Importing Photoshop Brushes and New Brush Options by LizStaley - CLIP STUDIO TIPS (2022)



Hello! My name is Liz Staley and I’m a long-time user of Clip Studio Paint (I started using the program back when it was known as Manga Studio 4!). I was a beta-tester on the Manga Studio 5 program and for Clip Studio Paint, and I have written three books and several video courses about the program. Many of you probably know my name from those books, in fact!

On December 10, 2020 Clip Studio Paint released their 1.10.5 version. In this update are several exciting new features that I’ll be covering over the next few weeks. But this week I’m excited to discuss how to use your Photoshop brushes in Clip Studio Paint! There are also some brand new brush options that we’ll be covering in the final part of this article.

In this article we will cover the following topics:
Exporting brushes from Photoshop
Importing .ABR files to Clip Studio Paint
New CSP Brush Options

Let’s get started!

Exporting Brushes from Photoshop

If you’re a long-time user of Photoshop you likely have a collection of your favorite brushes, either made by you or downloaded from the internet. You can now save these brushes from Photoshop and put them into Clip Studio for your use.

Note that from what I’ve tested so far, this process is not perfect. You will likely still have to tweak the imported brushes a bit after transferring them from PS to CSP. But this process will transfer the brush tip material and basic brush information from one program to the other, making it much faster than having to recreate and resave brush materials!

Exporting your brushes from Photoshop is not a difficult process. For this example, I will be saving the “Wet Media Brushes” presets from Adobe Photoshop CS4. Note that when you save brushes from Photoshop, you will save all the presets that are currently loaded in your brush window. That means that if you save a set of brushes that has 50 tools in it, when you transfer that ABR file to CSP you will be loading 50 brushes. If you want to only save and import a few brushes at a time, you will have to change your loaded brushes to just those tools.

From the brush menu in Photoshop, click on “Save Brushes…” as shown above to save the current brush presets to a file. Select the location to save the brushes and type in a file name. Once you’ve completed this step you will have an .abr file that contains your PS brushes, and that is what we’ll use to move these tools to Clip Studio in the next section.

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Side note, if you want an easy way to save a single brush from PS, these directions from seem easy and straight-forward!

Importing .ABR files to Clip Studio Paint

Importing tools into CSP is just about one of the easiest things you can do! There are two ways to do it, so I’ll share both of those here. The first way is the “long way” - which is really just a few clicks, and the second is my preferred way of importing tools that aren’t coming from the CSP Assets menu!

First you’ll need to decide what overall category of tool that you want to put your PS tools in. For this article, since I’m using brushes that are supposed to imitate wet media, I’m going to choose the “Brush” category. Then in the Subtool window, click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner to bring up the menu, as shown below, and then click on “Import sub tool…”

Navigate to where you saved your brushes and select the ABR file you want to import. You can see in the following screenshot that I’m selecting the “Wet Media Brushes” abr file I created earlier.

Click on Open and CSP will go to work. If importing multiple tools at once, CSP will create a new subtool group to put the brushes in, as shown below.

The other way to import tools is with a simple drag-and-drop procedure. For this example I am installing a set of Sumi-e Brushes from DeviantArt user noircat ( and will be installing them in the Decoration category. To get started, I select the Decoration tool category so that the Subtools are visible in CSP. Then, open the location on your PC where your photoshop brush file is stored and position it so you can see the Sub Tool window and the ABR file saved on your machine at the same time, as shown below.

Click on the file of tools to import and, while continuing to hold down the mouse button, drag the file into the Sub Tool window. When you’re in the correct spot the cursor will turn into a “+” symbol. Release the mouse button and CSP will import the tools. In the following screenshot you can see the Sumi-e category made in my Decoration tool.

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Again, this process is not perfect. You may need to adjust the settings in the Sub Tool Detail menu to get the precise look you’re going for (like changing the opacity and such for a watercolor effect).

Now that we know how easy it is to import Photoshop brushes to CSP, let’s discuss the new brush options in this update.

New CSP Brush Options

There are a few new brush options in this update, so let’s explore them now!

Color Jitter

One of the new brush options in this Clip Studio update is called “Color Jitter” and they produce some truly unique effects! To get to these options, select the sub tool that you want to change the look of and then click on the icon that looks like a little wrench in the bottom right of the Tool Property menu. This icon is indicated by the arrow in the following image.

In the Sub Tool Detail window you will find all the options for personalizing brushes in Clip Studio Paint. The new options for this update are under “Color Jitter” on the left side of the window. Click on it and you will see the options in the image below.

These new options are called “Change brush tip color” and “Randomize per stroke”. You can turn the settings for either one or both by clicking on the checkbox to the left of the option name to activate it. Then use the sliders or the number entry for each option to change the settings.

Each of these new options can control hue, saturation, or luminosity. The image below shows each of the “Change brush tip color” options for a brush turned up to the highest setting to illustrate what the setting does.

As you can see, the Hue setting introduces more colors into the brush tip. The intensity of these colors depend on the base color that you set, too! If you choose a very bright and saturated color for your “brush color” then the tip colors will be very saturated. If you choose a desaturated color as your active color, the random colors will be desaturated. Keep an eye on the brush stroke preview at the top of the Sub tool detail options window to see how the colors change as you choose different active colors.

The saturation option produces a stroke that has differing levers of saturation. In the example stroke above, all the dots in the brush stroke are blue, but some are desaturated to the point of being gray or white, while some are the full saturation of the blue color chosen as my brush color.


Luminosity controls how dark the color gets. Though I’ve used the same blue as my brush color in all the above examples, this stroke has dots that vary from blue to black instead of blue to white!

The Randomize Per Stroke settings have a very different effect, because they change every time you put down a new stroke of your drawing tool. The following image shows these options at their highest settings.

These options are in the same vein as the Change Brush Tip Color, but CSP picks a random amount with each stroke of the tool instead of changing the brush tip as the stroke is made. Each of the color blocks above was made by putting down multiple overlapping strokes of this brush.

By clicking on the icon to the right of each option’s slider, you can also pair each setting to certain parameters such as pen pressure, tilt, velocity, and random.

Brush Tip Shape Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical

Another new option for brushes can be found under the Brush Tip option in Sub Tool Detail. These options are to Flip the brush tip shape horizontal or vertical in different ways, which is useful for a lot of Decoration tools and spray brushes to get more variety. The dropdown for each of these options can be changed individually for both Horizontal and Vertical. The example below shows some of the options for the Flip Horizontal using a lace brush.

If you’re looking for a lot of variety in your brush tip shapes, these are great options!

Texture Brightness/Contrast and Texture Mode

The final new options we’re going to look at are under the “Texture” heading on the left side of the Sub tool detail window. If you’ve never played with these options, they’re a great way to add, well, texture to your strokes! Unless you’re using a tool that already has a texture applied to it, you’ll need to load a texture first before you can play with the new settings. If there is no texture already set, the box next to the first option in Texture will say “None”, click on that word to select a texture from the installed Materials to apply it to the tool.

Once you’ve selected a texture from the Material library and head back to the Sub Tool Detail screen, you will see that all the texture options are now lit up. The options that have been added to this feature are Brightness, Contrast, and Texture mode, which are now new ways that the texture can interact with your stroke color and brush tip shape. In the image below I’ve used the same tool and color for each stroke, but have changed the texture setting.

Note how different each stroke looks just from changing one option! Remember that you can test the changes you’re making while you’re changing them by having a new canvas open and doing “test swatches” as you change the settings. I love doing this so I can see what an option does to the look of my brush! Being able to change so many parameters to get exactly the look you want from your tools is amazing and really lets you customize your drawings to match your style.


New brush options and the ability to import Photoshop brushes are just the tip of the iceberg for the new updates to Clip Studio Paint with version 1.10.5, but they are definitely the updates that I’ve been most excited about. These open up even more options for creating and customizing your tools and creating a look that is uniquely yours for your art!

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Can you import Photoshop brushes to Clip Studio? ›

Clip Studio Paint can use brushes imported from Photoshop brush files (. abr). Once loaded, you can customize them as much as you want through the Tool Property and Sub tool detail palettes.

Is Clip Studio Paint better then Photoshop? ›

If you're primarily interested in creating paintings or illustrations, then Clip Studio Paint might be the better option. It has more brushes and pen types than Photoshop, as well as more features specifically designed for creating digital art from scratch.

How do I load all Photoshop brushes? ›

Manual Install Method:
  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Open the Brushes Panel Window > Brushes (Window > Brush Presets in older PS versions) and click the fly-out menu in the top right corner.
  3. Select Import Brushes… then locate the . ...
  4. The brushes will appear in your Brushes Panel whenever the Brush Tool is selected.

How do I export Photoshop brushes to clip studio? ›

Importing Photoshop brushes into Clip Studio Paint is a simple process that can be done in several ways. Whether you copy the files directly into Clip Studio Paint's brush directory or use the File > Import > Brushes menu item, you'll be able to use your Photoshop brushes just like any other brush in Clip Studio Paint.

How do I use ABR files in Clip Studio Paint? ›

You can import the abr. files with the import sub tool option from the menu in the sub tool palette or just drag and drop an abr. file into the sub tool palette. The brushes behaved almost exactly the same as they had done in Photoshop but a lot smoother.

Do professionals use Clip Studio Paint? ›

Clip Studio Paint has features for professional animators and is now being used in animation studios' production processes. Nippon Animation Co.,Ltd. These corporations use Clip Studio Paint for graphics in their games is such areas as character design.

Do animators use Clip Studio Paint? ›

A totally different drawing experience

Coming from a legacy of animation software, we know that frame-by-frame animation needs a smooth drawing experience that lets you draw exactly how you want. Clip Studio Paint is used in 2D animation studios worldwide as an essential part of the animation process.

Is clip studio lighter than Photoshop? ›

Clip Studio Paint: The interface of this tool is completely white which is more simplified than photoshop.

What are ABR files? ›

An ABR file is a Photoshop brush file used by Adobe Photoshop to store a collection of brushes. These files are typically created by users who have captured their own brushes from real-world sources, such as painting or sculpting.

Can you sync brushes in Clip Studio Paint? ›

when you're on the clip studio app, go to the cloud icon in the top corner to access the cloud storage menu. go to "back up app settings now" and you'll be able to make a backup of your brushes, settings, and your work in case you ever need it (2/?)

How do I create an ABR file? ›

To create an ABR containing presets, simply follow the steps below:
  1. 1 - Start Adobe Photoshop. ...
  2. 2 - Open the Brush window. ...
  3. 3 - Select the brush presets (and groups) to export. ...
  4. 4 - Export to an ABR file.
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How do I download Photoshop Brushes for free? ›

12 Best Places To Find Free Photoshop Brushes
  1. Brusheezy. Brusheezy is one of the most popular brush sources on the web. ...
  2. Brushlovers. Brushlovers offers several top-quality brushes for you to use. ...
  3. ...
  4. DevianArt. ...
  5. Brushking. ...
  6. Fbrushes. ...
  7. Media Militia. ...
  8. Freedesignfile.

How do I download Photoshop brush presets? ›

What to Know
  1. Download a brush or brush pack. If it is zipped, extract the file.
  2. Open a new or existing file in Photoshop. In the Brushes window, select the three-line icon to open a flyout menu.
  3. Select Import Brushes. Open the file containing the brush, select the . abr file, and choose Load.
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Can you save a Photoshop document to clip studio format? ›

You can save files in the following formats: CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: clip), management file (extension: cmc), BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Targa, Adobe Photoshop Document (extension: psd) and Adobe Photoshop Big Document (extension: psb).

Can you save PSD files in Clip Studio Paint? ›

Load, edit, and save PSD and PSB data while preserving raster layers, and export files with text layers created in Clip Studio Paint for easy editing and in Photoshop.

Do Photoshop brushes work in clip studio Reddit? ›

Yeah they do. I tried it once and since photoshop and CSP have different settings and different brush files, you have to set the brush up yourself. You can import the brush shape though. Everything else is you playing with settings and mimicking photoshop brushes.

What file format does Clip Studio Paint use? ›

You can save files in the following formats: CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: clip), CLIP STUDIO PAINT format (extension: lip), BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Targa, Adobe Photoshop Document (extension: psd) and Adobe Photoshop Big Document (extension: psb). Clip Studio Paint format files (extension: lip) can be saved in Ver.

Is Clip Studio Paint RGB or CMYK? ›

CLIP STUDIO PAINT already works in RGB mode by default, so I recommend that you save your original . clip file separately from the file that you're using to print.

Is Clip Studio Paint one-time purchase forever? ›

Purchase / contract information

x forever as long as it works on your device.

Is clip Studio EX or Pro better? ›

PRO is ideal for single-page comics and illustrations and is more affordable than EX. EX has all the features of PRO, plus extra features that are useful for creating multi-page projects.

Is Clip Studio Paint as good as illustrator? ›

Be honest I said that Clip Studio paint is better than as compared than Adobe Illustrator. When I use both of them then I feel that Clip studio paint is given more features and super HD interface while creating any animation, cartoons, and many more.

Which is better Clip Studio Paint or Krita? ›

Krita is a painting and designing software. It allows the creation of images and 2D animations. Clip Studio Paint is also for animations, but it's more used for comics.

Can you use Clip Studio Paint without paying? ›

Yes, the Clip Studio Paint free trial works equally well on Windows 10* (64-Bit) or Windows 7 (64-Bit) and macOS 10.15, 10.14 or OS 10.13.

Is Clip Studio Paint expensive? ›

Clip Studio Paint has 2 pricing edition(s), from $49.99 to $219.99. A free trial of Clip Studio Paint is also available.

Does dpi matter Clip Studio Paint? ›

What resolution and size is the best for drawing in Clip Studio Paint? It is all a matter of personal preference, most often informed by experience. Higher DPIs will allow you to publish your image at larger physical sizes.

Is clip studio beginner friendly? ›

Overall, Clip Studio Paint is a fantastic beginner and user-friendly digital art program that has a wide array of tools and services for artists at all levels. CSP Pro is budget friendly, and the community assets and sharing options within CSP offer many resources and tutorials from fellow creators.

What is Clip Studio Paint best for? ›

Powerful functionality to create exactly what you want

Clip Studio Paint is optimized for drawing and painting, making it ideal for illustrators. The smoothness of your lines, lack of lag while drawing, as well as the vector output make drawing very fun and efficient.

Is ABR a Photoshop? ›

ABR (. abr) file extension is a file format created for Adobe Photoshop. It contains a collection of custom brushes that can be used by the Brush tool in Adobe Photoshop and it includes shape, texture, dynamics, and other data for each brush style.

Can Photoshop open ABR files? ›

For Photoshop CC 2020 and newer: Open the Brushes Panel (Window > Brushes). Click the menu on the top right corner, then click Import Brushes... Select the file ending in . ABR, and click Open.

What app opens ABR file? ›

An ABR file is a Photoshop Brush file. Open one with Photoshop, or preview the brush with abrViewer.

What does syncing do in Clip Studio Paint? ›

Upload works to the cloud for editing on other devices. From the Manage works screen, select [This device] ([In this app] for tablet and smartphone versions), then turn on [Switch Syncing] for any works you want to share to turn syncing on. The works will be uploaded to the cloud.

Does Clip Studio Paint have a brush stabilizer? ›

If you don't like your strokes for some reason, you can try changing the Stabilization of your brush tool. Stabilization is a feature that will automatically fix the wobble in your line as you draw. The higher the value, the smoother the line. This option gives a more digital feel to your work compared to lower values.

Can you convert ABR files? ›

How to Convert ABR Brush Sets to PNG Files. Use ABRviewer, an open-source program that converts ABR files to the PNG format, to import custom brushes into your software of choice: Open ABRviewer and select File > Open brush sets. Choose an ABR file and select Open.

What are ABR files and how do they work? ›

An ABR file is a brush file for Adobe Photoshop, a photo editing program. Brush files include textures, shapes, and other information for use with the brush tool. They allow you to virtually paint shapes and lines with unique colors and textures, rather than just a solid color.

Which is the best free Photoshop download site? ›

Update—Adobe just launched a totally free version of Photoshop online that's called Adobe Express and it works in the browser (similarly as Canva). Adobe Creative Cloud offers different creative applications that every graphic designer needs in their day to day work.

Are there free Photoshop brushes? ›

There are so many free Photoshop brushes available online that it can be hard to know where to start or where to find the Photoshop brushes that you're looking for, so in this roundup we've picked out a large but manageable collection of 66 of the best free Photoshop brushes covering a wide variety of styles and ...

Where are custom Photoshop brushes stored? ›

Unsaved custom brushes get stored in Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings/Brushes.

Where is Photoshop 2022 plugins? ›

The plugin folder for Photoshop CC is located in a hidden folder called “Application Data.” To access this folder, you will need to enter the following path into your File Explorer: C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Plug-ins.

Can clip Studio be used as Photoshop? ›

The answer is in your needs. Clip Studio can do quick image edits, but for sketches, drawings, illustrations, and animations, Photoshop is nowhere near. Photoshop has the power of image editing, and if this is something you want to pursue, this is the program you need.

Can I use procreate brushes in clip studio? ›

Procreate brushes are exported as . brush files and are not compatible with Clip Studio Paint. This means that native Clip Studio Paint and Procreate brush files are not compatible with each other's software.

What files are compatible with Clip Studio Paint? ›

You can save files in the following formats: CLIP STUDIO FORMAT (extension: clip), CLIP STUDIO PAINT format (extension: lip), BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Targa, Adobe Photoshop Document (extension: psd) and Adobe Photoshop Big Document (extension: psb).

Do Photoshop brushes work in procreate? ›

Whether you're a seasoned digital artist or just getting started, you're probably wondering if you can use Photoshop brushes in Procreate. The answer is yes! You can use Photoshop brushes in Procreate by importing them into the app.

Can you still use clip studio without paying? ›

Yes, the Clip Studio Paint free trial works equally well on Windows 10* (64-Bit) or Windows 7 (64-Bit) and macOS 10.15, 10.14 or OS 10.13.

Is clip studio art better than Procreate? ›

In conclusion, Procreate is the best option for most artists. It's effortless to use and at a reasonable price point. While Clip Studio Paint is better if you create more advanced illustration work that needs lots of edits or if you plan on creating comics and webcomics.

Is Procreate better than Clip Studio Paint? ›

Reviewers felt that Procreate meets the needs of their business better than Clip Studio Paint. When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that Procreate is the preferred option. For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of Procreate over Clip Studio Paint.

Is 8gb RAM enough for Clip Studio Paint? ›

Main Computer/CPU: Intel processors compatible with SSE2 or an AMD CPU. GPUs compatible with OpenGL 2.1. 2 GB memory or more is required, 8 GB or more is recommended.

Is Clip Studio Paint the best drawing software? ›

Clip Studio Paint is the best drawing software around, with its many smart and clever features unique to it. It's an inexpensive alternative to Adobe Photoshop as well.

What file format is clip studio brushes? ›

Photoshop brushes (abr files) can be imported.

Clip Studio Paint can export to Adobe Photoshop format (*. psd).

Is it cheating to use Procreate brushes? ›

Don't feel bad about using custom brushes, it is not considered “cheating” guys! (Although, it IS considered cheating when you are lying about your methods, check out number 2 at the next paragraph.) As long as it makes you happy, feel free to abuse your brushes.

Do professional artists use Procreate? ›

As of today-Procreate is used by many professional artists.

There are a great number of professional illustrators and artists who make their artwork using the Procreate software.

Do professional designers use Procreate? ›

Procreate is used by professional artists and illustrators, especially freelancers and those who have more creative control over their work. Photoshop is still the industry standard for many companies looking to hire artists, but Procreate is increasingly being used in professional settings.


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