40+ Essential Features in CLIP STUDIO

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Hello!! Welcome, once again. This time we will see some functions that at first glance are easy to ignore, but that undoubtedly create a wonder before and after when you start using them. Concepts will be covered from the most basic to help new users become familiar with the program with easy editing tricks. This TIPS will be a bit long because it covers many of these functions, but some explanations are not long; So, I hope you stay to learn these tricks and find them useful, without further ado...

 

Let's get started!!

0. Video

1. Interface

It may seem insignificant, but when it comes to drawing, the environment in which we do it plays an important role. Because? Well, if we customize the workspace to our most common use by removing windows that we do not use, we will have extra space and a better workflow.

 

The window has this appearance by default; It is divided into six regions, which we can hide, close or modify in some way.

I modified my workspace in such a way that it was optimal for me, and as you can see, it is much more changed than the original. With this in mind, let's see an explanation of how to customize the workspace.


► Pallets (No. 1 - 6)

The palettes are the containment units where we can find all the functions and tools we need to draw, it is the graphical interface for the user. And something really wonderful that CLIP STUDIO PATNT has is that this interface is highly modifiable.

 

• HIDE/DISPLAY WINDOWS (No.1)

 

No. 1: I advise hiding all the palettes (windows) that are not used frequently, for example: the materials palette is only displayed when I am going to use it, this allows me to have more space on the canvas.

To hide them we will use the arrows that each window has in the upper left part. You only need to click on them to hide or display.

There is a way to hide them all in an instant. To do this you have to go to: Window > Hide all palettes.

 

Shortcut: Using the Tab key we can leave the workspace completely free; hides all the palettes, to reappear them we use the key once again.

• MOVE WINDOWS (No.2)

 

No. 2: Move the paddles so that they are arranged in the most comfortable order for you.

Another thing we can do is move the windows across the screen and dock them somewhere on the right, left, or bottom peripheries of the screen. You simply have to drag the window from the top (where the name is) to the desired location. A red section will appear when the window can be docked to other palettes. Several palettes can be grouped to the same module.

Windows can be left alone, floating on the screen, docked to an existing palette, or create a new palette from this window. One more thing we can do is resize the windows by adjusting their edges.

• CLOSE/OPEN WINDOWS (No.3)

 

No. 3: Close any palette that you do not occupy, so there will be more space.

To close any window we will have to click on the cross at the top right, in each palette that is undocked, they can also be minimized.

 

On the other hand, in the title bar there is the option “Window”, here are all the palettes, if we close one, in this menu we can open it again.

 

NOTE: If we want to reset the workspace to its default form, we will go to: Window > Workspace > Reset default values.

Adjust tool icon view

If we click on the three stripes in the upper left, a menu will be displayed where we will find other editing options and adjustments. All windows have them, it's just a matter of inspecting. Among the things we can find we have the same functions that that palette has and a change of view.

 

For example, we can change the size of the thumbnail with respect to the layer palette, while, on the other hand, with the brush window you can modify the view of the brushes so that they show their shape, stroke or simply the name.

• MOVE/ADD COLOR OR CHANGE ICON (No.4)

 

No. 4: Arrange tools and subtools in order of importance so they are easy to locate.

We can also move the window icons and the brushes. In this case, place the icons in order of priority, in the central part the tools that I use most frequently and in the periphery those that I use less frequently.

No. 5: Add color to the sub tool icons so they are easy to find.

(NO.5) Add color to icons: Sometimes it is confusing or overwhelming to find the tools among so many others, color is undoubtedly a good help to identify them. To do this, we right click on the icon. In the menu that appears we will go to: Sub-tool configuration. There you will find “Icon background color”, we activate it and choose the color.

 

Those whose color we change will appear with the same color within the entire application. The process is the same to add color to all program icons, only if this option is allowed.

Icon from an image: By default, the application comes with a series of icons, but if you wish you can load the image you like and use it for the icons. Let's see that to do this we must check the “User settings” box. The file search engine will open where we will choose the image. Ready; This icon will appear both in the tool window and in other areas where the tool is attached, such as the quick access window.

• SAVE WORKSPACE (No.6)

 

No. 6: Save the workspace for future use.

Once we have our workspace adjusted to our needs, we can save it in the cloud to use on other devices or to share with other users.

 

To do this we will go to: Window > Workspace > Register the workspace as material. A window will appear where you can choose the name, the cover and determine in which folder to save the material (within the program).

 

 

To upload the material to the cloud we will go to CLIP STUDIO (icon at the top).

To start we must have a CLIP STUDIO account. Within the window we will go to: Manage materials. There we will click on the slider located at the bottom of the material; When it turns blue it means that the climb to the cloud has begun. Once finished it will appear in the Cloud section. This way we manage to have this space on any computer where we implement our account.


► Command bar (No. 7 - 8)

No. 7: Use the command bar to add useful functions to your creative process.

The command bar is located 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 you to access the tools more closely, reducing unnecessary mobility around the screen.

Now, let's see how we can customize this bar for our comfort.

 

• ADD

 

To add a function we will go to: File > Command Bar Adjustment. The following window will be displayed where we will find the program's tools and functions.

Once the tool is chosen; We will click add. In my case, I use the Gaussian blur tool a lot, the fisheye effect, among others, so I will add them to the command bar to later group them and make it easier for me to access them.

• ELIMINATE

 

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

• GROUP

 

By default, in order to move the bar icons you have to press the CTRL plus drag key; This is as a security way to avoid moving them carelessly. To move them simply with the cursor, first we will have to right click on the bar, a menu will appear where we will find the option “Change order (T)” there we will change the option to “Drag (D)”.

No. 8: Group similar tools together to make them easier to find.

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

• ICON COLOR

 

To locate the tools easier to see and not lose them amidst the gray icon, 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 choose the option “Icon adjustment”, we enable the box at the end. The process is the same to put color on all the application icons.


► Preferences (No. 9 - 11)

Here we find other settings that allow you to customize the use of CLIP STUDIO PAINT. Among what you can do we have: Change the color of the interface, modify the cursor, color settings, etc.

 

To access the preferences we must go to the following path: File > Preferences.

(A) Interface color (No. 9)

No. 9: Use color change to ensure comfortable viewing.

Within the window section we find the option: “Interface”. In the “color” section we find two settings: “Interface color” (this allows us to change the color between light and dark), in addition to “Adjust density” that allows you to modulate the level of lightness and darkness in each of the modes.

 

The color change is good to minimize the discomfort of light colors late at night, when our eyes are tired.

(B) Auto save (No. 10)

No. 10: Don't lose your progress due to unpredictable adverse circumstances. Turn on auto-save.

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

 

In “File”, we will find the saving options, in the first section “Automatic restoration” you will find “Save file automatically every”, there we can change the time in minutes between each save that the program performed automatic. Now we can have a backup in case an incident occurs.

(C) Cursor shape (No. 11)

No. 11: Change the shape of the brush.

Sometimes it is more comfortable to be able to see the shape of the cursor, so we can better see the strokes we make. Although it is only a small change, I think it is good to know.

 

Now we will go to: Cursor, here we will find a series of tools such as brush, pen, eraser, etc. In which to choose the shape, you have many options, but the one I use to have the shape of the brush is “Brush and tool shape”.

2. Keyboard shortcuts

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

 

No. 12: Use keyboard shortcuts. They will save you time.

 

• DEFAULT SHORTCUT (No. 12)

 

Several of the tools have the key with which you can call them in parentheses, but if it doesn't or you want to know a specific one, you can read the program's instruction manual, you can find all the default shortcuts for the tools and functions. I leave you the link to the manual in the shortcuts part below:

 

 


► Configure shortcuts (No. 13)

No. 13: Customize keyboard shortcuts.

If it happens that you don't like or are not comfortable with the default shortcuts, you can always configure them so that they are accessible to your preference; This way you can change the shortcuts of the tools you use most frequently to keys close to your hand. Editing shortcuts is located in: File > Shortcut Settings.

A window will appear where the options are divided into five categories: Main Menu, Pop-up Palettes, Options, Tools and Automatic Actions. Each category has subcategories where you can change the shortcuts.

The process for changing shortcuts is done the same for any tool. First we must locate the tool for which we want to change the shortcut, in my case for this example I will use the “Reduce” and “Enlarge” functions of the canvas. Next we will select the command, this will enable the option: Edit shortcut which we will click on.

 

Now we can indicate which key we want for the command. For these functions I will use the “X plus 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, all you have to do is 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 .

 

NOTE: A message may appear when a shortcut is changed indicating that that key is in use by another command, here you can choose whether to keep the old one or change it.

Here I show an example of how quick it is to switch between tools with shortcuts. In this case I switched between: Liquify (J), Eraser (E) and Brush (P).


► Pop-ups (No. 14)

The best tool so far must undoubtedly be this one; the popup feature allows you to invoke windows anywhere on the canvas where the pointer is located; This is certainly useful, right? Plus, it looks more professional. With this we can hide all the windows to have more space and when we need one, invoke it.

 

No. 14: Use pop-up windows and save time without having to move around very large screens.

To set pop-up mode window commands, we will open: File > Shortcut Settings > Category: Pop-Up Windows.

The way to establish the shortcut is to click on the desired command, the edit shortcut option will be activated, we will click, then on the keyboard we will indicate which key we want to establish for this window.

If I hide the palettes I can still access them when needed using the commands, very useful, don't you think?

3. Tools

This third part will be divided into sections, and in each of them there will be a series of tips on the use of functions or tools that belong to that category.

 

 

► Brushes (No. 15 - 18)

Let's start with something fundamental: The brushes, but they are not only the brushes, there is also much more behind them, let's see some of their hidden features.

 

• NAME AND ORDER BRUSHES (No. 15)

 

No. 15: Name the brushes so you know exactly which one it is.

To name the brushes you have to right click on it and choose the option: “Sub tool settings”. Here we can edit the name, icon, category and color. Changing the name helps us in cases where we have many brushes or if these were downloaded from CLIP STUDIO ASSETS, some may have a name in an unknown language.

 

 

No. 16: Sorting brushes into folders keeps your workspace clean and tidy.

To organize the brushes into folders we simply have to drag the icon to the top edge, and a folder will automatically be created, to add more you just have to drag them to it. Finally, to name this new folder, we right click and select the configuration option.

 

 

• SUB TOOL DETAIL (No. 17)

 

No. 17: All the program's tools have this window, so don't forget to take a look to learn its secrets. Especially for brushes.

The tool properties palette shows us a series of characteristics, but that's not all, there is even more, this is where the sub tool details come in. To access this window we must go to the wrench icon at the bottom right in the tool properties palette of any brush.

It is a window that has many properties to modify the brush, so I can't explain everything because it would be too long, but I will highlight some important details.

 

 

(A) Add properties to the properties palette

If there is any configuration that you always want to keep in mind without having to open the window or, on the contrary, remove one from the tool's properties palette; We can do this by activating or deactivating the eye icon.

(B) Ink

Here we find several functions among which I highlight “Combination mode”, this option allows you to transform the ink of the brush to some mode without having to change the entire layer as would be the normal case. If you want to know more about combination modes, I invite you to read the following TIPS:

 

 

For example, if I set the blend mode to multiply, all the strokes I make with this brush will be darker than the color underneath. This can help us add shadows or luminosity in the case of all those that correspond to contrast. In addition to the blend modes, you have a number of options to convert the brush to an eraser as you can see at the end of the GIF.

(C) Color mixing (No. 18)

No. 18: Play with the mixing modes to get the result you want.

In the same section of the ink section we find the mixing options. It should be noted that not all brushes have this feature, but in those we do find very useful options. I can't recommend one way to configure because our needs are different, so my best advice is to experiment.

From the release of version 2.0 of CLIP STUDIO PAINT onwards, a more natural form of mixing was implemented. Until then the program only had a mix that gave a dull result, but now it is more vivid. If you want to change from the old mix to the new one, you can do so by going to the section: Mix mode, there are two options: Perceptual (More natural mix mode) and Standard (Old mode ).


► Draft (No. 19 - 20)

Now let's look at some tricks we can do with the eraser.

 

 

(A) Brushes as erasers (No. 19)

No. 19: Use the brushes as erasers. You will retain the texture of the brush when erasing.

There is a wonderful way to turn any brush or tool like shapes into an eraser. The process is simple, first we must locate the transparency that is in the color circle; We can also find it in the tools window.

To delete it is only necessary to select transparency. The advantage of erasing like this is that the texture, density and shape are preserved. With the figure tools it works the same.

(B) Erase on all layers (No. 20)

No. 20: Use the eraser on all layers to get rid of this point that you don't know which layer it is on.

If you ever wanted to erase on multiple layers at the same time, here's the solution. Go to the Eraser tool and in the sub tools choose “Multiple layers”. That's it, now erase everything from any layer.


► Color (No. 21 - 26)

Color is in many cases the soul of an illustration, that is why it is good to know some tricks.

 

 

(A) Color palettes

Color palettes are tools that will help us visualize colors. In essence, the functions are similar and are designed to make it easy to choose colors without having to combine colors manually. The last function is the only one that is designed to be able to mix colors manually.

 

First, we have to know where those tools are located. To access them we will go to: Window > The options will be from Color Circle to Mix Colors.

Since there are too many tools, it is impossible for me to explain each one, but among all of them I highlight two:

 

• Color set (No. 21)

 

No. 21: Save color palettes in the color set tool so you don't lose them.

This tool is super important because it allows us to save the colors we want. At the bottom right there are three functions that are used to: Replace color, add color, delete color, which allows us to fill and organize the color palette that we want to create. I use this function to store colors that I like and want to keep for later reuse.

• Color slider (No. 22)

 

No. 22: Use the slider to choose colors that are harmonious with each other.

We will start with this function. This tool allows us to change the color model between RGB, HLS and CMYK. From this tool you can extract the luminosity, saturation or tones of a color that has been selected from the color wheel. The first color icon corresponds to the primary color, the second to the secondary color and the third is transparency (if the brush is used it acts as an eraser).

If you want to know more about these functions, here is a TIPS where I talk about each of them:

 

 

(B) Tonal correction layers (No. 23)

No. 23: Use correction layers to enhance colors or add color to a grayscale illustration.

Using the functions of the tool “Tonal correction layers” we manage to give color to our illustrations in a short time, in addition, it is an easy-to-use tool, the greatest difficulty will fall on ourselves, on our eyesight when it comes to varying the settings. The good thing about this method is that it is non-destructive, the adjustments become a new layer that is fully modifiable and even the blending modes work on them.

 

To find them we must go to: Layer > New correction layer. A series of tools will be deployed, all of them have their peculiarities, but in essence they are very similar. Among all I highlight three:

 

(1) Tone curve: By playing with the parameters we can modify the luminosity of our composition. If what we want is for it to only be applied to one layer, what we will do is attach the correction layer to the lower layer. Clicking on any interval of the center line will create new points that will allow you to precisely control the color parameters.

(2) Gradient maps: Gradient maps are a tool that makes coloring easier, and its use is easy to understand. If we download the gradients of the CLIP STUDIO PAINT assets we can obtain color palettes, one less step to create our work.

 

When we open it, a new layer will be generated above the active one when we open the map window. We will choose the gradient and that's it; We will close the gradients window to be able to adjust this new layer to the bottom one. If we don't do this, the gradients will affect all the layers below them.

(3) Tone/contrast/luminosity: As its name says, with its controls we can change the tone, contrast and saturation of the colors found in the currently selected layer. If we place each color on a separate layer we can modify them separately.

 

I really like this tool, I love it; It allows me to do thousands of color tests without wasting unnecessary time.

 

Shortcut: Using the CTRL plus U keys will open the tool, but the effects will be applied directly to the layer, therefore, it is a destructive mode.

To know the complete operation, I recommend taking a look at this TIPS:

 

 

(C) Color settings (No. 24)

No. 24: Learn the details of a color with color adjustment.

If you ever wanted to enter the code for a specific color, but didn't know where to do it, it's easy, just double click on the color icon in the color circle. A window will appear with several settings, there you must enter the hexadecimal code, in addition to knowing the code of a color that you choose.

(D) Screen Color (No. 25)

No. 25: Get colors from other applications without closing CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

If we want to be able to choose any color on the screen we must go to the following path: Edit > Get screen color. Without closing the CLIP STUDIO PAINT interface I can obtain colors from other applications, in this case obtained the color of a illustration I made for another TIPS that is open in the browser.

No. 26: Get colors outside of the program.

(No. 26) Close application and obtain screen color does exactly the same as the previous one, with the difference that the interface is hidden and it redirects you to the application that is open behind. This is located in: Edit > Close and get screen color.


► Layers (No. 27 - 34)

This section will group together all the functions that I consider essential to have a good workflow.

 

 

(A) Split layers (No. 27)

No. 27: Edit/move layers between many layers efficiently.

If we have many layers and it is difficult for us to move, for example, a layer from the end to the beginning, this function will be easy. To do this we must use the button located at the bottom left of the layer window.

This option divides the number of layers into two separate views, so we can move and modify the layers without going all the way between them. When activated for the first time, three little dots will appear at the bottom. We will have to drag them at the desired length; that will be the division.

(B) Blending Modes (No. 28)

No. 28: Combination modes are a before and after when it comes to adding shadows, lights and coupling textures.

Blending modes are functions with a series of mathematical operations through which the program combines a layer with those located below it, creating an interaction between them that generates various effects. This allows you to subtly adjust the tone of colors or add color to a grayscale illustration.

 

There are 28 blending modes, these can be found in the layer options. It is possible to set a blend mode for each layer and layer folder. The method of applying it is to have to select the folder or layer, display the blending modes menu and select the one we want.

For example, in the GIF above I used them to color the gray scale, while in the image below to brighten the crown of thorns.

For a detailed explanation of each combination mode, I recommend reading this TIPS:

 

 

(C) Layer Mask (No. 29)

No. 29: This way we hide sections without losing them, in case we need them later. Use the layer mascaras, you will love them.

The layer mask allows you to hide sections of a layer. The layer mask is the white thumbnail that appears on the right side of the layer. To activate it you have to click on the icon that points to the pink arrow.

 

If we click on the white thumbnail we can delete sections, in this case the gradient; Depending on the type of eraser we can obtain hard or soft edges, we can also use the selection tool to make the erasing process faster.

(D) Change palette color (No. 30)

No. 30: Color the layer thumbnails to easily identify them.

This icon, located in the upper left part of the layer window, is used to give color to the layers. You can choose a default color or choose another one with “Choose another color”.

(E) Search covers (No. 31)

If you wanted to find the layer where a certain brush stroke is, searching through so many layers would be overwhelming and sometimes unproductive because in the end you end up not finding anything, but there are two solutions to this:

 

No. 31: Search quickly and easily between layers.

(1) Use the layer browser. We can open it from the window menu. At the top you have a series of options that help filter between layers. For example, we look for a folder, it will only show the folders and ignore the rest of the layers.

(2) Using the CTRL plus SHIFT keys and selecting the element with the cursor you will be able to find in a more specific way the layer where said selection is.

(F) Layer properties

Use layer properties. The layer properties have many useful functions, although some are only available, it is the EX version of the program, among all of them I highlight three:

 

(1) Border Color (No. 32): As the name implies, this effect creates a colored border to whatever is on the chosen layer. First we will locate the palette called “Layer Properties”. The circle icon in the effect section is the one we need. In the options that are displayed, they allow us to change the size of the border and the color.

 

No. 32: Add borders to illustrations and/or texts.

(2) Overlay texture (No. 33): To add textures to our illustrations we will go to the materials folder, once there we will click on the folder where we will look for the textures section. We will choose the desired texture, lastly we will drag the image to the canvas.

 

Having selected the texture layer, we will go to “Layer Properties”, there we will display the icons and select “Overlay texture”. To improve the effect, I recommend lowering the opacity of the layer and/or changing the mode. combination.

 

No. 33: Flatten textures easily.

(3) Extract line (No. 34): It is very good for those who make backgrounds for manga. Extract Line does exactly what its name suggests. Converts the layer to a grayscale and line state. This function is super useful when we have a photo of a landscape and we want to take it online and then do an extra process to turn it into a worthy background.

 

NOTE: Only available for the EX version of the program.

 

This function has a number of modifiers to determine the line width, black fill, border threshold. By moving the settings we can obtain different effects.

 

No. 34: Create backgrounds from photographs without many complications.


► Windows (No. 35 - 39)

Although I already covered some features about the windows, there are still some features that remain to be seen, some specific windows that make our work easier.

 

 

(A) Quick Access Palette (No. 35)

No. 35: If you use the Quick Access Palette, you will have many tools at your disposal condensed in one place.

Another super important tool that can help save time due to its practicality by housing the functions we need most is the quick access palette. This is useful, especially when our screen is small and we cannot have so many windows open. We can have this floating on the screen, dock it or as a pop-up window.

 

We can 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.

This is the palette. The "Quick Access Settings" option allows you to add and delete, but above all here we can add tools that cannot be added simply by dragging them, such as colors or border functions; I am a person who changes the canvas size a lot while drawing, this is why it is an essential function for me, but it is not a function that I can simply drag to the quick access window, that is why I need to find it and add it through the " Quick access settings". In addition, as in the command bar, we can set a color for the icons, the procedure for this and the options are the same.

(B) Navigator (No. 36)

No. 36: Control the canvas from the browser. Also, remember to invert the canvas to know if anything is being out of proportion.

The browser is a window that is active by default, but if you don't have it, it can be opened from the window menu. This has control over the canvas, in this case rotate, increase, decrease, invert, center and above all it allows you to have a general preview of the canvas.

(C) Subview (No. 37)

No. 37: Use references from the subview tool.

The subview palette is very useful for references, it allows us to open images, other CLIP files or the same file we are working on. It has the same editing options that the browser has, but these will only work with the image within this window. Additionally, you can have more than one image at a time and if required, open the image on a canvas.

 

Something important in this window is the dropper, if the icon is activated whenever we move the cursor over it we can choose the colors without difficulty.

Since version 2.3.0 a new feature was implemented in this window that allows us to navigate more easily between the multiple images.

(D) Multiple canvases (No. 38)

No. 38: Opens several windows with references, other canvases or on other screens.

As already explained at the beginning, we can undock windows, the same with those from the canvas. With this we can have several canvases open, coupled or not to the interface.

 

NOTE: The more number of windows, the more processor resources the application will consume.

This can be useful if we want to have several references, see the canvas at various angles or if we have other screens, take a window from the canvas and pass it to those other screens.

(E) Automatic actions (No. 39)

No. 39: Don't repeat the same processes, instead use automatic actions.

It is an easy tool to apply and is undoubtedly the most efficient of all, it has the ability to save us an enormous amount of time. Automatic actions are processes that the program records that you can later reproduce, this way you will no longer have to do the same repetitive process every time you want, for example, 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 it the rest of the times.

 

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

Some actions come by default, but if you want to know how to create your own, I invite you to see the corresponding section of this tool in the following TIPS:

 

 

You can also download automatic actions created by other users from CLIP STUDIO ASSETS. Once you have them downloaded, to add it you must go to the grid icon in the upper right. When you click, a window will appear where we will choose the material, we will accept. What you see in this GIF is the application of a chromatic aberration made by the execution of the automatic action downloaded from ASSEST. Easy, without having to go through the entire process of generating each layer.

 

To play 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.


► Selection (No. 40)

No. 40: Use the selection tool and the selection flyout to add functions and use the ones already available.

Selection is located in the tools palette, it usually appears with a dotted grid icon. This tool has eight sub tools, which are located in the sub tools palette.

 

Shortcut: Press the “M” key to call the tool more quickly.

The selection tool allows you to delimit an area to work on, and everything outside that area will not be accessible for editing.

The selection tool is a very wide world with various applications. If you want to know more, I invite you to read this TIPS which deals exclusively with this tool:

 

 

Among all, the following great feature of the selection tool stood out:

 

 

(A) Floating selection menu

The floating menu is the bar at the bottom of any selection. This menu offers a shortcut to certain functions useful for selection; Let's see what they are:

(1) Deselect: Exits selection mode.

(2) Crop: Removes everything on the outside of the selection from the canvas.

(3) Invert selected area: The selection becomes everything outside the first one.

(4) Expand selected area: Increases the desired number of pixels to the selection.

(5) Reduce selected area: Reduces the number of desired pixels to the selection.

(6) Delete: Removes everything within the selection from the layer.

(7) Delete part outside the selected area: Removes from the layer everything that is outside the selection.

(8) Cut and Paste: Remove the selected part from the original layer, create a new one above where you place the cut part.

(9) Copy and paste: Generates a copy of the selected part and pastes it on a new layer above it.

 

Cut, copy and paste are very useful for sectioning layers. For example, if we have a complete sketch or illustration on a single layer, but we want to have certain parts on separate layers, just select, cut/copy and paste.

(10) Scale/Rotate

(11) Fill: A quick way to apply color to everything within a selection.

(12) New plot: Plots are added. A window will appear where you will find all the settings necessary to customize the plot.

(13) Floating selection menu settings: When you click on this option, a window will appear where we can search through all the CLIP STUDIO PAINT tools and add them to the menu.

 

For example: We find and add the Gaussian blur filter option; will appear in the bar, now every time we want to blur what is within the selection we will only click on the function icon.


► Liquify (No. 41)

No. 41: Make corrections with the liquify tool.

The liquefy tool allows you to make corrections and modify the shape of the area where we use it. It is a tool that works well when finishing the illustration. With it we can edit, change the position, the size of some parts of the illustration without the need to delete anything, especially if we have already finished it.

 

NOTE: Liquify can be used on multiple layers and/or folders at the same time. For them you have to select each of the thumbnails with the CTRL key.

The tool properties include: mode and intensity. In mode we find seven options which are: Push, increase, shrink, push left, push right, turn right and turn left.

To learn more I recommend reading this official tutorial:

 

 


► Timelapse (No. 42)

No. 42: Save the timelapse to share your creative process without using other programs.

Timelapse is an incredible function with which we can save the process without worries. To activate it we must go to: File > Timelapse. It will automatically start recording. Unfortunately it only records the canvas and doesn't record changes (rotation, Zoom, etc.), it's just the static process.

 

To stop or save it it will be on the same route. When we export it, a window will appear where a preview will be shown, choose the duration, quality and size.

4. CLIP STUDIO

Finally, we have the very powerful materials that the CLIP STUDIO ASSETS service offers us.

 

 

(A) Download/add assets (No. 43)

No. 43: Use the CLIP STUDIO ASSETS materials.

Materials can be shaped brushes, image materials, primitives, 3D models, automatic actions, etc. To get them we will go to CLIP STUDIO ASSETS, once there we will look for what we want and download it. Here we can find cars, castles, houses, cities, etc. Although, it should be noted that some are free and others are paid.

 

 

• ADD MATERIALS

 

The downloaded materials will appear in the right panel of the program in the materials section, specifically in the “Downloads” folder. To add them we must select the material, drag it to the canvas and drop it. If it is a gradient map or an automatic action, we can add it from the windows of those respective tools.

(B) Modelos 3D (No. 44)

No. 44: Use 3D models as references for anatomy, lights and shadows.

Having a visual reference is useful at first, when it is difficult to visualize where to place the lights and shadows depending on the angle of the light, but to solve this difficulty, CLIP STUDIO PAINT has a new function: “3D head models”.

 

NOTE: All models follow the same editing principle, whether head models or full bodies.

To add them we will go to the “Material” palette, then to: 3D. From the different options we will drag the model that seems appropriate to the canvas. I recommend the use of realistic models.

From these heads we can create different types of faces; To learn how to modify the facial features of 3D models, I recommend visiting this Official Tutorial about this new feature:

 

 

• EDIT 3D MODELS

 

NOTE: The examples will be made with head models, which were implemented in update 2.0.

(1) Angle: First, we must establish what angle the model is at, so we can better understand where to put lights and shadows. By clicking on the model, a menu will appear, in which the face, its size, and its latitude are rotated on the canvas.

(2) Predefined angles: If we go to the camera section, in the section: Angle > Preset we find some preset angles.

(3) Shadows: To edit the angle of the light and therefore the shadows, we must go to Tool Properties (Wrench icon) > Light Source.

 

Dragging the circle modulates the direction of the light.

There are many modifications that we can make to the models, if you want to know more I invite you to investigate the official tutorials:

 

 

Farewell

I'm sorry it was so long, but there was so much to say. I hope that what you see in this tutorial is to your liking. I hope you find it useful. Well, without anything to say, thank you for coming this far! ପ(๑•̀ुᴗ•̀ु) ॣ৳৸ᵃᵑᵏ Ꮍ৹੫ᵎ

 

We won't see you another time ( •⌄• ू ) ✧

 

 

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