Creating a Webcomic in Clip Studio Paint

This tutorial will show you how to create a colorful
web comic and how to approach a complex workflow.
Make use of some of Clip Studio Paint’s
most powerful features!

Create a new layer for your flat colors of each element in a panel, such as a character or key elements. With the Fill subtool color your elements. You can adjust the Close Gap settings, overflow etc. according to your work style. By clicking and dragging, separated areas can be colored quickly with the same color.

Make sure to set your lineart as the Reference Layer in the layer palette, to avoid obstruction by other elements, such as the sketched content.

Create two new layers on top of the color layers for the highlights and shadows

By using the Clip to Layer Below button in the Layer Palette, clip both layers to the colors below, so you can’t color outside the flat colors.

Set the shadow layer to the blending more "Multiply" and the highlight to "Overlay".

For shadows, a light purple color often works well, and for highlights, as yellow color is recommended. Draw the shadows and highlights for each element in a panel.

Once all elements are colored, make sure the flow is as you want it to be and move panels if necessary with the Move tool.

Lastly, click the File menu and choose Export to save the file in a format that suits your publishing style. You can automatically splice files in jpg-format to upload a webcomic. Export size and format can be chosen based on your medium of choice.