Painting Canvas

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Painting Canvas
Painting Canvas.png

A canvas sheet stretched over a wooden frame. Perfect for painting on.

Decay time
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 and  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, 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 and  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 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, 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.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.

Painting Canvas PaintRegion1.jpg

Region 1:

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Object.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Object.

X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Object.

Painting Canvas PaintRegion5.jpg

Region 5:

X mark.svg

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.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
215.0 Painting Canvas is added to the game.
218.5 Fixed a case where you could get stuck on the painting templates save/load screens.
259.0 Fixed canvas not being visible when placed on Tek walls.
  • Increased the distance at which you can paint on a canvas with a paint brush.
  • Canvases can now be placed on Refrigerators and on Vaults.
265.284 Fixed issue where canvases were not able to be placed on the Refrigerator.
333.4 Canvas now respect enemy foundation range.