Clip Studio Paint 2.0 Pricing and Features Announced

Clip Studio Paint 2.0 Pricing and Features Announced


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Celsys has just 3 articles about the upcoming Clip Studio Paint 2.0 release planned to be available in March 2023, including good news for 1.0 owners, new features and pricing.

Good news for buyers of Clip Studio Paint 1.x

The announcement of the pricing policy that would be applied to new releases of Clip Studio Paint had caused an uproar in the community of perpetual license owners in August. Indeed, this new pricing policy indicated that each major version was to be the object of a new purchase as no free upgrade would be allowed from one major version to another.

But Celsys came back on that decision, and announced the following points:

Upgrading from Clip Studio Paint 1.x to 2.0

First, if you bought your version of Clip Studio Paint 1.x version before the 1st of January 2022, you will benefit from a discounted upgrade to Clip Studio Paint 2.0. The upgrade will cost $19.99 for the PRO version, and $56.99 for the EX version.

Then, versions of Clip Studio Paint 1.x acquired between the 1st of January 2022 and the 12th of October will be upgraded to the 2.0 for free. This means that you will benefit from the features of the 2.0 once they are available no additional cost, and keep these features even if you don’t subscribe to an Update Pass.

In addition, if you purchase Clip Studio Paint 1.x between the 13th of October 2022 and the 31st of December 2022, you will benefit from the free upgrade to the 2.0 as well as of 6 months of free Update Pass that you can activate whenever you wish. Note though that as per the Update Pass contract, you will be reverted to the 2.0 features once that free Update Pass period expires.

Stability updates for Clip Studio Paint 1.x

In addition, stability updates for the 1.x will be provided for free even after the 3.0 is issued. No indication is provided as for when these updates might be stopped.

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No change to the Update Pass

The principles behind the Update Pass remain the same as the ones announced in August:

  • You will receive new features when they are published as long as you have an active subscription to the Update Pass. This includes also features introduced in later versions (3.x, 4.x…).
  • You get reverted to the features of the version you bought once the Update Pass subscription is stopped (therefore either 2.0 if you benefit of the free upgrade or pay for the upgrade, or 1.x if you don’t upgrade to the 2.0 and just subscribe to the Update Pass).

What will be the pricing of the Clip Studio Paint Update Pass?

The pricing of the Update Pass is the following:

  • Clip Studio Paint PRO: $9.99 per 12 months
  • Clip Studio Paint EX: $28.99 per 12 months

Clip Studio Paint 2.0 new features

As indicated above, Celsys also announced the new features that will appear in Clip Studio Paint 2.0.

Here is my quick pick at some of these features:

  • New 3D head model controls that will allow you to define various features of the face (overall shape, size of the mouth, eyes, nose…).
  • A hand pose scanner that will allow you to generate 3D poses of an hand from using your webcam or your phone.
  • A really cool automatic shading feature that will allow automating the creation of shadings by allowing you to position a light source and direction.
  • More support for webtoon style panelling with features to manage vertical white spaces with gradients.

And more details here on the Clip Studio Paint website.

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