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Painting Canvas
Painting Canvas
A canvas sheet stretched over a wooden frame. Perfect for painting on.
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 416 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_PaintingCanvas.PrimalItemStructure_PaintingCanvas'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
2 EP
Crafting XP
6.4 XP
Crafted in


Along with a Paintbrush Paintbrush and Dye Dyes, the Painting Canvas is used by survivors to display both personally made artworks or listed information such as recipes. If possession of a Camera Camera, the individual could upload their inspiration or copy other's.


Canvases attach directly to the face of walls, vaults, pillars, and refrigerators, but does not snap to any other structures. Careful adjustments must be taken during placement as the texture of some walls like Tek Wall Tek and Stone Wall Stone Walls can protrude through the canvas itself.

If you are a creative player, try placing multiple canvases. See the gallery below for example. Note that the last picture *with the dog art* was placed by a mod.


For tools, resources or PC modifications related to painting, see Painting.

  • Interestingly enough in single-player mode, if a 2nd player joins via controller and account [on PS4] and takes a picture using the Camera Camera and then paint it; it will reveal the image split horizontally showing what both players' characters are looking at (even if it's each other).
  • It is possible to combine paintings, if you time it right with another online player.
  • On the PS4 in Singleplayer mode, more than 7 Painted Canvases placed in a single area will cause lag only to that area.
  • The Painting Canvas is treated as a thatch structure and can be damaged by anything except non-explosive ranged attacks.

Painting and Color Regions[]

In addition to their preset paint regions, you can doodle on the Painting Canvas by "attacking" them with a Paintbrush Paintbrush, which will open the "Apply Paint" Menu. Then, click and drag your cursor over the 3D model (like a paintbrush) to draw anything you want. See Painting for more information on doodling.

For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring Dye, Paintbrush Paintbrush, or Spray Painter Spray Painter pages.

Painting Canvas PaintRegion1

Region 1:

X mark

Region 2 is not used
for this Object.

X mark

Region 3 is not used
for this Object.

X mark

Region 4 is not used
for this Object.

Painting Canvas PaintRegion5

Region 5:

X mark

Region 6 is not used
for this Object.

Loading and Saving Custom Images[]

To load Ark PNT files into a Painting Canvas, the file name must be suffixed with _Sign_PaintingCanvas_C. The resolution is 256x256, and the aspect ratio in-game is 1:1.