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Clip Studio Paint Ver. 3.0 Features Layer Comps

The latest version of the widely popular digital art software Clip Studio Paint comes with enhanced 3D features, workflow improvements, and new finishing and processing tools, followed by the release of the updated handheld shortcut device Tabmate 2.

For those unaware, Clip Studio Paint is one of the most popular drawing and painting programs, a wonderfully versatile and robust software, suitable for artists of any skill level. Clip Studio Paint is often described as the ideal marriage of Adobe Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI and is referred to by digital artists as the ultimate drawing program.

In particular, it's popular among manga and comic artists since it comes with a wide variety of customizable tools for making drawn stories with ease like Perspective Ruler or Frame Border Tool. It's also an all-in-one animation software, adopted by 2D animation studios around the world. CSP offers a huge library of free materials that allows users to browse and directly download brushes, 3D models, or even workspaces.

Just yesterday, Clip Studio Paint rolled out a new version, introducing new features like improved 3D models and integration with Posemaniacs, layer comps, export in WebP format, new filters for finishing touches, and many more.

Image Credit: Celsys, Clip Studio Paint

Here's the full list of updates that come with Clip Studio Paint Ver. 3.0:

  • 3D models with hierarchical settings, which makes it easy to link and move objects together
  • Improved 3D drawing figures: body shape customization options and individual adjustments of every body part
  • Support for 3D objects with Shape Keys
  • Import VRM files, a format used for 3D avatars and VTuber models
  • Import normal maps
  • Import 3D poses from the popular reference site Posemaniacs
  • Layer comps to switch between your compositions quickly (for CSP EX)
  • Work time recording and display
  • Improved mesh transformation
  • New filters and enhanced tonal correction feature
  • Improved text features
  • Improved animation features, such as audio scrubbing. Audio files will now finally replay when you move through frames on the timeline:

There are also a bunch of interface and export improvements, such as watermark settings and WebP files support, and a new Simple Mode UI for tablets and smartphones.

Clip Studio Paint has also launched a new service called Clip Studio Start. It's a great place to learn about the software if you feel it comes across as intimidating with this wide array of tools and almost endless capabilities.

Here you can find tips and tutorials from other artists, a Q&A section, and the best of free and paid materials to significantly improve your workflow.

Lastly, Celsys announced the release of Clip Studio Tabmate 2, an updated version of the handheld shortcut device, now compatible with iPadOS and iOS. Check out the user guide and product details here.

Clip Studio Tabmate 2 is scheduled to be released on March 18.

Image Credit: Celsys, Clip Studio Paint

Image Credit: Celsys, Clip Studio Paint

To celebrate Clip Studio Paint Ver. 3.0 release, the software goes on sale until March 21, so if you haven't got Clip Studio Paint already, this is a perfect chance. Additionally, Celsys runs a giveaway with 7 total chances to win a Wacom One 12 drawing tablet every day.

For new users, you can get Ver. 3.0 perpetual version for Clip Studio Paint PRO for $21.60 and Clip Studio Paint EX for $142. Ver. 3.0 includes new features specifically for the 3.0 release as well as all features released in the previous version. However, to use future updates, you'll have to get the Update Pass or purchase a discounted version upgrade when the next major version is released.

If you wish for your version of CSP to receive new features and updates immediately, there are monthly/annual plans available for $4.49/month or $26.99/year for PRO, and $8.99/month or $76.99/year for the EX version accordingly. There's also a special rate available for owners of a perpetual license, who want to purchase a monthly plan for multiple devices.

Clip Studio Paint is available for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, Android, and Chromebook.

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