Introducing the Premium Content Platform
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DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform

Providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.

What is Premium Content?

The Premium Content Platform was built to represent high-quality content — the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. We encourage the sale of everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!

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What are Points?

DeviantART Points are a virtual currency that can be used to buy virtual and real goods on deviantART. Points can be purchased using a credit card or PayPal, and one U.S. dollar is the equivalent to 80 Points. A buyer making a Premium Content Platform purchase must use Points for the transaction.

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Selling Premium Content

Premium Content Platform sellers have the opportunity to generate real earnings through sales. Sellers are able to set their own prices for downloads and a seller retains 80% of all revenue earned.

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Earnings

Buyers make Premium Content Platform purchases with Points.While all payments are made in Points, earnings from work sold can be withdrawn as U.S. dollars via PayPal or check, or converted into Points.

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Buying Premium Content

Buying Premium Content is a straightforward and user-friendly process. Simply click the "Purchase" button, ensure you have enough Points available to make the transaction, enter your password, and agree to the Seller's Agreement. Your download will start immediately!

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Rating Premium Content

To assist future buyers, we encourage previous buyers to rate sellers on a five-star scale. It only takes a moment to rate a seller and feedback is critical to helping others make purchasing decisions.

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Eligibility and Agreements

Sellers enter into an agreement with the buyer on each download. When making a download available for sale, sellers can use a standard Personal Use/Personal Non-Commercial Use License Agreement or can insert their own Custom License Agreement.

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Supporting Artists, Empowering Buyers

The majority of work on deviantART will always remain free. Members and visitors will still be able to browse and download millions of deviations at no cost. The Premium Content Platform was built to represent the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. Our aim with the Platform is to provide a place where artists are able to sell their work and feel empowered and dignified by receiving a deserving share of the earnings. Buyers are able to directly support the artists they love through purchases made on the Premium Content Platform.

The Premium Content Platform launch is a staged release. All members are currently enabled to buy content. However, only a small segment of deviants have been granted the privilege to sell. Over the next few weeks, more and more deviants will be given the privilege to become sellers. Those who have the ability to sell will be notified with a Hot Topic notification in their Message Center.



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fumstix's avatar
fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
Test doodle // lopsided // re-upload by noobpinky  This deviation is on sale for 'paid download'

However, I didn't attach anything to be sold with it. 

Does it work when you click on it to buy it?
fumstix's avatar
fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
okay so i attached something, it works now?
NicaBreeze's avatar
NicaBreezeProfessional General Artist
It's been a while but I'd like to know what exactly "premium content" is. Is it the same file you are submitting, re-loaded directly from your device? (totally confusing, what's the point if that's already submitted as the current deviation?) Could it be different pictures that I had used as Photoshop layers for this current deviation? Or a random image or two that you offer as extras? 
I had looked up DA premium content in search engine, and read through a few pages of comments on this post -- still no clarity.

Maybe you could tell me what it s and what it's not. Thanks.
SameerPrehistorica's avatar
SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
What is the difference between Print and Premium content ? I know that people selling arts through prints and is this the same thing with Premium content ? 

For example, is it correct to set the same high res image for Print and Premium content ?
If it is correct then what is the difference of selling between those 2 options ? 
Is it because the file gets sold faster through Premium content ?
mooncreamadopt's avatar
Hey I have a question!
How can I know what DA user purchased my content I just see the notification on my account but can't see who bought  it >.<
Piposaru200's avatar
Piposaru200Hobbyist General Artist
So how do I convert points into paypal cash
Geistplan's avatar
GeistplanHobbyist Digital Artist
Did you gut any answers for this question already?
Piposaru200's avatar
Piposaru200Hobbyist General Artist
yes thanks ^^
Geistplan's avatar
GeistplanHobbyist Digital Artist
Could you please tell me, how that works?
Piposaru200's avatar
Piposaru200Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not entirely sure. I never tried anything.
Geistplan's avatar
GeistplanHobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thank you Piposaru200!
dannysuling's avatar
dannysulingHobbyist General Artist
What, isn't your advertising revenue enough? Now you want commissions on the sale of exclusive work that your less-than-privileged membership cannot access?

Not for me. Sounds simply like you want to be competitive with Patreon because it's turning out to be a revenue source that you're missing out on.

To me, this violates the underlying values that we as a dA community share: communication, open support, sharing of our work, critique, commentary, discourse. What the Premium Content Platform is doing is distorting the dA site in the service of monetizing art, thereby making its own nefarious contribution to the creation of two classes of people: those who can afford to purchase images in exclusive versions not posted at dA, and those who cannot.

And then there are people like me, a third class: those who will not, regardless of whether or not I can financially afford this kind of acquisitive behavior.

Let's hear it for classism. Is this a great country, or what?!
megamasterO's avatar
megamasterOHobbyist Traditional Artist
I see it as a way for people to support artists that want exclusive content! No one is going to force you or your favorite artist to use it. It's better that DA has this option so that fans can stay on this site instead of splitting their fan base with other places like Patreon

...but that's just my opinion
LoliLilian's avatar
LoliLilianStudent Digital Artist
Hi, i wanted to buy a digital file but im on the phone so i dont see the purchase button, please help
PicPix's avatar
Hello! I have recently updated one of my products and have upped the pricing on it as well. 
I was wondering, will this affect the price for my customers who have already purchased my product? I do not want my customers (who already paid before the price raise) to pay for the extra fee to download the updates as the price raise is intended for my future customers. I would greatly appreciate if anyone can confirm this.

Thank you!
BlooGuy's avatar
BlooGuyHobbyist General Artist
I'm here to ask this same question. Would really appreciate an answer. :|
PicPix's avatar
Good news! I have purchased some points to test this out and fortunately, customers do not have to pay again to re-download the updated product. :D
BlooGuy's avatar
BlooGuyHobbyist General Artist
That's really nice to hear :D Thank you for the response! :D
PicPix's avatar
No problem, glad I could help! :D
Coccineus's avatar
CoccineusHobbyist General Artist
Hello Heidi, I use the premium content tool for almost all my stock works, so thanks for that :meow:
I know it has been mentioned numerous times already, but I'd like to express one more time how useful it would be for both deviantART and its users to have a separate browsing page for premium content.
I believe that a lot more people would spend their points on premium works if they could be directly pointed to it.
Just wanted to say that :)
KSan23's avatar
KSan23Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Premium Content is awesome, I love it a lot. It automatically download after payment but i have a few problems.. First, when we set our own price, why do we have to go by 5 and start with 10 points ? Second, how come we cannot see who bought the products? Third, after the buyer bought your items, they can rate the product out of 5 stars. But what's the point for that if no one can see it except the buyer who rated it ?
BadMonkeyLA's avatar
BadMonkeyLAHobbyist General Artist
Excellent!!
RoninArts's avatar
RoninArtsHobbyist General Artist
Do I have to pay to be a premium member? Because I want to sell my pictures for my own price!
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