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Tutorial - SAI Fix - Failed To Open Canvas. by xRozen-Basesx Tutorial - SAI Fix - Failed To Open Canvas. by xRozen-Basesx
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This is a tutorial on how to fix the files followed by the SAI "Failed to open canvas" error.

I renamed some of my files via the file browser where you open your files in SAI. It messed up the files. I did some very tedious research and found there was little direct information on the matter, so I made this tutorial.

If you have any questions- please ask!

WARNING: This may or may not help you. This is just what helped me, and I hope it may help others.
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EDIT: I've gotten pretty good feedback with how this has helped more than failed. Some people found this didn't work for them and were kind enough to leave their way of fixing the issue....

 
---Fix by WhiteKana 

-Ok I was able to open my file after this error, but this solution did not work. I will give my own so that people can see it when they have this problem. 
First of all saving as a psd is a MUST ok, if you want your files to be alive it's compulsory. I never saved as sai as a habit I made and honestly it just saved my life. Ok the files will almost always open in photoshop. Unless its full on corrupted. Mine always open tho. What I did was, if your file has a lot of layers try to merge as many as you can  to not affect your work. Secondly create a new file in photoshop with the same canvas size and drag all the layers into the new picture. Save the new file and open it in sai. It works. If it still doesn't try reducing the size of your canvas. You know if u have like 10kx10k it's prolly the comp issue haha xD

---Fix by mindcat

I found a way to fix it but it's kind of crazy...You have to make a new page to work on, make it nice and big. Then, use the square looking "selection" button. Make a giant rectangle to fill up the new blank page. You can open up your pictures in something else, like paint. Right click and copy the picture, then paste it into this "selected area" using the Edit tool at the top of paint tool sai. And when you save it, you can save it as .sai and it should stay that way. Problem solved! Hope this helps...

---Fix by Yami-Child

Okay, not sure if this chat here is still valid, but here we go. Here's how I fixed my problem. 
What got me as that I opened a psd file while I was working as a reference, but that apparently freaked SAI out. After tons of searching and finding no answers, I came up with something. Now, I used clip paint studio for this, but Photoshop should work just as well. If you were able to save your file as a psd, your half way there. Just open that file up in Photoshop or whatever and open up SAI as well. Open up a new canvas in SAI and make sure it has the same dimensions as your previous work. Now go over to your other program and copy each layer using the selection tool and paste them in SAI one by one. You may have to re-position some things, but its better than starting over. It should work as it did for me. Hope this helps!



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:iconkekeaneli:
KekeAneli Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You just saved my computer's life. It was about to go out the window. THANK YOU!
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FlyingCatsandGlitter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for this :')
Anyway if this doesn't work for some, I have a method that worked for me.
In Properties, view the Previous Versions and select the latest autosave. :)
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Kira3901 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
THANK YOU!! I was almost in tears when I couldnt open a file (I'd spent about 12hrs on it!!) Thank you so much :)
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:iconlovekite:
lovekite Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
YOU JUST SAVED ONE OF MY BEST PIECES THANK YOU SO MUCH HHHHH
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stardropSylveon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mine says "Saving Canvas Failed"how do i fix it
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DrawPlzForum Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to know the answer to this as well.

I had to bring it all down to one layer .. Copy it and then paste it in a new window/canvas on SAI..

I just opened a new window and for whatever reason I could save the image there but not on the original canvas...

This wasn't even an image that I tried using PS with.. This was the first time it had happened...
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stardropSylveon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I ended up deleting some of my drawings and it worked for me.
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DrawPlzForum Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
V.V... That sounds suckish but I'll try.

It was also the first time that I tried to create several images back to back.
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stardropSylveon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I had one sketch to do but I deleted it,but I was over it and wanted to do it again by thinking of what it looked like by memory.
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KidoSakurai Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
It does not work here! When I go put the ".sai" side name, says he has not as I modify it that there is another file with the same name (which is not true) I am seeking help everywhere, but nobody knows how to solve... I did not want to have to draw all over again *sad *
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:iconhikari-miko:
Hikari-Miko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to change the actual name of your artwork
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IkrysX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I cant thank you enough for this easy way XD i almost had a heart attack followed by insane rage when i thought i had lost my file which had taken me a lot of time XD  LET ME WORSHIP YOU! XD
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
No worship needed~ I'm glad I could help!
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DoddleFur Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU, MAN.




you saved my grades haha
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Glad to be of help! 
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jankumiko Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yey thanks for this!! ^_^ :iconyuiglompplz:
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Welcome! Glad I could help. 
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Yami-Child Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay, not sure if this chat here is still valid, but here we go.
Here's how I fixed my problem.
What got me as that I opened a psd file while I was working as a reference, but that apparently freaked SAI out. After tons of searching and finding no answers, I came up with something. Now, I used clip paint studio for this, but Photoshop should work just as well. If you were able to save your file as a psd, your half way there. Just open that file up in Photoshop or whatever and open up SAI as well. Open up a new canvas in SAI and make sure it has the same dimensions as your previous work. Now go over to your other program and copy each layer using the selection tool and paste them in SAI one by one. You may have to re-position some things, but its better than starting over. It should work as it did for me. Hope this helps!
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shrimpHEBY Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG....You saved my files~~~~:heart:~~Thank you so much for teaching us~!!!!!! *huggles*
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
I'm glad it worked for you!
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TheCelestialDemoness Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
I fucking love you for this! <3
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Glad it helped!
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Ikkin1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygod i cannot thank you enough i was so worried bc this is a project that is worth lots of points so thank you for not letting me fail thank you to the moon and back omgomgomgomgomg i love you thANK YOU :iconthankyouplz: :iconhugplz:
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You're very welcome! I'm glad it worked for you considering how important it was!
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HowlingOblivion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh. my. gosh. MIRACLE WORKER, I BOW DOWN TO YOU! you saved me ;v; how can i ever thank you
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Aww! You don't need to thank me. I'm glad it worked for you!
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riicebunnii Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On properties, the "Type of File:" has it on "SAI FILE (.sai)"
;;n;; I'm screwed!!!!!!!!
the drawing thumb is there, it just won't open...
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:iconxrozen-basesx:
xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Hm, I can't be sure then. 
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tiiqer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Didn't work at all unu
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
So sorry it didn't work!
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ceIestiaI Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This didn't help me, as there was already .sai after the file name, but I created a copy of the file, and it opened!
Not sure at all why it worked, but I'm glad it did.
Definitely saving as a .psd now.
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JesKalina Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey guys!!! If this isn't working for you I think I know what will, so I was doing outlining in my photoshop and tried to move it over to sai like I normally do, but I got that message, so!! I found out if you save it as a jpg in photoshop you can open it in sai no problem. If you're coloring you'll probably lose some layers this way, but at least you don't completely lose all of your work~ :3 
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CelestialValkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This works! thank you so much! -glad I saw thhis o<-<
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YukinaMomomiya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I Wanna Ask, I Just Drawed A MAdoka Magica Fan Art on SAI, And i save it. When i open My Sai Again The Picture When Blanks. Why Is That happening ? Does It Have A Bug ?
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11newells Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have had that problem before idk how i fixed it dose it only happen to that only file or dose it do that with anyone you made before or did you try opening a new save and see if that happen again. If it is only doing that to your one file it could be corrupted
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Samnalence Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
YES IT WORKED FOR ME! :D I am so happy right now I can't even
Thank you so much! c: 
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WShiro-Hero-ZeroW Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Did not help.

This is really irritating me. I spend HOURS AND HOURS working on a project, then this stupid little error shows up.

God, I hate computers sometimes
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x-Adoptables-x Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Didn't work. ;c
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that! 
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kittypawsdraws Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But what do you do if it already says .sai?
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I'm not really sure. I would make a copy of the broken file and then try different things with one copy.
I'm not sure if this fix will be the answer to your particular problem.
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Vexcel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I WAS ABOUT TO CRY BUT THEN I MIRACULOUSLY STUMBLED UPON THIS BEAUTY AND MY LIFE WAS SAVEd
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
;v; I'm so glad it helped!
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:iconvexcel:
Vexcel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yousavedmylife ;w;
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ArsenicUni Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After going through half an hour of this i realize paint tool sai can open .psd files /)-(\
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:iconxrozen-basesx:
xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
*pats*
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qwasotics Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
didnt work xc
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:iconxrozen-basesx:
xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I'm sorry it didn't work for you! 
There are multiple reasons why sai files break. I'm not even sure WHAT break this fix fixes.
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qwasotics Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
ok
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