Artists and fans of the Clip Studio Paint manga creation software need to open their wallets to keep their program updated. As a shock to users, after 10 years of offering free updates after a one-time purchase, Celsys is switching to a subscription-based model.
CLIP STUDIO PAINT – which offers three tiers for a one-time purchase – has long been a solid competitor to Adobe’s Creative Suite. Aspiring artists, hobbyists, and professionals have enjoyed the software for both its affordability and rich features. But now artists must weigh their options and budgets.
This change will come into effect in the first half of 2023 and will accompany the 2.0 update of the software. It’s currently unknown how much the subscription fees will cost, but Celsys has shed some light on their upcoming plans.
Will my CLIP STUDIO PAINT license expire in 2023?
Any pricing model that requires a flowchart for customers to understand is likely more complex than it needs to be. Many users will probably worry that their product licenses will become invalid when the 2.0 update is released.
To some, this might be a top anime betrayal rivaled only by Griffith. Thankfully, Celsys has made some efforts to help customers get started with the new model.
All users who previously purchased a CLIP STUDIO PAINT license can continue to access the 1.x version of the software. Celsys has also confirmed that the 1.x versions will continue to receive free bug fixes until the release of the 3.0 update.
1.x version users can still open 2.0 Clip Studio Paint files, but some layers cannot be edited. Future updates will determine how detrimental this can be for those who want to collaborate with others or use templates created in 2.0 versions.
What is the CLIP STUDIO PAINT update pass?
In addition to a monthly and yearly service plan, Celsys also offers update passes. Update Passes are valid for one year and give users access to all CLIP STUDIO PAINT updates while they are active. With fees yet to be announced, it’s too early to say which option will get artists the most bang for their buck.
Perhaps confusingly, a 2.0 Perpetual License will be available on Clip Studio Paint’s website. During this one-time purchase does Allow users to pay once to access version 2.0 of the application, it Not contain all other updates beyond critical bug fixes.
Artists, of course, need to determine which updates are most important to them and their needs. If a feature critical to one’s productivity and workflow were released as a 2.1 update, there would be no way to purchase the software without an update pass or active subscription.
What are the free alternatives to CLIP STUDIO PAINT?
Understandably, many users feel misled by the change in pricing model and its confusing structure. Those who are unsure whether the Clip Studio Paint subscription fee fits their budget still have plenty of options.
The open-source Krita paint program not only offers a CLIP STUDIO PAINT-rival brush engine, animation tools, and a fully customizable user interface, but it costs nothing at all. Though Krita might be a bit clunky for newbies, it offers an easy-to-read manual along with line art and painting guides to get artists up to speed.
Krita is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
For those who prefer to paint on their tablets or phones, MediBang Paint is manga-focused software that offers tutorials, cloud integration, and team management tools. Recently, MediBang released Jump Paint, an art teaching app that teaches users how to create manga pages like their favorite shonen jump artists like Jujutsu Kaisen’s Gege Akutami.
MediBang Paint is currently available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
FireAlpaca is stripped down to the essentials, lacking some of Clip Studio Paint’s more advanced tools, but it makes up for this by being easy to use and light enough to run on any computer. With comic book templates and 3D perspective tools, it has everything a complete beginner needs to start manga creation.
Krita is currently available for Windows and Mac.