ClipStudio Paint Selection Tool Techniques




I. Introduction

Happy November everyone! I hope everyone had a safe, and exciting Halloween this year. Whether you went out trick or treating, watching scary movies or partying hard. It is now time for a new tutorial video with the one and only Alluring Calamity! YAY! So this month there are three choices to choose from. I was torn between a castle and a selection tool technique. But I wanted to brush up on my skills of using the selection tool in my latest drawings, so I decided to dedicate November’s Clip Studio paint contest to Selection Tool Techniques. I am going to guide you through my process of using the selection tool to edit or draw in specific areas as well as changing and saving those selected areas. Now buckle up plumdrop and let's get down to business!

II. Introducing The Selection Tool

When you are drawing on a layer, left click on the layer which will show you a list of options. Pick the selection for layer, and you will be greeted with all of these lovely little symbols down the list. I'll give a quick explanation of them.


Un-selects the object you've selected.


Cuts out all of the none selected areas.

Invert Selected Area

Will uno reverse what you have as the selected area.

Expand Selected Area

Will offer you a number in pixels of how much outside of the selection you are wanting to add to the selected area. You can even choose a more circular or rectangular casted outline.

Shrink Selected Area

The Uno reverse of the expand selection option.


Everything within the selected center of the tool.

Delete Outside Selection

Whatever is not selected within the drawing will be deleted from the canva, cutting out the extra negative space.

Cut and Paste

Will cut out the area that was selected and then create another layer with the copy of what was cut out.

Copy and Paste

Creates another layer that is a copy of the selected area.


Not only will it cut out the selected area but it will also allow you to transform the size and the tilt of the area.


Simple dumps a massive bucket in the selected area.

III. Selection Area and Tool Property

On the left side of your screen there is a tab that goes by the name of “selection area” you can also hit the hotkey “M” to activate it. When selected you have a list of options for selected area:

Rectangular, Ellipse, Lasso, Polyline, Selection Pen, Erase Selection, Shrink Selection.

Rectangular & Ellipse have similar attributes in their tool property regarding the change of their selection mode from: New, Add, Remove, and Select.

As well as Aspect Type, Adjust angle after fixed, and Anti Aliasing.

Lasso and Polyline have similar attributes, in regards to the tool property being able to edit the selection mood and anti-aliasing.

Selection Pen and Erase Selection have similar attributes in their tool properties for Selection Mode, Brush size, anti aliasing, hardness, brush density and Stabilization.

Shrink Selection is an option on the selection area that provides the creator not only a selection mode, but a variety of Target Color which depending on which one you select will determine the outcome of your selection. Close Gaps which sets the width of gaps to treat as closed to the outline as possible. Tolerance is when the set range of color considered as the same color. Refer Multiple choosing to refer to layers other than active layers.

IV. Speed Drawing Using The Tool

V. Closing Remarks

Ooooh congratulations you've made it to the end of the video. I am thrilled to see that you've enjoyed learning more about how to use Clip Studio’s Selection tool for your future masterpieces. Trust that using Clip Studio paint will allow for flexibility in the realms of tools that you can explore in the drawing process in order to bring your imagination to life on a canva. Remember that tools  that you are uncertain about, anything you don't encounter as much doesn't mean that you shouldn't try to draw with them. I feel it's best to take it day by day as cheese and annoying as that may sound.

Consistent practice makes art that you can appreciate, and love for the development you've grown over time. Imma be joining yall on that boat too, so don't be shy scoot over. Remember that consistency builds progress, copy what you see, study what you copied, practice what you studied from imagination, construct what you observe, study what you observe, then practice what you studied. It was an absolute pleasure making this tutorial! Wish all of you artists good luck, and this has been AlluringCalamity.

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