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Vector graphics software for creating comics & illustrations

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Clip Studio Paint Pricing

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49.99

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Clip Studio Paint is offered across two pricing plans, outlined below. A free trial is available.
Clip Studio Paint Pro: (for macOS and Windows) $49.99 at a one-time purchase (for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone and Galaxy) monthly usage plan starts from $0.99
Clip Studio Paint EX: (for macOS and Windows) $219 at a one-time purchase (for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone and Galaxy) monthly usage plan starts from $2.49
Volume licenses are also available for businesses and educational institutions.

What users say

This is a paid software but it's definitely worth the money. I've used it to create a few comics and I highly recommend it for other comic creators and digital artists.
Basically the industry standard illustration software for everyone from amateur to professional. The price is pretty good to begin with, and it is constantly going on sale.

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Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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Fantastic Program

Reviewed 2 years ago

The program is very affordable, it runs fast, and it has pretty much all the features I look for in an art program. It has added features that previous programs I worked with didn't have as well.

Pros

Clip Studio has grown over the years and has become such an amazing program. Templates for printing, for interactive digital storytelling, animation, comic page layouts, 3D assets to help with the layout of an illustration, vector layers and masking, completely customizable brushes and textures. I cannot say enough good about this program. Custom brushes and assets are drag and drop install and the program comes with a search window to find other custom assets that users have uploaded. There's a newer feature that records a time-lapse of what is being drawn. CSP allows the user to export files in a number of different extensions, including PSD. There is a cloud feature, and the ability to also use the program on mobile. (the mobile version, however, is subscription.)

Cons

One of the biggest weaknesses is the lack of ability to edit text kerning and allow for that text to follow a path, but I'm hoping this will change in future updates, which this program is always receiving. Otherwise, I really don't have much to complain about.

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Mykel M.

Animation, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Clip Studio

Reviewed 2 years ago

My experience has been good so far. It has not crashed since I purchased it.

Pros

I like the price of this software. it is inexpensive and has so many features. Also it does not use a lot of RAM, which is really impressive

Cons

On MacOs. the canvas is separated from the too bar. Creating two windows instead of one.

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Naiiera W.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Clip Studio as my main drawing app for 1 year

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience is excellent. If anyone asks me about drawing apps I suggest Clip Studio at once! The app deserves more than its the actual price, and I'm glad that they offer it at such an accessible price so everyone can get it.

Pros

First of all, I loved how they make it inexpensive, unlike the other drawing apps. It offers unlimited features that one can't cover all at once. I've been using it for more than a year now, and every day I discover a new hidden feature that I don't know about earlier. I like how they always develop it and add more amazing features.

Cons

I just really hate that Ipad/Android version has no one-time purchase plan just like the PC. Also, when I tried to use it on a tablet, I find it very confusing and way more complex than on a PC. Since I have no keyboard for the shortcuts, I need a friendly interface that eases my experience with the touch screen and pencil. So they really need to work on the interface in the tablet version.

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Rogelio A.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Happy accidents everywhere!

Reviewed 3 years ago

I love it. Truly love it. I hope they enable the vector export feature soon. Of course they try to sell you the brushes packs and several other stuff but they are really cheap and good quality and made on collaboration with several artists who use it on their own arts

Pros

It is really easy to learn how to use it, you can start drawing sketches the minute you start it and you can feel like a real pro if you use the stabilizers. Graphixly (Clip Studio) give enough webinars to teach you how to use it and learn by yourself. It is truly free to let you create whatever you want, the way you want it. If you are a noob like me, you can draw on vectors and correct everything of the drawing you just made without having to re-draw it Clip Studio lets you export on several formats including webtoons

Cons

You can't draw on exportable vectors as SVG or EPS.

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Design, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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The perfect program for artists!

Reviewed 3 years ago

Clip Studio Paint is awesome. I was absolutely enamored with how responsive the program is to my graphics drawing tablet (XP-PEN 13 Pro), and it's perfect. I have been a daily user for a little now, and I am very satisfied with my purchase. Also - I got mine 50% off whenever they were having a sale, so you can't beat that price!

Pros

Tons of features and a library of assets are available at my disposal, it's awesome!

Cons

Because of all of the features, it can take a little more time to learn, but it's well worth it!

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Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Why Clip Studio is my favorite digital art software

Reviewed a year ago

All in all, the Clip Studio Paint program is a fantastic resource for digital artists, offering an impressive suite of default tools and brushes, as well as a vast online library of user-created assets. With an impressive variety of brushes, as well as the ability to customize and create your own, Clip Studio Paint provides artists with a wide array of textured options to give their work a unique and realistic feel. Whether you want to make something that looks like a traditional oil painting or a modern digital drawing, Clip Studio Paint gives you the tools to achieve it!

Pros

Whether you're just starting out in digital art or you're a seasoned professional, Clip Studio can provide a rich array of tools and resources to suit your needs. I genuinely like this program a lot, as I have used it for several years now. With the variety of tools available, you can take your artwork in any direction that you desire. If you’re creating comics, concept art, illustrations, or anything...

Cons

Recently, Clip Studio had an update that distressed many of its users because it stated they would be changing their payment method to a subscription service. This concerned myself and many others because one of the main appeals of Clip Studio is that it is much more affordable than other digital art software. As an example, Adobe Photoshop is much more expensive and widely used by professional artists,...

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ERIC EMMANUEL SANTOS T.

Animation, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Satisfied Clip Studio Paint user.

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

Low specs requirement, wide variety of downloadable brushes and drawing tools, great for illustration, can do animation projects from scratch to final render, compatible with many type of file format, great app with high resolution output, highly recommended even with beginners.

Cons

Initial use, I had minor trouble memorizing the tools but that I think is also common with other apps for a new user but after a while, I really loved and enjoyed using Clip Studio Paint.

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Carl S.

Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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The Best Illustration Software Around

Reviewed 3 years ago

Use it for basically all my illustration, both professional and for fun.

Pros

Basically the industry standard illustration software for everyone from amateur to professional. The price is pretty good to begin with, and it is constantly going on sale. And the ability to sync projects between your desktop and tablet is great.

Cons

Can be a bit of a learning curve, especially if you are switching to it from another software. Has so many settings that it can take a bit to get the workspace set up comfortably.

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Teya B.

Arts and Crafts, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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The most amazing drawing app EVER!

Reviewed 4 years ago

CSP is the software that I recommend daily to all artist around me. I am a professional illustrator and after I started using Clip Studio Paint I forgot about all Adobe software. Everything is easier, smoother, better in CSP !

Pros

I don't like this app. I LOVE IT! I am happy that someone finally made an app that is light and fast. It doesn't make your computer die. In the same time it has all the useful tool of other aps + some original, very creative tools that I've seen only in CSP. I love that the software is so affordable too!

Cons

I never had any issues with the software. however a couple years ago I lost my serial key and had to contact the support team to recover it for me. I don't know if this is the way Japanese support usually behaves, but they didn't feel very friendly at all. Not that they were rude, but they weren't kind and friendly as many other apps support people are. That said, I need to mention that they DID solve my problem. It took long though.

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Martin T.

Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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CSP is a cheap but complete and intuitive painting software

Reviewed 3 years ago

CSP is very easy to use and thanks to that, as someone who used to focus on traditionnal painting/drawing, I now actually enjoy painting numerically.

Pros

- The brush management system is really easy and intuitive to use - Creating brushes is easy - You can "paint" using a transparent color, allowing you to paint and undo your mistakes with the same brush instead of having to switch to the eraser tool (which, usually, uses a different brush) - Brush stabilization feature - A lot of keybinds are modifyable - Radial, axial, multi-axial symmetry tools - Comparatively very cheap

Cons

- No CMYK support - No "dual brush" feature for brushes - Would like some additional ruler/perspective features (for isometric perspective, etc)

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Joelle L.

Animation, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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A Solid Program, Especially if you do a lot of Inking/ Work on Comics.

Reviewed 7 months ago

I love it! The main things that have stopped me from picking it up full-time is how different it is to photoshop and how efficient I am in the latter. I've already created a solid pipeline in photoshop, which cannot easily be fully transferred over, and I'm too lazy to start over. But if you're just starting out or happy to experiment, it is an amazing program and much more affordable.

Pros

I love the variety of brushes you can find for use in the program, and felt that needed a shout-out. However, the main reason I use Clip on the regular is to quickly place flat colours under my linework. I use photoshop CS5, which is sorely lacking a good paint bucket feature. Clip, on the other hand, is amazing at quickly filling areas of flat colour, and allows you to place flats on a different layer than the lineart, all while using the linework information. The result is near-seemless, needing very little adjustments, and is much more versatile and less destructive than the Photoshop equivalent.

Cons

The imported text issue is the main con I have, though it is a situational issue. Other than that, you need to take the time to learn how to use the program to get the most out of it. Of course, that can be said about almost any program. It is a little harder to pick up than certain programs.

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Eero L.

Consumer Electronics, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Well-functioning software with not-so-professional marketing strategy

Reviewed 3 years ago

I bought it but didn't end up using it very often. It is an okay-ish tool, but since we have licenses for better tools (such as Photoshop), we tend to keep using those. However, I would recommend Clip Studio Paint to someone who wants to do digital painting and not pay too much for software licenses.

Pros

I bought the Clip Studio Paint license with plans to use it mainly on a tablet, but I ended up using it on desktop too. The software works surprisingly well with Wacom Cintiq Pro and digital painting is faster than in Corel Painter. What I like the most: Price and speed.

Cons

The brand of this software looks very amateurish, it seems like they are targeting hobby artists. Or maybe that is what their main user group is, and they just end up using the creations of those artists in their marketing. However, it doesn't look very professional. That said, it works fine. What I like the least: Brand and somewhat complex tools.

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Vanessa M.

Design, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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Cool software for digital painting

Reviewed 2 years ago

It is quite a good software, very powerful, has many capabilities and does many of the things my ideal software would do. Great brushes but hard to find good ones outside of the program. It is one of the best alternatives to Photoshop.

Pros

I am tired of the Adobe slavery and wanted something that offered similar possibilities for an accessible price. I am not able to afford Adobe constant upgrades and subscriptions and Clip Studio offered a one-time payment package that was ideal for me. The software is easy to learn although not so intuitive, and it has all the elements I need to produce my illustrations without having to go back to Photoshop.

Cons

They recently reverted to a subscription model which was the thing that attracted me to them in the first place.

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Kevin O.

Apparel & Fashion, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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A Graphic Designer's Save

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have only been using it a few months now but the more I use it the more I want to. It has actually opened up an entre new world of art and design for me and I love it! I am so familiar with these types of programs and that makes it really easy!

Pros

It started out as free and ten only cost $49. for the full program. I got it for my Galaxy tab S7 to have a better art program for designing and uploading fr my print-on-demand business and wasn't sure I could do that with a tablet and without my art programs but it is better than the program on my desktop in a lot of ways and I was able and am able t work more efficiently, anywhere on earth.

Cons

It too a bit to get used to such a size, working on a tablet, but other than that it is phenomenal and I have no complaints.

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Alexandre R.

Arts and Crafts, 11-50 employees

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Experience with Clip Studio Paint

Reviewed 3 years ago

I looked for Clip Studio Paint to make prints for the painting shop where I work, I found it easy to learn how to use the tools and it was easy to work with comparison to other programs, but at the same time that some tools were good and simple, with others I had difficulty not only in using them but also in getting help, but it was nothing that hindered my service too much. In addition, when printing the prints, the quality was not like that of PhotoShop, but it did not leave anything to be desired. It is a good software, simple to use but it has small details that make the difference but that in some cases are compensated by the price of the software in relation to some competitors.

Pros

It is a software with a lot of resources, the tools are simple to use, are easy to find and have very intuitive icons (which makes it easy to use even for those who know the tool for a short time). The zoom tool is very good and makes it easy to work, giving agility and speed at work (unlike other software).

Cons

Customer support is not the best and sometimes you have to work hard to discover the functionality of some tools, some are easy and very intuitive but others are not so much. Some resources are missing for working in 3D and the tools for working with vectors need further improvement.

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Aileen Z.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Great software for a very nice price

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I'm not an expert by any means, but Clip Studio is as powerful as Photoshop at a fraction of the price. The official tutorials are helpful and the user-contributed assets are great. A great drawing experience.

Cons

There are tons of tools, and learning all of them requires a pretty steep learning curve.

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Caroline C.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used other for less than 6 months

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Great drawing software!

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

It is a software with a very intuitive layout and easy to learn for beginners. It is great for comics, in fact very useful for comic artists, and animators too, although not my area, proved to be easy to understand and create a simple animation.

Cons

It seems that the translation was not very good, it is possible to see some words in Japanese and it bothers a little. I found the standard brushes very limited, I've seen programs with a much larger number. Some filter tools that make a difference are missing here, like liquify, and as it is a paid program and not cheap this is a problem for me.