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Overview

Vector Magic is a cloud-based and on-premise software designed to help businesses create vector images by converting JPG,...

Clip Studio Paint is a vector graphics software, which helps creative studios and artists draw and paint animations, illustrations,...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

5.49

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

49.99

One-time payment

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

22

5

4

3

2

1

17

4

1

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

4.7

60

5

4

3

2

1

46

12

2

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

I like for about all this software, because i am designer and i have a client. This time is good choose for using vector magic, so magic and beautiful finishing work.
Fantastic software for tracing and creating logos and saving as vectors. Simple platform that is user friendly and easy to figure out.
It is a great tool, great software, can do all you could wish for.

Pros

I have been able to draw a lot and draw much more quickly thanks to the available assets so my creative workflow has improved greatly with this software.
On top of the quality of the default brushes and tools in this application, there is also an entire community's worth of assets within the program itself that you can download and use.
This software is a great alternative to Procreate, it does have a large learning curve but once you set it up the way you like it has such a nice flow to it.

Cons

When images are complex it can be very difficult to adjust settings to eliminate auto-aliasing or other artifacts.
I don't like that the base layer of the image created is one solid block that is difficult to break down.

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.
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.
Otherwise, I really don't have much to complain about.
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  • Last reviewa year ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 months ago

Key features

  • Total features10
  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Image Tracing
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Preview Functionality
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Traceability
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features12
  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Image Tracing
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Preview Functionality
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Traceability
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrationsN/A
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

User reviews that mention these apps

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Gabrielle A.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

The Artist's Friend

Reviewed a year ago

Clip Studio Paint makes my artistic process so much easier. I don't have to worry about my shaky hand making my lineart look unpolished because the pen stabilization helps keep my art neat. I have been able to draw a lot and draw much more quickly thanks to the available assets so my creative workflow has improved greatly with this software.

Pros

Clip Studio Paint is an intuitive program that is easy to learn. It has an abundance of user-made assets and tools available to the artist that can be customized within the software. It works well with 3d models, has easy data import and export, and it can save as a .PSD. The pen stabilization and symmetry tools make drawing neatly for those with shaky hands a breeze. Clip Studio Paint cuts my time spent sketching and finalizing my lineart in half so I can focus on perfecting the smaller details on my drawing.

Cons

The vector drawings don't save as "true" or "editable" vectors if you need to send the vector image to someone who works with Adobe Illustrator or another similar program. It is difficult to export a vector illustration into other software because many of the editing points will disappear. It is also difficult to maintain your layers when exporting your project for use in Adobe Photoshop.

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Miguel S.

E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

Great Features, Vector Layers, Overall a Great Piece of Software!

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Vector Layers! Able to resize linework up and down without losing any quality.

Cons

Could have better text editing options, sometimes it's difficult to get it just the way you want.

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Simon L.

Marketing and Advertising, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

Perfect Drawing Software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Clip Studio Paint is the best drawing software around, with its many smart and clever features unique to it. It's an inexpensive alternative to Adobe Photoshop as well.

Pros

+ Easy way to adjust lineart after drawing + Many smart timesaver features (vector eraser, smart fill bucket)

Cons

- limited CMYK support - no support for variable fonts

AR
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Animation, self-employed

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

My New Favorite Drawing Tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

This is the best business purchase I've made it years. It will save me nearly $600 a year that I paid for Photoshop and has more tools and features that are actually built for artists, not just photo editing.

Pros

The vector layers! It makes it so easy to fill and paint later and to create a wide variety of things, from illustrations to product mock ups.

Cons

The UI initially is a bit confusing but thankfully you are free to move around your workspace to make it exactly the way you want it, and once I personalized it to my taste it was incredibly easy. It also sometimes crashes or takes too long to load because of its need to be connected online.

AR
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Graphic Design, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio

Reviewed 4 years ago

I think it is a great application that is specifically geared towards illustrators and comic book creators.

Pros

The EX version is quite full featured with powerful inking tools. Cool features of the inking tools include multiple types of brushes, adjustable stabilization for smoother strokes, and vector inking.

Cons

The screen layout can get a bit cluttered, but using a large screen tablet with decent resolution can help mitigate such a situation. There were some issues early on with losing custom settings but that seems to be resolved.

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Rogelio A.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

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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Aleksandra S.

Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Clip Studio Paint

Great for small and big projects

Reviewed 3 years ago

Some of the features CSP offers seemed like a marketing catch, but in the end became part of my pipeline. From working exclusively on cartography and digital painting, I have expanded my horizons to dabbling with webtoons and vector illustration, both made extremely easy and user-friendly with this program.

Pros

Performance of the application is outstanding in comparison to other products of this type; this allowed me to increase the canvas size and open files that would usually slow down the other programs. The asset store is a nice touch, allowing everyone to get additional brushes, patterns, backgrounds and other images for free (or in-program currency), and they're by default allowed for commercial use. That takes a lot of licensing hassle for creators and allows them to focus on their art.

Cons

Some asset features are very CPU heavy and can lag on older machines. Translations can be a bit of a mouthful at a times. Asset store tends to be very slow when browsing. Lack of custom shapes.

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Ahmad Aufar T.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Clip Studio Paint

Drawing is Much Easier with Clip Studio Paint

Reviewed a year ago

I have a lot of problem with perspective drawing. However, with the help of Clip Studio Paint tools and assets, I can master perspective drawing and get a good grade in my school

Pros

It has various drawing flexibility. It also provided a lot of different brushes, from different creators. It also has a very user friendly 3D model interface. There is also vector layer which is very convenient to edit post- creation. The community of Clip Studio Paint is also very creative. Clip Studio Paint has a lot of user created assets posted in their website. With those helps, I can do my drawing task with ease.

Cons

At the beginning, I feel like the user interface is too complicated. I feel like Clip Studio Paint should make a mini tutorial/guide for a beginner. However as I used it more often, it is fine. It also has little option in text and Fonts

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Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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Clip Studio Paint

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.