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MY DIY CLIP STUDIO TAB MATE!! 8BitDo Lite Controller Setup

Updated: Feb 17




INTRODUCTION

I always get inspired by other artists’ awesome work and the gadgets they use,

And I usually get intimidated and amazed at the same time,

especially if I want to follow and study their process.

Their work area,

Their gallery

And toys

But when I check our local friendly store for these items…


Imagine the horror



Have I got a solution for you!


Today were going to show you how to use the 8bitdo lite controller as an express remote for your Clip Studio Paint




Manga artists has a tight deadline of 1 week per issue

To compensate for that time frame they need a fast workaround process

And some mangakas use Express keys or Tabmate remotes for their display tablets to speed up their art design pipeline.


But how can we ordinary artists afford that expensive gadget when we are still at the beginning of our art career.


Behold!

Lightweight

Small, can fit in your hand easily

And cheap!



There is a smaller version of this controller the zero 2 version, but I prefer this one since it has more buttons to play with.



INSTALLATION

This controller is wireless and detects on Bluetooth, and if your PC has a built in Bluetooth receiver then there is no problem for you.


But if you have an old motherboard like mine

It doesn’t have a Bluetooth receiver then you’ll have to purchase this


It’s easy to install, plug in the Bluetooth adapter, and press the button on the underside


Then on the controller make sure the switch is on letter X for windows compatibility


And then press the ‘Home’ button and then hold the pair button on the underside of the controller

The led indicator lights up and will be moving from left to right, it means that is looking up for the device to be paired with.


Once the lights is on single led bar then that means it is connected,


And were good to go!


Now when using this amazing gadget with Clip Studio Paint you must have a third-party app that can convert its input keys to keyboard inputs


You’ll need

The JoytoKey app


This app will emulate keyboard inputs to your controller, since Clip Studio Paint shortcut keys are keyboard-based you can now easily remap to your controller.


First, go to their website at www.joytokey.net/en/


And download the latest version of their app


After the download is done, install the software

Since I have already set my shortcut keys to my keyboard, then remapping the buttons will be easy


For a quick tutorial on how to set the shortcut keys on Clip Studio Paint check out our previous tutorial


It is important on how you hold your controller on one hand; since it will affect the shortcut assignment on which button you press that you are comfortable with.

I hold the controller this way which I can easily navigate the buttons with my thumb.


Once the software is installed this will be the main UI of the app

Click on the button you want to remap to your keyboard shortcut key by pressing ‘Edit Button Assignment’

Or just by double-clicking specific controller button which will be highlighted every time you press the button


Then click the Keyboard Emulation Basic 1st box and click the specific key on your keyboard that has an assigned shortcut for the Clip Studio Paint


Now do this to all the buttons on your controller


Rinse and Repeat



It has 22 buttons that can be used for remapping and now you can use 22 shortcuts

Once you’re done rename the profile to any name you like and save your profile by clicking ‘File’ then ‘Save’.


Now your 8bitdo Controller is ready to use!


You can now speed run your art just like the pro Mangakas!



8bitdo LITE ON AN IPAD PRO

Now if you have an IPad pro you can also use this controller as a shortcut remote

But not as versatile as the zero 2 version where you can remap each button as shortcut key for the Clip Studio Paint


Instead, you can input the gestures to your 8bitdo Lite controller

Yes that’s right


Gestures


IPad gestures!


Since the 8bitdo Lite controller has no keyboard mode and the IPad doesn’t have an app like the JoytoKey


We can just use the Gestures that you meticulously turn or move your IPad screens as shortcuts


Here’s how to do it



First

You have to let the Ipad detect the controller

By going to ‘Settings’ then ‘Accessibility’

And click Switch Control

Then turn on Switch Control

Then click ‘Switches’

Then Bluetooth Devices…

Then pair up with the 8bitdo Lite gamepad

You then check it on Bluetooth devices if it successfully connects


Now setup your settings on the Switch Control

This is my setting

Scanning Style = manual

Auto-hide = 1s

Move repeat = 5s

Long Press = off

Tap Behavior = Auto Tap

Focused Item after = First

Scan same key tap = off

Always tap keyboard keys = On

Extended Predictions = On

Hold Duration = Off

Ignore Repeat = 0.1 s

Then I leave everything else as default


Now we’re going to assign the gestures to the Controller

Make sure the Switch Control is On

Then go to Switches

Then Add New Switch…

Then the ‘Source’ is External

Then click on your controller button and assign a designated name

Example: click up button on the controller and assign it to ‘Up’

After that, assign the ‘Actions’ as ‘Stop Scanning’

Now assign it to the remaining buttons on your controller

Rinse and Repeat



Now we’re going to assign the gestures to the Controller

Make sure the Switch Control is On

Then go to Switches

Then Add New Switch…

Then the ‘Source’ is External

Then click on your controller button and assign a designated name

Example: click up button on the controller and assign it to ‘Up’

After that, assign the ‘Actions’ as ‘Stop Scanning’

Now assign it to the remaining buttons on your controller

Rinse and Repeat



‘Two Finger Pinch Down’ is ‘Zoom Out’

‘Two Finger Rotate Right’ is ‘Rotate Canvas Right’

‘Two Finger Rotate Left’ is ‘Rotate Canvas Left’

‘Two Finger swipe right’ is ‘Pan Canvas to the Right’

‘Two Finger swipe left’ is ‘Pan Canvas to Left’

‘Two Finger swipe down’ is ‘Pan Canvas to Down’

‘Two Finger swipe up’ is ‘Pan Canvas to Up’

‘Two Finger tap’ is ‘Undo’

‘Three Finger tap’ is ‘Redo’

‘Single Finger hold’ is Eyedropper tool

Once you’re done with assigning the Gestures turn off the ‘Switch Control’

And turn it back on to apply the gestures you’ve assigned

And then go back to Recipes

Then ‘Launch Recipe’

And then click 8bitdo Lite

Now you can use the 8bitdo Controller as Express remote on your Ipad


And to compensate for all the tools needed for shortcuts you can just open the ‘Quick Access’ window and set your favorite tools there


Now go make art like a pro!



It will take you most of the day to get accustomed of the controller as an Express Remote So don’t stop practicing! If you have any questions about the DIY device for Clip Studio Paint comment down below

Here is the 8bitdo Lite Controller Amazon Link




8bitdo Wireless Bluetooth adapter










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