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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.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2014
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openCanvas Update Released - March 28th, 2014

March 28th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the 20% OFF special promotion sale for the Steam version openCanvas!
It is limited only 10 days from March 28th to April 7th, 2014!
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■Failure Correction
- Malfunction of creating a new canvas normally while [Disable display scaling on high DPI settings] under Properties being checked is fixed.
- Malfunction of opening a file normally by drag&drop is fixed.
- Malfunction of replaying an event, which canvas has been created from the image and ruler has been modified, is fixed.

■Operation Changes
- The default ruler will be created when opening a PSD or image file.

■New Functions
openCanvas is available in the following languages:
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Traditional Chinese
To switch language:
1. Right-click on "openCanvas5.5" under "SteamClient" library and select
"Properties"
2. Choose from "LANGUAGE" tab

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About the 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.

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
139 of 140 people (99%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
25.1 hrs on record
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!
Posted: January 24th, 2014
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
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12 reviews
83.1 hrs on record
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)
Posted: January 26th, 2014
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
Good, but there should be full tutorial for dummies.
Posted: January 25th, 2014
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
14.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
9.3 hrs on record
Fun and easy to use with a graphic tablet!
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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