.CAN File Extension

File Type 1

Canon Navigator Fax Document

Developer Canon
3.5  |  4 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format N/A

What is a CAN file?

Fax document saved from a Canon fax machine or all-in-one printer/copier/scanner/fax device; may be generated by Canon Navigator, the software included with Canon fax machines.

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NOTE: Canon Navigator for multifunction devices is now called MP Navigator.

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Programs that open CAN files

Canon MP Navigator
Canon MP Navigator
Updated January 26, 2009
File Type 2

Canvas Painting

Developer NVIDIA
3.5  |  2 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format Binary

A CAN file may also be a digital painting created using NVIDIA Canvas. It contains one image that is comprised of simple brushstrokes and another image that is a realistic landscape. Canvas uses AI to generate the realistic landscape from the brushstrokes.

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Screenshot of a .can file in Adobe Photoshop 2022
CAN file open in Adobe Photoshop 2022

Users whose Windows computers use an NVIDIA RTX GPU can install NVIDIA Canvas and use it to create digital landscape paintings. To create a painting, users "paint" a series of simple brushstrokes on a canvas. Each brushstroke corresponds to a landscape element, such as the sky, clouds, plants, or water bodies.

Canvas then uses its AI to transform these brushstrokes into a coherent, realistic-looking landscape. Users can select from several landscape styles, to create many different types of landscapes (e.g. deserts, coastal landscapes, etc.)

Paintings created using Canvas are saved as CAN files. Each CAN file contains a record of all the painting's brushstrokes and layers and the most recent landscaping style applied to the painting.

How to open a CAN file

You can open a CAN file in NVIDIA Canvas (Windows). To do so, select the Open icon that appears in Canvas's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your CAN file.

You can also open a CAN file in Adobe Photoshop (Windows, Mac). When you do, Photoshop loads the AI-generated landscape image the file contains as a Background layer, and the brushstrokes the file contains as one or more additional layers.

How to convert a CAN file

You can use NVIDIA Canvas to convert CAN files to the following formats:

  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic

Programs that open CAN files

Updated June 20, 2022

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