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[TUTORIAL] Clip Studio Reference Layers by resake [TUTORIAL] Clip Studio Reference Layers by resake
this is just a quick little trick for clip studio paint (and manga studio)! ah gomen if i'm the last to find out about this but in case anyone else is like me sweats... i made a quick tutorial....!! i hope it's helpful!


  • fiddling with “color margin” in the brush settings will change how well it goes over the lineart. the lower it is, there may be slight gaps between your colors and your lines. fiddle with it until you get what you like!
  • while this trick makes it so you don’t need to be as precise laying in your colors, you still need to be a bit gentle with the brush. don’t go too crazy.
  • you can make as many layers for your colors as you want (i just used one for this tutorial)! however i’m fairly sure you can only make one reference layer at a time.
  • i’m sure you can use this trick for other purposes (to help with shading, etc), so this is just a basic tutorial to show how it works!
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Pandymee2 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student General Artist
This is the thing that has saved my life so many times and I nearly had a heart attack thinking that I might not find it again after changing computers! Thank you infinitely for this!!!
DoodleBuppers Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student General Artist
When I do this it gives me a bunch of pixels that won't fill in and I was wondering if you know how to fix
resake Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
Try fiddling with the "color margin" setting, I think this may help! 
DoodleBuppers Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Okay I will try it out ^-^
JadeSnk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice trick! Very appreciated!:)
MarleneJedynak Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you ! :D (Big Grin) 
cactusjoe999 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Thank you for this simple and clear explanation.
Lunangel07 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you~ ^-^
MangaxMango Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
How do you make the lineart stay :C
LeoLep Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have any idea on how to upload art from clipartstudio to deviantart? this would be super helpful. thanks <3
resake Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Do you mean the clip studio paint files? If so, I think you can upload them just as any other file, though you'll need to upload a preview image, and there will be a "download" button to the side once you submit it.

Unless you mean as just normal images, then when you're working in the program, you click "Save as" and be sure to change the file type to png or jpg! You can also save it as other file types too if yo need to. Once that is done you should be able to upload the image normally. 

If I misunderstood, feel free to clarify and I'll try to give a more helpful answer! 8 v 8
melsr007 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Pikaronii Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got CSP during the sale and
you mean to tell me
that it has a function where you don't color outside the lines???? :0
synderen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AH I just got this program recently....and I was wondering if they had this ability like SAI sorta does... very good to know, thanks for the tut <:
nikkaroo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
i love this OC uguuuuu
Mortquitamort Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You should see how a 3D designer it feels when a comic drawer can draw an entire papersheet in only 2 days.....

It's like....

Ohh dammm.... what am I doing with my life ???

   : (
Remiaro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
I gotta give that a shot sometime :'D

The method that I am most familiar with when it comes to blocking in with lineart is to select the inside of the lineart with magic wand and then expand the selection by a few pixels (most programs allow you to do this). If you were to make your lineart a bright or light colour and set the layer to multiply, with this technique I think you'd end up with a pretty interesting look.
Aro-around Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you make it look like so easy <3 urghhh this is awesome
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