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Clip Studio Paint, 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.
It delivers powerful cutting edge drawing and coloring tools, making it essential for professional comic and manga artists.
Although it has features in common with general-purpose graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint's tool set is focused and optimized for use in creating comics and manga. It has tools for creating panel layouts, perspective rulers, sketching, inking, applying tones and textures, coloring, and creating word balloons and captions. It supports creation of bitmap and vector art, and importing 3D models. It supports input by a mouse or a graphics tablet.
One time purchase (perpetual license)
Built-in 3D model viewer Cloud sync Customizable Drawing Image Editing Keyframe animation Support for Layers Natural media painting Optimal performance Open PSD files Smooth lines Tablet Pressure Sensitivity Tablet support Texture for brushes Texture painting Track everything User story mapping Vector Drawing Vector strokes Support for Wacom Tablets Add a feature
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After going from Photoshop, to Krita, to Corel, to Mischief and various other software, I have settled so far with Clip. It has so far the best brush engine (in my opinion) and supports a wide range...See why people like Clip Studio Paint 😍
Has a pretty garbage licensing scheme, limiting you to 2 installs per license. It's fine for people who only have a single machine they dual boot on or have two separate devices, but anyone who runs...See why people do not like Clip Studio Paint 😡 Post your review
Has a pretty garbage licensing scheme, limiting you to 2 installs per license. It's fine for people who only have a single machine they dual boot on or have two separate devices, but anyone who runs multiple dual-boot systems are in a heap of trouble with the licensing scheme due to the limits on deactivations.
As the sofware is pretty cheap (15 US $ promotion price), I don’t think it deserves one star for this point.
CLIP STUDIO PAINT is created by CELSYS, and is distributed to other countries by Smith Micro. At first Smith Micro distributed it with the name of Manga Studio 5, as a successor to Manga Studio 4 (which was originally called Comic Studio 4 in Japan). But because CLIP STUDIO PAINT was not technically part of the Comic Studio series, Manga Studio 5 slowly changed it's name to CLIP STUDIO PAINT (either it was something they did on their own or was forced by CELSYS, we probably will never know).
They changed it so the digital version of Manga Studio 5 would be called CLIP STUDIO PAINT while the physical edition would still be Manga Studio 5 (which resulted in mass confusion to people who didn't know that CLIP STUDIO PAINT = Manga Studio 5). Then as of ver 1.5.0+, they changed it so all versions would be called CLIP STUDIO PAINT.
After going from Photoshop, to Krita, to Corel, to Mischief and various other software, I have settled so far with Clip. It has so far the best brush engine (in my opinion) and supports a wide range of features. The documentation is also rather good, and if you ever need assets (brushes, images, 3d models etc), the community hands them out for free. If you draw, this is your call.
Not the most easiest to use, but there is many really good features. And best of all it's fast and not laggy!
Unusable on any LCD display tablet with small screen if you turn the UI scaling in Windows any other value than 100%. You get then a huge desynchronization of position between pen tip and drawing cursor. It's a shame that they still didn't fix such an app-breaking problem…
Although Clip Studio Paint, or CSP, was originally targeted towards manga and comic artists, it has many features that are just as good or even better than popular competitors like Photoshop, SAI or Krita. For one the brush engine is great, has a big library of stock brushes and the big advantage that you can create vector strokes with any brush and any texture. This makes retroactive corrections pretty easy (NOTE: vector strokes are stil rasterized!).
What sold me was the incredibly natural feel of the brushes and blending functions. It works realisticly, actually blending the strokes and not just overlaying it, like in many other softwares. This makes painting really fun and the only programs I encountered, that did this better were Corel Painter and Paintstorm Studio.
So don't be fooled by it's label as "manga studio", it is high level software for illustration, sketching, concept art and even traditional frame by frame animation.
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I love the responsiveness of the program - it's easily the BEST drawing tool I've ever used! The interface is clean and streamlined. The inking engine is FABULOUS. I literally yelled "WOW!!!" when I started using it. (I have never done that before with any software I've used.) You have a winner here!