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Animate with CLIP STUDIO PAINT 1.5.4!

Posted by Emmy Rey on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

With the latest version of CLIP STUDIO PAINT,  digital artists are able to create classical animations from their designs using frame-by-frame techniques. Take a look at these 4 easy steps to achive this in CSP:


It's important to note that with CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO (MS 5) the maximum number of frames is 24, but with the CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX (MS EX 5) version the number of frames is unlimited.

A few notes on what the newest version of CLIP STUDIO PAINT Pro includes:

  • Cel animation

Also known as frame-by-frame or traditional animation, this technique makes an object or character appear to move on its own. The artist can draw individual cels (frames), which act as transparent sheets that can be layered, and create the illusion of movement when the series of cels is played as a continuous sequence. 

  • Animation timeline

This feature provides granular control over timing and display adjustments to create fluid movement of the animations.

  • Light table function

The light table illuminates pages, rendering them semi-transparent and making it easier to use multiple layers for reference, which is ideal for creating in-betweens (transitions between cels), and clean-line art for cels and illustrations.

  • Onion skin display

Onion skinning is a technique used in creating animated cartoons and editing movies to see several cels at once, allowing the animator or editor to determine how to create or adjust an image based on the previous image in the sequence.

  • Multiple export options

Drawings and animations can be exported as sequential images, GIFs, and movie formats.


  • Reduced File Size

The standard file format has been changed to CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: clip). Files in CLIP STUDIO FORMAT are lighter than those in the old CLIP STUDIO PAINT format (extension: lip), meaning that they load and save more quickly. Please note that files saved in version 1.5.4 cannot be opened in previous versions of CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO / EX (version 1.4.4 or earlier) or Manga Studio 5 / 5 EX (version 5.0.7 or earlier).

  • New Text Options

You can add edges or background color to text, and wrap text according to the frames.


  • A Project with multiple pages can now be saved as separate files in CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

All projects (stories) with multiple pages can now be saved as separate files using.


  • New Create Folder and Insert Layer Feature

Create a new layer folder and store the selected layers in that folder.


  • New Set as draft layer and Change layer color feature

Now you can easily set a layer as a draft layer and change layer colors via the layer’s palette.

For more awesome CSP info check out our latest webinar on How to Animate in CLIP STUDIO PAINT presented by Doug Hills


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