Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out most of the answers to your questions here. If you cannot find the answer, ask for help on the forums.

If you haven't used PaintChat before, watch this video on how to use the tools:

HUGE THANK YOU to Sheep for putting a lot of time to write the FAQ!! Can't thank you enough <3

PaintChat

  1. What IS the pchat?
  2. Is the pchat FREE?
  3. Do I need to download anything to make the paintchat run?
  4. How do I get onto the pchat?/What is the link to the pchat?
  5. Do I need anything to get onto the pchat? A username or password?
  6. What is the difference between the “All Ages”? room and the “+18 Only” rooms?
  7. Are there rules to the pchat?
  8. Do I need to be over 18 to go into the “+18 Only” rooms?
  9. What if I break a rule?
  10. What if I see someone else breaking a rule?
  11. Username/Password incorrect!
  12. What is your 'handle'?
  13. What happens when I get “Paintchat Connection Failure”!
  14. What happens when I get “Several Java Virtual Machines running in the same process caused an error?”
  15. Hey! I can't draw!
  16. The chat box isn't saying, Log Successfully Received!/ When I try and open the pchat it loads and get stuck at 70%!/When I open the pchat it comes up as a big “X”/It's just a blue screen!
  17. The pchat is lagging.
  18. Is there a difference between NORMAL TOOLS and ADVANCED TOOLS?
  19. Do I have to earn my tools?
  20. Are there any tools I can't use?
  21. Are there more tools then the ones I can see?
  22. Is there only the Pencil Tool?
  23. What are the tools under the pencil tool?
  24. Can I move and/or flip my picture?
  25. Do the Erasers do different things?
  26. There any other colors other then the colors on the tool bar?
  27. There more options to the pencil tool?
  28. Can I change the size of my brush/tool?
  29. Where are the layers?
  30. Can you add more layers?
  31. How do you zoom in and out?
  32. Does my pen pressure work for the pchat?
  33. The Pen Pressure menu won't open!
  34. What do the buttons at for? (F, Fall and Leave)

Q: What IS the pchat?

Pchat is short for “Paintchat”. The Pchat is a free canvas sharing program. This means you can chat and draw at the same time. MangaMasters currently uses PaintChatApp 3.63 developed by Shi-Chan. We use version 3.63 due to the opacity flaw in version 3.66, other wise there is no difference.

Q: Is the pchat FREE?

Yes. The pchat is a free canvas sharing program.

Q: Do I need to download anything to make the paintchat run?

Yes. You will require JAVA to run it. It's suggested that you JAVA version 1.6.0.7, as this will cause you less problems. Download from here.

Q: How do I get onto the pchat?/What is the link to the pchat?

http://mangamasters.com/paintchat/


  1. Just click on what room you'd like to enter

  2. Choose 'Normal' or 'Pro' tools

  3. Enter in your username and password

  4. Enter in your Handle

Q: Do I need anything to get onto the pchat? A username or password?

Yes. Due to the increase of users you will have to sign up for the MangaMasters forums (http://mangamasters.com/forum/) and use that username and password. No validation email is required.

Q: What is the difference between the “All Ages”? room and the “+18 Only” rooms?

The content and the rules of the rooms.

Q: Are there rules to the pchat?

Yes. Detailed below:

All Ages



  1. Spammers will not be tolerated. This includes:

    • Defacing other peoples artwork

    • Verbally abusing others

    • Flooding the chatbox

    • Fighting with the Admins/Moderators




  2. Before you leave, please erase your work. This will free up space for the next person.

  3. This room is rated All Ages, this means:

    • No full on nudity or sexually explicit drawings

    • No scenes of extreme violence or of a graphic nature


    • Semi nudity allowed in a sexy pose but not sexually suggestive

    • Mild violence allowed: blood, weapons, vehicles, wmd etc.




18+ Only



  1. Spammers will not be tolerated. This includes:

    • Defacing other peoples artwork

    • Verbally abusing others

    • Flooding the chatbox

    • Fighting with the Admins/Moderators



  2. Before you leave, please erase your work. This will free up space for the next person.

  3. This room is rated 18+ Only, this means:

    • Pretty much anything goes; That is why it's 18+ only





* Remember that the pchat is a canvas SHARING program. Do not use up a lot of the canvas. There are other people who would like to draw.

* Please do not draw “boxes” of where you are going to work. It's really rude. If you want to take up so much space with no one else around please find an oekaki, or an different art program. The only time it would be okay to draw a “box” is if the log has eaten you work. Otherwise don't do it. Be polite. The pchat is a canvas sharing program. Be considerate of you space.

* When you leave the room please erase your work. We cannot stress that enough. Please DO NOT say “erase my work if you want,” don't be lazy erase it yourself. It is a rule. We all share a canvas, so be respectful for the next person coming in. If you repeatedly do it we will hand you out a ban. Mods are smarter then you think.

Q: Do I need to be over 18 to go into the “+18 Only” rooms?

That's a risk you have to take. Mods will not hand out a ban for that but Manga Masters is not responsible for anything that happens.

Q: What if I break a rule?

Depends on the rule broken. Moderators go on a case-by-case basis. Depending on how severe, you will be given a warning first and then a temporary/permanent ban if you persist to break the rules.

Q: What if I see someone else breaking a rule?

Report it to a PAINTCHAT moderator.

Those people would be Aoi, Flash, Kaine, Michi, Naru, Oduim, Raikita, Sheep, Turisas, TyLowell, Vanillia.



Please do NOT abuse this power. The moderators are only people and we eat and sleep and have jobs too. Not only can we not always be on; we are not here to play a he-said-she-said games. We need the rule to CURRENTLY being broken or you have proof. If you have a problem with a user that's not pchat related please do not bring moderators into it. We have lives too. Abuse of this power will lead to a warning. If it continues it will lead to a ban.


We would love to be your friend, but bothering us just makes us not like you.

Q: Username/Password incorrect!

Please try these solutions in this order:

- Please make sure that your username or password is correct
- Make sure you have not received a ban
- Try to change your password (even if it is the same thing). You can do that here:
Edit Account
- If not please contact a FORUM moderator or and ADMINISTOR. Please do not mail a paintchat mod for they cannot fix it. The people to contact would be: Flash, Ph30nix, Marlowe, Roy, ChoopyChoo.

Q: What is your 'handle'?

Your name. It does not need to be the same are you forum username. Pchat moderators know your username and IP so don't think having a different username will get you out of a ban.

Q: What happens when I get “Paintchat Connection Failure”!

The pchat is currently down and it's a sever problem. Please report it to the pchat forums.

Q: What happens when I get “Several Java Virtual Machines running in the same process caused an error?”

Please try these solutions in order.

- Try a different web browser. (eg. Firefox, Google Chrome, etc)
- Uninstall JAVA from your computer completely. Sometimes JAVA will leave behind a file in your programs file. Delete that file too. Make sure to empty your recycling bin also. Reset your computer afterward. Then reinstall.

It is recommended you use the older version 1.6.0.7, which can be found here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_java_runtime/4378/

Q: Hey! I can't draw!

Please try these solutions in this order:

- Make sure you haven't been banned
- Make sure your aren't using the color WHITE
- Before you can draw you must wait for the pchat to say Log Successfully Received in the chat box.

Q: The chat box isn't saying, Log Successfully Received!/ When I try and open the pchat it loads and get stuck at 70%!/When I open the pchat it comes up as a big “X”/It's just a blue screen!

Please try these solutions in this order:

- Close the browser you have opened (ALL OF THEM) and open a new one.
- If that doesn't work you must clear your temporary JAVA files.

(Vista users)


1. Start
2. Control Panel (You must be in classic view, this is found on the left)
3. Click on Java

4. A window should pop up called "Java Control Panel"
5. Click on "Settings" under the Temporary Internet Files

6. A littler window should pop up
7.Under "Disk Space" click on "Delete Files"

8. And even smaller window should pop up
9. Leave both boxes (Applications and Applets;Trace and Log Files) checked. Then hit okay

10. Close it. Close all your browsers you have opened and open a new one

(XP users)


1. Start
2. Control Panel (You must be in classic view, this found on the left)
3.Click JAVA

4. A window should pop up called "Java Control Panel"
5. Click on "Settings" under the Temporary Internet Files

6. A littler window should pop up
7.Under "Disk Space" click on "Delete Files"

8. And even smaller window should pop up
9. Leave both boxes (Applications and Applets;Trace and Log Files) checked. Then hit okay

10. Close it. Close all your browsers you have opened and open a new one
-Clear your internet cookies

FireFox users:
1.Tools
2.Clear recent history
3. Details
4. Check “cookies”
5. Clear now
IE users:
1.Tools
2.Internet Options
3.Delete
4.Delete Cookies and Delete Temporary Internet files

Google Chrome users:
1. “Customize and Control for Google Chrome” (top right, it's the wrench)
2. Clear browsing data
3. Make sure “Delete Cookies” is checked
4. Click clear Browsing data

For other browsers please see:
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32050

- Reset you computer
- Try installing an older version of JAVA
- Report it to the pchat forums or a moderator. We'll clear the canvas.

Q: The pchat is lagging.

Please try these solutions in order:
-Zoom out on the pchat and wait for a moment. Sometimes you computer just needs to catch up with the canvas because everyone is drawing.
-Close the browser you have opened (ALL OF THEM) and open a new one.
-If that doesn't work you must clear your temporary JAVA files.

(Vista users)


1. Start
2. Control Panel (You must be in classic view, this is found on the left)
3. Click on Java

4. A window should pop up called "Java Control Panel"
5. Click on "Settings" under the Temporary Internet Files

6. A littler window should pop up
7.Under "Disk Space" click on "Delete Files"

8. And even smaller window should pop up
9. Leave both boxes (Applications and Applets;Trace and Log Files) checked. Then hit okay

10. Close it. Close all your browsers you have opened and open a new one

(XP users)


1. Start
2. Control Panel (You must be in classic view, this found on the left)
3.Click JAVA

4. A window should pop up called "Java Control Panel"
5. Click on "Settings" under the Temporary Internet Files

6. A littler window should pop up
7.Under "Disk Space" click on "Delete Files"

8. And even smaller window should pop up
9. Leave both boxes (Applications and Applets;Trace and Log Files) checked. Then hit okay

10. Close it. Close all your browsers you have opened and open a new one
-Clear your internet cookies

FireFox users:
1.Tools
2.Clear recent history
3. Details
4. Check “cookies”
5. Clear now
IE users:
1.Tools
2.Internet Options
3.Delete
4.Delete Cookies and Delete Temporary Internet files

Google Chrome users:
1. “Customize and Control for Google Chrome” (top right, it's the wrench)
2. Clear browsing data
3. Make sure “Delete Cookies” is checked
4. Click clear Browsing data

For other browsers please see:
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32050

- Reset you computer
- Try installing an older version of JAVA
- Report it to the pchat forums or a moderator. We'll clear the canvas.

Note: If you are using Vista an notice that your pen is just lagging here is a quick fix. You must install JTablet and turn it on.

Q: Is there a difference between NORMAL TOOLS and ADVANCED TOOLS?

Generally no. They have pretty much the same tools. The the layout is just a little different. There are some differences between the two but nothing major. One is not better then the other, it's just a preference issue.
If you have ever used the Oekaki
-Shi-Painter Normal = Normal tools
-Shi-Painter Pro = Advanced tools

Q: Do I have to earn my tools?

No. You can use all the tools right away.

Q: Are there any tools I can't use?

Yes. You cannot:
1. Create a new layer
2. Use the fill tool
3. Use the clear tool
All these tools have been locked and only moderators have access to them. Do not ask for the power to use them. Moderators will not give it to you.

Q: Are there more tools then the ones I can see?

Yes. Click and hold down on the tool (ex: Pencil tool). There should be a list of tools that pops up. Hover over the one you'd like and click. If you just click on the tool it will skip to the next tool down the list.

Q: Is there only the Pencil Tool?

No. If you click and hold down you have a set of options.

Pens and Brushes

* Pencil is just like the pencil tool you find in MS paint. It is a pixel brush.
* Water tool will bend the two colors together. It's like a mixing tool
* Air Brush tool is just what it says. It works like an air brush
* Pen too is like a smoother pencil tool
* EPen tool, is odd. It's almost like a texture tool

NOTE: If you change the SIZE Epen tool it will change the texture. You cannot change the size of the Epen tool.

* Mosaic tool makes your picture look kind of like a mosaic or when something is being censored.

Q: What are the tools under the pencil tool?

There are special modification tools.



* Dodge tool makes the color lighter
* Burn tool makes the color darker
* Soft is a blur tool
* Text lets you type text. You don't need to drag the text box to where you want it. You can just click where you'd like the text and the box should pop up there. To make your text appear on the canvas, just click enter
* Combine makes everything selected go onto the layer you are currently on.

Q: Can I move and/or flip my picture?

Yes you can:

Flipping and Copying

* Copy what ever you select in the box will be copied. Drag and drop the box to somewhere else on the canvas where you'd like to copy it. Remember this is NOT a moving tool. It's a copying tool. So even tho it can be used as a moving tool the original picture will still be there after you've moved it. So make sure erase the original picture after you've moved it.

Note: You can only copy things on the same layer. Anything on a different layer will not be effected by the copy.
* Flip X Flips the image horizontally
* Flip Y Flips the image vertically
* Rotate flips in 90° to the left

Q: Do the Erasers do different things?

Yes

Erasers

* Eraser is like the square eraser in MS paint, it's a pixel eraser
* ESmooth is like an ' pen' eraser' It's just a smoother eraser, it's like a buddy to the pen tool
* Erase Rec the rectangle region you select will be erased
* Erase All WILL NEVER, EVER BE USED. It clears the whole canvas. On Manga Masters is locked. Only Moderators have assess to use this tool. Do not ask the moderators for permission to use this tool. They will not give it to you.

Note: If you need the canvas cleared please tell a moderators We'd love to help you!

Q: There any other colors other then the colors on the tool bar?

Yes.

Color Bar

* Color this will pop up a color window. The bar on the right side is use to pick the "base" color, while the box on the left is used to select tints and shades of the color

Q: There more options to the pencil tool?

Yes.

Pen Lines

Note: Remember everything by default is get to Freehand or Curve. If you want your pen to make lines, then select the Line tool. This will ONLY change your pen tool. If you switch back to you pencil tool it will be on freehand.

* Freehand is just what it says it is. You can free hand your drawing
* Curve is the same as Freehand, except it makes the lines smoother

Note: I'd use it for the pen tool. It just makes the pen softer

* Line makes you draw straight lines
* Bezier Is just like the line took but lets you curve the lines
* Rectangle Makes filled in rectangles
* Rectangle Line Makes an outline of a rectangle
* Oval Makes a solid oval
* Oval Line Makes an outline of a oval
* Fill SHOULD NEVER BE USED. It will fill the canvas and everyone will be pissed at you. Don't do it. It's like the paint bucket, but you SHOULD NOT USE IT. On Manga Master's the fill tool is lock and only moderators have access to it. The moderators will not use it nor will they give you the power to use it. Do no ask for it.

Q: Can I change the size of my brush/tool?

Pen Size Changer

You can either drag and drop the bar or use the arrows on the side.

Q: Where are the layers?

Under where you change the brush/tool size.

Layers

Single click will change the layer you are on to the one above. Double click will pop out the layer window. In the layer window the black bar can be moved back and forth. When you move it, that will change the opacity of the layer.
Click on the circle on the right will hide the layer. Because we use version 3.63 no one else will be able to see your opacity changes or layer hiding so feel free to do it all you want.

Q: Can you add more layers?

No. There is no way to add layers. This option has been disabled for users. Moderators cannot add layers either. Do not ask them.
We do not allow adding layers because in the past this power has been abused and too many layers can over load the pchat and crash it. There will only be three layers ever.

Q: How do you zoom in and out?

Use the + and - located on the bottom left-hand and right-hand corners of the canvas.

Zoom In
* Plus is where you zoom in

Zoom Out
* Minus is where you zoom out

Q: Does my pen pressure work for the pchat?

Yes, if you have a TABLET with a working DRIVER. You must also download the application to do that. It's called JTablet, you can download it here: http://sketchstudio.cellosoft.com/

Currently there is not JTablet for Macs (sorry).

Pen Pressure

* Alpha is how hard you have to apply to your pen to make a dark line. The lower the Alpha bar the harder you need to press
* Size how much pressure you need to apply to get a bigger brush. The less pressure you apply the smaller the brush. The lower the bar the harder you have to push to get a bigger brush.

Q: The Pen Pressure menu won't open!

Please try this solutions in order
- Make sure you own a tablet. You CANNOT use the pen pressure without a tablet.
- Make sure your tablet driver is correctly installed.
* Here are the WACOM tablet drivers: Wacom Drivers

- Make sure you have installed JTablet correctly
- Close the browser you have opened (ALL OF THEM) and open a new one.
- If that doesn't work you must clear your temporary JAVA files.

Q: What do the buttons at for? (F, Fall and Leave)

They do different things for the layout of the canvas

F, Fall and Leave buttons

* F makes the chat window a separate window from the pchat. To undo it just hit F again
* Fall Makes the pchat itself a new window apart from the browser. To undo it hit the Fall again

---> Note: You MUST still keep the browser open. If you close it the pchat will also close

* Leave makes you leave the pchat