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5 Steps To Setting Up A Comic Page in CLIP STUDIO PAINT

Posted by Emmy Rey on Sep 15, 2015 3:33:31 AM

We asked CLIP STUDIO PAINT (Manga Studio) lover, enthusiast and web-comic, Liz Staley to break down how to set up a comic page in 5 easy steps!

1. Sketch Your Layout.

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To know where we’re going, we’ll need a map! On a new layer, with your favorite pencil tool, draw out a rough of your page layout. Include panels, roughs of characters and scenery, and be sure to think about where the words are going to go.

2. Add Your Panels.

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Use the panel border tools to add panels to your page. You can draw them individually by using the rectangle tool, or draw one large rectangle around the perimeter of your page. Then cut it into smaller panels using the Divide Frame Folder or Divide Frame Border tools.

3. Finalize the Layout.

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Now, you may find that your layout needs a few tweaks. Use the Object tool (under Operation), to select the frame you want to edit. Then you can drag the handles around the frame to re-size it, or turn it into a panel that bleeds off the edge of the page.

4. Add Text.

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Use the text tool to add your narration or dialog to the panels. Just click and type!

5. Add Word Balloons.

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Use the Ellipse balloon, Curve balloon, or Balloon pen to add balloons around your text. Then the Balloon Tail tool can be used to add tails so your readers know which character is speaking!

Tip: Can’t get that word balloon perfect on the first try? Use the Object tool to perfect the position of word balloons and the text inside. Click on either the word balloon or the text to move and re-size.

Now you’re ready to finalize the page with pencils, inks, and maybe even a splash of color!

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Art © Liz Staley of Adrastus is colored by the awesome Byron Wilkins of



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