The more I’m drawing and painting digitally the more I’m falling in love with Clip Studio Paint Pro.
I’ve had the software as long as I’ve had my Surface Pro, but I used it like I used Microsoft’s Paint or paint.net. That means, drawing a little, adding some layers, and maybe using the fill bucket.
5 Reasons I really like Clip Studio Paint Pro
Comic Frames are so easy to create. The comic frame tool creates a masked area, and the frame divider tool can easily split that area into further layers. You can also go in later and adjust the frame locations, borders and sizes. It saves so much time.
Speech Bubbles are super easy to create too. Another tool especially for the comic creators. You can draw a bubble in whatever shape you like, and also draw tails to your characters. Then you can pop in your text and it’s just all so easy. The only drawback here is I haven’t found a way to wrap horizontal text, so I need to manually put in my new lines. But it’s not often that I have this much dialogue in bubbles anyway.
Vector Drawing makes editing lines super easy. You can create a vector layer, draw as much as you like, and then go back in with a vector eraser to clean things up. You can also make lines thinner and thicker and move them around. Just an overall awesome feature.
The Smart Bucket Fill basically
The Marketplace is a great place to find free licensed materials. Materials are things like character models, stamps and brushes, and they’re all easily downloadable and useable. Just great value.
Here’s one more for extra fortune. You only have to pay for Clip Studio Paint ONCE! Yes. And it only costs $50! That’s the approximate cost of one month of Adobe’s creative suite subscription. But Clip Studio is a one time payment for a license and the updates are frequent enough.
If that seriously wasn’t enough, you can get a Clip Studio Paint Pro license when you buy a Wacom Intuos digital tablet. As far as I can see, buying the Small Intuos with Bluetooth or the Medium Intuos gets you a license, effectively slashing the cost of those tablets by $50 if you wanted Clip Studio anyway. And it comes with two other drawing software licenses if Clip Studio isn’t to your liking. (This may not be current by the time you read, so do check what software comes with the tablet if you want to buy). It’s a great deal, and so worth it even at full price.
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