Clip Studio Paint is one of the most popular digital art applications out there. It has a wide range of features that allow artists to create stunning illustrations, manga, and comics. Changing the color of line art in Clip Studio Paint is an essential technique that every artist should know.

Line art refers to the black and white sketch or drawing made by an artist. Most artwork begins as simple line drawings before they are colored in. Coloring them adds depth and vibrancy to your artwork, highlighting various elements like details, shadows, texture, and ambiance through specific color choices.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can change the color of your line art in Clip Studio Paint with ease.

Step 1: Prepare Your Line Art

Step 1: Prepare Your Line Art

The first step is to draw or import a clean black-and-white image into Clip Studio Paint for coloring purposes. You can use a pen tool to draw it from scratch or scan it if you’ve drawn it on paper traditionally.

Once you get your line art ready for digital coloring, decide which colors you want to apply where so that they don’t interfere later on when applying new shades.

Step 2: Set Up Your Layers Palette

Step 2: Set Up Your Layers Palette

When making any changes during this process (or any other part of working inside CSP), make sure all layer references are correctly selected as per requirement; otherwise adding layers/arbitrary filling may affect areas because isolation techniques will not be functional for those layers/groups yet added/created at an earlier stage without proper naming conventions triggered accordingly so recheck regularly!

In preparation for changing colors using brush tool(s) directly over-line-art layer from selection palette window – put current layer opacity percentage down around 30%. This permits seeing original image against modified ones via reference alpha-transparency settings — adjust according preferences/taste once satisfied with overall final result accordingly (leave off effects occlusion/infill mode completely).

Next up – Duplicate Line Layer! Right-clicking over Layer Image brings a context menu up listing various functions. Navigate to and click on, “Duplicate Layer,” or hit Command-J if working with macOS/Command+J for Windows/Linux. A secondary “Layer2” should appear beneath the original background layer.

Step 3: Setting Up Line Color Layers

Now, we need to create two more layers: one for black color in the line art and one for the new color we’re going to apply.

Add vector mask onto former duplicated layer at this point then select all area pixels by setting fore/background colors using Eyedropper tool (the __ key assigned) that enable fill/stroke operations automatically afterward. Go ahead and change its foreground paint bucket/pencil tool settings from “Inherit” or as applicable via brush size/shape modifications available in top toolbar menu options once reaching desired design effect(s) — repeat action until ‘cleaning’ entire region).

Next step involves adding some extra ‘tint’ piece of final linework version:

1. Choose lighter shade of current warm/golden hue existing user-defined palette where necessary– Select it alone (limit selected portion outside lines only – no internal shading/detailing used eg pipette tool usage around brushed-in zones), fill area with Bucket Tool using that chosen bright/new linework vector mask’s isolated pixels/border paths & keep blending adjusted so initial graphic is not completely hidden yet easily noticeable increase saturation/glare-levels on overall piece together.

Should hues conflict at intersections/non-contiguous bands occur during processing phase automatically due metallic part visible surfaces e.g sparkles or reflections, simply adjust contrast/saturation levels accordingly again previously demonstrated allowing detailings associated areas could be appropriately preserved through these actions while alternating between brightness/hue values often too achieve ideal outcome eventually over multiple attempts/enhancements without much effort/perfect-within-bounds-of-possibility-always-outcome achieved overtime gradually improved quality outcomes by experimenting feature-sections on each stage.

2. Duplicate current layer with the linework, before creating new vector mask making it lighter in tone by a small decremented value (adjust contrast/curve settings) — no solid white/black allowed as values if possible! Choose none-black or neutral color for this step, especially with image/scene having parts of dark tones to avoid interference issues during coloring phase.

Repeat process again for an alternate tincture variation. Remember not to change anything on these layers’ saturation and brightness levels unless there’s more than one ‘lightest’ hue corresponding to specific objects/parts/etc present within artwork because you risk destroying the desired effect targeted here.

Step 4: Apply Colors To The Line Art

Now that we’ve set up our layers appropriately, let’s apply some colors using brush tools directly over line art where necessary/applicable:

Select top-most color-fill layer from earlier section within folder/group/Layer hierarchy located right next to “Layer Properties” pane and keep/deactivate other sub-layers in sets as they’re ready/necessary only–again use Command/Ctrl+Click [&] ScrollWheel simultaneously on any soloed painting instance/drawing at once when needed via the sidebar showing active object layers/groups/folders vertically stacked etc. simply cycling through them accordingly.

Go ahead now select Brush tool; set its “Opacity around 50%,” “Flow rate around 10-20%”, hardness is zero tolerance level make sure tooled properly also enable Pen Pressure function/device support globally available throughout CSP interface including ‘Brush Preset Settings,’ Making appropriate dustups based off of airbrushing techniques like partial quick sketches/marks lightly brushed-in zones eg areas close enough resting near shadows/features requiring subtle changes being made later combined together under separate Clip Studio Paint folder grouping technique designed specifically aid users implementing variations easily provide better workflow integration overall looking great!

With RGB sliders alongside gradient-bars used as main control scheme – make precise changes whenever necessary during coloring/markups as needed by switching between these tools easily while using freehand/lasso techniques.