Saving the Canvas

Before closing out of Medibang Paint, make sure that you have saved the canvas first.
Please note that if you exit MediBang Paint without saving, all of your progress will be lost.


In some cases, MediBang Paint’s software may crash while working on large files. Please ensure that you regularly save your work to avoid losing your progress.

Saving the Canvas

To save the canvas you are currently working on, after confirming you are at a good place to save, click “File” → “Save” from the drop down the menu.

If you have yet to save your canvas so far, then a new dialogue box will pop up allowing you to specify the location and file name of your canvas. This is a New Save in MediBang Paint.

Save image dialog (Windows)
Fig. Save image dialog (Windows)

After selecting the location where you want to save your file, then enter the name you want to save your file as in (1), and save it using the save button (3).

We will explain about the file type of (2) later, so for now save it as a native “Medibang Paint File” also called a.MDP file.

While following this tutorial, save your file on your computer desktop under the name of “tutorial.”

After your file finishes saving, please check your desktop to confirm that “tutorial.mdp” saved correctly. After your confirmation, either make a mark on the canvas/add a random picture, and click “File” → “Save” again. This is called overwrite save, where no dialogue popped up to confirm the name.

The “Save As” Function

If you want to save a new working canvas while keeping a previous version of the same file, use the Save As function.

With “tutorial.mdp” open, click “File”->”Save As” from the menu.
The “New Save” dialoge box for specifying the file save location and file name will display.

Dialog displayed when Save As (Windows)
Fig. Dialog displayed when Save As (Windows)

Time time, please save the file on the desktop with the name “SaveAs”.
When your file finishes saving, please confirm that “SaveAs.mdp” is on your desktop along with the original file.

About File Type

MediBang Paint allows you to save files in various formats, not just the native file format .MDP. You can select the right image format for you while saving, under “File Type” in the “Save Image” dialogue box. After selecting whichever format you want, then save the file.

Fig. Choose

MediBang Paint supports the following file formats.

MediBang Paint (*.mdp)
MediBang Paint’s native file format. It can save text information and layer information, but cannot be uploaded anywhere as an image file. These files run the smoothest in MediBang Paint and are easiest to share with other MediBang Paint artists..
PNG (*.png)
PNG file sizes are small and are the only kind of file that can preserve a transparent background when saved. This format is most often recommended for when you wish to post your work online.
JPEG (*.jpg)
JPEG file sizes are also small and are susceptible to image deterioration due to compression settings. This type of file cannot preserve transparent backgrounds or layer information.
Bitmap (*.bmp)
Bitmap files are uncompressed and can be repeatedly saved without deteriorating quality at the cost of taking up more storage space. This type of file cannot preserve layer information.
PSD (*.psd)
PSD files are native to Adobe® Photoshop®. This file type can preserve text and layer information, but not features specific to MediBang Paint.
TIFF (*.tif)
TIFF formatted files can be compressed without compromising image quality. They are popular with graphic designers and photographers due to this quality, however due to their lossless nature, this file type is larger than most.
WebP (*.webp)
WebP files were developed by Google to make images uploaded online less bulky in file size. They can affect the quality of high resolution images due to their compact formatting and are not recommended for print use.

We recommend using native MDP files when working on MediBang Paint and PNG files for uploading your work on social media.


If you save a file in a format other than MDP format, the Save Settings window may open before saving on some occasions. Please choose the desired setting and save.

Please check save options for details regarding these settings.

About Overwrite Save

If you click on “File” → “Save” with an older version of the canvas currently open, the option to select the file name will not be displayed. The file will be overwritten

When overwriting and saving, the old file will be updated to the currently working canvas, so be sure to use “Save As” if you want to keep a previous version of the canvas.


The canvas tabs can indicate whether or not a currently open canvas has been previously saved.

How to distinguish canvases that have saved in the past
Fig. How to distinguish canvases that have saved in the past

Canvases labeled “Untitled” have not been saved yet. (4)
IF the tab displays a file name, the canvas has been previously saved. (5)