How to use text tools (basics)



When drawing manga using Clip Studio Paint, the [Text] tool is used to enter characters (text).

Here we will introduce the basics of character input and editing, using how to add text to a text balloon as an example.

* On how to use text settings such as changing the font and size or setting readings, refer to [How to use text tools (settings)].

Note:The operation handle design has been changed from Ver. 1.9.1
The current course uses screenshots from Ver. 1.9.0 or earlier.

[1] Entering characters (text)

How to enter text and the flow of text editing will be introduced here.

There are two main ways to enter text: “Wrap text at line break” and “Wrap text at frame”.

■1. Wrap text at line break

This method is the basic input method for entering text into manga balloons, etc.

The position of the line break is determined by pressing the [Enter] key of the keyboard.

①Select the text tool.

②Click where you want to place the text.

③Enter the text

Enter the text using your keyboard. An outline is displayed around the text during the input. This is called a text frame, and it is displayed in green while inputting characters.

The range of the text frame changes depending on the amount of entered text. Press the [Enter] key of the keyboard when you want to add a line break to the text.

④Confirming characters

When done inputting characters, confirm the text by pressing the [Shift] + [Enter] key. The color of the outline around the text box changes from green to black, signaling that the text has been confirmed. Clicking outside the text frame will also confirm the text in a similar manner.

⑤ Moving/Rotating Text frames

Text frames can be moved by clicking the line displayed around it and dragging it, regardless of whether you are entering or have confirmed the text.

Dragging the top control point of the Text frame rotates the text.


If the text is entered with the [Wrap text at line break] method, it is possible to change the size of characters by dragging the handles of the text frame.

■2. Wrap text at frame [PRO/EX]

This method is suitable for entering long sentences or paragraphs such as monologues. Line breaking will occur automatically in accordance with the text frame. As with the first method, the line break can be applied in any location.

①Select the text tool, and display the [Sub Tool Detail] palette.

①The sub tool detail palette is displayed by choosing the [Window] menu → [Sub Tool Detail] or by clicking the wrench mark in the bottom right corner of the [Tool Property] palette.

②Select the [Text] tool, and under [Text] in the [Sub Tool Detail] palette, set [Wrap text at frame] ON.

③Click where you want to place the text.

④The text box will be displayed once you start entering text. If [Wrap text at frame] is ON, only the size of text box can be changed, by dragging its handles.

Even if the size of text frame is changed as described in “1. Wrap text at line break”, the font size does not change.

As you continue to enter the text, the text wraps to fit the frame size. Changing the size of the text frame alters the position of line break.


If the text is entered with the [Wrap text at frame] method, dragging the handle of the text frame will not change the size of text.

In addition, if the size of text frame is changed, or the amount of text is large, text surpassing the text frame will not be visible. Make sure to check that all of the entered characters are visible.

[2] Text layers and text frames

The text frames manage entered text, while text layers that manage text frames, and the relationship between the two will be described in the following.

<Text frame storing characters>

The outline displayed around characters when they are entered using the [Text] tool is called a text frame. Characters (texts) are stored inside of it.

<Text layers storing text frames>

Multiple text frames can be stored inside a single text layer.


You cannot use tools like the [Pen] tool to draw on text layers with inputted texts.

[3] Editing text frames

■Combining multiple text layers

Combining only text layers by selecting the [Layer] menu → [Merge with layer below] or [Merge selected layers] will store multiple text frames in one layer.


If a layer other than a text layer is included in the selected layers, all layers will be converted to image (raster) layers instead of text layers.

When converted to an image layer, text information will no longer be editable, therefore, be sure to check all layer types before combining layers.

■Choosing layers to create text frames on [PRO/EX]

When a text frame is created (while entering text), it is possible to choose between creating a new text layer, or adding the text to an existing text layer by using [Edit settings] → [How to add] in the [Sub Tool Detail] palette.

[Create layer always]

A new text layer will be created above the currently selected layer.

[Add to selected text]

If an existing text layer is selected in the layer palette, additional text frames will be created on the existing layer.


When anything other than a text layer is selected, for example a raster layer, a new text layer will be created regardless of the setting.

[Auto detect where to insert]

For [Auto detect where to insert], clicking near an existing text frame will create a new text frame on the same layer. However, if the distance is too large, a new text layer will be created regardless.

If comic frames are split using different border folders, clicking inside the frame border will create a text layer within the same frame border folder.

If the text is created by clicking outside that frame, however, the text layer will be created outside the corresponding frame border folder.


If the text layer is moved to another frame border folder, the mask (purple parts) outside the frame border may hide the text. Please be aware of this when moving layers.

[4] Editing text (Duplicate/Move/Delete)

Text can be edited based on individual [Characters] or individual [Text frames], but the tools used are different in each case.

■Editing individual characters

1. How to select characters to edit

Use the [Text] tool to edit individual characters.

Click on the characters with the [Text] tool, which will highlight the text frame in green. Clicking again will display the text cursor, so drag with the mouse to select the desired characters. The text cursor can also be moved by using the arrow keys [↑↓←→] instead of the mouse. In addition, move the cursor while pressing the [Shift] key to select multiple characters or rows of text.

2. Moving characters

To move characters within the same text frame, select the text to move with the [Text] tool and then select [Edit] menu → [Cut]. Afterwards, move the text cursor to the desired destination, and click the [Edit] menu → [Paste] to place the text.

3. Copying characters

Select the text to copy after selecting the text frame with the [Text] tool. Select [Edit] menu → [Copy] to temporarily store the characters in the clipboard. Afterwards, move the text cursor to the desired destination, and click the [Edit] menu → [Paste] to duplicate the previously selected characters.

■Editing individual text frames

1. How to edit text frames

To edit individual text frames, use the [Object] tool.

Clicking the text frame you want to edit with the [Object] tool displays handles on the selected text frame.

Click and drag from the inside of the frame to move the entire text frame.

In addition, elements for adjusting the text are displayed in the [Tool Property] and the [Sub Tool Detail] palette. Here, the fonts and font sizes of each text frame can be changed.

2. Moving the layers of text frames

If you want to move a text frame to another text layer, select the text frame with the [Object] tool (selecting the text frame will bring the corresponding text layer to its selected state), and then select [Edit] menu → [Cut]. The selected text frame will be hidden temporarily while it’s saved in the clipboard.

If the destination is a text layer, selecting [Edit] menu → [Paste] will move the text frame to the selected layer. In the following example, the text frame that existed on the [Text 3] layer was moved to the [Text 2] layer.


If the text layer becomes empty when the [Cut] function is executed, a dialog will be displayed asking how you would like to handle the now empty layer.

In addition, when copying or cutting to paste a text in a different location, trying to paste the text frame on anything but a [Text] layer will create a new [Text] layer.

■Copying text frames

To duplicate a text frame, select the it with the [Object] tool and select [Edit] menu → [Copy]. Then, select the desired text layer and select [Edit] menu → [Paste].

Since the duplicated text frame is pasted in the same position as the original text, the position of it needs to be moved thereafter.


When duplicating a text frame, if a selection area is specified, not only the text frame, but the entire text layer will be pasted.

■Deleting text frames

Text frames can be deleted individually. However, this is based on the assumption that there are multiple text frames on one text layer. If there is only one text frame per text layer, the layer itself is deleted.

Select the desired text frame with the [Object] tool and delete it using the [Edit] menu → [Clear]. The initial shortcut key setting is set to the keyboards [Delete] key, so do not confuse it when editing text.

[5] Transforming Text

Use the [Object] tool to Transform text.

Clicking the text frame you want to edit with the [Object] tool shows the [Mode] option.

Scale/Rotate: Use the handles to scale the text up or down; Use the top control point to rotate.

Scale: Use the handles to scale the text up or down.

Rotate: Drag the handles or the top control point to rotate the text.

Skew: Distorts text in a parallel direction.

Note: Fixed aspect ratio

Turning off [Keep aspect ratio] in the Text [Tool Property] palette allows text to be altered with a free aspect ratio.

Clicking the wrench icon in the bottom right corner of the [Tool Property] palette shows the [Sub Tool Detail] palette.

In the [Sub Tool Detail Palette], uncheck [Keep aspect ratio] under the [Transforming settings] tab.

You can then transform with free aspect ratio when using [Scale] or [Scale/Rotate].


In the [Sub Tool Detail] palette under the [Transformation settings] tab you can set values for [Rotation angle], [Skew (horizontal)], and [Skew (vertical)].


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