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Major Animation Update for Clip Studio Paint, Now with Camera Actions and Timeline Export

We are happy to announce the release of the latest version of Clip Studio Paint (1.8.4) for illustration, comics, and animation. This is a free update for current users of Clip Studio Paint. The update brings improved animation features, the ability to import and export timeline information in an all-purpose format, and colorization using AI technology.

 ▼ See the release notes for a full list of new and updated features 

■ Improved animation features
Clip Studio Paint is now equipped with new camera action features and is compatible with audio files. With the ability to recreate camera actions and check sound, animators can now use Clip Studio Paint for previsualization in professional storyboarding. The maximum number of layers has also been increased ten-fold to 10,000 layers to satisfy the demands of animators.

The new update includes more than 60 other improvements and bug fixes in addition to animation improvements.

■ Standard format for digital exposure sheets
With the aim of supporting the move to digitalized animation processes, Celsys proposes a general-purpose timeline information file format that will improve compatibility with other software and smoothly integrate with animation process management tools at production companies. This format has been created in collaboration with Toei Animation Co., Ltd., the largest animation production company in Japan, and is available for anyone to use.

 ▼ Learn more about the general-purpose digital exposure sheet file format

The Toei Animation Digital Exposure Sheet software (for Windows) is developed and managed by Toei Animation. This software is a digital version of traditional exposure sheets (or x-sheets) that are used in animation to record information about timing and camera shots. By using the Toei Animation Digital Exposure Sheet alongside Clip Studio Paint EX, you can edit the timeline information in Clip Studio Paint EX in the same format as a typical exposure sheet. We expect that this will contribute to a more convenient workflow where animators can check timing and other instructions as they animate, especially those working in Japanese production companies.

■ Colorization
We have added a new colorization feature using AI technology. With this feature, users can use the “Colorize all” option to automatically colorize all areas on the layer with reference to the drawn lines or use a separate layer with color hints to create a specific color scheme. It is provided as a technology preview feature.

This feature sends the image data to an AI server using a network connection. The image data sent to the server is handled with the utmost security and privacy and is not associated with personal information. Copyright holders retain all rights of such data. The image data is not released to external parties.

Terms of Service: https://www.clipstudio.net/en/dl/eula

■ New service “Clip Studio SHARE”
We are happy to announce the start of this new service that allows creators to easily convert their multi-page works such as comics into a web reader format. Once uploaded to the service, users simply post the URL to share their entire work in a reader format optimized for smartphone, tablet, and PC reading.

Posting the URL on Twitter creates an embedded reader, so entire stories can be read in a single post! Creators can choose the reading direction that suits their work, as well as set a secret phrase to share it with a limited group of people.

 ▼ Learn more about Clip Studio SHARE


Since its launch in 2012, Clip Studio Paint has become Japan’s top share painting tool(*1) for illustrations, comics, and illustrations, used by more than 4 million users worldwide(*2). It is available in Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, traditional Chinese, and Korean. With its natural and pleasant drawing feel and versatile functions, it is used in across wide range of applications, from hobby artists creating comics and illustrations to professional comic artists and animation studios.

About other alliances: http://www.celsys.co.jp/en/clipsolution/

*1 Winner of the BCN Award for graphics software from 2015 to 2017
*2 Including trial users

CELSYS supports creators globally in the production, browsing, and distribution of digital art utilizing IT technology.
We provide solutions for content creation, distribution, and browsing, including support of creative activities through our illustration, manga and animation production software “Clip Studio Paint” and web service “Clip Studio”, as well as our e-book solution, “Clip Studio Reader”.

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