Welcome to the Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed Walkthrough.

You’re called in to photograph a wedding, but what you really expose is murder.

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This document contains a complete Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed game walkthrough featuring annotated screenshots from actual gameplay!

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  • This is the official guide for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed.
  • This guide will not show when you have to zoom into a location; the screenshots will show each zoom scene.
  • Hidden-object puzzles are referred to as HOPs. This guide will not show screenshots of the HOPs, however, it will mention when an HOP is available and the inventory item you’ll collect from it.
  • Use the Map to fast travel to a location.

Chapter 1: Murder at Hollow Oak

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Talk to Simon (A).
  • Open the door (B).
  • Move the cover; take the GLOVE BOX KEY (C).
  • Use the GLOVE BOX KEY; take the UTILITY KNIFE (D).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Unfold the UTILITY KNIFE (E); take the POCKET KNIFE.
  • Walk forward.
  • Play the HOP to receive the TENNIS BALL (F).
  • Walk down.
  • Throw the TENNIS BALL (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the FRONT DOOR KEY (H).
  • Walk forward.
  • Use the POCKET KNIFE; take the HANDKERCHIEF (I).
  • Use the FRONT DOOR KEY (J).
  • Walk forward.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Talk to Carol (K); use the Camera (L) to take a picture (M).
  • Play the HOP to receive the BROKEN HEART (N).
  • Walk right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the WATER CLEANSER (O).
  • Walk down, forward, then right.
  • Take the FRUIT VINE (P).
  • Examine the FRUIT VINE; take the BLACKBERRY (Q).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Move the note (R); use the Camera (S).
  • Take the KITCHEN SHEARS (T).
  • Walk right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the PUTTY KNIFE (U).
  • Use the WATER CLEANSER; take the HORSE FIGURINE (1/3) (V).
  • Go to the Front Yard.
  • Use the KITCHEN SHEARS; use the Camera (W).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Give the BLACKBERRY; take the HAIRPIN (X).
  • Use the HAIRPIN (Y).
  • Open the suitcase; examine it for a mini-game (Z).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (A): Kx2-C-Jx3-I-J-A-Kx4-I-Jx2-B-Jx2.
  • I-J-E-Kx3-I-Kx3-H-Jx6-I-Kx3-B-Kx3-I.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the DEVELOPING SOLUTION and PHOTO PAPER (B).
  • Walk forward twice.
  • Arrange the symbols (C); open the cover.
  • Take the note and CORKSCREW (D).
  • Walk down.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the CORKSCREW (E); receive the CORKSCREW.
  • Examine the CORKSCREW 3x (F); take the CORK.
  • Walk down.
  • Place the CORK (G); take the WATER EMBLEM (H).
  • Go to the Cellar.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the WATER EMBLEM (I); press it.
  • Take the FEATHER DUSTER (J) and GLASS CLEANER (K).
  • Use the GLASS CLEANER and HANDKERCHIEF (L); receive the GREASY CLOTH.
  • Use the Camera (M).
  • Walk down twice.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the GREASY CLOTH for a mini-game (N).
  • Solution (O-R).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the RED LIGHT BULB (S).
  • Walk right twice.
  • Open the curtain (T).
  • Place the RED LIGHT BULB (U), PHOTO PAPER, and DEVELOPING SOLUTION (V).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Pour the solution (W); place the film and paper (X).
  • Place the paper; use the tongs (Y).
  • Hang the photo; take the STRANGE PHOTO (Z).
  • Walk down three times.
  • Give the STRANGE PHOTO (A).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the DOOR KNOB (B).
  • Walk forward, then right.
  • Place the DOOR KNOB (C).
  • Play the HOP to receive the SPADE (D).
  • Walk down twice.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the SPADE; take the TWEEZERS and ANNA EMBLEM (E).
  • Play the HOP (F).
  • Take the DIAL (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the PUTTY KNIFE (H); use the TWEEZERS to take the HORSE FIGURINE (2/3) (I).
  • Go to the Cellar.
  • Place the DIAL (J); open the washer.
  • Take the FISH KEY (K).
  • Walk down three times.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the FISH KEY (L).
  • Walk right.
  • Place ANNA EMBLEM for a mini-game (M).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (N).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take ANNA’S JOURNAL (O).
  • Read ANNA’S JOURNAL; take the HORSE FIGURINE (3/3) (P).
  • Use the FEATHER DUSTER (Q); place the HORSE FIGURINE (3/3).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Arrange the trophies (R).
  • Examine the door (S).

Chapter 2: Simon

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the BUTLER’S POCKET WATCH (T).
  • Walk down, upstairs, right, then left.
  • Use the POCKET KNIFE; take the W EMBLEM (U).
  • Use the Camera (V).
  • Walk down twice, then left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Enter the code (W).
  • Walk forward.
  • Use the POCKET KNIFE; take the SECRET NOTE (X).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the SECRET NOTE; take the PEACOCK PLUME (Y).
  • Place the W EMBLEM (Z).
  • Take the LIGHTER and LETTER PART (A).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the LIGHTER; light it (B).
  • Walk down twice.
  • Use the LIGHTER (C); take the SYMBOL DIAL (D).
  • Walk right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the PEACOCK PLUME (E); take the note and STILETTO EMBLEM (F).
  • Walk left.
  • Place the SYMBOL DIAL for a mini-game (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (H).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the OWL BROOCH and DIAMOND RING (I).
  • Place the OWL BROOCH (J).
  • Take the ZIPPER PULL (K).
  • Go to Martha’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the STILETTO EMBLEM (L); take the LETTER PART and photo.
  • Place the LETTER PARTS (M).
  • Take the note and MAKEUP COMPACT (N).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the MAKEUP COMPACT; take the POWDER PUFF (O).
  • Use the ZIPPER PULL; take the TINY HANDLE (P).
  • Go to Simon’s Room.
  • Use the POWDER PUFF; press the buttons (Q).
  • Read the note (R); take the TRIBAL MASK and BOOK EMBLEM (S).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the TINY HANDLE (T); take the SILVER HANDLE (U).
  • Go to the Family Quarters.
  • Place the SILVER HANDLE (V); place the HOP to receive the DESSERT FORK.
  • Walk forward.
  • Use the DESSERT FORK (W).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Gather the pieces (X); take the EMERALD BUTTERFLY (Y).
  • Walk down three times.
  • Place the BOOK EMBLEM (Z).
  • Walk left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Talk to Simon; give the BUTLER’S POCKET WATCH (A).
  • Take the BRASS BUTTON (B).
  • Walk down, then forward.
  • Place the BRASS BUTTON (C); open the door.
  • Walk left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the NATIVE MASK (D).
  • Place the EMERALD BUTTERFLY for a mini-game (E).
  • Solution (F): (A-B)(E-H)(H-I)(E-B)(D-A).
  • (E-F)(E-D)(C-B)(B-A)(D-G)(E-H)(F-I).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the HEX KEY (G).
  • Walk down twice, then left.
  • Place the TRIBAL MASK and NATIVE MASK for a mini-game (H).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (I).
  • Take the SPEAR (J).
  • Go to the Kitchen.
  • Use the SPEAR; take the OLIVE OIL (K).
  • Walk right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the HEX KEY (L).
  • Take the SCREWDRIVER (M).
  • Go to Simon’s Room.
  • Move the clothes; use the OLIVE OIL (N).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the case; take the BUTLER’S SCRAPBOOK (O).
  • Go to the Library.
  • Give the BUTLER’S SCRAPBOOK for a mini-game (P).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (Q-R); take JASPER’S KEY.
  • Go to the Family Quarters.
  • Use JASPER’S KEY (S).
  • Walk left.

Chapter 3: Jasper

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Examine the drawer for a mini-game (T).
  • Solution: W-0-W-8-2-8-3-A-2.
  • Take the DOVE MEDALLION (1/2) (U).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the MEDICAL TAPE (V).
  • Place the BROKEN HEART; take the letter and ANNA’S PORTRAIT (W).
  • Take the TONGS (X).
  • Go to the Lounge.
  • Use the TONGS (Y); receive the BLAZING BROOCH.
  • Walk down twice.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Play the HOP to receive the BRANDY (Z).
  • Use the SCREWDRIVER (A) and OIL (B); take the LIGHT BULB.
  • Walk forward twice, then left.
  • Use the LIGHTER (C).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Play the HOP to receive the CHICKEN LEG (D).
  • Pour the bottles and BRANDY (E); take the GREEN GEM (F).
  • Go to Jasper’s Room.
  • Give the CHICKEN LEG (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the DOLL HEAD and STEPLADDER (H).
  • Examine the DOLL HEAD; take the note and DOLL HEAD (I).
  • Go to the Library.
  • Place the STEPLADDER (J).
  • Examine the shelf for a mini-game (K).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (L).
  • Take the WIND-UP KEY (M).
  • Go to Simon’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the WIND-UP KEY (N); take the SPRING (O).
  • Go to the Library.
  • Place the SPRING (P) and MEDICAL TAPE (Q).
  • Use the DIAMOND RING; take the BROKEN HOURGLASS (R).
  • Go to Jasper’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the BROKEN HOURGLASS (S); close the lid.
  • Take the KEY MOLD (T).
  • Go to the Lounge.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the KEY MOLD (U); use the TONGS to receive the GLASS GUN.
  • Go to Jasper’s Room.
  • Place the GLASS GUN for a mini-game (V).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (W).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the ANTLER and PEACOCK PLUME (X).
  • Walk down twice, then right.
  • Place the PEACOCK PLUME (Y); take the CANVAS PATCH (Z).
  • Go to the Dining Room.
  • Place the ANTLER (A); take the STONE ARROW (B).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the CANVAS PATCH; take the UMBRELLA (C).
  • Walk down.
  • Examine the door (D); use the UMBRELLA.
  • Walk forward.
  • Move the cloth; use the SCREWDRIVER (E).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Turn the valve (F).
  • Play the HOP to receive the BRONZE WING (G).
  • Walk right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the TEA LIGHT (H); place the BLAZING BROOCH.
  • Take the BRONZE BROOCH (I).
  • Go to Jasper’s Room.
  • Place the TEA LIGHT (J); use the LIGHTER.
  • Close the lantern; take the LANTERN (K).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the BRONZE BROOCH (L).
  • Take the FILE FOLDER and picture (M).
  • Read through the FILE FOLDER; take the ARCHER STMBOL (N).
  • Go to the Gazebo.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the ARCHER SYMBOL (O).
  • Turn the gear (P); give the STONE ARROW (Q).
  • Place the BRONZE WING; open the cage (R).
  • Take the DOVE MEDALLION (2/2).
  • Walk down.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the DOVE MEDALLION (2/2) for a mini-game (S).
  • Solution (T): F-G-E-D-C-B-D-E-H.
  • Walk left.

Chapter 4: Charmaine

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Talk to Jasper; give ANNA’S PORTRAIT (U).
  • Take the BRASS FLOWER (V).
  • Go to the Cellar.
  • Place the BRASS FLOWER (W).
  • Walk left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the LIGHT BULB (X).
  • Turn on the light (Y).
  • Take the CURTAIN ROD (Z).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the MUSIC NOTE EMBLEM (A).
  • Open the dollhouse (B).
  • Place the DOLL HEAD for a mini-game (C).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (D).
  • Take the FOLDED LETTER (E).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the FOLDED LETTER; take the WOODEN HANDLE and ANNA’S LETTER (F).
  • Go to the Family Cemetery.
  • Place the WOODEN HANDLE; take the HATCHET (G).
  • Use the HATCHET (H).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the ADHESIVE (I) and BLOWTORCH (J).
  • Use the POCKET KNIFE; take the POTATO (K).
  • Walk down, then right.
  • Use the HATCHET; read the newspaper (L).
  • Take the STONE HAND (M).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the MUSIC NOTE EMBLEM (N).
  • Examine the guitar for a mini-game (O).
  • Match the notes (P).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the case; take the PLASTIC BAG and RECORD (Q).
  • Examine the PLASTIC BAG; take the SLIDES (R).
  • Walk down, then left.
  • Use the ADHESIVE and STONE HAND (S); give the LANTERN.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the Camera (T); take the CHEF EMBLEM (U).
  • Go to the Secret Room.
  • Place the SLIDES (V).

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed

  • Examine the projector for a mini-game (W).
  • Solution (1-6).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the MARTINI GLASS (X).
  • Go to the Dining Room.
  • Play the HOP to receive the SALT (Y).
  • Place the MARTINI GLASS; take the LADLE (Z).
  • Walk down, then right.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Play the HOP to receive the COOKBOOK (A).
  • Use the BLOWTORCH (B); open the freezer.
  • Take the HERBS (C).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the HERBS (D); use the pestle 3x.
  • Take the GROUND HERBS (E); use the POTATO (F).
  • Take the SLICED POTATOES (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the CHEF EMBLEM (H).
  • Take the BREAD (I) and STRAINER (J).
  • Examine the BREAD; take the BREAD CRUMBS (K).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the COOKBOOK (L).
  • Use the SLICED POTATOES, GROUND HERBS, and SALT (M); use the LADLE.
  • Take the SOUP (N).
  • Go to the Family Cemetery.
  • Give the SOUP (O).
  • Go to the Servant Quarters.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Give ANNA’S LETTER (P).
  • Walk right.
  • Take the KEY RING (Q).
  • Take the PLUNGER (R).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Move the pillows; take the PHONOGRAPH NEEDLE (S).
  • Go to Jasper’s Room.
  • Use the KEY RING; select the arrow (T).
  • Select the key (U).
  • Walk left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the CLEAN TOWEL (V).
  • Use the PLUNGER (W).
  • Take the RUBY EYE (X).
  • Go to the Secret Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the RECORD and PHONOGRAPH NEEDLE (Y); turn the handle (Z).
  • Take the newspaper (A).
  • Take the WOLF CAMEO (B).
  • Go to the Garden.
  • Play the HOP to receive the DOMINO (1/3) (C).
  • Go to the Servant Quarters.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the BLOWTORCH; take the STRING (D).
  • Go to the Garden.
  • Give the BREAD CRUMBS (E).
  • Place the STRAINER and CURTAIN ROD; use the STRING (F).
  • Take the SAPPHIRE EYE (G).
  • Go to the Second Floor Landing.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the RUBY EYE and SAPPHIRE EYE (H); receive the KITTY CAMEO.
  • Walk right twice.
  • Place the KITTY CAMEO (I).
  • Take the MARTHA PHOTO (J).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Walk down twice, then left.
  • Give the MARTHA PHOTO (K).
  • Play the HOP to receive the WOODEN BUTTON (L).
  • Walk right.

Chapter 5: Frank

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the DOG TRAINING BOOK (M).
  • Open the DOG TRAINING BOOK; take the RED GEM (N) and DOG TRAINING BOOK.
  • Take the DOMINO (2/3) (O).
  • Go to Charmaine’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the WOODEN BUTTON (P); press the locks in order (Q).
  • Take the PAINT SOLVENT (R).
  • Go to the Lounge.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the GREEN GEM and RED GEM; take the FUSE (S).
  • Go to the Cellar.
  • Place the FUSE for a mini-game (T).
  • Solution (U).
  • Walk left.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the curtain (V); use the CLEAN TOWEL and PAINT SOLVENT (W).
  • Take the BALLERINA FIGURINE (X).
  • Use the Camera (Y).
  • Go to Charmaine’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the BALLERINA FIGURINE for a mini-game (Z).
  • Solution (A); take the DART (B).
  • Go to the Library; walk forward.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Give the DOG TRAINING BOOK (C).
  • Take the POOL CUE (D).
  • Place the WOLF CAMEO (E).
  • Take the WRENCH (F); place the DART for a mini-game (G).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (H).
  • Take the WINDOW HANDLE (I).
  • Go to the Private Bathroom.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Examine the coin (J); use the WRENCH (K).
  • Receive the PIPE.
  • Examine the PIPE; take the SILVER DOLLAR (L).
  • Go to Charmaine’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the SILVER DOLLAR (M); take the DOMINO (3/3) (N).
  • Go to the Billiard Room.
  • Place the DOMINO (3/3) for a mini-game (O).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (P).
  • Receive the VANITY PHOTO.
  • Go to Carol’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the OLD PHOTO for a mini-game (Q).
  • Solution (R).
  • Receive the PERFUME.
  • Go to the Private Bathroom.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Use the PERFUME for a mini-game (S).
  • Solution (T-U).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Take the CUE BALL and PAPER CLIP (V).
  • Walk down twice, then right.
  • Use the PAPER CLIP for a mini-game (W).
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Solution (X-Y).
  • Take the NECKTIE (Z).
  • Go to the Billiard Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Place the CUE BALL (A); use the POOL CUE.
  • Take the MINIATURE GLOBE (B).
  • Use the NECKTIE (C) and WINDOW HANDLE (D); take the SILVER G (E).
  • Go to Charmaine’s Room.

Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed

  • Place the MINIATURE GLOBE; move the lens for a mini-game (F).
  • Solution (G-J): A-Bx2-C-B-D-B-E.
  • Take the MATCHING KEYS (1/2) (K).
  • Walk down three times.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Play the HOP to receive the SILVER F (L).
  • Go to Carol’s Room.
  • Open the coat; examine the pocket (M).
  • Place the SILVER G and SILVER F (N).
  • Take the note and MATCHING KEYS (2/2) (O).
  • Go to Charmaine’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Open the door; pull the rope (P).
  • Use the MATCHING KEYS (2/2); take the MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (Q).
  • Take the ARSENIC (R).
  • Go to Carol’s Room.
Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed
  • Give the MARRAGE CERTIFICATE (S).
  • Go to the Secret Room.
  • Give the ARSENIC (T).
  • Congratulations! you have completed Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed.

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