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How to Use CLIP STUDIO PAINT (Manga Studio) on Mac Graphic Tablet Displays

Posted by Emmy Rey on Mar 16, 2016 4:20:48 PM

We asked CLIP STUDIO PAINT (Manga Studio) expert and author of "Manga Studio 5 Beginners Guide",  Michael Rhodes to explain how to use CLIP STUDIO PAINT on Graphic Tablet Displays on Mac OS X 10.10 or later.

Before you do anything —save your workspace! This is where all customized keyboard short cuts, command bar buttons and layout of palettes are stored. Part of making CLIP STUDIO PAINT work on a dual display where the secondary display is a tablet, requires resetting the workspace to the default.

Now we can work with the display tablet. Install drivers and hook up the display to your Mac. Since we’ll be doing a lot of setting system preferences, it’s a good idea to reboot the Mac after installing the drivers or before we begin.

Go to System Preferences and in the Displays settings, just drag the tablet display to be where you want it to be. Have the displays position reflect your physical setup.

Leave the prefs window open, you will use it again.

What we are going to accomplish:

  • To be able to use both the iMac Display (let's call it Display 1; as it will be called that in the contextual menus we’ll be using later) and the Tablet Display (let’s call it Display 2 for the same reasons as before) at the same time so you can draw on the Display 2 and refer to the Primary display for references and other things.
  • Have the menubar on the Tablet Display.
  • Have the Command Bar on the Tablet Display.

Unfortunately, there’s no setting in CSP’s preferences for where the Command Bar “lives.” It seems that it will be on which ever Display is the “Primary” one, usually Display 1, but that’s not always the case.

As for OS X:

In the System Preferences, the Mission Control section, there's an option "Displays have separate Spaces” that will help us out immensely. Note: "Separate Spaces" means "Distinct Desktops" in the sense that, which ever Display was active, the menubar would look normal. On the Display that wasn't active, the menubar would be greyed out and transparent. To have the change to "Displays have Separate Spaces" take effect, one must log out of the OS and log back in. 

Check the “Displays have separate Spaces” checkbox. Log out and then log back in.


Here's how Separate Spaces improves workflow:

  • Windows will not be spread across both displays.
  • The display that has focus will determine which display will have apps open and which new windows appear in. If you use option-tab to navigate through open apps, the app-bar will appear in the display that is active.
  • If you have the dock set to auto-hide, the Dock will appear when your mouse is at the bottom of each display. 
  • With more than one display, if "Separate Spaces" is active or not, if you right-click/control-click on an app icon in the dock you will get a menu. One of those menu items is "Options", it's divided into 2 parts. The top part will make the icon stay in the dock, remove it or show the app in the finder. Below that is a section that's labeled "Assign To..." The Options are:
  • All Desktops
  • Desktop on Display 1
  • Desktop on Display 2
  • None

Right-click on the Manga Studio (or CLIP STUDIO PAINT depending on the version you have) icon and chose Assign to... "Desktop on Display 2" and fire the app up.


Some palettes will be on the Primary and others on the Tablet display. However, the command bar is on the Tablet Display. If you select the Revert to Saved Workspace [name of your workspace] all that'll happen is the palettes will be crammed on the tablet display.

What do to? What we want is to have the workspace like we had before and the command bar on the Tablet Display. Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure CLIP STUDIO PAINT isn't running. If so quit it.
  2. Right-click on the CLIP STUDIO PAINT icon and choose Assign to "Desktop on Display 2"
  4. Ignore the palettes. Go to the dock and right click on the CLIP STUDIO PAINT icon and select Assign to... "All desktops."
  5. Now in CLIP STUDIO PAINT, go to the Window/workspace menu and choose "reset [name of your workspace]"
  6. Ta daa! The command bar is on the Tablet Display and all the palettes are where we want them.


Although this has to be done every time you open CLIP STUDIO PAINT, you basically get the full use of both displays, it's a small price to pay. Always save your workspace, even if you add or change keyboard shortcuts or change the command bar.

If the Command Bar is on the Primary display at step 2, just click on an empty space in the Tablet Display and then in the dock on that display— click on the CLIP STUDIO PAINT icon. That should move the Command Bar down to the Tablet Display.

This works on OS X 10.11.2 and the latest versions of CLIP STUDIO PAINT

To find more helpful tips head to our video tutorials page and don't forget to share your work, we love to see what you create!

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