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Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint

Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint

Both Krita and Clip Studio Paint are animating and painting tools. Both have been here for a long time. From pricing to tools, there are many differences.

The article takes an in-depth look into both and explores Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint.

How both are used

Krita vs Clip Studio Paint Features
Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint Features

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.

It even used to be Manga Studio, but in 2016 the company changed its name to the current one. The program has basic 3D animation options.


Krista is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices. Clip Studio Paint, on the contrary, is accessible on:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Chromebook


Both are challenging to understand at first. If you are familiar with tools like Photoshop, then learning both won’t be hard. For new users, it will take some time. One can move each section and customize the programs.


Sketch in Krita

Krita uses layers, and you can adjust and delete specific layers. It also uses workspaces, and each workspace has particular sections.

For example, the painting workspace has painting tools, while animation has some other tools. Other workspaces are:

  • Big_Paint
  • Big_Vector
  • Minimal
  • Small_Vector
  • Storyboarding
  • VFX_Paint

Related: Krita vs. Photoshop

Clip Studio Paint

Animating in Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio Paint also uses workspaces but does not offer as many as Krita. By default, its interface is more crowded, but you can modify the panels in the window navigation at the top.

Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint: Tools

If you find an option in one software, you will most likely find the same (or an alternate) one in the other. Some of the popular options you find on both:

  • Rectangle, circle, and polygon tool
  • Brush
  • Gradient tool
  • Eraser
  • Text
  • Layers
  • Masking
  • Animation timeline

On this note, I must mention that Clip Studio Paint PRO is limited compared to Clip Studio Paint EX and Krita.

For example, you can only create a 24 frames animation in PRO, whereas there is no limit in both Krita and its EX version. Check out all the differences in our separate guide.

Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio is cross-platform and offers 10 GB of cloud storage to save projects online. You can create a project on mobile and later edit it on a desktop device.

Furthermore, it supports both 2D and 3D models. Although options are limited compared to some industry-leading tools like Blender, it is suitable for beginner learning 3D modeling.

Creating a new document

Krita has many pre-built templates. You can quickly create a from the below template categories:

  • Animation
  • Comic
  • Design
  • DSLR
  • Texture templates

You can also create a custom document from the clipboard. The built-in templates don’t have document size, color modes, and layer settings, but all those are available in the custom document option.

Clip Studio Paint does not come with templates; it has some quick presets to adjust the document size. Those are as below:

  • Illustration
  • Webtoon
  • Comic
  • Printing of fanzine
  • Animation

You can also create a custom-size document and specify the values yourself.

Related: Clip Studio Paint vs. Photoshop

Downloadable content

Additional Material on Clip Studio Paint
Additional Material on Clip Studio Paint

Krita does not offer downloadable content, but many third-party websites like David Revoy offer to download brushes and stuff.

Clip Studio offers additional content to download. The total size of the material is about 2.4 GB, and the material contains shapes, images, and other content to use in your projects.

Other websites also offer free and premium brushes and elements to use in projects.


The next section of Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint is the filters section. You will find categorized filters in the top navigation menu. Krita has below categories:

  • Adjust
  • Artistic
  • Blur
  • Colors
  • Edge Detection
  • Emboss
  • Enhance
  • Map

Clip Studio Paint, on the other hand, has:

  • Blur
  • Correction
  • Distort
  • Effect
  • Render
  • Sharpen

Under each category, you will find a few filters. Overall, it is clear that Krita offers more filters.


Like other rounds, you can export files in multiple formats. Here are some of the common ones:

  • PNG
  • Photoshop PSD
  • GIF
  • MP4
  • AVI
  • JPG

Here are a few things I like about Clip Studio Paint:

  1. It has categorized exporting formats, whereas you have to choose one from the list in Krita.
  2. You can export in video formats (AVI and MP4), but you must specify the FFMpeg path in Krita. FFMpeg is a project that supports several video formats.


Krita is open-source and completely free. However, you can purchase it on Steam and Epic Stores to support it. Its source code is available on GitHub.

Clip Studio Paint, in contrast, is a paid tool. It has introduced subscriptions, but users can still pay a one-time fee.

With the monthly subscriptions, you can use the software on one platform at a time. The subscription also gives you the first three months free.

The one-time payment plan is platform-specific. For example, the Windows and macOS versions have the same plan, whereas the Android app offers a different one.

The one-time cost of Clip Studio Paint PRO is $49.99, and for EX, it’s $219. The monthly subscription to PRO costs $4.49 per month or $24.99 per year.

You will pay $8.99 monthly for the EX version or $71.99 yearly.

You can subscribe to the two-platform plan to simultaneously use Clip Studio Paint on two devices.

Which one is for you

Krita is a great platform, and if you want to create 2D animations and drawings, Krita is all you need. It will help you learn to draw and animate for free.

You should subscribe to Clip Studio Paint if there is a specific feature you like, have some money lying around, or work in a team where cloud collaboration is essential.

However, you will need the EX version to enable cloud sync.

Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint: Links

Video comparison

Interested in seeing both in action? Check out my Krita and Clip Studio Paint comparison below.

Video comparison


Krita vs. Clip Studio Paint article covered the essential topics of both animating programs. I hope it helped you choose the best software for your upcoming projects.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and enjoy the rest of the day.


Monday 20th of June 2022

Hey, krita does support android! It's available on the play store for tables and you can directly download it from the website for free. Also, there is additional content to download for it, it's not integrated into the app but there are many websites that offer extra brushes and textures for krita.

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

@Diligent-Clash2, thanks for commenting. I have updated the article with fresh data. I appreciate your input into this.