openCanvas is a paint/drawing software that enables you to record/replay your drawing procedure. If you use the "Event" function (to replay the drawing process), it is quite easy to find out how an illustration was created! openCanvas has a simple interface, nice and realistic brush stroke, and various filters/layers/tones.
User reviews: Very Positive (68 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 22, 2014
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July 24

openCanvas5.5 End of Sales Notice

Dear valued users,

Sales of openCanvas5.5 will be ended at August 31st, 2015.
Our product support will continue to December 31st, 2015.

Sales of openCavas6 will continue.
We apologize for the inconvenience and truly appreciate your interest and support to our product.
We will continue our effort to develop the satisfactory product.

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About This Software

openCanvas is a paint/drawing software that enables you to record/replay your drawing procedure.
If you use the "Event" function (to replay the drawing process), it is quite easy to find out how an illustration was created!
openCanvas has a simple interface, nice and realistic brush stroke, and various filters/layers/tones.
openCanvas will be suitable for beginners to advanced users.

openCanvas5.5 End of Sales Notice

Dear valued users,

Sales of openCanvas5.5 will be ended at August 31st, 2015.
Our product support will continue to December 31st, 2015.

Sales of openCavas6 will continue.
We apologize for the inconvenience and truly appreciate your interest and support to our product.
We will continue our effort to develop the satisfactory product.
Kind regards,

Latest Information

Thank you always for using openCanvas.
In response to many requests, we are pleased to announce that

it is FREE to upgrade to openCanvas 6 Steam edition if you have purchased openCanvas 5.5 Steam edition.

openCanvas 6 will be released sometime in 2014.
Also, we will release updates for Japanese/Korean/Chinese(traditional) versions in the near future. Stay tuned!


Features


  • "Pen" and "Brush": enables you to create various expressions.
    There are various strokes, such as a fountain pen, watercolor, and many more.
    You can easily edit your own "Pen" and "Brush" strokes. Also you can apply a saved Bitmap image to "Pen", that will expand your creativity even more.


  • Filter
    Levels, Hue / Saturation, Blur, Emboss, Clouds etc


  • Layers
    Multiply, Screen, Overlay etc


  • Tone
    You can easily create your own Tone with our exclusive interface.


  • Intelligible Interface
    openCanvas uses GUI "Graphical User Interface", therefore it is easy to handle.

    Tool Palette
    The Tool Palettes has an automatic adjustment, docking, and folding functions, that will enable you to use workspace effectively.

    Color Picker
    4 types 18 varieties


    Preset Editor
    You can easily create your own Pen, Brush, Tone, and Gradient.

    Hand Tool
    When you use the Hand Control, the cursor becomes "Hand" shape. Then you can control the "Pan," "Rotate," and "Zoom" function at the same time.


  • "Event Tool" that records and replays an illustration procedure
    The "event tool" is the openCanvas’ unique function that enables you to record and to replay an illustration procedure. If you open an event file in openCanvas, you can learn how to draw an illustration as if someone is drawing in front of you.


View illustration with openCanvas


You can download someone's "Event" file from our community website(http://www.portalgraphics.net/pg).

  • STEP 1: Event file download
    Please download Event file from illustration detail on our community website(http://www.portalgraphics.net/pg).


  • STEP2: Open Event file
    To open downloaded Event file, double-click on Event file or go to File>Open Event.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Later
    • Processor: x86 compatible processor capable to SSE2
    • Graphics: XGA(1024x768) / True Color (24bpp) display
    • Hard Drive: 10 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Wacom Tablet recommended
Helpful customer reviews
162 of 163 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
A few things to consider before you purchase this if you were considering to do so.

1. It says it is "recommended" to have a tablet, but if you ask me it is a MUST! You can't really take advantage of this program without it.

2. This program is like any other program (Photoshop, SAI, etc.) it'll take a little time to get used to and shouldn't be used to replace another program since it does pretty much the same things.

3. Make sure your OS is compatible. Windows XP or Later. (I personally run Windows 8)

Be aware too that this license says it won't let you upgrade to the next version when it comes out if that matters to you.

As for learnability it is pretty straightforward (though some tutorials may be hard to come by on the web unless you really look). Regardless this is definitely a must buy for anyone that doesn't have an illustration/design program already. At the price it is fairly inexpensive. At the moment of this comment SAI was running $50 and as you may well know Photoshop is exorbitant in price (ranging somewhere between $150 - 300 as a "STUDENT DISCOUNT" at my university).

Anyways hope this helped you if you want to decide to pick it up for casual or professional illustrations! Enjoy and Good Luck!
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
255.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
I normally use photoshop but decided to buy this because I liked the idea of the event feature, and I got a lot more than I asked for. This is a very easy to use peice of software, especially if you normally use photoshop (in fact, as of right now I can personally say that I prefer drawing with this over photoshop).

Sidenote- A tablet is not a reccommendation for this program; it's a must have if you want to get the full effect (honestly there's no point in buying drawing software if you're only going to use your mouse)
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
OpenCanvas 5.5 is a very light-weight painting application.
What I think, in comparison to Photoshop, is, that OpenCanvas is fast and isn't overloaded with things you don't need for painting/drawing. Since Photoshop is an all-in-one tool, OpenCanvas concentrates on illustration and digital-painting.
Everything you need is (in my opinion) in the right place and surely improves my workflow. Worst part was learning new shortcuts but with a little practice you will notice, that it's comprehensible and some are identical to other design-applications. The event-feature is a nice tool just to see, how your painting process was.
I personaly recommend a wacom-tablet.

PROs:
+ fast
+ not overloaded with features
+ perspective tool
+ well arranged panels
+ shortcuts are easy to master
+ event-feature to 'record' your painting process
+ a really good blur tool
+ FREE UPDATE TO OpenCanvas 6
+ the mirror tool is integrated to the hand tool (when you hold space)

CONs:
- double pressing a tool-shortcut will change the tool (I didn't found a solution yet, but it's a little pain in the ♥♥♥)
- no animated zoom
- I really miss a feature for straight lines like in PS (shift+draw or shift+click)
- no network-drawing like the first version

All in all, OpenCanvas is a pretty application for illustrators who are overstrained with Photoshop and its features.
For 45,99€ / 37,00€ in SummerSale you can't do anything wrong when you're looking for a light and easy drawing-app with a bunch of extras.
I don't know how much it will cost to buy version 6 alone but, if you buy the steam version you will get a free upload from v5.5 to v6.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Open Canvas is a good software, with some problems, its has some pretty useful tools like the perspective tools, are pretty helpful, i am doing a fan comic for fun in my free time and its pretty good, overall his Pencil is better than PhotoShop pencil´s with a Wacom tablet, but is not better than Sai Tools Pencils, although it has some pretty good tools that Sai lacks, so if your thinking about buying photoshop, i would recommend you to buy open canvas, buy Sai tools, and download GIMP(its a Freeware) its overall a lot more cheaper and you end up with more options.
The only problem i see with open canvas, is that sometimes its get slow or don't respond for a minute, but all of this mainly happen when your not connected to internet and if opening directly the program instead of using Steam.
Pros:
Good Tools
Good Pencil
Better pencil than photoshop(and cheaper)
Like all these kind of software its work better with a Wacom/Bamboo Tablet or similars
Cons:
Sai has a better Pencil
Some response problems
like all these kind of software you may NEED to buy a Wacom/Bamboo Tablet or similars if you want to have use more easily the software.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Normally i was drawing using photofiltre 7 but since i use this application draw is faster and better quality :)
Normally i took me 3 week drawing a good image now it took like 4 to 5 hour and i can finish a draw with perfect quality :D
1,000/10 I suggest it to any person who want to start draw with easy and fast tool :)
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