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Using Clip Studio Paint Mesh Transform To Change Your Art!

Mesh transform is the tool we use in Clip Studio Paint to distort or warp an image or selection.

While drawing this is very useful, because we can just edit some lines or parts of a piece without having to erase and redo everything.

So how can you use Mesh Transform in Clip Studio Paint? It’s very easy, go to ‘Edit -> Transform -> Mesh Transformation’. Now just make all the changes you need and it’s done!

This includes if you want to Warp in Clip Studio Paint! There is currently no warp tool in Clip Studio Paint.

Instead, follow this tutorial to use Mesh transform and get a similar effect to warping.

You can use mesh transform for a lot of things, including to edit text.

But let’s see how that works!

How To Use Mesh Transform In Clip Studio Paint

You can use the Mesh Transform tool to completely modify and distort your drawing or image!

To access it, simply go to ‘Edit -> Transform -> Mesh Transformation’.

How to use Mesh Transformation in Clip Studio Paint very easily!

When you do, a grid will appear in and around your image. In each intersection, you’ll be able to see squared points that you can move.

When moving them, you’ll be distorting the image.

Play with them and move them around until you’re happy with the transformation. Finally, press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard or the icon with a circle on the Tool Property window when you’re done!

This tool is especially useful for text! If you draw comics, drawing sound text effects might be something you do a lot. The Mesh Transformation tool is perfect for adding this kind of effect.

If you want to use mesh transformation in text, though, be sure you don’t want to change the text, font or size anymore. The text layer needs to be rasterized before distorting.

But if you’re curious about how to edit and transform your text, I did write a very detailed article about it, so be sure to take a look!

I would also like to point out that you don’t need to change the whole layer.

Let’s say you have your drawing, but want to distort one part of it.

Make a selection around the area you want to distort.  

To do so, go to the ‘Selection’ tool on the toolbar. It’s usually the fifth icon. Alternatively, you can press ‘M’ on your keyboard.

Change the selection on Clip Studio Paint of what you want to mesh transform with this tool!

There are different ways to make a selection. A rectangle or circle, the lasso tool that works by drawing a shape around the place you want to select, polyline, and others.

Personally, I like to use the polyline selection, but it’s all up to you and your preferences.

Now, take the same steps as before to enter Mesh Transformation mode. The same grid and points will appear, but only in the part you just selected!

This is very useful when you want to accentuate some curves on your drawing, without having to erase it and repeat the process.

It works very similarly as the distort option in Photoshop, it just takes a bit of time to get used to it and some patience to get the results we get. But it is very useful and helpful to create some effects!

Liquify Tool In Clip Studio Paint

There is now a liquify tool in Clip Studio Paint!

You can use this tool as a substitute for a Warp Tool or just a regular transform tool with some added bonus.

To access it, you can either find the Liquify Tool under the Blend Tool, on the menu bar, or just press the default Shortcut ( J ) on your keyboard.

For more handy keyboard shortcuts on Clip Studio Paint, click here!

You then have several options to choose from, including:

  • Push
  • Expand
  • Pinch
  • Push left
  • Push right
  • Twirl clockwise
  • Twirl anti-clockwise

Play around with it and have fun warping and transforming your artwork!

Related Questions

How do I change the size of an image in clip studio? If you need to resize a whole image in Clip Studio Paint, simply go to ‘Edit -> Change Image Resolution’. A new window will appear, and here you can change the image height, width, it’s unit and even the resolution!

How do you flip a selection in clip studio paint? To flip a selection in Clip Studio Paint, select what you need to flip, then go to ‘Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal…/Flip Vertical…’. The selection you just made will flip according to what you chose! For more info on Rotating, Moving and Fliping the Canvas, click here!

If you have any more questions, leave a comment!

You should also learn how to use a reference window in clip studio to have an extra view of your work and complete artwork faster.

Using Clip Studio Paint Mesh Transformation Step by Step!

Patricia Caldeira is the main writer here at Don Corgi. She's an art teacher with over 20.000 happy students across many platforms and courses!

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