduce and enlarge function, it is enough to press the key, in this case the "x" while at the same time moving the mouse wheel forward or backward to be able to see the effect of these two keys in action.

A message may appear when changing a shortcut indicating that this key is already being used for another command, here you can choose whether to keep the old one or change it, if you want to change click on "yes(y)".

In this way we will be able to customize the entire keyboard so as not to have to move the cursor all over the screen, saving us valuable time.


As a last point, I will advise you that when establishing the keyboard shortcuts, you do so taking into account the proximity of the keys to each other and, of course, also the ease of your hand to access them.

► Shortcuts with graphic tablet

We can also modify the buttons that our graphics tablet usually has using shortcuts to make the drawing process much easier; in this way we can maximize our productivity by being able to use shortcuts with both hands.

Putting shortcuts on the buttons is easy, first we will access the properties of the tablet. In some tablets, depending on the model, one or two things may change, but in essence the process is the same.

Once the shortcuts have been established within the Clip Studio application as explained before, now we must put the same shortcuts within the properties of the tablet, for that we will access the drop-down menu of one of the buttons, at least in this case, in other tablets may be a little different. Various default actions will appear so that the key fulfills that function, but in our case we will go to the "Key press" option, this will allow us to indicate any shortcut to the button.

A window will appear where we can put the key configuration. In my case I am going to put the shortcut "Ctrl + T" that corresponds to the shortcut that I have established in Clip Studio to use the transform function. To write the command in the version window of my tablet properties I only have to press the keys that I want to be written, this means that I will place the cursor in the "Keys" section and then press the "Ctrl" key " and "T", this will write the command automatically in the window. At the bottom I have an option that allows me to write a name, there I will write the name of the command to be able to identify it easily. Now it only remains to accept so that the changes are saved.

This same process is used for any command that we want to establish on our tablet. The functions that I have in the four available buttons I have them established with mechanical functions that I use most frequently: Lasso, rotate, transform and rectangle.

We can do the same with the pencil buttons. On my pencil I have two buttons, one that I use for the eyedropper (L) and the other to decrease or increase the size of the brush (Alt + Ctrl). In this case Alt and Ctrl are special features that cannot be set by themselves, keystroke does not allow it, but the "Modifier" option allows us to add these two special keys, we just have to check the box of that key, in the GIF you can see the window of this function.

2. Tricks to save time (Functions of the program)

The program, in addition to having a highly modifiable interface, has various functions that allow us to save time by incorporating them into our creation process. Next I will present the ones that I always use, they allow me to save time, they help me to be faster. Each tip will cover a different tool.

► Automatic actions

We will start with a tool that is easy to apply and that is undoubtedly the most efficient of all, it has the ability to save us an enormous amount of time. The automatic actions are processes that the program records that you can later reproduce, in this way you will no longer have to do a series of processes, every time you want, for example, to create several layers, layers that you always use with their respective names, you will only have to do it once and the program will do them the rest of the times.

To find the window you must access the following path: Window > Automatic action. The window in question is the following.

Some actions come by default, but now let's see how we can create our own.


Let's start with the destruction, to eliminate an action that we no longer want we will only have to right click on it, a menu will be displayed where we will have the option to delete (as you can see, the way to delete is the same throughout the program).


To one side of the top bar we have an option in the form of a folder that allows us to create a new set. Generating a new set allows us to have order; let's suppose that in a set we want to have all the actions for illustrations, another one for webcomic, another one for animation, etc. So we can have everything separate so as not to get confused.

Once clicking on the icon of a folder, a window will appear where we will indicate the name of the new set.


At the bottom of the window we have four options: Start Auto Action Log, Start Play Action, Add New Action and Delete Action. We will click on "Add new action".

Note: If this is a new set, a blank action will appear automatically along with the set creation.


To start the recording we will click on the red circle at the bottom of the window. Once this is done we will start doing the action that we want to record; I will create a series of layers and folders that I always generate when I start an illustration, I will give them the name and the colors with which I identify each folder. To end the recording we will click on the red box at the bottom of the window.


To reproduce an action, simply select it and click on the Play symbol at the bottom of the window. We can reproduce an action as many times as we want.

► Rotate, zoom in, zoom out and flip canvas

Other important tools are those that have control over the canvas, in this case rotate, zoom in, zoom out and invert. These tools work just like we would normally when drawing in traditional where we constantly move the paper to find a comfortable way to draw. These functions are located under the "Navigator" window.

Shortcuts can also be set for these features to make them easier to use. I strongly advise you to set shortcuts for them because of their practicality, using these essential movement functions with shortcuts is what will save us valuable time.

Note: If you want to stop moving the canvas using the scroll bar you can left click while pressing the space bar on your keyboard, this will allow you to move the canvas in any direction. This is a shortcut that we can also modify.

► Stabilization

It usually happens that at first our stroke is shaky or in other circumstances for some health reason our hands are not in their most optimal state so when drawing it is very difficult for us to make constant strokes. The stability function allows us to make firm strokes regardless of our conditions. This function can be found in the properties of the brushes.

Stability is counted on a bar from 0 to 100, with zero being zero and one hundred being a very slow and steady stroke. When drawing with higher stabilization, strokes feel slower.

► Figure

Making a perfect circle, a triangle, rectangle or any other figure by hand would be very complicated, but it is because of this difficulty that this function exists. With this tool we can create any figure.

Note: To generate a symmetrical figure, such as a circle, it originates by clicking and holding on the place you want to draw while pressing the SHIFT key.

All the tools have properties that add more practicality to them. For example, we can create a filled figure, the proportions, the opacity, the softener or the shape of the brush, in the latter case we have the option of changing the shape of the line with which the figure is created, normally it is a straight line, but if we have a brush that draws a musical staff, it will change the line for that staff.

Line, polyline, curve, continuous curve, and Bézier curve options have options similar to those for geometric figures.

► Selection and automatic selection

The advantage that this tool offers us lies in the fact that it is faster to select an object in order to transform it instead of doing the laborious process of erasing and redrawing or selecting it to add the direct color of the paint can. There are two kinds of selection: manual and automatic.


The select tool allows us, precisely as its name indicates, to select a part of the illustration to be able to transform it or to be able to paint on that part without damaging the rest of the illustration. There are five ways to select, these are: ellipse, rectangle, lasso, polyline and selection pencil, with respect to the latter, there is an eraser to erase the selection made with that tool.


The real magic of selection is in the automatic selection, since this tool allows us to select an area, this area has to meet the condition of being closed. We can select several different sections, for them you have to click with the tool on the part you want, then for the other selections you have to press the SHIFT key while selecting the sections with the cursor.

In case the automatic selection misses an area, we can always add it using the SHIFT key while using the selection pencil.

Both the manual selection and the automatic selection have the same functions, we can access these in the bar that appears at the bottom of the selection. If this bar does not appear or you want to remove it, you can find it in the upper bar in the View > Floating selection menu section.

Note: As you can see, some functions in their icons have some color, this is because they are the same functions that you added to the command bar, which I previously changed the color of.

Starting from left to right the functions are: Deselect, crop, invert selected area, enlarge selection area, reduce selected area, erase, erase area outside selected area, cut and paste, copy and paste, scale/crop, new pattern and selection floating menu setting.

► transform

There are different transform options, but the most important for now are "Simple Transform" and "Free Transform".

Simple transform only reduces/increases the size of the selection or changes its place. To make use of this function, you must first select the part to be modified, then press the "Ctrl + T" keys or access the following path: Edit > Transform > Scale/rotate.

The free transformation, on the other hand, allows us to change the perspective of the object in favor of coupling it with the general perspective, we can access it by pressing the "Ctrl + T" keys, then we will right-click inside the bounding box of the transformation, This way a menu will appear where we will find the option "Free transformation" or also by accessing the following path: Edition > Transform > Free transformation.

These tools come in handy when it comes to correcting small scale, rotation or perspective defects, because in this way we can correct them without the need to erase and redraw.

► Symmetry ruler

The symmetry rule allows us to automatically draw the opposite of what we draw, for example, if we draw a right eye, another identical one is reflected on the left side. Anything drawn on one side of the ruler line will be symmetrically reflected on the opposite side. This tool kills two birds in one shot because it slows down time and makes things more symmetrical.

This tool can be found on the toolbar, exactly in the ruler subtools.

► Blend

The liquify tool allows us to make corrections, that means that it allows us to modify the shape of the area where we use it. Mostly, it is a tool that works well when doing the lineart or at the end of the illustration, use it to give the final checks without damaging it.

Liquify is on the toolbar.

In the properties of the tool we can find five sections that will help us to choose: the size, the mode, the intensity, the hardness and the reference to the editing area.

On the one hand, the intensity allows us to change the magnitude of the correction. When the intensity is weak, the correction is less and vice versa, when the intensity is strong, the correction is greater. Now, in the case of hardness, the lower its value, the modification is concentrated in the center of the brush.

The tool has seven modes which are: Push, Zoom, Shrink, Push Left, Push Right, Rotate Right and Rotate Left. With these modes we can edit the illustration without the need to delete anything, especially if we have already finished it, we just want to correct it.

So we can change the position, the size of some parts of the illustration.

► Tonal correction

As a last tip, I recommend using the different tonal corrections, these allow us to change the brightness, contrast, color levels and even add gradient maps. These functions save time because they help us change different color values without the need to manually recolor with other values.

The way I use them is as follows, first, at the end of the inking, the colors are very opaque, so I use the "Brightness and contrast" function. If for some reason the colors don't suit me, I change them with the "Hue/Saturation/Lightness" function, or if I want to try colors with other shades, I do tests with the gradient maps. These three are the ones I use the most, so they will be the ones I present to you next.

These functions can be found by accessing the following path: Edition > Tonal Correction, clicking on it will display a menu where you will find all the functions.


As its name says, it changes the brightness and saturation values, making the image brighter or darker, highlighting the highlights or shadows. To apply it first we have to be in the layer where we want to apply it, now it only remains to open the function; A box will appear where we can change the values. On the right side there is a box that will allow us to see a preview of the effect without having to click accept.

I use this function when I want to highlight the highlights and shadows because I feel that the coloring is dead.


As in the previous one, this tool, as its name suggests, allows us to change the tone, saturation and luminosity. This would translate as allowing us to change the color, and the original colors, or those modified with this same tool in the first tone section, change the saturation and/or luminosity values.


Gradient maps allow us to change the colors of an image using a gradient. This means that through mapping the tool replaces colors with their values within a tonal range, what we know as the grayscale range.
We can have a grayscale illustration and this tool will allow us to color it.

Gradient maps can be created by ourselves or downloaded from the program's store. Below is another tutorial with more information about it.


I'm sorry it was so long, but there was so much to say, it would be disrespectful not to.

I hope that what you see in this tutorial is to your liking. I hope it helps. Well, with nothing to say. Thanks for coming this far! ପ(๑•̀ुᴗ•̀ु)* ॣ৳৸ᵃᵑᵏ Ꮍ৹੫ᵎ *ॣ

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