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Free Brushes for Manga Studio 5/ Clip Studio Paint

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This is the current set of brushes I use. They're all either modified standard brushes or created from brush tips I've made myself.

You MAY freely use and modify these brushes and use them for personal and professional work alike.
You MAY share brushes you've made using my brushes as a base, as long as you share them for free and direct people back to this original post.
You MAY NOT sell these brushes or any derivatives of them.


Edit 28/11/2018
Added another folder called dw csp brushes 2018. If you prefer, you can get just the new set here. Also added '2017' to the name of the previous set to avoid confusion. Haven't specifically tested these newest ones in Manga Studio, though I don't anticipate any difficulties there. If you do run into any trouble I can only apologise.

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Edit 01/07/2017
Added another folder called 'dw csp brushes'. These are the current brushes I use, the exact same set that's found in my more recent submission here. There's quite a bit of overlap between them and some of the brushes already in this set, but I felt it's clearer to keep the folders as they are.

Though I've moved on to Clip Studio Paint, I've tested my newer brushes in Manga Studio 5 so they shouldn't give you trouble either way.


When you download and unzip the files, you'll be left with a folder containing four sub-folders. Here's a few words on their contents:

Basic Set:
These are my basic, all-purpose brushes. Most of them I use as-is, changing the size as I go, but not much else.

Cel is based on one of my favourite Sai brushes. It's a hard, basic round brush which is very responsive to pressure sensitivity and slides smoothly from a very thin line to a nice, thick one. Good for a nice, variable line while inking, or for sketching, or for getting a thin, crisp line.

Sketch Pen works well for sketching out lineart.

Digi Brush 4 handles wonderfully for creating painterly colours. Play around with it, blend colours with it. It's without a doubt one of my favourites.

Simple Round is a great tool for filling in large areas or blocking out your basic colours. Since it uses the basic round brush tip it resist lag even at large sizes.

All the brushes labelled as 'block and blend' are ones where I actively change the 'Mix ground color' setting off and on as I go. I tend to have it on to begin with, but since the Ink settings mix heavily, I sometimes switch it off for a few strokes to add new colour on top of existing colour, then back on again for blending.

These are my most recent brushes, all based on real, scanned ink strokes.

All the 'Stroke' ones are ribbon brushes, so they handle well even at larger sizes.

The rest repeat their brush tip at various angles with some size variation to create interesting, organic patterns. I avoided the scatter setting (Spraying effect) with these ones, again to keep them smooth and efficient.
As a side note, when using spraying effects I recommend keeping the 'Particle size' option visible in your 'Tool property' window.

Simple leaf-like patterns, a bark-like pattern, and a couple of sponge-like brushes. Pretty self-explanatory.

The title says 'Unoptimised' for a reason. These are some of my earliest attempts at brushmaking. I keep them around because some of them have a good idea for a brush and I keep meaning to remake them. They have interesting effects to them even in their current state.
Mostly they have the issue of the brusheads not having been created in grayscale and thus repeating the colour black instead of your palette colour unless one enables the mixing options. Some of them also lag, or don't repeat well outside a particular resolution, so be warned.
I've included them mainly for those interested in making their own brushes. If you're just planning to use my brushes as they are, I recommend skipping this folder.

Importing multiple brushes in MS5/CSP:…
The video's a bit slow but it is thorough, so good for beginners.
The instructions do work in Windows.
I haven't bought his brush set but it looked good so feel free to give it a try.

If you want to make your own brushes, please note that if you want your brush to repeat the colour you're painting with and not the colour the brush tip was made with then the Brush Tip needs to be created on a Grayscale/Monochrome Layer!

If you are new to MS5/CSP I highly recommend watching this short video before you begin experimenting with brushmaking:…
I really wish I hadn't had to learn these basics the hard way. Just watch it.

The same user also has a longer video on brush settings in MS5:…

If you're making brush tips out of scanned images and want to get rid of the white background, you can change the 'Expression color' of the layer to 'Grayscale' (or Monochrome) and click the black box next to the drop-down menu to ensure only the black is visible.
You can find your 'Expression color' drop-down box in your 'Layer Properties' window or by right-clicking your layer and selecting 'Convert Layer'.

I also find the 'Select Color Gamut' (Under 'Selection') and 'Tone Curve' (Edit>Tonal Correction>Tone Curve) options particularly useful for this process.

Remember that under 'File>Command Bar Settings' you can arrange the icons on your command bar for easy access to frequently used functions.

You can move nearly all UI elements around just by dragging and dropping, so make sure to organize them in a manner that suits your workflow. (I for one have a habit of constantly moving my 'Color Wheel' and 'Color History' around as I work.)
Note that changes to UI and brushes are saved when you close the application, so if you've made extensive changes to your UI or imported/modified brushes, it may be a good idea to make sure you close the program so the changes you've made are saved and not lost in case of power failure/software malfunction.

And yes, Manga Studio and Clip Studio Paint are indeed the same application.
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Shadowphoenix21's avatar

I was hunting watercolour brushes but stumbled up this and love your ink brushes, thank you! They are amazing!

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AmounSaiNew Deviant

Thank you for this wonderful brush, I ll try and work with them

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Thanks a lot for this wonderful and huge collection! The star Splatter and Stardust was what I've been looking for! And within this collection I found so much more wonderful stuff. :heart:

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GuillefreyProfessional Traditional Artist

Thank you for this brush :D

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SongYongBinHobbyist Photographer

muchas gracias por compartir estos pinceles, eres muy amable:hug:

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tania2024Hobbyist Traditional Artist

How do you download the brushes?

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thank you

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Thanks for those!!! <3

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Good ! Thanks for sharing

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Gonna give these a shot. Thanks!!

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Thanks so much for letting us enjoy your brushes and your explanations. I find them really useful and enjoyable. Awesome work!

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XNeo-DragoHobbyist Digital Artist

Hey hey hey! I tried those brushes and omg they are amazing!! Thank you a lot! I was searching for good brushes but that whoa, your brushes were just, what i was looking for!! <3

I really really love them ;0;

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Thanks a lot again!

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How can i download this? Please help

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There should be a download button somewhere on the page. If you have the classic view, it's the lowest of the many buttons on the top right. In eclipse view, it's an icon underneath the image. Either way, look for the downward pointing arrow symbol.

If you do manage to download them, remember to unzip the files before trying to port them into Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint.
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midnightoceantempestStudent General Artist

Love these, thank you so much for sharing!!

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My god! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!:love: :love: :love::love::love::love:

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KugerilyProfessional Digital Artist

Thank you very much :)

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NoobArtistMerryStudent Digital Artist

Thank you for the brushes


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QuakeBrothersHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, was hoping to find a round brush like the one Photoshop, all rendering tutorials I find are on Photoshop
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ShaianWillemsProfessional Digital Artist
thanks, i will take these for a test drive. :aww:
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Thanks so much, these brushes are fantastic. And just trying to figure out how to install them taught me a lot about the program itself.

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wooo thank you it's great (^___^ )

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