How to Draw and Color Faster in Clip Studio Paint (by using vector layers)

How to Draw and Color Faster in Clip Studio Paint (by using vector layers)

so if you’ve worked in digital art then
maybe you’re aware of something called vectors, and NO they’re not just
transparent drawings, don’t believe the lies that deviantART tells you. A vector
is an image without pixel dimensions. It can literally be any size. It’s
most common in animation as well as in super high resolution printing, graphic design, stuff like that. But clip studio paint also has vector layers that
are different from vector layers in any other program that I’ve seen so far and
they’re GOOD. They’re very good. So you should probably learn how to use them if
you use clip studio paint. So I’m gonna show you how they work. What is a vector? A vector is basically a image that does not have any size to it; it can
be any size and it’s not defined by pixels, it’s defined by paths and like
little mathematical splines and things like that. You don’t need to know the
details, just know that they don’t have a size, that they can be any size.
In this respect clip studio paint vector layers are not actually true vectors because you cannot export as an actual vector format First up, see this button?
Says new vector layer. Click it Vector layers in CSP behave just like any
other raster layer except they can’t do fills. That’s about it. So say you want to
do a sketch or some line art or something like that. Do it in a vector
layer. Later, you decide that you want to make it into a print or high resolution
image. well guess what? because you used a vector layer you don’t have to redraw
anything! You can just scale it up and it will look exactly the same without any
quality loss. Same even applies to the
transform tool. And the fun doesn’t stop
there! There’s also a host of other tools for modifying vector layers. The object
selection tool allow you to grab individual strokes and move them around.
This is very useful for those certain strokes that come out otherwise perfect
that are just slightly offset. It’s also very useful if you need to clean up
certain strokes that you didn’t mean to draw. There are also vector eraser tools
which erase the entirety of a stroke, up to any intersection, so you can do
stuff like this: This makes doing hair stupidly easy. You can also optionally set it up to look at only one layer or all layers. also there’s an entire tool category dedicated just to doing vector layers. It’s called the correct line group. you can use this to tweak individual control points, nudge them with the pinch tool, simplify them which reduces the number of nodes and makes them easier to edit, but the most common tool I use is called the connect vector line, which allows you to turn two strokes into a single one which is very useful when doing color. there’s also the redraw vector line and
redraw a vector line width. First one does what it sounds like and the second one
allows you to redo a line’s pressure without modifying its path, which I
actually use a lot for correcting my line art thickness. All the figure drawing tools also still work on vector layers, they just won’t do fills. They’ll still create the vector paths. Anything that draws a line will make a path, even if it’s a transparent line so keep that in mind when you’re using the brush tool, as well. All in all vector layers are a huge asset for line art and you should use them. one thing vector layer also work incredibly well with is the reference layer, which is not actually a layer itself. It’s actually a setting
that you can enable for any layer This is very useful for doing line art so to get
started just click the vector layer and click this lighthouse button to enable
it as the reference layer. Now what we can do is on any of our tools we can set
it up to “Not exceed the line of the reference layer.” When it comes to vector layers you
can also set this up to go up to the center of the line rather than just the
edge and this is where vector layers really come into their own versus raster
line art. This basically makes coloring a helluva lot faster like… faster than I
could come up with a catchy line to actually describe this… *shi-* by holding ctrl and clicking the layers you can set multiple layers as references as well which is pretty useful. I also personally set up my tools to only look at the
reference layer and not actually care about what’s currently on the layer. This
will work with the fill tool, the selection tool, brush tools, and more.
Personally I don’t use reference layers with brushes all that much I mostly used
the selection and fill tools. Sometimes, especially with really thin lineart, you’ll
get little gaps there are edges that don’t look very nice but you can
overcome this by tweaking some of the settings, a little bit of practice, or
even just manually touching it up with normal brushwork. Reference layers
overall make everything a hell of a lot easier In fact a lot of CSPs tools all
revolve around efficiency and basically just making things faster. so yeah I hope
this is useful. I know I use all this stuff a hell of a lot so enjoy so this was a short tutorial but it was one I was meaning to get out for quite
a while. thank you to my patrons for the support,
you are all wonderful people if you want to help me make the tutorials like this,
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  • Lady Freya says:

    I've been using clip studio and had NO idea vectors can do so much to keep your images clean. I totally appreciate this video. <3

  • syafsanai says:

    OMG I've been adjusting vector hairs with hard eraser and obj select. Vector eraser will make things much easier! Thanks!

  • CrashBandicootFan100 says:

    Thanks a lot! Just discovered these vectors a few days ago, this is…
    too convenient ._.

  • matty4z says:

    I use inkscape (cos its free)
    but this program looks good

  • dino 025 says:

    My birthday in May 27th

  • Carlos Abdu says:

    One thing he doesn't tell you about this is that in order to make the most of the vector line tool, you need to have a strong understanding of economy of line; your strokes need to be quick, strong, and decisive, you can't carefully drag the pen to make a clean line or chicken scratch the line in order to create the illusion of cleanliness. Otherwise, when you try to control the nodes, you get these leftover weird artifacts that kinda interfere with manipulating the paths. You'll spend a bit of time trying to get rid of them and then having to manipulate the leftovers into the lines you envisioned. Also, switching to vector smoothens out practically any textured brush or pen, so if you're looking for more organic looking strokes, I advise against using those in a vector layer; use only a G pen or Turnip.

  • S P O N G E says:

    You helped Marx do 9/11

  • elsv says:

    Have you tried out csp's animation tools? I am currently using flash mx 7 and is thinking about upgrading my tools. I am really interested in tv paint but its crazy expensibe. Is csp a good cheaper alternative to the industry standard tools?

  • Daniel Campos says:

    Stocking? :v

  • PitchBlackInk says:

    Woah! That's awesome, other artist online told me not to use vectors but this looks really useful. Thanks man!

  • Trinity Robins says:

    you do art streams right? where could i go to watch them when you do one, id love to watch live.

  • CYAnims says:

    Everything you draw is… THICC

  • SquidGuu says:

    This was a god send, thanks!

  • THUNGUNSPRO *X* says:

    Do the vector layers cause more lag? I know that's the case with illustrator

  • TwilightWolf032 says:

    Been using CSP for a few years now… can't believe I never bothered to use this amazing layer! I have been erasing all my individual strands of hair manually, one by one!!! Glad I stopped working to watch this tutorial. And now, back to work…

  • ZZ'Lord says:

    Are these costume brushes or are these on paint pro already?

  • RoseSpark says:

    Your a life saver. Never knew it had those tools. I own the program for 2 months now and haven't scratch the surface of it.

  • TheEnemy27 says:

    Is there any difference between clip studio paint and Manga Studio 5 Ex ?

  • Joey Paras says:

    This makes things so much easier!

  • HunterMaplez says:

    I don't have the reference fill for the color bucket part, where can I find that?

  • LoLo Mikagi says:

    Can you do a tutorial on where most of the major things are located. Cause I wanted to use a transparent layer, to Draw over the sketch and I can't find it😥

  • Trash Pigeum says:

    HOLY HECK THIS JUST BLEW MY MIND OMGHF this makes things so much easier omg thank you so much

  • CANODYN says:

    What he also does not tell you is that vector art in Clip Studio can't be exported to other programs that use or import vector files — i.e. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, etc. Clip's vector is proprietary and specific only to Clip Studio and, at the time of this comment posting, there is no way to export your vector art as SVG, AI, or EPS files.

  • Sam Shughart says:

    Any time i try to use the reference layer with my fill tool it turns into a red circle with a slash through it. please help!

  • nyoom says:

    thank uu !! also, i love your voice 😮

  • casti says:

    can u use these in animation?

  • Erika Miller says:

    What brush are you using?

  • OneCalledChuck says:

    I just ran across your channel and love your animations. Finding this video… I'm embarrassed to say how long I've been using CSP and just ignored its vector support. Wow. So much time would have been saved had I learned to use it. Thank you!

  • WolfieMations says:

    With both direction, and magnitude!

    ..get it?

  • 「ι z υ lυν 」 says:

    It won’t let me be able to see a new layer or let me draw

  • Cerridwen says:

    They recently updated the program (it's now called Clip Studio Paint Pro) and for the life of me I don't know how to fill in colour when doing vector work. I can't see the the 'stop filling at center line of vector'. Help?!

  • Galaxii Animations says:

    I just installed Clip studio and everytime i ADD a new lager i cant draw on it…whyyyyy?qwq

  • Daniel Gontar says:

    And it all exists because of mathematics and programming. It's amazing how much of our world is shaped by math.

  • Jo jo says:

    the "don't draw over reference line" WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!

    Is there any way to stop it from painting the outside if you go over the line? It's kinda annoying.

    Also I can't find the option "stop filling at center line of vector" in pen settings, was it renamed?

  • Angela Chan says:

    Can I use it with animation

  • Sonic Miku says:

    I have a problem… I did the prefrence fill part at 3:05 but then my layer had a knife on the layer and I can`t click on it 🙁

  • WOLFQUEEN says:

    This is confusing I’m trying to fill in a part but instead it fills in the whole thing . What do I do ?? It doesn’t seem to work at all

  • PintSizedPicasso says:

    Which version of clip studio do you use? I can't seem to find reference fill.

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