Start Making Comics with Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint
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Start Making Comics with Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint

Learn to Make Comic Strips, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Illustrated Books: Essential Training From Zero to Superhero
4.5 (166 ratings)
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7,279 students enrolled
Created by Adam Savage
Last updated 6/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Sketch and ink directly in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint.
  • Set up comic book pages and storylines.
  • Import your artwork into the software and modify it digitally.
  • Add color to artwork, including effects and gradients.
  • Start painting digitally.
  • Use an enormous library of materials, patterns, and 3D models in your art.
  • Add lettering, captions, speech balloons, thought balloons, and other text effects.
  • Letter with any font in your comic (I'll also show you how to install thousands of free fonts).
  • Print your finished comic.
  • Turn your finished comic into a PDF or CBZ file. This file can be opened by comic apps on your iPad or other tablet, phone, or desktop.
  • Use my favorite keyboard shortcuts and auto-actions to work up to 50% faster.
  • Use filters and tonal corrections to add special effects to your art.
  • Use layers to make art that would be impossible on paper.
  • Customize your workspace for a fast and efficient workflow.
  • Use grids and rulers to give your work a professional look.
  • Modify your art by cropping, resizing, copying, rotating, erasing, transforming, distorting, blurring, and much, much more.
  • Use layer clipping and layer masks to make difficult art techniques easy.
  • Use vectors to gain additional control over your art.
  • Save files that can be opened in Photoshop and retain layers.
  • Make illustrated books.
  • Develop a workflow to build a comic or illustrated story from scratch.
View Curriculum
  • Manga Studio 5 or Clip Studio Paint software (they are more or less identical).
  • A PC or Mac that can run the software.
  • A drawing tablet or other device that will let you draw digitally (a mouse will work but is not recommended).
  • A basic understanding of drawing is helpful, but not required.

If you want to make professional comics, then you want to work digitally. Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint is the cutting edge of comics software. Better for making comics than Photoshop and other art programs, it gives you infinite possibilities for telling your story. It has tons of tools designed just for comics, and it is the program of choice among professional comic artists.

Any type of story can be told with comics: Fantasy, superhero, mystery, science fiction, historical, western, nonfiction, romance, autobiographical, hard-boiled detective -- there is no limit to your imagination. New artists and storytelling techniques are being discovered every day. As the web becomes more visual, graphic storytelling is more important than ever. You can be part of this revolution.

Today there are more ways to release comics than ever before. You can work for a major publisher (like DC, Marvel, and Image), use a small press to print comics, put comics on a web page, release comics in digital formats like PDF and CBZ files, self-publish for Kindle, and much more. This course will give you tools to start doing all these things.

In over six hours of detailed lessons, I will give you a complete tour of Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint, show you how to set up your story, use every tool and effect, add colors and letters, and create an awesome product you can share with the world.

There's no reason to wait. You can start making comics TODAY. Sign up now to begin your career in comics.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to start making comics.
  • Artists who want to start working digitally with Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint.
  • Anyone interested in learning the essentials of digital coloring.
  • Artists who want to make a PDF or CBZ file of their comic or art portfolio. This file can be used on an iPad, tablet, computer, phone, and elsewhere.
  • Anyone who wants to start lettering digitally with fonts or hand-lettering.
  • This course is NOT limited to "manga" artists - you can use ANY art style in the program!
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Curriculum For This Course
77 Lectures
Setting Up
10 Lectures 47:51

An overview of what we'll learn about setting up the program and your pages.

Setting Up - Introduction

The three essentials you need to start using this course.

What You Need to Begin

A look at the Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint workspace and how you can customize it.


How to modify your preferences, plus one special change that will make the program easier on the eyes.


Learn to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your art process.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Set up a new page to the exact specifications you desire.

New Page Setup

The best ways to move around your page as you draw.

Page Navigation

How to set up a multiple page story.

New Story Setup

Adjust the canvas size and image resolution after you've created a page.

Canvas Size and Image Resolution

Best practices for saving, and how to save in different formats (including Photoshop files).

Essential Tools
12 Lectures 01:04:38

An overview of the essential drawing tools we'll cover in this section.

Essential Tools - Introduction

A look at the pen tool and how you can modify it, including pressure settings.

Pen Tool 1

Continuing to look at the pen tool so you can get your lines exactly how you want them.

Pen Tool 2

An overview of the pencil tool.

Pencil Tool

A look at the airbrush and spray tools.

Airbrush Tool

Different ways you can erase in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint.

Eraser Tool

An overview of the watercolor, oil paint, and india ink brush tools.

Brush Tool

Using the direct draw tools to make shapes and lines with precision.

Direct Draw Tool

The stream line tool will let you make some amazing effect lines.

Stream Line Tool

The saturated line tool will let you add more effect lines to augment your art.

Saturated Line Tool

The flash tool will let you make various flash and firework effects.

Flash Tool

The decoration tool will let you easily include patterns, trees, hatching, and more.

Decoration Tool
9 Lectures 27:16

An overview of what we'll learn about layers in this section.

Layers - Introduction

A description of layers to help you see how they work.

What Are Layers?

Learn the various ways that layers are organized.

Organizing Layers

A look at the tools we have for moving and selecting layers.

Move and Select Layer Tools

How to turn two or more layers into a single layer.

Combining Layers

Easy ways to change layers, including color, tone, extract line, and border effect.

Layer Effects

Locking transparent pixels is an easy way to limit the area of your artwork affected.

Lock Transparent Pixels

How and why designate a layer a draft layer.

Draft Layers

Reference layers helps you constrain your art, especially when coloring.

Reference Layers
7 Lectures 26:17

An overview of what we'll learn in this section on rulers.

Rulers - Introduction

Regular rulers and how they work.


Special rulers will let you do some amazing things with your art. Here's how to use them.

Special Rulers

The perspective rulers will let you add a sense of depth to your images. Here's how they work.

Perspective Ruler

The symmetrical ruler lets you add symmetry to create patterns and awesome effects.

Symmetrical Ruler

Understanding snapping is essential when using rulers or grids. Here's how snapping works.


How the grid and ruler work. These tools are great reference points when drawing or hand-lettering.

Grid and Ruler
Selecting and Altering Your Art
8 Lectures 56:53

An overview of what we'll learn about how to select and alter your art.

Selecting and Altering - Introduction

The object tool will let you make a ton of cool modifications to objects in your drawings.

Object Tool

Learn the numerous ways to select with the marquee tool, including the lasso, rectangle, and ellipse marquee.

Marquee Tool

The auto select tool is a great way to limit areas on the canvas. This will be great when coloring.

Auto Select Tool

How to import images into the program and use them in your art.


The blur filters will let you blur your artwork to create great effects and the illusion of motion.

Blur Filters

More filters, including sharp, transform, and correct drawing line.

More Filters

Tonal corrections offer a wide variety of ways to change the tone and get incredible colors into your art.

Tonal Correction
Working with Color
8 Lectures 46:19

An overview of how we'll be working with color in this section.

Working with Color - Introduction

What's the difference between RGB and CMYK colors? Gray and monochrome? We'll learn about these in this section.

Introducing Color

How to use the eyedropper to sample colors in your art.


Blending colors will let us make our colors look more like paint.

Blend Tool

How to use the fill tool to rapidly color sections of your picture.

Fill Tool

Gradients are gradual shifts in color. Here's how to use them.


Similar to the gradient tool, let's look at the contour line paint tool and how to get the best results from it.

Contour Line Paint Tool

How color combines in different ways in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint.

Combine Modes
Balloons, Text, and Panels
6 Lectures 41:45

An overview of what we'll learn about adding text, balloons, panels, and captions to a comic.

Balloons, Text, and Panels - Introduction

How to letter with any font in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint, and how to get tons of free fonts online.

Adding Fonts

How to add text to your page, and best practices when lettering.

Text Tool

How to create speech and thought balloons of any shape and size.

Balloon Tool

Creating panels to frame your story, from simple square panels to panels of any shape and size.


How to copy and move art between panels.

Copying Between Panels
Other Features
8 Lectures 30:15

An overview of additional features we'll learn about in this section.

Other Features - Introduction

Learn to clip layers and limit what will be affected in your art.

Layer Clipping

How to use layer masks to change your art without damaging it (in case you want to go back and change it).

Layer Masks

The software has a ton of great materials you can include in your art. Here's how to work with these materials.


3D models of male and female characters, objects, and more, are great ways to have reference when creating a scene. Here's how to use 3D models.

3D Models

Vectors are a different way of making art. We'll learn here how to use them, and how they differ from raster layers.


How to use the history tab to keep track of changes in our art.

History Tab

Auto actions allow you to do a series of actions easily. We'll look at the auto actions included in the program, and how to record and add auto actions of your own.

Auto Actions
Printing and Exporting
5 Lectures 20:08

An overview of what we'll learn about printing and exporting in this section.

Printing and Exporting - Introduction

How to export a page as a JPG, JPEG, or other file type.

Exporting a Page

Batch processes will let you affect many pages at once. Here's how to use batch processes, including batch exports.

Batch Process and Batch Export

How to create a CBZ file that can be used on many comic reading devices and opened by comic apps.

Creating a CBZ File

How to print your comic, and how to create a PDF file.

Printing and Creating a PDF File
Putting It All Together
4 Lectures 26:03

An overview of what we'll learn about workflows in this section.

Putting It All Together - Introduction

The first part of a workflow process that you can use to make comics.

Workflow 1

The second part of a workflow process that you can use to make comics.

Workflow 2

A summation of the course.

About the Instructor
Adam Savage
4.5 Average rating
166 Reviews
7,279 Students
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Graphic Designer, Math and English Instructor

Hi, I'm Adam ("Not the Mythbusters guy") Savage. I'm an author, artist, musician, and teacher. You can find my books on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible: Overcoming Writer's Block, Beyond Bitcoin, and Tarot for Beginners. I also regularly add videos to my YouTube channel (see my links). My background is in education and I have a B.A. in English. Currently living in the Bay Area, I love creativity, art, teaching, and making things. Keep your eyes peeled for more of my courses soon, and let me know if there are any topics you want me to teach! I also have a Patreon in the links if you wish to support and keep my courses free.

"Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson