Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Open Canvas Tutorial, part 1 by pixieface Open Canvas Tutorial, part 1 by pixieface
The first of a few tutorials on my all-time favourite art program, Open Canvas 1.1.

This is the boring technical, starting-out tutorial designed for noobs or people who don't know the program very well. It's also a vast file. I hope it's not too patronising, and at least partially helpful.

Part Two - Learning to Paint in Open Canvas - is now up and located here: [link]
Add a Comment:
 
:iconjowcordeiro:
jowcordeiro Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REEEEEEEEALLY needed one of these for PS .

:cry:
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
That's nice. What did you expect me to do about it? :P
Reply
:iconjowcordeiro:
jowcordeiro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well...not  much....just everything... HAHHAHAHAAHAHA.... kidding :ahoy:

But some technical tutorial would be reeaaallly awesome. For example: I don't really know how to use the mask things (I discover recently how to make the bright mask for just one layer, not the entire draw...), neither the gradient stuff.... and I just can't blend (I believe that's the dodge and burn tool) instead of smooth the edges of shadows and light, it becomes black or white...just make it worse :stare:
and I just can't see the difference when I draw in 72 dpi... and 300 dpi (probably because I'm a rookie, yet...)

Oh, and what the bloody birds means to render an image??? HHAHAHAHAAHAHHHAAH...

Geez....I'm such a noob!!!
#IwasNotKidding :stare:

THANK YOU SOOOOOO VERY MUCH LOTS OF TONS OF THANKS!!!!! XD
And sorry for asking too much :cries:
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Okay, well I don't make tutorials on request. Sorry. There are, however, a ton of Photoshop tutorials out there, explaining all of these things in detail... and I'm absolutely certain you could find them very easily using google.

Good luck, and happy drawing. :3
Reply
:iconjowcordeiro:
jowcordeiro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must admit I was really lazy asking all that stuff (come on, you also have a life!!! XD)

So sorry about that ><

And thank you!!! Your drawings are reaaly awesome! \o/\o/\o/
Reply
:iconspazzingfetish:
SpazzingFetish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you SOOOO MUUUCH <3<3>3
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Hey, no problem! :) Lemme know if you have any questions or whatever.

Btw, lovely stuff in your gallery. You rock! <3
Reply
:iconartisticanonymous:
artisticAnonymous Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the helpful advice B|
Reply
:iconadv88:
ADV88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
sweet... another artist recommended me this software and this link and this just made it easier to transition over to digital art... goodbye paper hello Open Canvas...
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Glad you found it useful!
Reply
:iconmasquerade-alice:
Masquerade-Alice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
helpp!! I downloaded the programm, but have NO idea how to use it T_T
Ty, you helped me with thid tutoring a lot ^^

P.S.: Hope, that there are also others!!!
Reply
:iconaura-moon:
Aura-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Excellent and in depth tutorial! I've fallen back in love with OC, specially with the networking feature and I sometimes can't figure out how my friends get certain settings!
Reply
:iconjestry:
jestry Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Man, this has been massively useful. I just downloaded open canvas, and didn't really know where to start. Thanks a bunch! (:
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Glad it was helpful to you! I hope you have fun with OC!
Reply
:iconninjagirl101:
NinjaGirl101 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010   Digital Artist
oh my shiz, this has helped me up so much, you don't even know. Thank you so much
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
You're very welcome! :) Any time you need any advice or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'd be happy to help.
Reply
:iconstephanology:
Stephanology Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I've been using OpenCanvas for years, but I never understood the "Subtract" layer! More importantly, I love your easy-going writing style, thanks for taking the time to help!
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I'm glad it was helpful to you! :) Thank you for taking the time to comment. I had loads of fun making these tutorials, and it's so great to hear that they are helpful!
Reply
:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am new to Open Canvas, but it really is a lot of fun so far. Thanks for the explanation of the layers, as it really was confusing when I was trying to do new stuff like "inking" over the "pencils" of another layer. Good work!
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Glad you enjoyed it! :) If you need any more tips or anything, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm using Open Canvas 1.1 quite heavily at the moment for professional work. (If I happen to have time in the future, there's the possibility of more tutorials, too!)
Reply
:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just whipped out a sketch for the :icondailysketchchallenge: in Opencanvas, and it actually came out pretty neat. Normally, I'm garbage when it comes to drawings from scratch.

I also love the advice you have about using a gray (or in my case blue) watercolor brush for the sketching first.
Reply
:iconcaliforniaclipper:
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if people are still asking for links to the program -- but you can easily download it here: [link]

The person who made that website, took oC 1.1 and facelifted the translations a bit so the menus look better.

He also has oC11b72 in case anyone wants that version.
Reply
:iconcaliforniaclipper:
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it when tutorials assume I don't know anything, and it's frustrating when they assume I already know the all-important ABCs because I usually don't! (Otherwise I wouldn't be looking at a tutorial!)

This is a really nice tutorial. I love the clear readable fonts and the nicely subtle color scheme (no red text on a green background, yay!) Thank you so much for sharing this.

I didn't know that ALT would straighten a rotated canvas, nor that INSERT would flood-fill. (I did know about DELETE-erasing, but that's about it.)

Thanks so much, now I have something to point other newbies to. =)

I'm planning to make an extensive oC 1.1 networking tutorial soon, btw. In fact I was working on it when my monitor died. ^^; It'll cover Hamachi and NSoCS more than oC itself. I'm hoping it will help the group users to network more often and more easily. :aww:
Reply
:iconpurple-beast:
purple-beast Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to add this to my group - OpenCanvasUser, with your permission of course. Its a great tutorial that helped me ;)
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Sure, be my guest! :) Happy to help.
Reply
:iconpurple-beast:
purple-beast Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome thanks^^
Reply
:iconcharestria:
Charestria Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
wuoowwww... thanx alot for the tutorials.. i'm always having problems using open canvas.... the tools arenot very user friendly for me hehehe. but with this tutorial, i can now understand how this OC works. thx alot pixieface :)
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
You're very welcome. I'm glad they were of some help!
Reply
:icon6wingdragon:
6WingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Thanks! \o
Reply
:iconwolfbound:
Wolfbound Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
The picture at the end -- at a veery quick glance -- kinda looks like Davey Havok.

To me.

...Uhhhm. Yup kool.
Reply
:iconurbananomaly:
UrbanAnomaly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh man this has been great thanks a lot ^^
Reply
:iconmugiwaracaptain:
MugiwaraCaptain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks,you helped me a lot T_T'
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
You're very welcome. :) Glad you enjoyed it!
Reply
:iconmino-jen:
mino-jen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
hi, i've a question about oc, can you explain to me, how to transform a selected part?
i really don't find a working tool ^^" !
and there is no tutorial about this problem on the net jet...
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
In Open Canvas 1.1 I don't believe it's possible to transform a selected piece of the artwork (unlike Photoshop or Painter or any of the larger, more expensive programs.) I don't know if that's something they've added in the newer versions of Open Canvas.

The best way to manipulate a small piece of the canvas (for example, to move it) is to make two copies of the layer so you have three total. Hide two of them. On the non-hidden layer, erase everything except the piece you want to move. Hide this layer and unhide one of the others. On the new unhidden layer, erase the part you want to move. Unhide both layers on which you erased stuff... you can move the selected piece around a bit, and once you're happy with placement, merge the two layers and paint them together again.

This only works for moving stuff about, though. There's isn't any tool for resizing, rotating or otherwise manipulating small pieces of any layer or any part of your drawing in OC. Just one of the few disadvantages of the program.
Reply
:iconmino-jen:
mino-jen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
thanks very much for the reply =D !
i had that idea too, though it's very time killing ^^
but if there really is no alternative.. i'll have to do so.
there is a tool to resize things, when you go to... uhm, i'll have to look at the program first ^^"
...
yeah, when you go to "filter" and then "transform" you can scale and rotate it. or at least that's how it's in version 4.5.17 plus...
Reply
:iconlemoncode:
Lemoncode Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
I use 4.5e plus, because i can has torrent.
Reply
:iconrose-rayne:
Rose-Rayne Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you OH SO MUCH! :hug: <3
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
You're very welcome! :D Glad to help.
Reply
:iconyumikid:
yumiKID Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
am you are my only chans
pls tell me or give some link to this program
i have loking for open canvas everywhere but i can find it
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
I'm sorry, I don't know of a link to this program. Last time I managed to find it with google quite easily, but I don't know of a link now. That was a long time ago.
Reply
:iconyumikid:
yumiKID Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
well ok
thank you anyway
Reply
:iconstellarsky08:
stellarsky08 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
i dl-ed a full working version of OC plus but i don't really know how to use it since i don't know the basics of this program. thank you so much for this. ^___^
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
You're very welcome. :)
Reply
:icondreamsinwriting:
DreamsInWriting Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou. I got open canvas, opened it up, and was completly and utterly lost. (This being after getting semi-used to photoshop.)
Thankyou D: My main problem was figuring out the layers. I can't wait to start using OC like a civilized person and not an ape.
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Yay! :D I'm so glad you found it helpful. I hope you really enjoy OC now. (It is a lot of fun once you get used to it!)
Reply
:iconghostally:
GhostAlly Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain all of this. :D Even though the open canvas I have is not the same version as this one I have a much better idea of how to use it. Thank you!
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
I'm glad you found it useful! :) I love to receive comments like this: it really makes me feel like making the tutorial was worthwhile. That maybe I helped a few people. :dance:

I hope you have fun with Open Canvas. (I've just gotten back into using it myself - I'd forgotten how much fun it was. Silly me.)
Reply
:iconghostally:
GhostAlly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist
It really did help a lot. Thanks again! :D

You got out of open canvas? (Tsk Tsk) Actually I shouldn't be talking. I avoided using it for almost a whole year. :D
Reply
:iconpixieface:
pixieface Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Yeah, I got into Corel Painter! :D It's much much better at texture - the one thing OC really fails at (at least this early version. I've never used the newer versions so I wouldn't know...)

Currently, I'm using a combination of the two... they have different strengths, and it's nice to be able to take advantage of them both. OC is much more intuitive to simply draw with, and its smooth ink pens are, in my opinion, far superior to Painter. ;P
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
March 8, 2007
Image Size
4.1 MB
Resolution
800×10000
Thumb

Stats

Views
38,285
Favourites
344 (who?)
Comments
109
Downloads
1,051
×