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Using Brushes in CLIP STUDIO PAINT with Astropad for iPad

Posted by Emmy Rey on Nov 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With Astropad, you can use your iPad to draw directly into CLIP STUDIO PAINT and any other Mac creative tool - such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

CLIP STUDIO PAINT is a great tool for illustration, manga, and comics publishing. With a wide variety of settings possibilities, it’s easy to fine-tune features for a better toolkit. We put together a mini-guide to help you get started with brush adjustments for use with Astropad.

Tablet Settings

CLIP STUDIO PAINT has a way to accommodate for different tablet use called, “Tablet Settings.”

To access Tablet Settings, first go to “Preferences.”



Select “Tablet” to see options for changing both the Priority for Process number setting, and Precision. Priority for Process should be set a number that feels comfortable for drawing speed and stroke quality. If you’re using Apple Pencil, we recommend the number be set to 5.



For Precision, it depends on individual preference – “Recommended” is the default setting; “Prioritize for Speed” will keep up with faster drawing; and “Prioritize for Quality” focuses on the stroke quality.

Brush Settings

Like any tool, not every artist uses an identical set in the same way. To better smooth out line quality and improve overall performance, brush tool properties will need to be adjusted.

Here are some recommended settings when using the G-pen:

– Gap set to “Narrow” (3 dots together setting)

– Brush Stroke set to middle or maximum

– Stabilization settings vary by tool. For G-Pen, closer to the  minimum works better


To go into advance property settings for your brush tools, click the little wrench icon at the bottom right corner; this opens the Sub Tool Detail menu. In the Sub Tool Detail menu, you have access to further customization options and are given brief descriptions on the functionality of each setting.


Please note, these settings vary with different tool and brush types. For example, the Watery watercolor brush has different setting than the G-Pen; like “Amount of Paint”, that will work fine on default settings.

It’s best to experiment with your brushes and see what works best for you!


Optional: Adjust Pen Pressure

CLIP STUDIO PAINT has a feature that lets you change the Pen Pressure curve. It’s not necessary to adjust this, but it’s worth checking out if, for example, you see some of your strokes aren’t showing up properly; or you draw with a lighter hand. Nice thing is, it can always reset back to the default curve.


Pen Pressure Settings

To use this function, click “Adjust” and draw with different degrees of applied pressure on your iPad. Then it will automatically adjust the pressure curve based on this range. Make sure to restart after making this setting change.


Adjusting Pen Pressure curve

If performance seems a little slow –

Along with adjusting the Tablet Setting, there’s another option that can help in the performance department, lowering the amount of Undo history. In Clip Studio Paint’s Preferences, select “Performance”,  then lower the “Undo Count” number. We would recommend trying this if you’re experiencing any delays with use.



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