How To Make Brushes In Clip Studio Paint

For many artists, being able to make their own brushes is an inevitable step in their journey of growth. After all, the built-in brushes may not be as extensive as you like, and downloadable ones may be too expensive. For some artists, it is just fun to imagine creating brushes on their own. But the question is, how do you even get started making brushes in Clip Studio Art?

When making brushes in Clip Studio Paint, the essential part is creating a static image of the brush tip itself. You can then adjust this to be the perfect brush for your work. It is also important that you know how to export this, and to save it as a brush on the Clip Studio Art program. 

If you are interested in creating a custom brush, this article is the right choice for you. In this article, we will be taking a look at the best custom brush-making tools in Clip Studio Art, along with the easiest processes to save and export your brushes. Let’s get started!

Making A Custom Brush In Clip Studio Paint

As we mentioned above, the process of creating a custom brush largely involves creating what you want the brush tip to look like. So, let’s explore the entire process as a whole. Here are the steps you need to follow when wanting to create a custom brush:

  1. Run the Clip Studio Paint program on your computer.
  2. Go to the File menu, and choose the option ‘New.’
  3. Now, choose a canvas size that can handle a larger brush size.
  4. You will need to choose the Basic Expression Color ‘Gray.’
  5. Start to create the custom brush shape you are looking for. For this, you need to create the brush tip only – this will enable you to create a custom brush.
  6. Adjust tones and pressure as you like to create the effect you want from your brush.

With just these steps in hand, your custom brush will be ready. However, to be able to use it, you need to save it as a brush. If you would like a visual guide, here is a video tutorial:

Saving Your Custom Brush In Clip Studio Paint

With the brush tip ready to be used, it is time to save it. To do this, you will need to save it as material on Clip Studio Paint. Follow these steps:

  1. First and foremost, make sure that your brush is merged into one layer.
  2. To do this, select the layers and right-click to select ‘Merge Selected Layers.’
  3. Make sure that you do not merge the background layer into this one.
  4. With the brush tip ready, navigate to the Edit menu on Clip Studio Paint.
  5. From here, choose the option ‘Register Material.’ In the next menu, choose ‘Image…’
  6. A window will appear where you can adjust the settings.
  7. Start by naming the material your custom name.
  8. Select the option ‘Use for Brush Tip Shape.’
  9. Save the Material in a folder of your choosing.

With this step done, you will now be able to have a saved brush that you created from Clip Studio Paint. However, you may notice that it may not show up in the brushes. This means you need to load it into the program. 

Loading A Custom Brush Into Clip Studio Paint

To get started using your custom brush, here is what you need to do:

  1. In the bushes tab, create a copy of any of the brushes already in the menu.
  2. Select this new copy, and navigate to the Tool Property tab to change its settings.
  3. Select ‘Add Brush Tip’ from the settings.
  4. Select your custom brush tip from the available materials.
  5. Adjust necessary options as needed and then save the custom brush.

You can now easily use and access your custom brush on Clip Studio Paint. 

Exporting Your New Custom Brush

With a new brush created, you may be wondering how you can export it. Whether you want to share it or sell it, here is what you will need to do to be able to export a brush:

  1. Select your custom brush and right-click on it.
  2. Choose the option ‘Export Sub Tool…’
  3. You can change the name of the file and save it wherever you would like. 

The brush can now be shared with whoever you like!

Final Thoughts

For many artists, creating and sharing brushes is an extension of their work. Creating custom brushes can allow you to reach new levels with the art you create, and it can be quite fun while you are at it!