How to paint 90s Anime style ☆ in Clip Studio PAINT




Hello! In this article I will show you how to PAINT ANIME 90s style in Clip Studio PAINT, using an optimized color palette and an Automatic Filter. Achieving a really great result.


I will give you some color recommendations to apply in your drawings.


We will also see different techniques for painting in Clip Studio Paint, such as: Referring to other layers or Painting in an unfilled area. (Besides Locking Transparent Pixels and Snap to Bottom Layer)


This is the Illustration that we are going to transform into 90's Anime.

Anime 90s style illustration that we will make

From Manga to Anime of the 90s

I invite you to see the super tutorial where I show you the whole process step by step:

VIDEO: How to PAINT ANIME 90s style in Clip Studio PAINT

The video is in Spanish but you can activate the subtitles in your language, I'm sure you'll find it.

VIDEO in English: PAINT ANIME 90s style in Clip Studio PAINT

I have created a new Youtube channel in English to teach all my Clip Studio PAINT TIPS, I invite you to watch the video if you speak English:

Summary of the process

Now I invite you to see again all the steps through images and Gifs.

1. Color Base

We deactivate all the layers except the Border Line of the Illustration.

And under the line layer we create a New Raster Layer

Name: Base Color.

2. 90s Anime Style Retro Color Palette

We go to the color area and choose the second option.

And we open the Material folder and take the downloaded Color Palette.

This is the color palette we will use:

We take it and drag it to the color area.

3. Fill Tool

Once we have the color palette available, we select the tool: Fill. In Subtool we activate: Refer to other layers.

In the Base Color layer by means of clicks we are going to paint the color of the illustration.

4. Paint unfilled area

In some areas it will be very difficult to paint, for this we will activate: Paint non-filled area.

And so we can paint the empty areas.

5. Block Transparent Pixels

Once we have the base color we can change the colors, as I show you below with the uniform.

We select and make visible the base color layer of the uniform.

And we activate: Block transparent pixels.

And we paint with the fill tool that is at the top:

6. Snap to Bottom Layer

Now on the Base Color layer we will create a New Raster Layer named: Shadows.

And we activate: Adjust to Lower Layer.

And we paint with the Pen tool or with the tool that you use to paint.

And so far we have the following result:

7.How to paint the color of the border line?

I will show you one of the many ways that exist but without a doubt this is my favorite.

First we need to create a New Raster Layer above the Line layer.

Selecting the new layer called Line Color we activate: Adjust to Lower Layer.

And we choose a color from the palette and paint with the fill tool that is at the top.

With the same color we can paint the shadow of the uniform, blocking the transparent pixels of that layer. This is something very used in the Anime of the 90s, that is, that the color of the line is the same as the dark shadows.

8. Paint with the Airbrush Tool

We create a new raster layer above the others with the name: Cheeks (or whatever you want)

We select the Airbrush tool, in Soft Sub Tool.

And we paint the area of the cheeks, first we will use the same base color of the skin, to hide the lines of the cheeks.

Then we chose a different color to make the cheeks so classic from the 90s anime. Believe me they used a real Airbrush to paint the cheeks blushing.

And we get the following result:

9. Illustration Background

The material that we will use can be downloaded below:

Once we have downloaded it, from the material window we take the Background and put it under the folder of the illustration of our drawing.

And with the Operation tool we scale the Background image.

Making it look like this, at the moment I don't like it very much, for the same reason we will make some very simple changes below.

10. Effect of the Fund

We create a new raster layer on the background layer and below the girl's layer, in the Blend modes we will activate: Lighten.

We choose a color and paint with the top fill tool.

11. Combine Layers

We select the folder of the girl, the background and the effect with Shift, right button: Duplicate layer.

We take them to the top and again with the right button: Combine selected layers.

We have all the illustration on the same layer (I recommend hiding the original layers)

12. 90s Retro Anime Effect

We duplicate the Illustration layer and add the name of: Effects. This is where we are going to apply the retro filters.

We activate the panel: Automatic Action.

And we select in the Material folder the Filter that we will use called: Retro Filters.

You can download it below:

Once downloaded and installed, we grab it and drag it to the Auto Action panel.

With Shift we select all the actions and activate: Start of playing auto action.

Each of the applied effects will appear where you just have to click on: Accept.

Below you can see how the Gaussian Blur works in our illustration.

We can also play with the different actions, making them even more visible.

The Perlin Noise by default comes in 1, I changed it to 2, but you can put the value you want.

And we get the following result, without a doubt it is BEAUTIFUL!

13. Export your 90s Anime Style Illustration.

Let's go to: File - Export (one layer) - .png (PNG)

We choose the folder where we want to save our image.

In PNG Export Settings you keep it this way:

Finally we see the window: Export preview.

14. 90s Anime Style Final Illustration

I am really surprised with all that we can do in Clip Studio PAINT and proof of this was this article.


I hope all this information has been useful to you and that it encourages you to create your own retro illustrations from the 90s.


See you in the next TIP!



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