How to install digital brushes and textures in Clip Studio Paint.

Installing a Digital Brush

Installing a brush is pretty simple, open Clip Studio Paint, and go to the sub-tool tab where you want to install your new digital brush.

The screen grab shown here shows how I selected the “Pencil” sub tool tab.

When you right-click on any of the existing tools in the tab panel, you will see a pop-up open up. In this pop-up, follow down until you see the “Import sub tool...” button.

Click that button and follow the rest of the instructions your system will issue to select the brush file you wish to import.

Installing a Digital Paper Texture

You have the choice of installing a digital paper texture to the document you have open, or you can Register the image and save it to the image library for future use. This is good if you plan on using textures in templates.

For both options they follow the same install steps.

1. First have a file open to start.

2. Then go to File/Import/Pattern from Image

3. The paper texture you select will appear on your page, and will be tiled already. Move the tile to the upper most top/left as that will align the texture to a position that will be in sync with any digital brushes you’ve installed.

If you are only interested in applying the texture to the document you have open, skip to Step 6 and continue from there.

4. Next you’ll need to register the image so you can save it to the library and use it for future pages or templates.


Go to Edit/Register Material/Image. You’ll now see the Material properties panel pop-up.

5. Fill out Material name. PK-Bristol or PK-Linen or PK-Canvas or PK-Watercolor, depending on which paper texture you are importing.

The paper texture should already populate the Material Image field.
Check “Use for paper texture”
Check “Scale up/down”
Check “Tiling”
Check ”Specify overlay” and slide the selection down to “Foreground etc.”

Select where in the library you want your paper textures stored. I choose to put them in the Texture folder. Create any Search Tags you feel appropriate.

6. Go to your Layer Property tab and select the checkered icon. Make sure your paper texture layer sits on top all other layers and you should be good to go.

Robert Shepherd
August 11, 2018
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