How To Invert Colors In Clip Studio Paint

When using Clip Studio Paint, one way to change up the look of your art is to edit the layers and apply a series of different effects, which can allow you to see the work you have created in different ways. One common style that is used a lot is the method of inverting colors on a particular layer. But how can you go about making this change on Clip Studio Paint?

If you want to invert a layer or selection when using Clip Studio Paint, you can select the area, and then use the Edit menu. From here, you can choose a tonal correction effect, and then select the right filter to invert the colors on the layer or selection. This kind of inversion is applicable on raster layers, so keep that in mind before applying this effect!

If you want to give a fresh look to your artwork or want to add some intrigue to the background layer of a project, inerting colors can be a fun way of making this happen! So, keep reading this article to learn more about how to invert colors in a layer or selection on Clip Studio Paint and how the software converts RGB selections to create inverted layers! Let’s go!

How To Invert Colors On A Layer In Clip Studio Paint

When using Clip Studio Paint, you will actually need to use a gradient to create the effect known as inversion. While this can seem complicated at first, there is a pretty simple way to make this happen. 

All you’ll need to do is follow the steps in the following list:

  1. Open up Clip Studio Paint and open the project you want to work on.
  2. Next, select the layer that you want to invert colors on.
  3. Once you have the layer selected, navigate to the Edit menu on the software.
  4. From the Edit menu, choose the option ‘Tonal Correction.’
  5. Next, select the option ‘Reverse Gradient.’ 
  6. Your layer’s colors will now be inverted in the RGB values.

Keep in mind that you can only invert layers of a certain type. This tonal correction filter gradient can only be applied on raster layers when using Clip Studio Paint. This includes monochrome, gray, and color raster layers in your artwork.

How To Invert Colors In A Selection In Clip Studio Paint

Sometimes, you will want to invert colors in a specific area instead of onto the whole layer. One way to make this happen is to use a selection to make sure it only applies to the area of your preference.

Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Run the Clip Studio Paint program, and select your project.
  2. Now, once the file is open, navigate to the selection tool.
  3. Make your selection, and ensure it covers the right area.
  4. Now, go to the Edit menu, and then choose the option ‘Tonal Correction.’
  5. Select ‘Reverse Gradient’ to apply the filter to the selected area.

Your selected area will now have inverted colors, and the rest of the layer will be unaffected. 

How Does Clip Studio Paint Really Invert Colors?

On Clip Studio Paint, colors on a layer or selection are inverted on the basis of RGB values. This allows colors on the other end of the spectrum to be seen instead of the colors you originally chose for the area in question.

Consider if you used a color with the following RGB values:

  • R = 100
  • G = 255
  • B = 0

After using this inversion technique, the colors will move to the opposite side of the color spectrum, making the final RGB values into:

  • R = 155
  • G = 0
  • B = 255

Inverting can be a fun way of creating strange yet cohesive color schemes, bringing interest back into a monochromatic piece, and just to integrate some creative flair that can sometimes be missing. 

A lot of artists use this technique for backgrounds. Depending on your art style, you can really incorporate inversion to create some interesting results. 

Final Thoughts

Inverting the layers of your artwork, or parts of the layers, can be a fascinating way to bring interesting results to your work on Clip Studio Paint. While the software does use a different mechanism to create this technique, the process is still relatively simple, and a very useful tool for artists of all styles! 

We hope this article was informative and you are now able to use the color inversion tool on all of your future Clip Studio Paint projects!