Color Math and Layer Blend Modes

Consider this: You’re a certain kind of artist or comic colorist who uses Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint or Krita or whatever. And you’re used to coloring using multiple layers. You separate the base color from the shadows and highlights, and you use a Multiply layer for the shadows.

Then you decide you like certain colors that you’ve seen. You have a reference— you could’ve found it online or you made it yourself by hand-picking the colors. You still to use a multiply layer for shadows, but you don’t know what color to use so you get the right color. How do you find out?

How do I find out the color I need to use with a Multiply layer to get a resulting shadow color?

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Clip Studio Paint : Direction of Pen

Since some of the custom Clip Studio Paint brushes I’ve made use this feature, I’ve written this post as a quick reference.

In Clip Studio Paint, brushes have a “Direction” setting. This determines the rotation of the brush shape when it’s painted onto the canvas.

Direction slider in the subtool settings.

The direction of a brush can have dynamics that are based on certain inputs like pen direction, pen rotation or direction of line. This post describes how “Direction of pen” works.

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A quick way to install custom brushes in Clip Studio Paint

I’m in the process of preparing some custom brushes for people. So I’m writing this as a quick guide I can point to.

Clip Studio Paint brush files have the file extension .sut (meaning “sub tool”, which is what “brushes” are called in CSP).

An example of a sub tool file.

How to install brushes

You usually download multiple brushes in a pack, so you’ll want to install multiple of them at once.

The fastest way to install multiple brushes is to select them in your file manager, and drag them into Clip Studio Paint’s [Sub Tool] palette.

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How to Insert/Remove Frames in Clip Studio Paint 1.9.1 using shortcuts!

Greetings, fellow animators!

An introduction: I wrote about this new, minor but game-changing menu item and that it really excited me. I thought it was important enough to make a post just for how to set up Auto-Actions and shortcuts to really make use of it well!

What is this new feature?

In Clip Studio Paint 1.9.1, they added [Insert frame] and [Delete frame] to the timeline menus.

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