How To Make Pixel Art In Clip Studio Paint

The newest trend in art is to make aesthetically pleasing pixel art creations! This can be a fun way to depict things we see all around us to look like they come straight out of a video game; its use is growing every day. So, if you are an artist interested in updating your style, you must be wondering how to do so in Clip Studio Paint.

To create Pixel Art using the program Clip Studio Paint, you will need to use a small canvas and use a brush that does not have anti-alias properties. You can also use the built-in Dot Pen Tool to achieve a pixel result. Make sure your pixels are spaced appropriately and use a grid to get the most consistent results!

If you are ready to dive into the world of Pixel Art creation, the article you are reading is the right choice! Join us as we explore how pixel art can be created and the tools you will need to consider when creating it on Clip Studio Paint!

Creating Pixel Art In Clip Studio Paint

One of the most important things to remember when creating Pixel Art is that it is actually a nostalgic art style that first came into being due to limited rendering options. This limited artists to creating artwork on a pixel-by-pixel level. However, you can bring back old-school artwork by creating pixel art in Clip Studio Paint. 

This video showcases the basics of creating pixel art in Clip Studio Paint:

How To Set Up The Canvas

One of the most important factors to consider when creating pixel art is to work on a small canvas so the pixels are visible. To do this on Clip Studio Paint:

  1. Run the program Clip Studio Paint on your desktop.
  2. Now, create a new file with the appropriate size – 64×64 is a great place to start.
  3. Set up a grid that allows you to differentiate between each pixel.  

Now, you have the canvas ready to go with your artwork. So let’s get into making art!

Configuring The Brush

If you have already tried drawing lines on your art piece, you will have noticed that the brush doesn’t look like it should, with the appropriate pixelation. This is because on Clip Studio Paint, the brush automatically uses a setting known as Anti-Alias. This setting renders a smooth edge to the brush instead of creating distinct pixels. 

Turn this off in the brush settings, by choosing ‘None’ next to the header Anti-aliasing. You can also turn this setting off on other tools, including the following: 

  • The Marquee Tool
  • Gradients
  • Auto-Select Tool
  • Fill 
  • Text Tool

This will remove the rendering around the edge of the layer, and give you a crisp edge that showcases all of the pixels. 

Additionally, there is a pixel pen in Clip Studio Paint that you can use. This is called the ‘Dot Pen’ and can be used for pixel artwork. The Dot Pen can be found under the category ‘Markers’ in the app. 

Creating The Line Art

Now that you have the pen tool ready, it is time to create your actual artwork. Remember, the Dot Pen Tool cannot change sizes – it will always occupy one pixel, so you can zoom in or out, or use multiple lines to showcase emphasis. 

Once the line art is ready, you can edit or change your outline to look like the final result you are aiming for. 

One of the core principles of pixel art is how the art progresses from pixel to pixel. So, you are likely to see a line with one pixel slowly transition into two or more pixels over time. Instead of having jagged lines, using this idea of progression can help your art look cohesive and clean. 

Make sure to incorporate it into your pixel line art!

Coloring In The Lines

Finally, you can get to coloring. You can use the same Dot Pen Tool for coloring purposes, but this is where you get the chance to push your artwork a little bit. 

Back in the time of original pixel art, there used to be limited color palettes, so you can honor that by using a simplified color palette. 

However, there are no restrictions, so you can choose a palette that works best for your design as well. Make sure to color in with the same progression idea so your work looks cohesive!

Final Thoughts

Creating pixel art can be a fun way to test your artistic limitations and create beautiful and aesthetically pleasing artwork! With the resurgence of this art style, there is bound to be more innovation to come from this field!