Standard Comic Book Template for Clip Studio Paint

This is a package of five quality-made, high resolution (600dpi) template files for digital comic book artists of all skill levels, built using Comixology Submit's recommended page specs.

The template pages are meant to be used by digital comic book artists of any experience level, whether you are a professional working on a pitch, a student making a portfolio to take to comic conventions, or a Hobbyist creating a comic for their own enjoyment.

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Here’s what’s included in this package of page templates.

  • Single Page Templates
    • 1 Cover Page
    • 1 Interior Page
    • 1 Thumbnail Page (Includes thumbnails for single and double pages)
  • Double Page Templates
    • 1 Cover Page
    • 1 Interior Page

Features

Trim, Type safe, and Bleed markings

  • Trim is the final size of your comic page after it has been printed and cut to size by the printer.
  • Type Safe is the area that you can safely place artwork and text that will not get cut off in the timing process. Your logo, panels, and artwork will go here.
  • Bleed is the area that is not expected to be printed but may be printed if the printer’s trimming of the comic is not precise. This template allows for an industry standard of 0.25″ of bleed. Only non essential artwork details should be placed in the bleed area.

600DPI

Most printing services require 300DPI for printing. Making your artwork at 600DPI ensures that it can be printed for comic books, posters, and almost anything else you may need to print on in the future.

Changeable background color

The background is on a separate color block layer, and can be changed to any color you require with a couple of clicks.

Changeable color and opacity for template information and markings

  • Template Markings Color: The template elements (Creator info, page info, crop marks etc.) are on one separate layer (with a transparent background) that can be changed in a couple of clicks.
  • Template Markings Opacity: If you require the template elements to be less or more prominent, change the opacity of the template element layers: they can be found within the “Page Template” layer.

Interior Story Pages – Single Page, Double Page


The single and double page – Interior story templates include page markings for dividing the page into halves and thirds, as well as for creating panel border layouts

  • Halve markers: The halve markers can be found on the outer-most border of the template (a solid line indicating the Bleed border). The markers are small dashes at the top, bottom, and both sides of the bleed border.
  • Thirds markers: The thirds markers can be found on dotted line directly next to the Bleed border line (This line indicates Trim). They are small markings at the top, bottom, and both sides of the solid border.
  • Panel Border Markings: The panel markers are based on a 36 panel grid. While you will very likely never need 36 panels, it allows for a high degree of flexibility when creating panel layouts for your page.
    • Here’s a very short list of the near infinite panel layout combinations possible using this 36 panel grid.
      • 6 Panels of equal size.
      • 9 Panels of equal size.
      • 5 panels starting with a large establishing shot.
      • 4 horizontal panels of varying heights
      • 6 vertical panels for a fast paced tic tac toe sequence of events.
      • 4 Panels starting with a large vertical panel for impactful character intro shots.

Logo and UPC Code Placement Guides

Included in the cover page template are markings for logo and UPC code placement.

The logo and UPC code size and locations guides are approximate, based on current comic book cover logo and UPC code placement. The UPC code you use on your comic cover may not be exactly the size indicated in these templates. It should be close though.

  • Logo Placement: On the top 1/4 of the type safe area are markings on the left and right side of the template that indicate a possible location for your comic’s logo.
  • UPC code Placement: On the bottom left and right corners, there are markings for both horizontal and vertical layouts of a UPC code.

Template Files: Thumbnails Page

This template includes single page and double page thumbnail layouts.

  • There are two thumbnail layout layers that can be turned on and off, depending on your needs. These layers can be found in the layer folder “Thumbnail Borders”
    • “Single”: This layer contains 9 single page thumbnail borders.
    • “Double”: This layer contains 3 double page thumbnail borders and 3 single page thumbnail borders.
      • In the case you need a double page thumbnail for page 4 (for example), copy a double page thumbnail from the “Double Page” layer and paste it. It will paste automatically on a new layer. Select the “Single Page” layer and delete thumbnails for pages 4 and 5. Position the double page thumbnail and merge the new double page layer with the “Single Page” layer. Done.

Tech Specs

Technical Requirements

You MUST have one of the following items to be able to use this package of comic book page templates.

  • Clip Studio Paint EX (V1.5.4 or later)
  • Clip Studio Paint Pro (V1.5.4 or later)
    • Clip Studio Paint Pro will work with these template files, but with the following limitations:
      • Clip studio Paint Pro will open the individual Clip Studio Paint files (.clip), but it is missing the page management feature found in Clip Studio Paint EX.
      • The Page management file in the template package (.cmc) can not be opened by Clip Studio Paint Pro.
  • Please Note: These template files will NOT work with ANY version of Manga Studio

Template Page Specifications

Single Page

  • Paper Size: 11″ x 17″
    • Bleed Dimension: 10.3128″ x 15.656″
    • Trim: 9.9378″ x 15.281″
    • Live Area: 9.1878″ x 14.531″

Double Page

  • Paper Size: 22″ x 17″
    • Bleed Dimension: 20.2506″ x 15.656″
    • Trim: 19.8756″ x 15.281″
    • Live Area: 19.1254″ x 14.531″

Intended Usage

Who Are these Templates Intended For?

  • Digital artists who use Clip Studio Paint EX, or Clip Studio Paint Pro and intend for the artwork to be printed.

Who are these templates NOT Intended For?

  • If you do not have Clip Studio Paint EX, or Clip Studio Paint Pro, you will not be able to use these templates. DO NOT PURCHASE THESE TEMPLATES IF YOU DO NOT OWN A COPY OF CLIP STUDIO PAINT (EX, or PRO).