Clip Studio Paint

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Clip Studio Paint
Developer(s)Celsys [ja]
Initial release2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Stable release
3.0 / March 14, 2024; 33 days ago (2024-03-14)
Written inC++, Python
Operating systemmacOS, Windows, iPadOS, iOS, Android, ChromeOS
Available in10 languages
List of languages
English (United States), French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai, and Traditional Chinese
TypeGraphics editor

Clip Studio Paint (previously marketed as Manga Studio in North America), informally known in Japan as Kurisuta (クリスタ),[Note 1] is a family of software applications developed by Japanese graphics software company Celsys. It is used for the digital creation of comics, general illustration, and 2D animation. The software is available in versions for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android, and ChromeOS.

The application is sold in editions with varying feature sets. The full-featured edition is a page-based, layered drawing program, with support for bitmap and vector art, text, imported 3D models, and frame-by-frame animation. It is designed for use with a stylus and a graphics tablet or tablet computer. It has drawing tools which emulate natural media such as pencils, ink pens, and brushes, as well as patterns and decorations. It is distinguished from similar programs by features designed for creating comics: tools for creating panel layouts, perspective rulers, sketching, inking, applying tones and textures, coloring, and creating word balloons and captions.


The original version of the program ran on macOS and Windows, and was released in Japan as "Comic Studio" in 2001.[1] It was sold as "Manga Studio" in the Western market by E Frontier America until 2007, then by Smith Micro Software until 2017;[2][3] after which it has been sold and supported by Celsys and Graphixly LLC.[4]

Early versions of the program were designed for creating black and white art with only spot color (a typical format for Japanese manga), but version 4 – released in 2007[1] – introduced support for creating full-color art. In 2013 a redesigned version of the program was introduced, one based on Celsys' separate Comic Studio and Illust Studio applications. Sold in different markets as "Clip Studio Paint" version 1 or "Manga Studio" version 5, the new application featured new coloring and text-handling tools, and a new file system which stored the data for each page in a single file (extension .lip), rather than the multiple files used for each page by Manga Studio 4 and earlier. In 2015, Comic Studio and Illust Studio were discontinued.[5][6]

In 2016, the name "Manga Studio" was deprecated, with the program sold in all markets as "Clip Studio Paint". The version released under this unified branding (build 1.5.4 of the redesigned application) also introduced a new file format (extension .clip) and frame-by-frame animation.[7] In late 2017, Celsys took over direct support for the software worldwide, and ceased its relationship with Smith Micro. In July 2018, Celsys began a partnership with Graphixly for distribution in North America, South America, and Europe.

Clip Studio Paint for the Apple iPad was introduced in November 2017,[8] and for the iPhone in December 2019.[9] Clip Studio Paint for Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones was released in August 2020 on the Galaxy Store,[10][11] with versions for other Android devices and Chromebooks released in December.[12]

The Windows and macOS versions of the software have been sold and distributed either from the developer's web site or on DVD, and purchased either with a perpetual license or an ongoing subscription. The versions for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based devices are distributed through the corresponding app stores free of charge, but require a subscription – which includes cloud storage – for unrestricted use; without a subscription the tablet versions can be used for only a specified number of months, and the phone versions can be used for only 1 hour per day.[9]

Regular updates for version 1 were distributed free of additional charge, to both perpetual and subscription users. With the release of version 2 in 2023, users with perpetual licenses who wish to upgrade need either a new license (offered at a discount or free, depending on date of original purchase), the annual purchase of an "upgrade pass", or to switch to subscription licensing.[13] Purchasing the "update pass" provides early access to features planned to be included in version 3 and its subsequent releases for 12 months, after which the software will revert to the original license (1.13 or 2.0).[14] Exactly one year later, on March 2024, version 3.0 was released and its major features announced, with the same payment models from version 2.[15]


The application has been sold in various editions, with differing feature sets and prices.

Early versions were sold in Japan as: Mini with very limited features (bundled with graphics tablets), Debut with entry-level features, Pro as the standard edition, and EX as the full-feature edition.[16]

E Frontier and Smith Micro only sold the Debut and EX editions of the original application; with the overhauled version 5, Smith Micro sold only the Pro and EX editions, as standard and advanced editions of the program.

Under the Clip Studio Paint branding, the application is available in three editions: Debut (only bundled with tablets),[17] Pro (adds support for vector-based drawing, custom textures, and comics-focused features), and EX (adds support for multi-page documents, book exporting).[18]

Companion programs include Clip Studio (for managing and sharing digital assets distributed through the Clip Studio web site, managing licenses, and getting updates and support) and Clip Studio Modeler (for setting up 3D materials to use in Clip Studio Paint).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A clipping of the Japanese pronunciation of its name, Kurippu Sutajio Peinto.


  1. ^ a b "Celsys company history". Celsys. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Smith Micro Software press release". Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2007.
  3. ^ "Learn About the History of Manga Studio". Smith Micro Graphics. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Graphixly & Celsys announce partnership at Anime Expo". Graphixly. July 4, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "マンガ制作ソフトComicStudio |". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "イラスト制作ソフトIllustStudio |". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Rey, Emmy. "Animate with CLIP STUDIO PAINT 1.5.4!". Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Clip Studio Paint EX released for iPad". Surface Pro Artist. November 8, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Lee, Dami (December 5, 2019). "Popular manga art app Clip Studio Paint is now available on the iPhone". The Verge. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  10. ^ SamMobile (August 21, 2020). "Surprise: Clip Studio Paint is here, isn't just a Galaxy Tab S7 exclusive". SamMobile. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  11. ^ "The artist's app for drawing and painting, Clip Studio Paint for Galaxy, now available in the Galaxy Store worldwide". Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  12. ^ "Clip Studio Paint for Android Released". 24-7 Press Release. December 11, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2022.
  13. ^ "Changes to the Windows/macOS One-time Purchase (Perpetual) Version in 2023". CLIP STUDIO.NET. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  14. ^ "Updates to the Version 2.0 announcement". CLIP STUDIO.NET. Retrieved March 6, 2023.
  15. ^ "Clip Studio Paint Ver. 3.0 available now! New Features Bring Energy and Fun to Your Creation". March 14, 2024. Retrieved March 14, 2024.
  16. ^ "マンガ制作ソフトComicStudio |". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "CLIP STUDIO PAINT: Software/app for Manga, Comics, Drawing and Painting". CLIP STUDIO.NET. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Functions | CLIP STUDIO PAINT". CLIP STUDIO.NET. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

External links[edit]

Manga Studio/Comic Studio[edit]

Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint[edit]