Hey everybody, it’s LavenderTowne and recently I’ve been looking for something
outside of Photoshop to draw my Webcomic and a lot of you had been suggesting
Clip Studio Paint and so today I’m going to be drawing
the next page of my Webcomic that I actually will upload
alongside all the other pages in Clip Studio Paint, a program
that I’ve never used before. And then I’m gonna compare it
to Photoshop and see how it stacks up. So just to make things clear, I am using the EX version
of Clip Studio Paint. There’s two versions including EX and Pro and it sounds like Pro is actually
the one with less features so I went for EX just so that
I have the best chance to have a good time with this program. Now Photoshop is notoriously expensive and Adobe recently raised the price
of their subscription service to Photoshop. So I feel like a lot of people
are going to be looking for other ways to make their art and their comics. Now the good thing about Clip Studio Paint is it was actually originally called Manga Studio. So the whole thing is really designed
to make comics. Now this was really surprising to me as someone who’s been using Photoshop and forcing it to sort of work for comics because there were so many things
built into this program that made it very clear that
they wanted you to make comics on it and just made it very convenient. So that was the first good point
for this program. The first frustration I have with it, though is the fact that there is no way
to just hold Shift and then drag for a straight line. Now this is a small nitpick
but there are a few different ways that you can make panels in this program one of which makes a vectorized panel that you can actually have a fill behind, which is interesting but not something
I would want to use. And there’s also clicking– Holding Shift and then you see the lines
sort of coming out of your cursor and then you click again
and it makes a generated straight line. Now there’s a subtle difference between having the computer
hold your cursor straight while you actually use it versus having the computer
make up a line between two points and that is that you can’t freely adjust
the weight and the pen pressure while you’re drawing the line. So it didn’t make my lines on this page when it comes to the panel’s
a little bit less exciting looking and that have a little bit less character,
which is something that really bothered me. However, on the positive side again, being able to import your own custom fonts as a make or break feature for me,
when it comes to my comics and I actually found that my pre-made font was already built into the program. Because it was just pulling all the fonts that were already installed
on my computer right into the program. So that was super convenient. Now originally, I was just going to try
to use the trial version of this because the full EX version
of this program is over $200 and I didn’t wanted to buy it
without trying it but it seemed like almost every feature
that I was going to need in order to work on my comic, were walked behind the limitations of the trial. So I just had to suck it up
and give it a purchase. So I’m really hoping that
I’m gonna end up liking this program, otherwise, I just wasted like 200 bucks. But again, compared to the monthly
subscription cost of Photoshop, it’s really not too much. So if this is able to completely replace it, it’s actually somewhat of a deal. Now there were a lot of little customizing things that I wanted to do when I open the program up, I changed the default text size and font to the one I always use in my comic and I also adjusted how sensitive
the pen was to pressure because it was a little bit too even, the way it came sort of out of the box
and that makes a lot of sense because obviously Hmong, an anime art has a much lighter touch generally when it comes to pen pressure differences whereas really cartoony Western art often has that like more dramatic thick
line kind of inking. So that’s one of the things
that I did adjust right off the bat. And I still feel like there’s more
that I’d like to change regarding the pen pressure because I still feel like I was straining a bit to get the kind of line variation
that I tend to like in my comic. There are also some very smooth pens and not a lot of texture even on
the textured pen so compared to the inking thick
and thin pen that I’m used to using, it was definitely smoother than I was accustomed to. Though I didn’t mind it too very much, the inking features and Clip Studio Paint
are probably my least favorite in comparison to Photoshop largely because the Pens that come with the program are all largely very similar and you have to mess with them a lot
to get the kind of variation I like. Also it appears that most brushes or most pens that is that they have in the program automatically add a sort of fake flick at the end so the old taper off, regardless of whether
you actually did that flick in real life which can make it a little harder to control, even though it might be easier for a beginner who has trouble with those flicks, if you’re used to doing them by hand, it can be kind of weird to see the program
doing it for you and sometimes you really
don’t want it to do that so it’s something that bothered me
as a personal preference kind of thing. Though I should mention that I looked it up and it looks like it’s actually pretty easy
to make custom brushes in this program so if this was seriously something
that I wanted to approach as my long-term solution for making Webcomics, I would think I would be able to make
a reasonable dupe of that inking thick and thin brush in this program
without too much trouble. It’s really the customizable elements
of this program that make it seem so possible
to replace Photoshop. It’s one of the things
that makes Photoshop really helpful is that even when they leave features out, usually either a modder
or even just the user can figure out a way to build brushes or tools or scripts to get done whatever job they need done. And I do think that looking
at a lot of tutorials for it and things like that it seems
like it has a lot of that flexibility that makes Photoshop so useful. And I should say
that if you’re doing more detailed art or especially anime or Manga Style art this program is pretty much pre-built
with that in mind. So you might find that it’s basically
perfect for you, if that’s the kind of style you guys like to use. Another thing I want to make really
clear right now is that no matter what program you use, when you first open it,
if it’s not working quite right for you, don’t immediately panic
and think that the program is not good because in every drawing program
I’ve ever used, especially Photoshop, I found that I’ve had to make
a lot of adjustments to basically every setting to make sure
that it’s actually a good tool for me and that involves things
like moving around the workspace so that all the windows
that you need are actually open and then you close all the clutter that you don’t need and changing pen pressure, all of this stuff it’s very standard
for a program like this. So it’s definitely not something
I would consider like a con of the program, it’s just sort of something
that you almost always have to do. I think the only program that I’ve ever used that I didn’t feel that way
was probably like Paint Tool Sai. I feel like that program is so so friendly
to the user right off the bat. But since I use Mac’s I can’t
really use Paint Tool Sai and I also believe that I think
it’s abandonware at this point, like it’s not being updated anymore so I think it won’t be usable forever
because they can’t keep updating it. Which is really a shame because yeah,
it’s one of those drawing programs I actually really love to draw in. But anyway, I’m getting a little sidetracked. So I’m almost done
with the inking on this page and about to move to the coloring and I do want to mention that I’m gonna do
the coloring in a sort of normal way, like I used to when I was doing
this comic in Photoshop because I don’t want it to look drastically like different from the other pages,
that can be a real issue when you’re reading a comic and you notice
like sort of changes in the way that it’s starting to look randomly
throughout the pages that can really break up
like a reader’s experience. However, I am actually going to color it twice because lately Clip Studio Paint
has sort of been getting more attention because of this auto colorized tool
or it’s kind of like a script or a setting and it basically instantly colors your Leinart’s without you really having to do anything. There’s two different versions of it. One, where you give a hints
of where you want the color to go, like you just put down blobs
of the color that is right and that will fill it out
to the inked lines that it sees or there’s a version
where you literally just click Auto colorize on your Lineart layer and it will just color it through
I guess Magic or something. It’s something that I had never tried before and I really don’t automate most parts of my work so it was something
that I really wanted to check out just because it takes me so long
to make these comics and, especially since I started doing
two videos a week on my YouTube channel,
I’ve been really looking for ways to speed up the comic process so I don’t have to miss updates
on unfamiliar anymore. So yeah, that was something
I was really excited about when I downloaded this program
and it’s one of the reasons I decided to actually purchase it
rather than trying to make the trial work and you know trying
to work around stuff like that. I just really I think that this program
has a lot of potential and I wanted to give it a real honest shot. So now that all the inking is done, I took in a random panel
from the most recent chapter and I just started sampling colors
from that little panel and it was very easy to add swatches, it was just like Photoshop like
pretty much identical. So I just used the Eyedropper tool everywhere that I needed to pick up the color
and put it into the swatch set. And I should mention, if you are someone
who is using Photoshop right now, Clip Studio has a lot of overlap with Photoshop. So it won’t be very difficult for you
to get used to this new program, if it’s something that you want to try out. Most of the shortcuts on the keyboard
are exactly the same already so you really don’t have to fiddle with that
if you’re used to Adobe programs. So the Full Bucket tool on this program
is super incredible. There’s a setting where you can actually
have it take the selection that is already going to pick
and it just adds a little bit more color and a little bit wider of a range
than it would normally and that allows you to completely
get rid of those like, you know, those little
like crunchy white pixels that you get in between your coloring
and your lineart sometimes, this completely eliminates that and makes it look so nicely done
and so professional. The only way– The only time
that I actually needed to go in and touch stuff up with the brushes on the hatching of the Fairy King’s nose and in his ears and compared to Photoshop where I pretty much have to
touch up every area of lineart that’s inside the face. This just really sped things up
and made it such a more like enjoyable experience
versus the very tedious and annoying experience of coloring
with a Fill Bucket in Photoshop. Another feature that Photoshop
should really have is the Gap Filler or a Gap Forgiveness kind of slider that they have in the Fill Bucket settings
on Clip Studio Paint. I don’t know if they have a Tolerance, which is kind of like that in the Fill Bucket and adjusting that
can give you better results with how much Photoshop notices but if there’s just a straight up
white gap in black liner, no matter where you set the Tolerance, it’s pretty much going to notice that gap and fill outside of the area
that you want to be filled, whereas, Clip Studio can actually close little gaps, depending on how you set the slider. So that was extremely convenient it really sped things up for me and it’s
something that I really appreciate, like I noticed a actual difference
in how I felt coloring this page versus in Photoshop like it’s no joke and especially if you’re doing a lot
of pretty hard coloring, like in a comic, it will really
make a difference for you and how much you’re enjoying your drawing. There were moments where I actually forgot
I was using a new program and felt like I was just using Photoshop again because of how similar
their Layer Blending modes are and the Gradients, it all worked exactly the same so I barely even noticed, I was using a new program, which might be a benefit or a detraction depending on how you feel about Photoshop. But I will say that since this program is one that you can just buy and own forever, if you’re someone who’s low on cash
it might be better to try out one of these rather than getting yourself hooked on
to these subscription programs that Adobe is insisting on using
despite everyone hating that. So yeah, it’s definitely something to look into. I still don’t know honestly, whether or not
I’ll be able to fully move over all of my comic work onto this program. I’m gonna have to fiddle a lot more
with the lineart situation because like I said there were things that were making the lineart take longer and be more frustrating. But other than that almost
every aspect of working with this program was better for comics than it was in Photoshop. If you’re just an illustrator and you don’t
really need to use comics, I still feel like this program
will see you a little better. It’s a lot better to draw illustrations
in a comics program than to draw illustrations
in a photography program which is what we’ve all been stuck with
when it comes to you Photoshop. So now I want to show you guys what it does when I hit Colorize on this Lineart. So this is with no Hints, it just decided that it was gonna have
this color palette and honestly it looks really pretty
and interesting. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense it kind of looks like the autumn section of like a Joanne’s sort of got oil painted
all over my lineart but then I wanted to try it with the Hints hoping that maybe
that would look a little bit closer to something I could actually put out as a, you know, finished page
or something that I actually want to look like not just an experiment. So I gave it some Hints and I
use mostly the colors I want but I was, you know, sloppy with it
so that I could still save some time even with this added step and then I selected color eyes on that layer. It sort of colored it right but overall it’s nothing
that I would actually put out as a final piece instead of coloring the normal way. Though, I didn’t actually waste this colorized layer. I ended up putting it as an Overlay layer
over top of the whole comic and it just made it look subtly more hand done and more sort of modeled and pretty. So I’m actually really happy
that this tool exists. I’m just not going to be using it the way that it was intended
or originally designed. So final verdict time. I honestly think that Clip Studio Paint
is a really good tool and I feel like if I learn to use it better, it really could become
my primary drawing program. If you are a comic artist please let me know
in the comments down below what you are using and if you like it. Thank you so much for watching till the end and I’ll see you next time. A big thank you to all of my patrons including Bella story, Calponpon, Cassitarius, Clockwork Construct, Dionysius hagGorillaz, Dr. Casket, Elizabeth Alban,
Hope Chilsome, Imagine Creation, JJJ, Joseph Copal, Carla Tapia, Katdid Thatcuter, LeBlehBlehBleh, Megan Claire, Midnight Doodles,
Mikeadacytl, Okamorei, Ollie, Rome Espinoza, Rosy Warlock, Sgt. Pendulum, TheArtsyMoose, YaBoyST and Zoey Stardust.

local_offerevent_note January 15, 2020

account_box Matthew Anderson



  • Thanks for this introduction to Clip Studio Paint. I love Sketchbook from Autodesk for sketching and most things; but, it doesn't seem to be being updated,
    As the saying goes, Nothing is more constant than change. 🙂

  • I got clip ex on sale for 109$ and it’s so fucking worth it it’s the best program rather than paying what, 1k a month for fucking photoshop clip is a one time buy and so worth it. Definitely wait till it goes on sale which happens like once every two months so~~~ buy!!!!

  • I really love to learn from you lavendertowne rather i had been told by my parents 😀😊😃😄😉, it's so frustrated 😤😖😧😵

  • Honestly I'm glad people in general are looking for alternatives to Adobe programs and there horrible subscription based software because if more people switch over and leave there products that might finally understand that there users don't want a subscription based programs but either way great video and I hope this program is still working for you

  • The only thing I find worse about CSP for art is color correction for print. Luckily, Adobe does offer PS CS2 for free. So you can use that for color correction in post. Otherwise, when it comes to illustration and comic work, CSP is far more intuitive, far more natural, and far cheaper than PS. I highly recommend it, and it frequently goes on sale for 25 bucks. The more expensive version of the program does not offer much for most users, it really only helps people who really need some specific functions.

    I also really adore the Clip Studio Tab Mate. It is a really ergonomic device that is a great keyboard alternative. I find it has improve my workflow greatly.

  • I love the sound of customizing brushes. I am thinking about getting this software. I love this tutorial and its comparison between PS and Clip Studio. As a graphic artist this is a nice surprise.

  • im a manga artist and i use sketchbook pro and it isnt the best for making manga so i was curious on how clip studio was and so far i think i might use it!

  • I use clip studio paint aswell! Its amazing too! I know a user who makes multiple art and the lines they made are based off of the dragon ball super filter (Aka the original dbz/dbs manga filter). I'm glad you tried it out! 🙂

  • Heres a short story: I bought a Wacom Intuos CP Small., it came with a disc, my laptop and pc didnt have a disc reader :/ the disc had 3 software one of which was Clip Pro or whatever. Boom my dog rekted it.

  • I'm really scared that if I get either ps or clip studio I wont be able to handle what I want to draw. can someone suggest the best option for drawing?ps I'm a beginner

  • Clip studio is an amazing program, I recommend checking out vector lines for your line art. You can thicken and change the way the shape on it. Truly helpful 🙂

  • I use Clip Studio Paint EX. It's not just a good drawing tool, it's also a really powerful animation tool. I highly recommend doing some animations in it.

  • Clip studio is probably the best drawing software money can buy. It’s amazing. I seriously cannot name a thing about it I dislike other than it uses a lot of ram.

  • She did not even give it a second chance :/ it's such great software and cheap as hell. Some features in clip studio paint photoshop could never

  • You can make custom brushes, or buy custom brushes and check out people like Brian Allen on YouTube, and his website. He's a fellow artist and makes brilliant art. I've used photoshop myself for 2 years and found clip studio. I thought the brushes were basic myself but started creating what I need and found others who make brushes to do illustrations up my alley. Trust there are options

  • Let me just say I do not encourage getting CSP on an iPad, five up to eight euros monthly can become a really costly deal. Better buy it on a laptop with MacOS or Windows plus license.

  • I totally switched from Adobe. For me, Clip replaced Illustrator, Photoshop and some aspects of Flash, or whatever they call it these days. Adobe software is too expensive, especially that there is equal and better software for a fraction of the price. So I recommend the switch.

  • yes, I've been working on it making my comic (Helm at and it's just fantastic, I no longer use photoshop since quite some years

  • I’m a messenger from the future.
    If y’all didn’t know, I believe PTS (paint tool sai) is still slightly usable.
    Hell, I have version 1 and I’m able to do what I want.

  • I've been using CSP pro due to the affordability my whole time doing digital and I love that it kinda combines PS and Sai into one program 😀 also clip studio having downloadable assets to use is awesome!

  • I use clip studio but I prefer fire alpaca, the only reason I use it over alpaca is for the vector layers as someone who cares deeply about res it a god sent

  • I used Manga Studio for a very, very long time. IT's near 1:1 on function. I can't say how good it works because MS was on my old pc, and when it died, I built a much, much more powerful rig, and now I use Clip paint on that. But the added ability to download new materials and assets really made it much easier to try new brushes and materials without scrolling through dA for new ones.

  • for the price… I think EVERYONE should ditch Photoshop… Maybe that way, Adobe thinks over their pricing strategy!

  • Hello. I've been watching your videos on different drawing programs. I'm interested in drawing sketch-like illustrations. Watercolor and inks. What program would you recommend for doing that? I have access to both Mac and PC. Thank you

  • I love this channel so much
    These tips
    Thank you so much
    Clip studio will help me so much. I suck at coloring but shading and drawing is my game so with that colorize feature it’ll help me a lot

  • Gd video. Hope your doing good.
    Not played with clip studio yet, but there is this $30 app for photoshop,
    It basically allows the artist to smooth their lines out, draw circles in perspective etc..

  • I am just starting out comic that i had been planning for a while but due to College taking the center stage i had to push that to the back but that all fell through and now ive been using Autodesk Sketchbook and so far its been good…Not the Easiest to work in and had been looking for a new program that didn't require subscriptions or was abandonware. overall I recently settled on purchasing ClipEX to help with the process a bit better.

  • mostly the only thing ex adds is more frames for animating. its basically adding 50 dollars for no reason. pro is perfectly capable and has everything the ex has for illustration just limited frame for animating

  • I've mostly been using PhotoShop for the last few years and was about to spring for Adobe Illustrator since it sounded more like what I wanted for my webcomic… when suddenly Adobe pulled the 'subscription' trick on us all and I walked away in disgust. I got CSP and I agree, the transition is easy and comfortable. I haven't gone over 100% to CSP yet but I am about to wrap up my current webcomic and start a new one, which I will probably do entirely on CSP.

  • How you dont know Clip studio?! "O" Is simple the best for comics, its made and used for the japanese industry, there`s no discusion on it. It was my first software before photoshop, the second I start to use on tablet even I made some editions on it using scans. Nowadays I move to krita cause is free (and theres no uptades for cracker) and I made more ilustrations, krita is simple, better than sai that I see as a dislexic nightmare but still, clip studio/manga studio is the fav of mangakas for years for a reason

  • Ex: Use real images to make lined background.
    Pro: Doesn't have this, but can still be achieved.

    Result: Don't waste money.


  • Honest opinion from someone who has used Clip Studio, Krita, Sai, PS, Procreate, NET etc. This all depends on your workflow and style. Try all the ones you can before making a decision. I work from realistic stuff, to flat simple artworks and I use Photoshop, Yet I almost never recommend it as my workflow is very unique and something that fits me might not fit others. If you want to do something Hyper realistic you are probably better off with over the top programs like PS. But if you work simple stuff like Flats, anime, Etc, then there's tons of programs you can use and are just as good.

  • I use procreate it's just great easy to understand and I can animate in it too, i love clip and sai too. I dont much care for photoshop since it became subscription base it's just not worth it. But I think you should try procreate there able to impor brushes from photoshop into their program and so much more.

  • I'm planning on getting the basic program, and then if I like it, I'll upgrade to EX. I am fed up with Adobe going to a subscription model, so plan to move completely away from all of their programs.

  • I'm a starting comic creator (I haven't released on Webtoon yet because I haven't done enough episodes and I'd fall behind schedule). I use clip studio pro as it's quite similar and doesn't hugely affect my experience

    Also I'm a broke college student :<

  • I feel like that program should be more well known to comic artists! I feel like, even though it was sped up, you finished the page faster and it looked super nice!

  • Clip Studio Paint Pro is the best! I haven't used anything else bc I'm broke. You are totally right about linearts taking forever but coloring is super fast with or without the automatic colorizer for CSPP. I guess my main "complaint" would be that Clip Studio English version needs help. You can download TONS of different pens, brushes, models etc made by CSPP and just normal artists. But I have to look them up in Japanese because the search never works in English. Which isn't really Clip Studio's fault because people post in Japanese..It's not too big of a drawback because I don't mind endlessly scrolling and the pictures show what you get.

  • I use clip studio, for straight lines use the blue triangle. This will give you numerous guides where you can vary the pen pressure when drawing. If I want a solid line I use the marker pens but copy and create my own if needed. On the whole I’m quite happy with this programme and as I use it more and more the better I like it. Recent upgrades (free) constantly improve and add to the versatility of the programme.

  • And Krita is better and cheaper than Clip Studio Paint.

    (nothing can be cheaper than Krita, cause it's FREE 😁)

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