When I edit a png file, it saves all that creamy-white canvas stuff around as well

Description of the Problem, or Question?

Stated in the title - how do I make mypaint JUST save the actual file, instead of adding all this useless padding around it? There must be something very basic I don’t know about, because this can\t possibly be the desired output for anybody.

Basic System Details

MyPaint version:


Operating System + Version:
Manjaro LInux, i3

Please Tell Us How to Reproduce the Problem in Steps.


  1. open an png file
  2. do something to it
  3. save it
    4, bam, suddenly there is added a large canvas around it.
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Hi. That is just the way mypaint handles its infinite canvas. To save/export just a specific area you can use the “Edit Frame” function.
Either use the frame icon in the top toolbar or set a keyboard shortcut to use it before exporting your image.


thank you, that’s very useful!

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