Artists use memes to decimate Clip Studio Paint’s new subscription-based plan

In general, it is a very bad idea for any company to bother the online art community. If enough regular Internet users could drag the Sonic the Hedgehog the old movie design through the proverbial mud enough for the studio to completely redesign it, how do you think you’ll fare when the people behind the pencil get disgusted enough to let you know via Twitter?

That’s exactly what happened on Monday when Celsys-owned Clip Studio Paint announced it would introduce a new version of its illustration and animation program, and along with it create a new subscription-based model. The current version 1, which is a one-time purchase with a basic license offered at $49.99 ($69) or $219 ($304) for the professional version, is replaced by version 2 which comes with a price tag of monthly subscription. .

Current users can still keep their version 1 license, but the company said that starting in 2023, they will no longer offer feature updates for version 1 users. Celsys added that it would provide free stability updates for any bugs caused by the operating system “until next year and beyond the transition to version 2”. Making this move was “necessary”, the company said in order to “maintain development of the app and continue to provide a better creative tool”.

Users took to Twitter to denounce the change. As you would expect from an artistic community, the memes were well produced and quite spot on. Most of the negative feedback was to the point that they opted for CSP to avoid paying a monthly subscription for the likes of Photoshop, all while dealing with Adobe’s heavy-handed DRM.

What doesn’t help any of this is the confusing structure for users who want to upgrade from version 1 to version 2. Existing users of version 1 can purchase a perpetual license for version 2, but they won’t have access to the updates from 2.1 and later. The developers will also be discontinuing support for perpetual license users when they finally release version 4. Those looking to keep getting new features will have to purchase a one-year upgrade pass, but the company hasn’t disclosed what price points we might see from that. any of these options.

We’ve reached out to ArtSpark, which owns Celsys as a subsidiary, for comment but have yet to hear back as of the end of Monday ET. The company wrote that it planned to switch to version 2 in the first half of 2023.

Some Twitter users were openly sharing links to hack CSP software. Photoshop is industry standard software, so other services should try to stand out from the rest to attract users. Photography and art programs like GIMP and Krita, while somewhat less user-friendly, are free and open source, while programs like Paint Tool SAI and Procreate are one-time purchases, though the latter program is restricted to iPads and only can be purchased in the app. Store.

Photoshop is priced at $20.99 ($29) per month or all Adobe apps are $54.99 ($76) per month, making it much more expensive over time, especially for hobbyists and professionals. lifetime. CSP’s move is especially untimely considering that Adobe also plans to release a stripped-down, free, web-based version of its Photoshop program. The first tests are already underway with Canadian users.

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