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Clip Studio Paint Alternatives

Clip Studio Paint is described as 'previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation of comics and manga' and is a very popular digital painting tool in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPad. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Clip Studio Paint are GIMP, Inkscape, MediBang Paint and Adobe Photoshop.

Clip Studio Paint alternatives are mainly Digital Painting Tools but may also be Image Editors or Vector Graphic Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Clip Studio Paint.
This page was last updated Apr 29, 2022
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  1. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

    Krita vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Krita is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    a great software for poor artist but very powerfull to drew . i'm like it

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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    It has a full list of features, and it's free!

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    I have been using Krita for 4 years and just jumped to Photoshop . The features are very similar to Photoshop so It really made me feel right at home after I jumped from it. Best alternative to Photoshop.

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    Completely free and very powerful

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    I really like the fact that it includes animation, even though it's so much cheaper than clip studio paint!

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    Krita's developers are also working on the animation function of Krita. It's good for animating without audio, since the audio function may not always work for your device. Jesse J. Jones made a nice tutorial on Youtube for Krita.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. GIMP

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    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.



  3. Inkscape

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    Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

    Inkscape vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Inkscape is still a legitimate alternative to Clip Studio Paint, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    inkscape is nothing like manga studio at all

    Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago
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    Inkscape does vector. Clip Studio does bitmap.

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    Inkscape is an Open Source Vector Graphics Editor as the description implies. However, Clip Studio Paint main focus is bitmap. Inkscape is similar to Illustrator, Corel Draw and other vector graphics editors and is a good software on it's category, but it doesn't possess the same features for bitmap drawing as Clip Studio Paint, Paint Tool Sai or even Photoshop

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    lauraess1

    Inkscape is primarily a a Vector Graphics Editor, not predominantly bitmap like Clip Studio Paint. While CSP does have "Vector Brushes" and uses a selection of vector objects to create speech and thought balloons, these are really ways of applying brush tips and shapes in a rescaleable way, and a full set of vector manipulation is not available.

    Inkscape is more an Alternative to Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator, NOT Clip Studio Paint.

    Negative comment about 4 years ago
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    it is a good alternative because it possesses almost all the same functions that clip studio paint and for free

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  4. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    MediBang Paint vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    It has all the things that I needed that Clip Studio Paint also had! LOVE IT!??

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    zephifox2006

    Except for the apparent lack of blur brushes, this program is perfect. Less bothersome than Keira and Gimp. A definitive must.

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    millaposhpalace

    Not only is it free, they do share a lot of common functionality. Of course, MediBang Paint isn't as feature-rich, but it's still good for anime- and manga-style art.

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  5. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.

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    Photoshop is a photo retouch application rather than a paint or sketch app.

    Negative comment about 6 years ago
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  6. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats.

  7. Procreate is a multi-award winning, creative illustration app built from the ground up for iPad with a pocket-sized variant for iPhone. The app features a complete, professional toolset that's accessible while still providing the power and flexibility of desktop counterparts.

  8. Design quickly and confidently with Adobe Illustrator software. Sophisticated tools for drawing and typography, along with advanced color controls and creative effects, provide a comprehensive vector graphics environment.

    Adobe Illustrator vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Adobe Illustrator is still a legitimate alternative to Clip Studio Paint, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Illustrator is a vector editor as opposed to Clip Studio Paint being a bitmap editor. Both can be used to create art, but in completely different ways. It's not a good alternative

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    Clip Studio Paint is a raster drawing program.

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  9. Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, and much else.

  10. MyPaint is a fast painting program with an emphasis on full-screen use. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

    MyPaint vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    not made for drawing manga

    Negative comment about 4 years ago
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