I am Casavir, and my men and I have been hunting those orcs for days.
Because there’s a lot of NWN2 on my dash the last couple of days and I love it.
Oh hey, I’m back. I can now happily inform you all that I have moved into a new residence - my very own house. I got up early on Friday morning to meet up with the real estate agent and the old owner of the house, then we went to the bank together. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity for them to confirm my identity, see that the money order was correct, and transfer the money over to the seller’s account, I finally got the keys, and the rest of that day and all of today has been spent moving all my things.
I’ll try to get some pictures up soon, I just need to get most of my stuff unpacked and actually find my camera, because goodness knows the cellphone won’t do for this. It’ll be a lot of work getting this house to look the way I want - at the moment it looks like it’s stuck in the 1970’s - but it definitely has potential… and I can say this much: I already feel way more at home here than I ever did in the nearly seven years I lived in the rented apartment.
Bonus benefit: no more asshole neighbours. They kept me up until 2 this morning by running in and out, slamming doors and arguing loudly in the stairwell. I got out of there not a moment too soon.
It’s like drowning but you just won’t fucking die.
What is Clip Studio?
Clip Studio is an illustration program for Windows and OSX with a special focus on comic page creation.
As I understand it, Clip Studio is very similar to Manga Studio 5, but may not be identical. In any case, the Pro version is about 30 dollars cheaper (49.99 USD). I’d love to compare them but MS5 doesn’t have a trial at the moment.
Anyway, it’s kind of a hobby of mine to test out different drawing software and while I’ve enjoyed many (Fire Alpaca, My Paint, Krita) it’s not often that one blows me away as immediately as Clip Studio did.
The first thing that I noticed is that the interface is fantastic. From the start, everything you need to begin is laid out in a clean, straightforward manner. More advanced features are hidden but accessible through the expandable panel buttons you see in the screenshot. It’s also very customizable, with dark and light themes you can adjust to your preference. Each of the panels can be dragged and placed wherever you like (much like in Photoshop CS3 and up). The command bar at the top can be set to include a button for quick access to any function available in the top menus. Even modifier key settings can be changed to your liking. Customization is a big part of this program and I couldn’t be happier with it.
I was delighted to find that all of the shortcuts were pretty much what I was already accustomed to in Photoshop and other programs. Even better, there are keyboard shortcuts for access to smooth canvas zooming and rotation. Ctrl+Shift and Space+Alt will bring up the tools for Zooming and Canvas Rotation, respectively.
Clip Studio has a nice array of default brushes - again, fully customizable. The ability to adjust brush settings is just about on par with Photoshop’s. Scatter, spacing, texture, custom brush tips, pressure dynamics, it’s pretty much all there.
Clip Studio is so feature rich that it’s way beyond worth its price tag. There are functions for easily setting up comic panels that your drawings are restricted to, every kind of perspective and ruler tool you’d ever need, grid snapping, canvas mirroring, symmetrical drawing, line smoothing, adjustable vector drawing, masks, and even 3D character models that you can place and adjust poses for reference (yes, you read that right).
The only con I can think of right now is that I had a hard time finding nested tools like the rulers and panel options. Once I realized that they were available through tabs in the Sub Tool panel though it was a breeze to use them.
Webcomic artists, Clip Studio is a program that will get out of your way and just let you make comics. Heck, anyone interested in digital art should give this a go.
Highly recommended! 10/10, five stars, etc. I will be using this for making Everblue pages from now on. I’ll only be going back to Photoshop for that sweet sweet History Brush and access to the Alpha Channels XD. Thankfully, Clip Studio can also export to Photoshop’s PSD format.
- me when i am mildly inconvenienced: thIS IS THE WORST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME
- me when i am legitimately hurt/distressed: no no it's fine i've had worse
Check these too: Blacktiger at Flickr