Clip Studio Paint is a great drawing program to use with Astropad. It’s versatile for both illustration and creating publisher-ready comics, with features that accommodate every step of the comic-making process: layouts, perspective rulers, sketching, inking, coloring, and captions.
In this quick step-by-step guide, we’ll help you organize an efficient workspace for using Clip Studio Paint with Astropad. For the best experience, we recommend the latest Clip Studio Paint version.
It’s easy to arrange and resize Clip Studio Paint’s tool panels. Just click the top of a panel and drag it anywhere on screen. They can be resized at the sides, corners, or completely hidden to the side of the screen. We recommend having at least the following panels arranged on your screen:
Materials Panel: If you plan to use features such as 3D posing, screen tones, and textures, you will want to keep the Materials Panel close by. We suggest that you leave the collapsable Materials toolbar on your screen near the color palette or main toolbar so that you can easily access features without taking up a lot of screen space.
Astropad’s sidebar shortcuts menu is preset for Photoshop, but it can be edited for Clip Studio. You can do this by going to “Preferences” then “Shortcuts” in the Mac app.
We recommend placing your most used shortcuts in the sidebar. It’s totally customizable, so add whatever works best with your work flow! Here are some suggestions:
You may need to move the shortcuts sidebar, depending on whether you are right or left handed. Just use your finger to drag the sidebar to either side of your iPad. You can also move the white ring around the screen to create a comfortable placement for your drawing style.
Even though you can’t use gestures on the Mac trackpad, Astropad supports touch panning and zooming for Clip Studio Paint. Use two fingers to pinch, zoom, and pan on your iPad. This way, you won’t need to keep the navigator panel or scrollbars in view when you set up your ideal workspace.
For more information on working in Clip Studio Paint, check out the Astropad Community Forum. ✌🏽
Our top Astro dogs have been hard at work on Astropad 2.0, and we’re so excited to share a full lineup of ultra-responsive features. Here are the highlights:
Rebekka is Astropad’s hero woman – she’s complex and captivating, and she’s been the face of Astropad since its inception in 2015. The original watercolor Rebekka was made by artist Rebekka Ivácson (hence the name), and it embodies the artistic merit of Astropad users.
In anticipation of *Astropad version 2* (free update, coming this summer!) we issued an open call to the Astro Community to design a new Rebekka. We thought it would be fitting with the cool features we’ll be introducing in our free version 2 update.
To find the next iteration of Rebekka, hundreds of artists shared their portfolios with us – everything ranging from manga to watercolor to 3D models of Rebekka. We were so impressed with the submissions that we chose to commission work from two artists: Ellen Edgerton and Siena Summers – you can check out their work below.
You’ll have to wait to find out which Rebekka was our final pick for Astropad version 2. Stay tuned… we’ll be sharing the free update for existing Astropad users later this summer. 🚀
Finally, thank you to everyone who submitted their portfolios! Remember to tag your work with #Astropad to be featured on our Instagram.
It has been a tremendous year for Astropad, and we’re only getting started!
Malyse our resident artist made the illustration above to celebrate this event, using Astropad, Photoshop, and the awesome new spatter brushes by Kyle T. Webster.
We have a lot of innovations coming in the next few months. Stay tuned!
Matt, Giovanni & Malyse
iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is a monumental leap forward for Astropad, and we are incredibly excited to announce our official support today. This is a big deal for us, as we now have the hardware we’ve been dreaming of for Astropad.
Here are some of the things we’ve done to make Astropad on iPad Pro the best experience yet:
• Support for both the iPad Pro screen size and the Apple Pencil
• Advanced stroke tuning to remove stray points, and provide beautiful strokes with Apple Pencil
• Support for tilt on the Apple Pencil, we feed the angle of the Pencil into your Mac for more accurate brush simulation
• We’ve built a custom pressure curve specifically for Apple Pencil
• Further reduced latency, especially for Macs that have dual graphics cards
• Image quality is improved, so the image on your iPad Pro is crisper
We think the iPad Pro is incredibly exciting for artists everywhere, and definitely complements Astropad. This is a beginning; we plan on adding more features, and developing more possibilities for this great combination.
Look forward to it!
Apple is releasing the iPad Pro this week, and our Astro dogs couldn’t be more excited! The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the devices we have been dreaming of… And we’re not the only ones! Apple has struck a chord with the creative community.
iPad Pro fever is high, and it looks to be a great success among creative professionals… In fact, our recent survey shows that 77% of our users are buying or are considering buying an iPad Pro!
Recently, we ran a survey of our registered Astropad users. When we asked whether they are planning to buy an iPad Pro, one-third reported yes. Almost half reported maybe! This is incredible! Keep in mind most of our users already own an iPad.
Astropad users are illustrators, photographers, and other professional creatives who use desktop class software, such as Adobe Photoshop, to do professional work. And they want to use iPad Pro as another tool for their work.
That one-third of our users plan to buy an iPad Pro is an excellent indication that this new larger iPad is appealing to the pro community.
Not only are independent creatives incredibly excited about the iPad Pro, but we are also hearing from major Hollywood Studios. Many studios have contacted us about their interest in adopting Astropad + iPad Pro for their artists. This is a significant sign that the iPad Pro is considered a professional-grade device.
There are strong indications from our users and the creative industry, that iPad Pro is going to be incredibly popular with professionals worldwide.
The team at Astropad is focused on delivering the best possible experience for iPad Pro users. iPad Pro is going to be the premier way to use Astropad, and we will be sure to support every feature, including pressure and tilt! This week, we will have preliminary support for the iPad Pro available, followed by an enhanced update once we have access to our iPad Pros!
We are incredibly excited, and we can’t wait to see what you create with this new generation of creative tools.
PS: The complete iPad Pro fever image can be found here, it was drawn in Photoshop and Astropad on my soon to be retired iPad Air.
Updated today, Astropad Mini now includes 3D Touch support, for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
3D Touch enables pressure sensitive drawing. When using a finger or stylus, the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus is able to detect 256 levels of pressure on the screen, allowing users to draw thinner or thicker lines based on the amount of pressure that’s applied.
Download for free at the App Store.
Last week, we mentioned a new version of Astropad, awaiting Apple review.
Happy to report that the update is now available. Astropad is now fully compatible with iOS 9.
Stay tuned for more iOS 9 features, coming soon!