How To Color In Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio Paint is a famous software program that is mainly used for the digital creation of illustrations, comics, and 2D animations in general. Since it is designed specifically for drawing, naturally, it provides and makes features such as coloring more convenient to be used, and with various variations. Its Lineart tools and brushing/coloring tools are advanced and provide you full control over their customization. So how do we use these tools to color in Clip Studio Paint?

We start by making a background layer. You can use the brush settings to make your ideal color brush in Clip Studio Paint. For this, you can use the default oil paint brush or any other brush type you find fit from the settings. Before you use these brushes to color, you can also use the flattening method, in which you can use the eyedropper tool to generate a color palette from which you can “Fill” in colors. 

Since Clip Studio Paint provides you with so many choices, the coloring process may seem a little complicated. But it can be very easy if you learn its techniques. In this article, we will explain how you can use its tools to color your work as you want.

Coloring In Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio Paint has many built-in brushes, and you can change their settings in the Sub Tool Detail panel. But before you start, you have to follow a few steps to make your drawing ready to be colored.

  1. First, we make sure that our Lineart is fit to be colored in. This means that we should have clearer lines and remove any extra pencil lines that we don’t want. 
  2. Then, we have to create and set a new background layer and lock it in place with the lines layer. 
  3. We can create this by clicking New Raster Layer on the Layer palette. It is preferred that you change this layer to either a completely white fill or 50% gray in the grayscale.
  4. You can generate a color palette from the eyedropper tool by using some other image for help in your drawing, or you can simply use the color wheel palette. 
  5. Next, use the fill tool to fill your drawing with the colors; you can use the Pen tool to fill in areas that are too small. 

This process is called “flatting.” The following video thoroughly explains the coloring process in Clip Studio Paint:

To proceed with coloring with strokes, use any of the brushes. You can choose any color you want and customize the brush. You can change its opacity, hardness, size, texture, spraying effect, blending mode, and much more. 


Clip Studio Paint has a rich brush engine; you can use it for Lineart and coloring besides the Fill options. We explained how you could use Clip Studio Paint’s tools to color your work as you want to.