Learn Clip Studio Paint - Second Edition

Book description

Take your comics and illustrations to the next level with the powerful art tools in Clip Studio Paint 1.8

Key Features

  • Overcome ?interface overwhelm? with a practical breakdown of the Clip Studio interface
  • Comprehensive guide on the Clip Studio Paint with detailed coverage of all the tools and concepts of designing comics
  • Streamline your workflow to create faster and easier using Clip Studio's features

Book Description

Clip Studio Paint, the successor to Manga Studio, is used by over four million illustrators and comic creators around the world. This book will guide you through every step of learning this software, from system requirements and installation, all the way through to exporting your work for print or the web. Learn how to create new documents, customize tools to fit your working style, use ruler tools to create anything from straight lines to intricate backgrounds, add 3D elements, create comic panels using the specialized panel tools, utilize screentones and materials, add text and word balloons to your comics, create sound effects, easily flat and color your comics using reference layers, and bring your drawings to life using the animation features.

By the end of this book, you will be able to navigate the Clip Studio Interface and program preferences, customize the various tools, and be able to create your own black-and-white and color illustrations and comics from start to finish.

What you will learn

  • Understand the differences between Clip Studio Paint Pro and EX
  • Discover how to navigate and customize the user interface
  • Creating custom tools that fit your unique style of illustration
  • Using the ruler tools to create intricate perspective shots and complex symmetry
  • Discover how to use 3D elements in your work
  • Learn how to create lettering and word balloons to bring your comic stories to life
  • Understand the process of digital art creation from pencils to inks to color
  • Understand how to use the animation tools available in Clip Studio Paint

Who this book is for

If you are a beginning digital artist or are switching to Clip Studio from another graphics software, this book is for you. This book is excellent for those with no knowledge of digital art up to intermediate users looking to explore the unique features of Clip Studio Paint.

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Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright and Credits
    1. Learn Clip Studio Paint Second Edition
  3. Dedication
  4. About Packt
    1. Why subscribe?
    2. Packt.com
  5. Contributors
    1. About the author
    2. About the reviewer
    3. Packt is searching for authors like you
  6. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
      1. Download the color images
      2. Conventions used
    4. Get in touch
      1. Reviews
  7. Installing Clip Studio Paint, Recommended Systems, and Interface Basics
    1. System specs, installation, and your serial number
      1. System requirements
        1. Windows system requirements
        2. Mac OS requirements
      2. Installing the program
        1. Downloading the trial version
        2. Purchasing Clip Studio Paint
        3. Installing on a Windows computer
        4. Installing on a Mac computer
      3. Starting the program for the first time
        1. Registering for a trial version of Clip Studio Paint
        2. Registering for a licensed version of Clip Studio Paint
        3. Changing a license
        4. Downloading additional materials
      4. About graphics tablets
        1. What is a graphics tablet?
          1. What type of tablet should I buy?
          2. How large of a tablet should I buy?
          3. What tablet brand should I buy?
          4. Any other considerations?
        2. Where can I purchase a graphics tablet?
    2. Taking a look at the default interface
    3. Moving, collapsing, and closing palettes
      1. Moving a palette
      2. Closing a palette
      3. Collapsing and expanding palettes
    4. The tool palette and Command Bar
      1. The tool palette
        1. Customizing the tool palette
          1. Reordering tools
          2. Renaming tools
          3. Deleting tools
      2. The Command Bars
        1. The primary Command Bar
        2. The selection Command Bar
    5. Summary
  8. Preferences, Shortcuts, and Other Commands
    1. Program preferences
      1. Tool category
      2. Tablet category
      3. Touch gesture category
      4. Interface category
      5. Performance category
      6. Cursor category
      7. Layer/Frame category
      8. Light Table category
      9. Ruler/Unit category
      10. Canvas category
      11. File category
      12. Color Conversion
      13. Edit Text category
      14. 3D settings category
    2. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1. Different categories of shortcut settings
      2. Viewing an existing keyboard shortcut
      3. Editing, adding, and deleting shortcuts
        1. Adding a shortcut
        2. Editing a shortcut and assigning a shortcut to a function without an existing one
        3. Deleting a shortcut
    3. Customizing the Command Bar
      1. Adding items to the Command Bar
      2. Editing icon settings
      3. Deleting icons from the Command Bar
    4. Making and saving workspaces
      1. Saving a workspace
      2. Switching between workspaces
      3. Managing and deleting workspaces
    5. New files and templates
      1. The New file window – explained
      2. Creating a custom sized page and saving a preset
      3. Adding templates to a new file
    6. Summary
  9. Clip Studio Paint Brushes: an Introduction
    1. Navigating the brushes
    2. The brush engine
      1. Accessing the brush options
        1. Brush size
        2. Ink
        3. Anti-aliasing
        4. Correction
        5. Starting and Ending
    3. Playing with brush settings
    4. Exporting and loading brushes
      1. Exporting a tool
      2. Importing a tool
    5. Summary
  10. Pencilling: Layer Properties
    1. What is a layer?
    2. Introduction to the Layer Palette
    3. The Layer Property palette
      1. Border effect
      2. Extract line
      3. Tone
      4. Layer color
      5. Expression color
    4. Working with Layers
    5. Summary
  11. Erasers, Selections, and the Subview Palette
    1. Eraser Tools and Transparent Color
      1. The Eraser Tools
        1. Hard eraser
        2. Soft eraser
        3. Block Eraser
        4. Vector Eraser
        5. Multiple Layers Eraser
      2. Using Transparent "Color"
    2. Lassos and other selection tools
      1. The rectangle and circle marquee tools
      2. Lasso and polyline marquee tools
        1. Tool Property palette when scaling or rotating a selection
      3. Selection pen
      4. Shrink Selection
      5. Clear Selection
    3. The Subview Palette
      1. Loading images into the Subview Palette
      2. Zooming, rotating, and color picking Subview images
    4. Using Layer Color to prepare a sketch for inks
    5. Summary
  12. All About Rulers
    1. Using rulers in Clip Studio Paint
      1. Ruler snapping options
      2. Linear ruler
      3. Curve ruler
        1. Using the quadratic Bézier
        2. Using the Cubic Bezier
      4. Figure ruler
      5. Ruler pen
    2. Using the Symmetry ruler
    3. Focus and parallel line rulers
      1. Focus line ruler
      2. Parallel line ruler
    4. Perspective rulers
      1. One-point perspective
      2. Two-point perspective
      3. Three-point perspective
      4. Using shape and line tools with perspective rulers
    5. Making rulers inactive
      1. Turning rulers off and on with the control handle
    6. Grids and guides
      1. Showing and hiding the grid
      2. Adjusting grid settings
      3. Making guides
    7. Summary
  13. Using 3D Figures and Objects
    1. The 3D Material Palette
    2. Moving objects in 3D space
      1. Moving an object on the X, Y, and Z axes
      2. Moving parts of a model
      3. Posing hands
      4. Moving the 3D camera
    3. Using preset poses on figure models
    4. Customizing character and figure models
      1. Customizing characters
      2. Customizing figure models
    5. Saving 3D information to the Materials Palette
      1. Saving Pose Information
      2. Saving 3D drawing figure information
    6. Importing 3D models into CSP
    7. Summary
  14. Vector Layers and the Material Palette
    1. Vectors in Clip Studio Paint
      1. Creating a vector layer
        1. Creating a vector layer via the File menu
        2. Creating a vector layer via the Layer palette
    2. Drawing on vector layers
    3. Editing vectors
      1. Control Point
      2. Simplify Vector Line
      3. Correct Line Width
      4. Redraw Vector Line
      5. Redraw Vector Line Width
      6. The Vector Eraser
    4. Saving art to the Material Palette
      1. Saving artwork to the Materials Library
    5. Summary
  15. Using Text and Balloon Tools
    1. Text tool basics
    2. Advanced text settings
      1. Font settings
      2. Line space/alignment settings
      3. Text settings
      4. Reading settings
      5. Edit settings
    3. Creating custom text tools
    4. Making and editing speech balloons
      1. Ellipse balloon tool
      2. Balloon Tail tool
      3. Curve Balloon tool
      4. Balloon Pen tool
    5. Connecting speech balloons
    6. Using speech balloon materials
    7. Summary
  16. Creating Sound Effects
    1. Using fonts for sound effects
    2. Adding outlines and color to text
      1. Adding an outline
      2. Adding gradients to text with Lock Transparent Pixels
      3. Using Clipping Layers to add patterns to text
    3. Using the Mesh Transform tool to warp text
    4. Summary
  17. Making Layer Masks and Screentones
    1. What is a Layer Mask?
    2. Using a layer mask
    3. Using selections to make Quick Masks
    4. Adding screentones to large areas
      1. Lines and percentages in screentone names
    5. Using selections to make simple tones
    6. Summary
  18. Making Comic Panels
    1. What are frame border layers?
    2. Creating frames
      1. Using the rectangle frame tool
      2. Using the Polyline frame tool
        1. Using the Quadratic Bezier option
        2. Using the Cubic Bezier option
      3. Using the Frame border pen
    3. One layer and many panels, or one layer for each panel?
    4. Dividing and editing panels
      1. Resizing, rotating, and moving panels
      2. Dividing existing frames
    5. Using Framing template materials
    6. Summary
  19. Auto Actions and Your Workflow
    1. The Auto Action palette
      1. Using Auto Actions
    2. Creating a custom Auto Action
    3. Auto Action shortcuts
      1. Creating a keyboard shortcut
      2. Creating a command bar shortcut
    4. Summary
  20. Inking Tools
    1. Principles of inking
    2. Inking tools
      1. Marker tools
      2. Pen tools
        1. Customizing pressure sensitivity settings
    3. Inking on vector layers
    4. Tips for inking comic panels
    5. Modifying pencil layers to simulate inks
    6. Summary
  21. Inking Special Effects
    1. Creating a textured inking brush
    2. Making a broken glass shard brush
    3. Creating a foliage brush
    4. Texture with a cross-hatching brush
    5. Summary
  22. Color Palettes
    1. The Color Pickers
      1. The Color Wheel
      2. The Color Slider
      3. Color Sets
    2. Color History, Intermediate and Approximate Palettes
      1. Color History Palette
      2. Intermediate Color Palette
      3. Approximate Color Palette
    3. Importing Palettes from Adobe Photoshop
    4. Creating Color Palettes from the Sub View Palette
    5. Summary
  23. Using CSP to Color Your Comics
    1. Using Reference Layers
    2. Creating Flats Using the Bucket Fill and Paint Unfilled Area Tools
    3. Layer Blending Modes
      1. The Multiply Mode
      2. The Screen Mode
      3. The Lighten Mode
    4. Creating colored line art
    5. Summary
  24. Exporting and Printing Your Comic
    1. Printing at home
    2. Exporting for print
    3. Adjusting image quality and file size
    4. Resizing an image while exporting
    5. Exporting for web display
    6. Exporting pages as a batch (EX only)
    7. Summary
  25. What Is the Clip Studio App and Getting Animated
    1. The Clip Studio App
    2. Creating an account and logging in
    3. Downloading from the App
      1. Locating your downloads in Clip Studio Paint
    4. Creating animation
    5. Exporting animation
      1. Image sequence
      2. Animated GIF
      3. Animated Sticker (APNG)
      4. Movie
    6. Summary
  26. Other Books You May Enjoy
    1. Leave a review - let other readers know what you think

Product information

  • Title: Learn Clip Studio Paint - Second Edition
  • Author(s): Liz Staley
  • Release date: December 2018
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781789347036