A Clip Studio Paint PSA (or, “WHY THE HELL CAN’T I CHANGE THE COLOR OF MY CUSTOM BRUSH!?”)
We love Clip, don’t we? Hell yes we love Clip, it’s the greatest.
Until you decide to start dinking around with maybe making some custom brushes for the first time and everything seems pretty straightforward and you get everything set exactly the way you want it and… and, uh… why won’t it change color? Why?? What have you done wrong??¿?
You poke on everything, literally hecking everything, trying to figure out WHY THE DAMN BRUSH STAYS BLACK NO MATTER WHAT, and no easy answers are forthcoming and you’re just about to cry. Which was MY damn life this morning and for way too long this evening. I was trying to make a brush to streamline some of the background stuff in a couple of panels of Red Sector A, and it was almost perfect except WHY COULDN’T I CHANGE THE DAMN COLOR
I gave up, asked Google, and found a video tutorial that answered that question, and while it’s a simple fix that will make loads of sense once you think about the kind of crazy stuff you can do with Clip brushes, it’s probably not what you would have thought.
That’s it. That’s the fix. All you gotta do is, make sure the layer “expression color” thing is set to “Gray.”
And then go on to set your image as a brush tip material and make your brush and that fixes your problem. You can now change your brush’s color like any other normal brush.
Now why the entire damn hell would they make you do that just to be able to change a brush’s color? Remember how I mentioned all the cool stuff Clip brushes can do, like spray rainbow-colored sparkles all over your artwork?
If your brush tip layer’s “Expression Color” is set to “color,” the brush will use your brush tip image as is. Meaning, if it’s a full color clipart of a turducken, it’s gonna spray full-color turduckens everywhere.
So there you go, simple but sanity-saving tip for newb brush makers.