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Complete Guide to openCanvas by Luthien-Rogue Complete Guide to openCanvas by Luthien-Rogue
Did this for a friend. ^_^

If you use the sketch for practice, let me know. =D I'd love to see your work. :D

Please leave a comment and/or :+fav: if this helps you at all. :)

You can download the latest freeware version of oC (oc11b72) at any of the following links:

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Or you can go to Google.com and search for “oc11b72.exe”.

The Event File for the second painting in the tutorial can be found here: [link]

*Crin for stock photo in header.
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Complete Guide to openCanvas by =Luthien-Rogue is a very well illustrated and explained tutorial that will surely benefit many people. ( Suggested by diamondie and Featured by bleedsopretty )
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MarshallLeeX3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i have used anyother drawing software like skatchbook or ps, but this opencavas is so complicated...i have no idea what to do like seriously
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Rick118118 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
is this up to date for Open Canvas 6?
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:iconjr5554:
jr5554 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I dont understand. Where is the tutorial? please
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Parady Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
press download on the right mate !
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bgirl-cheshire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Never Mind
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bgirl-cheshire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
how do you watch it
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0becomingX Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Do you know anything about using Cintiq with a networked OC, can't draw when i'm connected with other people using that tablet but other tablet models work?
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Accuni Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
This helped. Alot.
Also, (this may be old), but I have a question about layers.
When making a layer 2 to color on, how come layer 1 is covering the coloring? Like, I can't see the coloring so it looks as if it's not colored.
(I hope you get what I'm saying. ^^;)
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After seeing your tutorial, I have a question about OpenCanvas.

I downloaded the trial and there is this tool I can't seem to figure out. How do I select an area and move it? I use the selection tool like I would in Photoshop and SAI, and use the move tool to move my selection. Except in opencanvas, the entire layer moves around. How do I only move a specific area of a layer in OpenCanvas?
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Flora-San Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know that this is an old comment, but I have the exact same problem with the selections in SAI and it's starting to really irritate me now... =A= Just wondering if you ever solved this mystery?
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found a solution, maybe not one you would like, but basically select and copy. i move that copy around and you can erase whatever was previously there then merge the two layers.
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Flora-San Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much for replying! And that's actually a pretty good idea, I'll definitely try that.
I suppose OC just never meant us to move selections... hahah.
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Jade-Katt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
wait which link do i click for the opencanvas?
my friends told me about this but i dont know wat to do
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Weird0Freak Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, but now my Tablet doesn't agree with oC, or oC doesn't agree with my tabby D'8
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Kerushi-NeeChan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanks for this, it really helped~ (: But just a question, how do you make it so that the brush color isnt so bold? Like you know, make it sort of transparent like? Cause i had mine like that, you see i had it at black (darkest shade) but when i would draw it would be like a light transparent like gray, i'd use it a lot for sketching. but now i forgot how i did that~ v_v you wouldnt happen to know would you>\?
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful and interesting. Thank you!
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Kawaii-Ash Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Is there anyway that you can make the windows your drawing in have scroll bar tabs? I don't like the fact that you have to use the move button just to move the screen...?
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Apotheosi Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful! much obliged!
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artemecia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Thaaaaanks for that tutorial !!
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MidoriRingo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
ok i feel like a total retard. Forgive me ive never used a color program in my life. Um..my open canvas doesnt have a page for me to even draw on. Or do i need a tamplet to actually do anything?
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Butters--Stotch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Ok here's what you do: Click on "file" then click on "new" then you click on "ok". If you need any more help don't hesitate to ask.
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WolfDredz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
open canvas rawks!
thanks for the tutorial!
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Unique-Chan Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Wow. Tooooootally helped. I could never get the hang of it; never understood it. Now I'm slowly making progress with it. I still don't really undetstand layers though.
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Ikarooz Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thanks so much, that really helped me :D (fav)
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Jen-Foxworth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student General Artist
thank you this is really helpful!
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:iconjen-foxworth:
Jen-Foxworth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student General Artist
thankyou this extremely helpful
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hiroshichansama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
fukken faved!
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AlopomJingle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
:heart:, just, :heart:.
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wolvenlied Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
I've been using this program for some time and I find this tutorial very useful :)

thanks for sharing
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
wow, yours is so much more informative for not only beginners but more experienced users too; I'm glad you included a lot of this in this tutorial as I didn't know many of the shortcuts and stuff myself, and I've been using opencanvas 1.1 for yeeeaaars. Haha, amazing tut. (: thank you.
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bkot123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Thanks for this tutorial!!! I`ve been looking for something like this for a really long time because i have no idea of how using the photoshop.
Thank you again for this awesome program and tutorial ;)
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Ryugexu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
random question: to shade, do you change the opacity of a color (to darken is, example, having black at 15% over your desired color) or do you do something else? Everyone who has openCanvas makes really cool stuff, but I have photoshop and my art is... "okay"
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blackdeath2000 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
how do I change the pictures into JPEG mine keep on saving as WPB and the lines on my picture keep on changing to red when I put it on the SDL template. How do you fix these.
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Shabbizzle3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
how did u sketch it so smooth n thin like ur using pencil?
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Shabbizzle3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
You're my savior dude...that lead to my next step bfr my dreams...thank you master~
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commando34186 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
How do you open a picture up to be an event file in Open Canvas4?
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goldcoin Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Thank you Thank you!!!
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Mirosuke Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
One Of BEST So Faaarr

ZOMGBBQ

nice One.
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:iconfreya03:
Freya03 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to make a canvas, and needed a bit of a tutorial. Yours seems to really awesome and very useful
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EJAXKdusk13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
thanks for the tips
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Zero-J Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the helpful tips, but one still bugs my mind. When I make new layers and put... say blue on that layer, then go to a lower one and put red, it combines the colours instead of making the blue show up on top. How do I remedy the problem without erasing the red underneath?
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Amadameus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
This is tremendously helpful, you deserve a medal. (Oh look! You got one! Congrats on the DD!)
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Renapple Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
are those trial downloads?
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:iconstacatto:
Stacatto Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
No, it is the last free version of oC. Assuming; I haven't clicked his links yet ^^
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:iconrenapple:
Renapple Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
lol I clicked them like 5 seconds after I said that, and downloaded it. They are free.. although I did try the v4 and it's awesome. I might buy it.
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Aszhasal Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Cool.

I especially like the last part, the tree girl tutorial.
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adirs Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
thnx for ur tutorial..i really wanted to learn OC!
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bloodyangel361 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Thanks for the tutorial! ^^ I just downloaded it. I have a problem though. I did left click the color I wanted to use for the brush and saved it, but it just colors white. :( Is there something wrong with the program or am I doing the wrong thing?
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babicherish Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
I've tried uploading pics i made on oC to Deviantart and it wont let me...help?
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vegietale Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Wow, thanks, it`s really useful !! :jarklarge:
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