And after more than 15 years using Photoshop for most of my original illustration/concept-art work stuff, I´m replacing it with Clip Studio Paint ( also known as Manga Studio in Japan ).
It can do most of the things I did with Photoshop when it comes to creating a painting, the layers work the same way, etc, but it comes with some really cool pre-made brushes that I love to use. Also it has some great comic creation features which are outstanding.
I´ll probably post a review about it sometime in the near future but for now here´s the first illustration I created with Clip Studio Paint.
Inspired a bit by the OZ world and so I´ve called it “West of Oz” just because.
All Clip Studio Paint.
Don´t let the name of the software fool you, it is not a clipart creation tool but a fully developed software for painting and illustration. Thing of a cross between the classic Painter with plenty of the Photoshop advantages mixed in and you get Clip Studio Paint.
It is known as Manga Studio in Japan but the name is also not very good there too because people may think this is just something to create Manga, which again, it is not.
I have no idea why somebody didn´t give this amazing full illustration creative painting tool a really good name that reflects the true nature of what it can do but for now we´re stuck with “Clip Studio Paint” which must be the most awful and misleading name someone ever gave to an amazing painting sofware.
There´s two versions available, the regular version which costs less than $50 and it´s a bargain and there´s the pro version called “EX” which has aditional settings and tools for professional printing setup, animation tools and some extra bits more oriented to professional production. If you just want to paint and create illustrations or do some comics for pure pleasure or for learning get the regular version and you won´t be disapointed for sure.
More on this sometime in the future when I get to write a review about it.
For now I know that it is good enough for me to cancel my Photoshop subscription. I bought the Clip Studio Paint EX version and so I guess Adobe just lost a client to Manga Studio.
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