Panel Borders in Manga Studio part 4

Hey! A quick and easy one today, I promise.

Let’s say you want to try drawing one of those fancy 9 panel grid comic panels. Here’s how Manga Studio (or Clip Studio Paint, since they’re the same thing) can help!

Step 1: Create a new frame folder (you can see how in part one)

Step 2: Select the object selection tool (you can also brush on that in part one) and click on the full frame of the page..


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Step 3: Select from the Layer Menu : Layer->Ruler Frame->Divide Frame Border Equally

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Step 4: You’ll get a new window asking how you want to divide the panel up and for a neat nine panel grid, you should have something like this:

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The little graphic is just a demonstration of how the divisions will work – IT IS NOT a preview of what will happen. “Fit to side Direction of Frame” allows you to play with how the divisions will happen on panel shapes that are slightly skewed, for example, ticking it here you the preview looks like this:

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But, again, this is a graphic to help explain what might happen, it’s not a preview. If you’re splitting a perfectly rectangular frame both options will actually net the same result.

Which is this:


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As ever, I like to keep my frame folder/panel borders all on a single folder, so I select “divide folder: Not change”. You can split this as you see fit.

This tool is actually pretty useful for, for example, splitting a single tier into three/four (or whatever) perfectly even sized panels. A trick I use a lot.

Planning tomorrow or Friday to try and get a quick youtube video together of some of this stuff, so if you have any questions you’d like me to answer on panel borders that are either unclear or I haven’t covered, please add a comment below!

And that should wrap up a week of manga studio Panel Borders. Next week? Let’s see if we can look at flatting in Manga Studio…


Author: PJ

PJ is a Belfast based comic artist, and has been for some time.

5 thoughts on “Panel Borders in Manga Studio part 4”

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m still trying to get my head around working in Manga Studio, after years of painting in Photoshop. Finding it indredibly difficult, but your series has helped me grasp a few fundamentals. Thanks again!

  2. Hello! I came across your guides in a Google search, and they’re fantastic. I’ve been using MS5 for a couple years now, I’m in love with it. Your guide was very helpful with trying to figure out MS5’s tools to divide panels equally without having to eyeball it. I was wondering if you could help me out, however?

    Whenever I use this dialogue box, it divides my panels just how it should, but there are no gaps/gutters between them. The panels end up flush with each other. Is there a property/default setting somewhere I’m missing that determines how much space to put between the panels? There are no options in the dialogue box itself, but it would be so helpful if I could get this working using the same panel gaps as I use throughout the rest of my comic.

    Thank you very much for any help you can give me! I’m looking forward to figuring this out. 🙂

  3. Thanks for these great and very useful tutorials on Manga Studio — they are hard to find (not sure how many people in the field of comics use Manga/Clip Studio…?).

    For your Part 3, can the same thing be accomplished by using Command+X to cut the panel that you want to see go “on top” and then Command+V to paste it back — this seems to bring it to the top?


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