Clip Studio Paint: Transform and Keep Original

This is something I’ve wanted for a while, the ability to select something (say, a wheel) and then move it somewhere else while leaving the original. Again no way to do this in Clip Studio Paint, but again you can build one.

As with the previous tool, I created and auto action – this one named Transform and Keep Original, in it I created the following actions (see previous post for how to do this)

I draw a marquee around the object to be duplicated, and then created the action with the following steps:

Step 1: Copy (CTRL+C) (makes a copy of the currently selected marqueed drawing)
Step 2: Paste (CTL+V) (creates a new layer with the selected artwork in it)
Step 3: Transform (CTRL+T) (I did this here just to record the action, really doesn’t matter too much what you do with the transformed drawing) once I’d transformed the selection, I confirmed the transformation – by hitting return.
Step 4: Layer->Merge with Layer Below.

And that’s the entirety of the action. The next step though is to slightly alter the action, by taking Step 4 – TRANSFORM – and making sure that the action requires user input (and doesn’t just perform exactly the same transform every time). You do this by clicking a little check box that is on the action’s description, like so:

When you click here (as I’ve scrawled poorly on the image above) it will add a little mini dialogue in place of the check box – and it will add a mini dialogue to the title of the action too.

Now, all that’s left is to map this keyboard action, I went with CTRL+ALT+T (check my previous post for details) and that’s it!

(One point, it’s not perfect, and you’re essentially copying/pasting every time. An minor edit might be to remove the copy stage for the user to do, so that it’s the exact same thing is pasted every time rather than a brand new thing).

Author: PJ

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

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