HOW TO ORGANIZE A WORKSPACE FOR ASTROPAD

In this quick step-by-step guide, we’ll help you organize an efficient workspace for using Clip Studio Paint with Astropad. For the best experience, we recommend the latest Clip Studio Paint version. 

ARRANGING PANELS

It's easy to arrange and resize Clip Studio Paint’s tool panels. Just click the top of a panel and drag it anywhere on screen. They can be resized at the sides, corners, or completely hidden to the side of the screen. We recommend having at least the following panels arranged on your screen:

Subtool [brush]

Tool property (for easy stroke adjustment)

Color wheel

Layers 

    Clearer drawing space

    Clearer drawing space

    All of your needed functions within reach

    All of your needed functions within reach

    Materials Panel: If you plan to use features such as 3D posing, screen tones, and textures, you will want to keep the Materials Panel close by. We suggest that you leave the collapsable Materials toolbar on your screen near the color palette or main toolbar so that you can easily access features without taking up a lot of screen space.

    Materials Panel - Collapsed

     

    SETTING MENU SHORTCUTS

    Astropad’s sidebar shortcuts menu is preset for Photoshop, but it can be edited for Clip Studio. You can do this by going to "Preferences" then "Shortcuts" in the Mac app. 

    We recommend placing your most used shortcuts in the sidebar. It's totally customizable, so add whatever works best with your work flow! Here are some suggestions: 

    • P - pencil/ pen
    • M - marquee
    • G - gradients
    • J - blending tool

    SIDEBAR PLACEMENT

    You may need to move the shortcuts sidebar, depending on whether you are right or left handed. Just use your finger to drag the sidebar to either side of your iPad. You can also move the white ring around the screen, to create a comfortable placement for your drawing style.

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    TOUCH PANNING & ZOOM 

    Even though you can't use gestures on the Mac trackpad; we made sure to add touch panning and zooming support for Clip Studio using Astropad. This way, you won't need to keep scrollbars in view when you set up your ideal workspace.