Comicado is an easy and lightweight graphic application for creating comics and other illustration works. It combines many standard elements of digital illustration (layers, editable brushes...) with some new concepts like panels based artwork composition, which allows creation of editable comic layouts.
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Release Date: Jan 21, 2014

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As you may know, Comicado is no longer in development, but it has a successor called JugiPaint. The new application, while inheriting most comics oriented features of Comicado, is intended to be more a general painting software, but with some "specialization" features (not necessarily only for comics creation).

Some key features of JugiPaint compared to Comicado:
- new, prettier and more adjustable GUI
- improved layers system and panels
- new, heavily improved brush system with wider range of brushes
- new, heavily improved vector tools

The current, development beta version of JugiPaint is free for download at:

When JugiPaint get available on Steam store, Comicado will be removed from it! There will be a loyalty discount of 60% for owners of Comicado wanting to buy JugiPaint!

JugiPaint is now on Greenlight!
If you wish that JugiPaint reach the Steam store sooner rather than later, please give it a vote.

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About This Software

Comicado is an easy and lightweight graphic application for creating comics and other illustration works. It combines many standard elements of digital illustration (layers, editable brushes...) with some new concepts like panels based artwork composition, which allows creation of editable comic layouts. Comicado provides tools and artwork elements for various phases of comic creation, from sketching to inking and coloring. Its flexible brush engine is well suited for drawing and painting.

Main Features

  • Panels - base artwork containers, which can be moved and transformed independently of each other.
  • Layers - drawing and painting surfaces with standard features such as opacity, blending, masking and clipping.
  • Perspectives and Poses - special elements, which help in the artwork creation process.
  • Rulers - flexible rulers for drawing straight lines, curves and ellipses.
  • Straight line modes- quick drawing of constrained straight lines including the perspective constrained lines.
  • Brushes - customizable brushes for drawing and painting.
  • Color fill tools - fill tool, bucket tool and gradient tool.
  • Selections - layer selections with standard tools like lasso and magic wand.
  • Splines - vector lines for precise line art, suitable for creation of comic balloons.
  • Transformations - moving, scaling, rotation and other operations for panels, helper elements, bitmap layers and splines.
  • Text - bitmap text.
  • Board texture - texture of the board surface as an adjustable property of the layer
  • PSD support

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Single Core Pentium Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7,9, OpenGL compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A graphic tablet such as Wacom is highly recommended. Supported are tablets with Wintab drivers.
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66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
I was a bit unsure if I should buy it or not when I first saw this program. I couldn't find a single review or opinion on the internet or user review in here, but after reading the Community Hub I decided to give it a try, and here what I think about it:

- Weight: It's quite a lightweight program, so older computers can run it.
- Perspective tool: It helps a LOT when working on sceneries. You can use up to 3 vanishing points, and it's easy to adjust the angle.
- Pose Tool: I was really curious about it, specially since it's something I always missed in other drawing programs and how it would work with angles and perspective, and it work quite nicely.
- Panels: They may feel a bit odd at first, but they really help a lot. You draw inside them, and then you can position and adjust them in your comic.
- The Developers: Not only they've been helping newbies to the program, giving tips and instructions and making guides on how to use it, they also been listening to the users.
- Price: A good program for a fair price, what not like about it?

- The UI: It can be a bit hard to understand on how to use for begginers, but it's not hard once you learn on how to use it (which for me didn't take long, around three to five minutes poking around the program).
- Lack of Guides and Tutorials: It's a fairly new program so, which means it's hard to find tutorials and guides on the internet, but as I said earlier, the developers have been of great help with guides and answering users questions.
- Tablet - It's highly recommended to have a graphic tablet to use the program, and sadly not everyone have or can afford one.

So yeah, I do recommend this program.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
Great program. I went over to this from PaintTool SAI and it really wasn't that difficult to figure out how the tools or UI worked. This isn't the best beginner program, but it has everything you need to start. For someone who is working on a web comic or illustration, this program has a lot of very powerful and easy to use tools, in addition to a decent variet of basics.

Excellent, fully adjustable perspectives tool
Character poser! Lets you adjust and move a skeleton for characters.
Rulers! Adjustable straight lines, curved lines and circles.
Customizable brushes

Feels a little clunky compared to SAI.
Smoothing on the cursor/pen is responsive at 0, but when you draw curves they come out blocky. At max, it feels like your pen is lagging.
Very limited "undo" amount.

Over all, I feel like it's a great program.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
I won't lie, it's not perfect by any means. Once you start it up there are pretty much no tutorials, so you need to figure out a lot for yourself or ask around.

That being said, although I wouldn't recommend this as a high end art program or a substitute for one, it works QUITE well for its intended purpose. It has a lot of interesting tools, and it has enough going for it to satisfy any comic or manga artist. And worse case scenario if it doesn't suit your needs, there's no reason you can't start each page on this program then add finishing touches with a more advanced one if you have it.

In summation, this isn't photoshop. Not even close. But it will definitely take a few headaches out of the comic and panel making process. I recommend it to anyone who wants to make a comic or web comic but don't want to shell out 100 dollars or more for the means to do so. Having a graphics tablet would definitely help, but of course that's provided you can afford one in the first place.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
162.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Very glad I purchased this. I've been using it constantly. Very simple, lightweight program. It's only 6 MB! But it's got it where it counts. It feels great. The stroke smoothing is great. Pressure sensitivity with my Wacom Bamboo tablet is excellent. If you are looking for an inking program, you could spend more and find one with a more robust set of tools, but if all you are interested in is inking, this is a great price.

It also does some nice airbrush and colouring but I haven't used it for that yet.

Bottom line is: I'm very glad I got this.. Esp. for 50% off during the holiday sale. :) Haven't stopped using it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Do I recomment Comicado heck ya I do. before buying Comicado i used Photo Shop but found it lacked descent perspetive tools, so I gave this a shot. My first impression was some rage quitting, but after trying out some of the sparse tutorials I just got blown away At least with the perspective guides, you can with ease set up a frame, with serverel view points, and there are help tools which making ovals and circles way easier to do, you can use help lines, so making a thing like an arch much easier to do. There even is a tool for helping you place any humanoid and even animals.

If you want to draw using perspective do not fink twice about buying this. A buddy of mine tried to get on the Corel Painter, which he claimed was the best he ever used, showed him Comicado which he had to admit had way more tools for perspective drawing. If there ever comes and update, with better brushes and better color handeling, this easially actually could be a contender on not just comic making, but but graphic apps.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
One of my new favorite tools! Yes, it has plenty of issues; it lags intensly when using spline layers and etc... even on my High end pc.... and yes it is super simple and seemingly basic... but it is incredibly intuitive... the spline tool, the line blocking and the perspective tool as well as others really revolutionize comicbook designing software. This program is truely developed for comic book artists... in all of the best ways... as far as those artists who are looking for something extremely tool heavy and photoshop-esk this might be waaaay to limited for you... but if you aregoing into professional comicbook creation... you will feel right at home as well as transitioned properly into the future with the layers and line toools provided.

I love this program!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
The pressure sensitivity is really greaat with my tablet (Waom Bamboo) I can do the lightest of storkes through to hardest just as if I was drawing with pencil/pen etc. - Trust me when I say I have tried a LOT of digital art software in my quest to find something that is easy to use and gets the results I want without having to remortgage my home to do it.
Personally so far I havent experinced lag with the splines as I noticed some people had commented but there again I havent tried anything complex as yet.
I like the layers system, and the UI is simple which I also like, I think I definitely need to play around more with the features in Comicado to familiarise myself with it and probably even longer to realise all the potential in it - and i think there is loads (potential) that you could do and hours of fun to be had.
The brushes that come in the pre-sets seem limited at first glance BUT I think you are able to edit them as you want - not sure if there is possibility to import your own custom brushes or not yet I havent tried...
Cons- the help and how to's could certainly be a little easier to navigate, I would personally love to see some video tutorials in varying technical difficulties that would be awesome!
This is definitely going to be up in my favourites of digital artistic software
Just a warning someone mentioned they couldnt draw with their mouse - I would definitely recommend using with a pen/tablet set up which Comicado does state in recommendations
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
959.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
This is a great, light weight all-around art software ^^

IMPORTANT: IF YOU'VE BEEN ON THE FENCE ABOUT THIS SOFTWARE, PLEASE BY ALL MEANS BUY IT NOW. It's going to dissapear from the steam store as well as the developers website so unless you own it now, you'll never be able to purchase this program again once it's gone. And it's better to buy something even if you only kind-of want it when it could go bye-bye any day now. Even if you never use it, you might as well get it just to own it and not have any regrets.

I've used it for just about everything art and photo related though it's specifically tailored for making comics and webcomics - which is the main reason I wanted to get this program. And kindly enough a dear friend of mine bought it for me as a birthday gift and i've been using it ever since. I use it for just about everything - editing sprites for mods, making finalized character sheets for my webcomic after scanning my artwork into the computer (yes, i'm one of the weirdoes who mainly draws on paper), editing photos i take with my camera, ect. In addition I'm actively working on a webcomic and this software has helped me transfer my art from paper to digital page and because of the pannels and text systems, I don't have to worry about hopping from program to program to get all of that other stuff done.

It's lightweight and runs on practically nothing which is good if you have very little space left on your computer for high-tech softwares that risk making your computer combust into flame.

It's also a cheap art software compared to a lot of art softwares out there. You have your free paint tools and photo editors, but those may not come with a lot of options or may just be 'lite' versions of full softwares. Photoshop can cost up to 600 bucks, OpenCanvas on Steam is normally 50 dollars and Comicado is 30 dollars and has the bonus specialty of being geared toward making comics - so if you're making a webcomic anytime soon then by all means buy this software.

The only downside i can really think of is that it may not have as many brush types those other programs may have. In addition there's a weird issue I've had where I cna't stretch the windows horizontally, only vertically... There's also no option to change how the windows are displayed. The window with all of the available colors for example I can't utilize completely because it's a long bar full of colors by default and there's no way to stretch the window or change how the colors are displayed to take advantage of all my options... but for me that's become very minor, just something I'm used to and that isn't a big hassle anymore. This also applies to importing images you may want to edit. I often find myself having to shrink down my own photos otherwise they won't appear in Comicado... But as i said before, it's just something i've come to deal with... Unless you're dealing with really HUGE images, you don't have anything to worry about.

Some other issues I discovered is that the maximum picture size you can have is 6400x6400 HOWEVER, if you type that into the board set up, the software crashes... I think the biggest image I've gotten away with is 6310x6310. So if you wanna edit super large images, you may be out of luck (hopefully this and the importing issue will be resolved in the dev's successor to Comicado, which you can read about in the forums)

Conclusion: If you need an art software or if you need to get your webcomic off the ground and don't want any trouble then this software is a must-buy. Buy it before it goes away forever.

I give Comicado 5 'plz stay on Steam'(s) out of 5.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I have 'a lot' of profesional graphics software and this is amazingly powerful for the money.
Some features are make it best for comic creation of all of them in terms of SPEED and EASE.
Read the manual ! Some aspects of it require some different thinking - panels and boards etc.
I put the keyboard shortcuts on a Excel file, which I can share if I find way to post it.
Check out Deivanart for can be produced with it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
So... You want to draw pictures, or more specifically, a comic.

Well, this software is built around this particular use case. It can also do illistrations, but it's not built around that use case quite as much as it is comics.

You have the vitual 'paper' of the page to be drawn. You don't draw directly on this, like in MS paint. You have panels. For an illistration, a panel can be the entire page. When you're making a comic, you'll have more then one, and you can easily resize and move them around a bit after drawing them. It also allows you to distort the whole panel if you want. There's lots of options there. Inside these panels, you have your standard layers, like in everything that's not MS paint.

It will take mouse input, so you don't need to buy a $100 tablet (or $250 tablet-equipped laptop) but if you have one, that also works. It has drawing guides, like French Curves for us Drafting people, that let you draw smoothly with either method.

It's cheap, Buy it once and you're done

Has some tools very useful for it's inteded application.

has figures you can pose to get a sense of scale, this is REALLY nice if you're like me and utterly stink at drawing characters.

Has nice export functions, and some limited vector graphics capibility (it's a raster program, so no exporting)

Doesn't chew up too much memory, while you're running.

A fair decent selection of brushes and the like.

Has guides, even mouse drawn stuff can look good.

Perspective grid <3 so much less involved for basic outlining of that sort of scene.

The pressure sensitivity for tablets isn't there (at least on the t730 it's not) it also doens't change the cursor to tell you it's getting it's cues from the pen, it's nice for me to have that visual feedback so I know when I can let my palm rest.

Editing spines is TEDIOUS. Avoid using them when you can.

The toolbars on the sides don't stay inside the window, so it can cover the start bar or end up half offscreen when I rotate the tablet..

It lacks a classical 'ruler' with mm/pixels/inch measurement, it IS nice to have that now and again. Not so much a con as a feature I miss dearly.

Could use more figures. A hand is one example I'd love to see added. I tied to add one myself (You can do that!) but it failed miserably.

It could use some tutorials, but I know those are slowly coming.

Lacks a plugin API that I know about (if it has one, I can think of at least one handy plugin to add, I'd make it myself if need be)

All in all, it's not a bad program. I've doodled with it quite a bit, using both the tablet on the laptop, and the desktop, and have yet to have gotten really annoyed at anything. I've gotten faster with it as time goes on. Would (and have) reccommeded it to other artists I know
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141.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
Iv'e used this software for a while, and honestly, it's great!
For the price you get alot, and you can do alot with it.

Just a reliable Software to make cool artwork.

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4.6 hrs
Posted: June 25
It's basically minimalism for comics. The kind you want when you are experienced enough to know what you want to put down, and have redrawn enough references that for your project you don't need many. Even the ball and line person representation for a human reference is beautifully minimalistic.

Before, I used to compare this to Clip Studio or MangaLabo. But honestly, it's not a fair comparison. The software includes the essentials for that comic that has all the characters you already know because you've sketched them several times. The perspective tools and custom panel tools are there too. If you're working on something you're not familiar with, ArtRage has great reference options after the developer fixed what I told them I couldn't do. MangaLabo has an amazingly quick geometry 3D planning for rooms. Clip Studio has many tools to help out anyone who doesn't know what they want to draw and a lot of tools for painting.

At the end of the day, if you know what tools you need and you don't overburden yourself with all the tools you don't, you're making the best decision for your comic. So be honest with yourself, with your level and your degree of knowledge of scenes and characters. If you're clueless on the scenes, but know your characters, Mangalabo might be the right tool. If you're a bit clueless on everything or plan to paint a lot, Clip Studio might be the right tool. If you know your characters and your scenes... you go back and forth between sketching and writing your idea to clearly develop it, simply sketch through, then Comicado might be the right tool.
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11.1 hrs
Posted: December 29, 2015
First Impression:
Lack of tutorials which many have mentioned. I am not sure why the developer did not promote his tutorial on the front page which gets you started with most of the stuff.

Why you would not buy this software?

1- If you are not good at drawing this will not improve on any of that. Develop your drawing skills first. Even with the pose options you will not be able to draw good if you are not familiar with the anatomy of the drawing.
So if you are buying this software thinking your comics are going to look any better most likely they wont.

2-If you don't like to explore the software yourself stay away from it most of the help you will be scavenging through the discussions. If you are the type of person who posts a thread the minute you get stuck with something - this software is not for you.

3- Everything has its own layer - text , poses, everything - its not photoshop - once you get past the whole everything in its own layer you should be able to move through the whole drawing process relatively faster.

Though this software seems complete I hope the developer listens to the users and fixes several misplaced menu options. Pose creation does not have pose delete or rename - you have to go through the preset manager.

Also the smoothing option is wonky you will have to play around till you find the sweet spot - which might not exactly be what you need.

All said and done - for the discounted price I can recommend it. Its not Manga studio but than for the discounted price its worth it - which I recommend the developer to reduce to that permanently.

I highly recommend checking out the guides posted by the developer - they will answer most of your questions.

The lack of proper pictorial manual is simply unacceptable - seems like the dev is highly dependent on having the user already used and being familiar with other photo / illustrative tools.

Also if you plan to draw with a mouse - please don't buy this software.

Link to tutorial:
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20.1 hrs
Posted: June 15, 2015
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2.2 hrs
Posted: January 7, 2015
I didn't like, maybe if it has more english tutorials online . I wish I had my money back. Totally waste of money.
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35.1 hrs
Posted: January 3, 2015
This is great! I have been searching for something like this for a while. Easy to use and works with my intuos perfectly, I havn't dove deep into this but so far so good. If I do find any problems I will post them.
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