How to Organize a Clip Studio Paint Workspace for Astropad

Aug 25th, 2016
Malyse McKinnon

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. 

Arranging Panels

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:

    • Subtool [brush]
    • Tool property (for easy stroke adjustments)
    • Color wheel
    • Layers

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.

Setting Menu Shortcuts

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: 

      • P – pencil/ pen
      • M – marquee
      • G – gradients
      • J – blending tool

Sidebar Placement

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.

Touch Panning & Zoom

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.

And check out our step-by-step video tutorials for making a comic book page in Clip Studio Paint:

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