Clip Studio Paint is coming in sizzling hot for our first update in 2021!
Clip Studio Paint 1.10.10 released 2021 May 27. This update includes a number of incredibly welcome and long-awaited features: Brush Shape Cursor, and Dual Brush, some other brush features, important bug fixes and some quality-of-life changes for comics collaboration.
You read that right: Brush Shape Cursor. Read on.
Brush Shape Cursor
I think the star of this update is the brush shape cursor. If you’re updating from a previous installation, it won’t be enabled by default. More on that below.
Clip Studio Paint, just like Photoshop and Krita, can now preview the brush shape and orientation on the cursor instead of just the brush size as a radius and flatness.
This feature makes it much easier to use flat, square, irregular or off-center brushes with much greater precision, giving you better control for painting details and precise shapes.
You can enable this feature in Preferences. Under the Cursor category. For the types of tools you want, choose one of the options that include “Brush shape”. You can combine the brush shape with the tool specific cursor, cross, dot or single pixel dot.
Is it enabled by default? If you came from a previous installation of Clip Studio Paint, it will keep your previous settings. You will need to enable the new shape cursor manually through Preferences. See how above.
Does it change size with pressure? Does it change thickness with tilt? There are extra options in Preferences under Cursor details category, which allows you to selectively allow it to change its size, rotation and thickness. How the cursor shape changes depends on the brush.
NOTE: You’ll want to choose Change size, thickness & direction to get the full feedback for brush shape. Confusingly, choosing the “when pen is hovering” option actually means “only when pen is hovering”. This causes the brush to stop rotating when the pen is drawing a stroke.
Depending on how the brush is designed to respond to tilt and pressure, the brush cursor will change accordingly.
What about spray brushes? Spray brushes only show the radius, which can still have thickness and rotation. It doesn’t take into account the size of the sprayed shapes so your spray can still end up significantly outside of its radius if the spray shape is big enough.
What about multi-shape/randomized brushes? Only the first shape on the brush is used as the brush shape preview for brushes that use multiple brush tip shapes.
New Default Brushes
This release of Clip Studio Paint includes an updated default set of subtools/brushes, with the addition of 11 new default brushes.
With the new brush features introduced in this release, they’ve included these new default brushes to demonstrate them.
Some of the old brushes are being retired and moved to the Clip Studio Assets page as an official legacy brush set. You can find the links to those legacy sets here: https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/4846
New brush features
Clip Studio Paint 1.10.10 comes with a number of brush features that further expands their expressiveness. Some of these are a bit obscure and for specific brush-making
Dual Brush is a feature that combines two brush shapes to make a more natural, randomized, or dynamic looking brush. This has been a feature in Photoshop for around a decade and forms the foundation of many of its most popular and beloved brushes. Now we have it in Clip Studio Paint.
The immediate benefit is the new default brushes that use them.
Some of the new default brushes also demonstrate some innovative ways dual brush is used for convenience purposes. The new Zipper default brush optionally has one or both sides of the zipper teeth if you check or uncheck the dual brush option.
The results from importing Photoshop brushes that use dual brush will still be a toss up, as it is in any program that isn’t Photoshop, because even if the brush engines have the same features, they don’t do them in exactly the same ways. But it’s a little better now than it was before.
As always, our takeaway is this: don’t buy Photoshop brushes with the expectation that they’ll look and work the same way in another program. They might. But they also might not.
But over time, we’ll have more and more brush makers make proper use of Dual Brush and make brushes that look good in Clip Studio Paint specifically.
You can read more on how dual brushes work in the official Clip Studio Paint tips page for Dual Brush.
Spray Effect – Link to Brush Size
The particle size for spray brushes can now also be linked to brush size. This is helpful depending on how the brush is supposed to be used. For some sprays, you want the particle to increase in size when you change the radius of the spray. This makes it so it can change both when you use typical brush size shortcuts like [ and ] or drag a new size with a mouse shortcut.
By default, this setting is hidden in existing brushes. To enable this setting on a brush, you have to open the Sub Tool Detail window and check the “Brush Size” check box. You can also make it visible in the Tool property palette there by clicking the visibility box (with the eye icon).
With this enabled, increasing and decreasing the brush size via keyboard shortcuts or mouse modifiers will also affect the “Particle size” value.
Color Jitter settings for Secondary Color
Some brushes use both the primary and secondary picked colors (main and sub drawing colors).
When the Color Jitter feature was introduced in 1.10.6, it only affected the main color and not the secondary. Now you can have it affect either one or both.
Mouse and finger drawing – Taper according to speed
For drawing inputs that don’t have pressure sensitivity (eg, capacitive touch on a phone or tablet), they’ve added the option to simulate tapered pen pressure based on the stroke speed. This can be found in Preferences > Tool. The checkbox is called “Reduce pen pressure when drawing with finger/mouse at the start and end of brush strokes”.
Other notable features
- Teamwork (EX) – Clip Studio Paint EX now has a teamwork feature that works through the Clip Studio cloud service. If you have a multi-page project like a zine or comic, you can assign separate pages to different team members.
- Lock palette position and Lock palette height – We could already lock the width of docked palettes before. Now we can lock the positions and heights through Window menu. This is helpful if you tend to accidentally undock or resize your palettes with misclicks.
- New “Add sub tool” button
“Add sub tool” now appears as a button under a list of sub tools. This makes it more straightforward to add sub tools you downloaded from the Clip Studio Paint Assets page.
This is different from how to install brushes from files. You still do that the same way as before, just drag the file into the sub tool window.
You can bet I’ll be applying these new features to those brushes really soon. (By the way, once you get a brush set, future updates are free).
I’ll be updating this article with any relevant information as I play around with the new features over the next little bit.
As usual, this was just a rundown of the things that stood out to me. There were some other performance improvements and bug fixes not mentioned in this article. The official release notes has a more complete list of changes: https://www.clipstudio.net/en/dl/release_note_old/#11010
Clip Studio Paint on desktop does not auto-update. You can update your Clip Studio Paint by downloading it from the official download page and installing it.