This is mostly clip studio (Pro, EX and OSX) related for anyone who is newer to using it or just as afraid to use certain things like i am..
- Just under the “A” icon for text input, there’s an icon with an arrow head pointing to the top left corner with two intersecting lines. This is where you can correct things like line weight, line structure, etc. It works quite a bit better if you’re using a vector layer, which i’ve decided to start using for my lineart layers at the least. This can easily adjust lines that may seem out of place but wont cause much in the way of distortion or blurring from sizing.
- In a vector layer, i’ve found using a grey lineart works better when you want to switch that layer to “Brightness” so that it adjusts to the under layer of color. However you can't readily go into Edit - Tonal Adjustments in a vector layer. Don't rasterize! Instead pick the color you want your lines to be in color selector and then go to Edit - Change Color of Line to Drawing. This actually changes your line art to any specific color you need!
- Selection pen! I literally never looked at this before, but you can easily adjust this tool to act like any of your normal (non-downloaded asset one i assume) to create a selection in the same brush shape! This makes it easy to create quick shadows that you can easily fill. My tip for filling a ton of lines is using the gradient fill tool. Set both colors of your color selection to either the same, or add some variety and switch it up! Drag that line across all the selections on a new layer and then switch that later to multiply and adjust accordingly! (In order to have it work in regards to pen pressure, next to Brush Size in Tool Properties there is a tiny button with a square on the inside that brings up a window, the first check box says “Pen Pressure” click this and it’ll have the pressure style pen with the tiny ends that way you can add various weight!)
- Paint fill! Coming back to filling, i’ve finally checked out this little tool. Do you have spots where you fill in a section and there’s those pesky small dots of white that with a pen/brush tool you keep overlapping to the outside of the line-art or into a section that doesn’t need that color? In the paint Sub Tool window, you’ll find “Paint unfilled area”. Using this tool with the color you need, you can click those areas and it fills them in! It wont go into a large uncolored area either, even if your tool slips by! (Like above, to get the pressure based tool, you will need to click the small button with a square! But it’s not totally necessary)
- My favorite thing when adjusting color for more depth, and this is a preference thing, but I like going into the colors, and going to the tab that has a square but two bars, one on the top, and the left side. This is your Approximate Color. You’ll be able to find the color you have selected, and every shade between it and black and white, and using the bars to adjust it can help you with saturation and brightness!
Remember: play with the settings! You can adjust each of the settings in the lower Tool Properties box under the Sub Tool window. The double wrench! The single wrench locks that tool to where it comes back to that setting once changed.
Questions about this? Not working for you? Send me an DM and maybe i can guide you through it if this isn't as clear.