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Ad Canvas

This lightweight package is a simple-to-use tool that makes it easy to create animation, masking, layering, blend modes, and drawing all sorts of graphical content, such as:

  • Vector paths
  • Shapes
  • Bitmaps
  • Videos
  • Text

Read more about some of the ways this framework compares to vanilla javascript in the Why CanvasDrawer? section.

Getting Started

Canvas Elements



Getting Started

It may be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the syntax of ad-ui, as there are many similarities. Or, this can be your stepping stone to ad-ui!


Make a new CanvasDrawer instance - this instance will house whatever elements you create

let myCanvasDrawer = new CanvasDrawer({
    target: myDomElement,
    css: {
        width: 300,
        height: 250
    debug: true,
    retina: true

In this example, we create a new UICanvas DOM element (which can be referenced as myCanvasDrawer.canvas). Setting retina: true means the canvas will render at double-density. Setting debug: true adds a background color so that we can see the canvas element, which is transparent otherwise.


CanvasDrawer has an update() method which must be called any time you make a change and want to see it.


A CanvasElement is the broad term for anything that is drawn within the CanvasDrawer framework. It refers to:

  • CanvasImage - use a bitmap, canvas, CanvasDrawer, or video source to make image data
  • CanvasRect - create a rectangle
  • CanvasCircle - create an arc, semi circle, or circle
  • CanvasPath - use points and curves to create a pathed shape
  • CanvasText - write text into a canvas


Draw a bitmap data into a CanvasDrawer. In this example, the source is referenced by the name of the bitmap, as ID'd by ImageManager - this might be "myBitmap.png"` for instance.

let myImage = new CanvasImage({
    target: myCanvasDrawer,
    id: 'myCanvasImage'
    source: "myBitmap",
    params: {
        width: 300,
        height: 250

// setting the alpha by ID
myCanvasDrawer.elements.myCanvasImage.alpha = 0.5

// setting the alpha by variable
myImage.alpha = 0.5

// re-render the CanvasDrawer to ensure update is seen


These CanvasElements can have features such as:

  • drop shadows
  • rotation, scale, alpha
  • strokes

There are also additional classes that, if imported, will open up other features to you, such as:


Tweening a CanvasElement is as easy as initializing it through CanvasTweener - it's an additional load that you might not want, so we give you the option.

// injects tweening capability into a CanvasDrawer instance

// call the CanvasElement to tween by a variable definition
myCanvasDrawer.tween.to(myImage, 2, { rotation: 90, alpha: 0 })
// call the CanvasElement to tween by an ID
myCanvasDrawer.tween.to("myCanvasImage", 2, { rotation: 90, alpha: 0 })

myCanvasDrawer.tween.fromTo(myShape, 2, { scale: 0 }, { scale: 1, ease: Back.easeOut })


This tween object that is part of your CanvasDrawer instance uses the same format as GreenSock's Tween Package. However, since HTML5 canvas requires refreshing in order to render changes, CanvasTweener takes care of that for us without having to write update() calls elsewhere. The myCanvasDrawer.tween.start() method ensures these tweens don't begin until we're ready to call all of them.

Why CanvasDrawer?

It's a lightweight package!

  • Using every nook and cranny the CanvasDrawer suite has to offer only adds an additional 40k to your file size.
  • Compare that to other packages which are 150k or higher, and you have a fast-loading platform with powerful features giving you the best possible tools for quick development and stunning animations.

The grunt-work has been done for you

  • The classes that allow for blurring, color transformations, etc are there to save you, the user, the effort of researching how to build and keep track of these effects.

Animations are straightfoward

  • With vanilla Canvas2D, animation becomes complicated. There are no native object declarations or stored values: you must work that logic out yourself, and constantly call verbose code in order to render graphics.

Compare some vanilla canvas drawing to how it might look using CanvasDrawer:

// any time you want to draw the image at a different X, Y, width, or height, 
// you need to clear your canvas ...
ctx.clearRect(0, 0, 100, 200)

// and if you want to scale, rotate, or change the alpha, that's another kind of logic 
// you must develop code for and
manage yourself
ctx.globalAlpha = 0.5

// finally, make a verbose call to the context to draw all images you may have created
ctx.drawImage(img1, 10, 10, 100, 200)
ctx.drawImage(img2, 0, 0, 50, 50)
ctx.drawImage(img3, 100, 30, 60, 60)

// and how do you animate this? How do you get your image to move its x-coordinate using TweenLite?
TweenLite.to(???, 1, {x: 200, onUpdate: function(){
// sounds exhausting, and you're going erase every other image you added unless you put in 
// additional conditions to re-draw them.

CanvasDrawer makes the simple act or redrawing and moving elements easy, saving you file size and processing by packaging the creation and storage of a canvas' drawable data in objects easy to manipulate:

myCanvasImage1.x = 10
myCanvasImage2.rotation = 20
myCanvasImage3.alpha = 0.5

myCanvasDrawer.tween.to(myCanvasImage1, 1, { x: 200 })
// easy peasy, lemon squeezy



If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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