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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!

---Fix by FlyingCatsandGlitter
I have a method that worked for me. In properties, view the previous versions and select the latest autosave. :) (Smile)



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:iconva1ly:
Va1ly Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Omg it worked, thank you <3 qwq
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SweetyTwilight Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah well I had the same problem, but I fixed it with an other way : my problem came from "Open recent" and it didn't want to work, so I went to the original files manually, and pick/open the sai file that I wanted to continue... and it works. xD
I hope that helps the ones who work usually with the "Open recent" like meh. o/
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Azurewhitewind Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Aww, man. That happened to me. Really sucks. Thanks so much. ;__;
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Mssilvs Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Oh my god, this literally SAVED ME. I had a HUGE gift picture and it suddenly got corrupted about a year ago. Thank GOD I didn't delete the file because of that, because now I finally have it again and can finish it. :"D Thank so much much!!!!
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techn0vert Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This helped! I had my laptop crash last night while working on a drawing and I opened my computer this afternoon and saw that I had a file save as a .tmp file... Changed it to .sai using this method, and now it's recovered! Thanks so much, super helpful!
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ziddle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Didn't help.  I'm pissed!!!  (not at you, you're amazing for posting this - just pissed at over 15 hours of work GONE.)  My fault.  Lesson learned.  Backup everything. 
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SingingWithDiouveruh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student General Artist
its okay. . . .I literally lost one months worth of work :,(
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DorkOwlette Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial x3
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citadelity Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're a Godsend im crying Happy cry (Tears of joy)  i can't believed that worked!! Hug 
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nanami96 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist
thanks mate, you just saved my drawing!
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CuppieGoku Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh you have no idea how much this saved me!
thank you for making this! i almost lost a really good drawing cause it got messed up when i saved it ;w;
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Shadisfaction Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is another good solution.
Just open these problematic files in portable version. Really works. =)
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MANSEN2 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hey thanks! you saved my work
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silveredraincloud Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, you saved my bacon!
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Amora-Delara Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you.

Thank you ;__;
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RyadrusTheWolfDragon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch mate! I'd just finished  a cool pic and thought i'd lost it! 
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yuupawz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if you get the error message 'failed to save'..?
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Nikki-Hasselhoff Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I was about to cry because I thought I'd lost a piece for an art trade. I'm so happy I don't have to redo the whole thing. Attack Hug 
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xXLegendary-FuryXx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
it does not work;-;Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness 
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NekoAllen-chan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
none of the tips helps.... Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness 

but thank you for sharing this since it helped so many...

mine just hate me...

*goes back to drawing....Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness *
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NekoAllen-chan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I uhhh...

please nevermind the previous comment XD

i can open my file again after i restarted my laptop :DD

maybe mine didn't hate me that much~!
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blobs342 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I HOPE YOU KNOW YOU SAVED MY LIFE!!!Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 
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BurntMarshmellows Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what if its just a jpeg image and not opening?? Like I cant just add .sai at the end cuz it will just say .sai.jpeg 
anything? >.<
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Lilythekitsune Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You can open it in MS Paint, resize it 1% and save, it'll open right up :3
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motherfuckihatethis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Had same problem. Found a solution! :D

Go find the file.
Right click
Properties
For same measure, delete the .sai and right it again
Where it says choose program to open with, clikc browse and find paintoo sai
select paint tool sai to open with
then done.
it should open all other files thats failed to open and should now open.

I think the problem here is that, the program set to open .sai files not paintool sai therefore it cannot open the file. It could only be opened with paintool sai
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JetWave Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was halfway through your tutorial before I suddenly thought I could try duplicating the file (copy and paste in the same folder) for no apparent reason and using that file worked. Sooo if this tutorial doesn't work for anybody, that might also be something you could try. Thanks for the tutorial anyway. <3
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PSIKOM065 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student Artist
My file is already .sai named ._____.
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:iconziddle:
ziddle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That was my problem, too.  Did you ever fix yours?
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PSIKOM065 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student Artist
Nope, had to redraw hours of work
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Hm, that's a problem. Try some of the other fixes.
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T-Spencil Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Filmographer
what are these other fixes because i have the same problem
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altryturtle Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
ah this didnt work for me but the other feedback is pretty helpful! i never knew i was supposed to save it as a psd so thank you very much!

i tried the other solutions as well but it didnt seem to work. i tried something (at risk to my file tho). instead of changing the title into .sai in the properties tab i just changed it to .psd. something popped up with a warning but i figured that i could not make this any worse so i went for it. i was able to open it!
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Glad we could give you some advice, sorry the fixes didn't work though.

Yup! That happens sometimes. We get lucky. 
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Prissychan Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
OH MY GOD! THANK YOU! YOU JUST SAVED MEEEEEE ! <3
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Glad it helped!
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Cera-Miaw Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It did not work QWQ""""
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Sorry D:
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Cera-Miaw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's fine I just redrew it >w<
and is nut chur fault that sai sometimes is weiiirdXD
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Moffine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hOLY SHIZ I HAD A PANIC ATTACK I TOOK SOO MANY DAYS
TO DO THIS ONE DRAWING//

tysm cries
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
You're very welcome! Glad it worked! Remember to save your project as a PSD in addition to your SAI file.
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TheBlazingK Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
/YOU are a genius

you F...ing save my life drawing :3

thank you thank you, thank yoiuoia aouoriuwoier

lololol im just happy i got my picture

safe and sound. Truly thank you :D
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Very welcome! Remember to save your projects as a PSD in addition to your SAI files. 
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ixCato Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a saint!! I was near in tears after my file corrupted after a week of hell. And then you come along <33
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Glad it worked! Be safe and save your projects as PSDs too!
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samalambis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you, my friend, have saved my comic pages.  i shower you with all the love and happiness i can muster as now i wont have to redraw all those pages pRAISE EVERYTHING YOURE INCREDIBLE
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
I'm so glad you could save your project! That would have been a lot of work gone. Remember to save your projects as PSDs in addition to your SAI files!
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samalambis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah it was a major relief to recover those files  ;3;  
omg i
i never thought of saving /copies/ well.  ill be sure to keep that in mine, thanks so much again for posting this lovlieness!
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frisket17 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Thank you. Super helpful.
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xRozen-Basesx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Welcome, glad it was of use. 
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