HTML Canvas Element Cheat Sheet

Colin Cieloha 10 months ago 8

The canvas element can be extremely useful for making the work of graphic designers easier. To use the canvas element, you must have a little knowledge of HTML5, but it does not require deep expertise knowledge of Javascript. The canvas element is written in markup language and then filled with Javascript code that dictates what the element will show. Aptly named, the element works much like a blank canvas that you can fill out with whatever graphics you would like displayed on your website. Using a list of simple methods, you can fulfill almost all of your graphic design desires.

If you are new to the element, it is important to know that it will only show up once you set a colour and size. Think of it like a blank canvas for painting – you would need to know how big you want your painting to be and what the background is and then paint over from there.

After setting the background, you can start to superimpose shapes with different colors and determine the level of transparency required to show what you are working on. If you find that the basic methods within the canvas element aren’t adequate for your purposes, it might be worth checking out’s new canvas cheat sheet.

The canvas cheat sheet provides additional methods that might apply to your work. The methods are mapped out, so the most used ones are at the beginning, which makes it practical to go through the cheat sheet systematically and try each method to see whether it can help you to get your work done more efficiently. This element is made with graphic designers in mind, so it is advised that you continue to read up on all the ways graphic designers are using it to give you constant inspiration.

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Colin Cieloha

Colin Cieloha is an American author and content marketer at He writes about everything that will draw his attention with a focus on the mobile and e-commerce space. When he is not writing he is spending his time traveling the globe and snowboarding. You can follow him on his Twitter at @ColinCieloha or on Linkedin.

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