Gradient Sphere Brush Nozzles in Clip Studio Paint Saturated Lines Tutorial


The video above was created by Andrew Buckle and shows the steps required to create some truly awesome nozzle / gradient sphere themed designs. You can, of course, use any gradient to create the gradient sphere - it does not need to be a golden orange sphere. The gradient sphere brush can also be used in many other areas of Clip Studio Paint. Clip Studio Paint is a wonderful drawing application but it can also be used to create all kinds of unique artwork such as the gradient spheres using the "saturated line" tool



The key thing with this video tutorial as well as many of the tutorials I have created for use with Clip Studio Paint, is to experiment with the variety of features in the application


The key tools in this video are

1) Create a sphere using a selection

2) Fill with a gradient

3) Register as a brush tip

4) Modify the settings for the saturated line sub tool detail panel

5) Apply the saturated line tool in numerous ways


Above, create a selection using the marquee tool - I am using the ellipse sub tool, so hold down the shift key to make certain that the design is circular. Goto the gradient tool and then select a gradient. The gradient itself can be manipulated in a vast number of ways either how it is applied such as using different origin points as well as just manipulating the colors and edge process etc in the sub tool detail panel. The end result can be a basic gradient sphere or a far more complex design and you can also use effects / filters and other brush strokes to manipulate the gradient design before you finally register it.



To use the gradient sphere as a brush tip, you need to register the material (you can't just drag it into the materials). Select the image option via the edit menu,


You can see the gradient sphere brush but you need to click the 'use for brush tip shape' in the bottom left. You also need to give it a location and the easiest is just the image material folder and 'brush'. Give it some search tags if you want. You need to also give it a name.



Ok, now the setup has been done for the gradient sphere brush nozzle, you need to apply it. Goto the figure tool in the toolbar and then the sub tool panel and go to the saturated line tab and then select one of the entries (any of them though I go for the first two in the video tutorial). Bring up the sub tool detail panel (via the window menu) for the current tool. Set the destination layer to the second entry as that will generate a new layer for each apply of the saturated line (making it easier to remove a layer if mistakes are made and you can also add toning and color to a layer as well though that is not shown in this video). Change the gap of line, change the gap to a fixed width via the stroke category, change drawing interval, change the brush size etc and you can see the result of any change to those settings via the preview at the top of the panel. In many cases, just decrease or increase to the min or max. You can see black in the above example as it currently is using the current color and you need to go to the next step to select the gradient sphere brush tip.



To use the brush tip you have created, go to the brush tip category and select material and click on the section below - a panel will appear with all the brush tips as well as the gradient sphere brush (you can see why a search tag is useful). Click OK



Check the make curve option in the saturated line category as that make i even easier to manipulate any generated saturated lines via the control points. Apply the saturated line and then hold down the control key or cmd key (on the mac) and manipulate the control points and curve. You can also right click on the control points shape / figure as well as the curve and add as well as remove points. You can twist and turn the design in all kinds of ways.



For the second example in the tutorial, go to the second sub tool in the saturated line - it is a continuous curve and that is super useful as it means the generated gradient sphere brushes can be applied to a very localized area of the design, some parts of the design will be filled with the spheres and the rest of the layer will be left blank without any sphere nozzles displayed. The line can be manipulated at any point to change the distribution by holding down the cmd / control key and manipulating the points. You can use the spline, you can use the quadratic etc - they all create wonderful curved lines that can be changed and tweaked in countless ways.



You can see the curve above, it can be tweaked via the control points. The red and the blue lines can be changed interactively. The settings in the sub tool detail panel only affect the next applied layer so if you are not happy with the layer, just delete it and then re-start with the new settings. You can twirl, spin, overlap the gradient sphere designs in countless ways. You can use one layer or you can use 15 or more layers and combine them in millions of combinations. You can also flatten the design via the layer menu and flatten image as well as rasterize the saturated line layer and then apply effects / filters such as blur to the design. You can also export the artwork layers to other applications such as Photoshop via the file menu.


You can also use the gradient sphere nozzle design in many other areas of clip studio paint such as the standard brush tools as well as other figure tools.


You can also import in gradient designs from other applications so simply create a gradient sphere in tools such as Painter or Photoshop and then save the work as a PNG file and import it into clip studio paint and then register the material.


Tutorial was created on the 14th August 2019. If you have any comments about the tutorial, please add them via the comments section for the tutorial and then I will answer those questions via that.