Back in August 2022, Celsys announced that its Clip Studio Paint manga software would switch from a buy-to-own to a subscription-based model starting in March 2023. current version of the product far into the future. Today Celsys not only updated the fans with changes to the upcoming model but also with the prices.
The most pressing question on the minds of many was, “How much will this change cost me?” Similar to the previous pricing model, the software will be split into a PRO and EX versions – EX with richer animation options as well as the ability to export multi-page documents .
Clip Studio Paint Pro
- Purchase version 2.0 – $49.99
- Upgrade from 1.x to 2.0 – $19.99
- 12 Month Update Pass – $9.99
- Standard Subscription – $4.49/month or $24.99/year
CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX
- Purchase version 2.0 – $219.00
- Upgrade from 1.x to 2.0 – $56.99
- 12 Month Update Pass – $28.99
- Standard Subscription – $8.99/month or $71.99/year
To explain the different pricing options, when purchasing version 2.0 (whether for new users or returning customers upgrading their plan), buyers will receive the 2.0 update of CLIP STUDIO PAINT with no feature updates apart from stability changes. The great news for recent buyers is that any license purchased after January 1st, 2022 can be upgraded to version 2.0 for free!
What happens if I don’t update CLIP STUDIO PAINT before March?
Understandably, the drastic change in the pricing model has left some shoppers worried that they would be deprived of their previous purchases. Luckily that won’t be the case. Celsys has responded to concerns by assuring customers that they will keep the last free version they purchased (version 1.x for those who purchased the software before January 2022).
Even better, Celsys has extended its support for version 1 beyond the release of the 3.0 update. This means that while buyers will not receive new feature updates after 2022, the software will receive bug fixes and other stability updates until the end of its lifecycle.
A winter 2022 update is also planned for all 1.x users. Details of the update have not been confirmed, but Celsys has indicated that new features are in the works! This is great news for those who want to keep their favorite software without additional fees, but it will also be the last hooray for version 1 users.
What is the difference between an update pass and a monthly subscription?
Fueling anger, Celsys’ tiered subscription options have many scratching their heads. With an update pass being cheaper annually than a standard subscription, it might seem confusing why the latter is even offered. However, the two options have one key difference:
- Purchasers require a version 2.0 perpetual license to purchase the annual 2.0 update pass. This pass includes all 2.x feature updates and 3.0 early access features. The software will revert to 2.0 once the pass is over.
- Anyone can pay for a standard subscription of CLIP STUDIO PAINT without a perpetual license. This subscription includes all 2.x feature updates but not Not contain 3.0 Early Access features. The software will revert to the last purchased version or otherwise become inaccessible once the subscription ends.
What’s more bang for your buck? Well, that depends on how you want to use the software. While the advanced 3D capabilities of 2.0 are exciting for many, they may not be part of every artist’s workflow. Those who want instant access to all the latest Clip Studio Paint features will need to upgrade to 2.0 and purchase the Annual Pass. Otherwise, the most economical option would be to subscribe only once to a feature needed to start the workflow.
Version 3.0 – which requires Another Perpetual License Purchase – scheduled for release in 2024. This means that if you persevere, you could save more money by just upgrading to the next Perpetual release annually. At a minimum, this assumes that upgrades for perpetual licenses continue to be discounted.
Why should I upgrade to CLIP STUDIO PAINT version 2.0?
The main attraction of Clip Studio Paint version 2.0 is the advanced 3D tools. Mangaka like Berserk’s late Kentaro Miura use reference models to help meet tight deadlines. In addition to the popular customizable body features for posing models, users can now morph faces – a helpful base for chibi and realistic art styles alike.
For those who complain about drawing hands, the live capture hand pose scanner allows artists to project their own hands onto their 3D model. And with the software integrated with Posemaniacs, gone are the days of messing around with the reference model instead of drawing.
Improved text tools will finally allow manga artists to wrap text for quick and easy sound effects. The new alignment tools also reduce the need for artists to switch to other software, such as Adobe Illustrator, when planning their layouts and typography. And these are just a few of the many features that version 2.0 from March 2023 has in store.
This change in the pricing model is disconcerting to many. But if Celsys delivers on its promise of releasing quality updates at a steady pace, the change might be worth the extra price. We’ll just have to wait until next year to see.