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:star: Welcome :star:

Welcome all Open Canvas users, and those interested in Open Canvas. This Group is for all Open Canvas versions and the variety of work created with the program. So don't be shy! Join the group and show us what you've created with Open Canvas! Also this will be a great place to find tutorials and resources to help beginners and experts learn and enjoy the program.

Please check here for more in depth information about Open Canvas and the Group! I ENCOURAGE everyone to read it

Rules and Regulations
:bulletred: NO FLAMING! Talent and style are not to be judged here.
:bulletred: Only members may submit art, to become a member, click "join our group"
:bulletred: There is a limit of 5 submissions to the Main Gallery per week.
:bulletred: Submit only finished work made using Open Canvas (any version)
:bulletred: Please submit work to the correct folder, note any of the admins if you would like to suggest more folder options.
:bulletred: You cannot submit straight to featured, these will be picked by admins. Submit general work to the "Devious" folder. For works that include an Event file, submit to the "Event File Available" folder, and please include a note about which open canvas version it will run on in your artist comment under the picture. What is an "Event File?" see below for details If you have any sort of open canvas tutorial or resource for open canvas, submit to the "Tutorial and Resources" folder.
:bulletred: Only Admins and contributors are allowed to add group favorites. However if you would like to suggest a favorite post a comment with a link to the image :D

How to submit
Go into Gallery, click the plus sign next to the correct folder and choose to either submit a new work or an existing work.

Most importantly, all works must have been created in Open canvas! You are allowed to submit work that has been inked, sketch, or animated in other programs. But the bulk of the picture should be done in Open Canvas

Dont know what Open Canvas is?
Check here… and the following useful links for more information.… Great information on v1.1 and networking… Information about using NSoCs, a hack that lets you draw on each other's layers and have more than 4 layers each For a free download of Open Canvas 1.1 scroll down. Hamachi, for better networking in 1.1 For a trial/advanced version… For information

What is an "Event File?"
"One major feature of openCanvas is the event file. Users can save event files of their work, which when opened, will replay the steps that were taken to create the work. These files can also be shared among users. These files are useful for showing others how something was drawn, or for one's own reference. Event files can be locked, so they cannot be edited, or unlocked and editable." - Wikipedia

How can I upload an Event File?
californiaclipper.deviantart.c… Wonderful tutorial created by CaliforniaClipper

Also, check here… Because Deviantart has changed it's policies and Event Files now need to be "Zipped" in order to be uploaded!

Would if I dont want people to edit my Event file?
You can save the event file so that no one can edit it. Under the "export event file" is the "export 'protected' event file" if you click that, it will tell you that you cant upload to portalgraphics (the oC website) just click yes and save it as you would with a regular event file. Doing this will allow people to view the event file, but they would not be able to edit/save it if they were to make any changes to it

Give it a try, see if you're comfortable with it.

Do you have a higher version of Open Canvas that allows you to use tones? Looking for more tones? Nirakone has tons and tons of great tones avilable to Open Canvas users! Check it out!

And also see this great tutorial on how to use tones californiaclipper.deviantart.c… by CaliforniaClipper

Thanks! Have fun! :dummy:

Gallery Folders

Fight back! by LoveMacabre
Main Gallery
Ride by kowelvain
Green Light by kowelvain
Lets Play by kowelvain
Sonic drawing on canvas by DarlanSpace
Event File Available
Roses by MelitaGermaine
Sea by MelitaGermaine
Scythe by MelitaGermaine
Tutorials and Resources
FREE - openCanvas6 Resource Pack by FontesMakua
Nami tutorial by BenjiroLuca
How i sketch by Suiish
Hair Painting Tutorial for oC by kayoru
Contest Entries
O-pen Can-vas 2 by Scheherazade2c
O-pen Can-vas by Scheherazade2c
The Monthly Event
Toki : Valentine by pair-i
PP5 - Animals2 - Steppe Eagle by Scheherazade2c


Stamp - OpenCanvas User by Moofers-Mufa Stamp - OpenCanvas User :iconmoofers-mufa:Moofers-Mufa 48 3 Stamp: OpenCanvas 3 User by lynart Stamp: OpenCanvas 3 User :iconlynart:lynart 10 7 Stamp: OpenCanvas 4 User by lynart Stamp: OpenCanvas 4 User :iconlynart:lynart 170 65 Complete Guide to openCanvas by Luthien-Rogue Complete Guide to openCanvas :iconluthien-rogue:Luthien-Rogue 1,040 214 STAMP: OC-addict by CyberFlee STAMP: OC-addict :iconcyberflee:CyberFlee 484 33


Wow our group is growing fast! Thankyou everyone who has contributed :dummy:

:star: To join the group, simply click "Join" membership is instant! :star:

What is the Monthly Event? It's new! Read more about it here…

Looking for a Networking Buddy?
Check here… for a list of people willing to network, just send them a note, even join the list if you want!

Our Own Hamachi Group
Jinolu came up an amazing idea. He created a Hamachi group just for our Open Canvas group! (round of applause for taking the initiative) Everyone is free to log on and draw with each other, in fact I encourage it! And if enough people start submitting work from these sessions with each other, I will create a folder just for the occasion ;-)

Hamachi name: DA-oc-users
password: draw

One small side note - I will not be monitoring the group so please be courteous to each other. If you experience harassment from another member, let me know. Also, if you have created a hamachi group and would like to advertise it here, send purple-beast a note.





Hey all!

Been away awhile but our wonderful co-founders have been doing a great job managing the group! *applause* I'm impressed how much this group has grown!

Anyway, to the point, I have more time these days and I'd like to start up monthly events again. These are contest that begin the 1st of the month and end the last day of the month. A word or phrase will be given and you draw whatever your heart desires that comes to mind from that word or phrase.

Entries are judged by creativity in reflection to the word or phrase, so think outside your boxes! One winner will be selected and their work featured. I will personally offer to do a line art of whatever the winner wants ;-) and anyone in the group is free to add their incentive as well!!

It will be a boat load of fun and you have a month to post your work.

The word/phrase this month is..

Holding on

When submitting your work, use the monthly word/phrase in your title and if you'd like, give a little explanation in your description about the piece - what came to mind/inspired you. I love to read that stuff! And be sure to submit works the the Monthly Event Folder.

Have fun kids, I'd also like to mention a neat little site where you can post examples of your work and seek commissions. Why is this just now happening?! Read all about it here…
Thanks :icontembrook: for sharing this!
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DanielaWork Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017
Feelfree to check my work…
0minimizer0 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have question
can i convert event file into movie file like .mp4 or equal?
JaiArtz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
you have to record it using outside software like obs
Whirld Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for acepting me
0minimizer0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for accepting me to this group 
KingConker Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2015
i got a "stupid" question ... i bought open canvas 6 today

am i able to paint with others in this version too or is this only available in 1.1

because every tutorial i find is written for version 1.1 ... is this some kind of external plugin or is there just no need for new tutorials because it works the same since 1.1 ?
glitcher Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I thought you might be interested in this tribute to openCanvas if you're willing to request it for your gallery.
Furedo Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Hi! Thanks for the feature!
OLiteReon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for accepting my art to the group! I love Oc6!~
Miu3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, an oc veteran here that used oc for years. Just thought i drop this alternative program that works just like oc but has way more features.

I tried it out with a friend trough hamachi and it works like a charm, thought ill make a shout about it for oc fans. Oh yeah, its free and seemingly still gets updated...
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