Thursday, December 8, 2016
How to Make Custom Brushes in Manga Studio 5 - Clip Studio Paint
I have been asked many times how I create custom brushes in this program so here it is. The software is a lot like Photoshop in the way that the brushes work but the interface is very different. Like anything else you just have to snoop around and find what goes where. One of the neat things about the brushes in Manga Studio 5 is that you can apply color to them as they are being applied. And not just one color but you can control the two colors that go into the design. That makes for some very interesting effects. Like the illustration above I was able to apple the blue of the steel along with the black of the inner shadows at the same time. ( Illustration on the left ) And the one on the right was similar but I applied the green glow as a post processing effect by drawing it in with a layer set to "Color Dodge."
These brushes were created using the ribbon effect in Manga Studio and if is very impressive once you get the hang of it. Things like chains, rope, braids, alien tech metal spine looking thingies, whatever you can dream up becomes a lot easier to create. You spend some initial time creating the brush but after that you will save tons of time so it is well worth the effort.
If you want to know more then watch this video tutorial where I narrate the process step by step. If you have any questions or requests then feel free to ask. I am here to help! :)
Video Tutorial on Creating Custom Brushes in Manga Studio 5 -
If you don't feel like making your own but still want the brushes then visit my Gumroad here -
Thanks for reading and good luck with your art!
Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics