Create a Canvas

Create a Canvas

Canvas Activity


This activity allows you to collaborate visually and freely in whiteboard format, whether to create a visual management space or to explain a concept through a diagram.


The Canvas activity is now out of Beta!

Create a Canvas activity


From your session:

1. Click on Add a slide
2. Click on Canvas
3. Fill in the title of your activity 
4. Click on Save

The Canvas activity is added to your session content. 


Unlike other activities that are started by the facilitator, this activity does not "start" and your participants cannot access it from the list of available activities in the blue banner on the left of the session page.







What you will find on your Canvas


Once you are in your Canvas, all you have to do is create and add all the elements you want. All roles (Owner, Facilitator, Participant) can add and edit items.

Only the session owner and the moderator can lock an element.

The toolbox is located on the left side of the Canvas activity slide. Here you will find :

  1. The cursor to select elements
  2. The pencil for free drawings
  3. The text tool
  4. Selection of shapes
  5. Inserting images
  6. Generation of notes

The features for managing the visualization of your Canvas are located at the bottom right of the activity slide. Here you will find :

  1. The list of keyboard shortcuts
  2. The "hand" allowing you to move around the Canvas activity
  3. The magnifying glass (to return to 100% zoom)
  4. The zoom






Adding content to your canvas


First of all, move your cursor over one of the elements in the toolbar on the left of your Canvas activity slide and select it.

Depending on the item you choose you will be able to perform various actions:

  1. The cursor:

The cursor allows you to select elements that are already present in your table. Once an element is selected, you will be able to access several actions/functions at the top of the element. The available actions/functions will depend on the selected element. It is also by selecting an element that you will be able to adjust its size and inclination (rotation).

  1. Free drawing : 

The Free Drawing function, once selected, allows you to freely draw shapes and lines via your mouse movements. Click and drag your cursor to draw the shape of your choice. Release to finish your design.

Once your design is complete, click the cursor button in the toolbox of your Canvas activity and double click on your design element. You will then have the option to extend the different segments of your design via the red dots to form a new design.


Don't forget that as the owner or facilitator of the session you can also lock your design element to prevent other participants from modifying your work! 


By selecting your drawing element, you will be able to edit it: You can choose the color of the element from the proposed palette, choose from the 3 proposed stroke sizes, lock the element (owner or facilitator), and via the three small dots: duplicate, put in the background or foreground, and delete the element.




  1. Adding text:


The add text function allows you to add a text of the length of your choice at the place where you click with your mouse.
Choose the color of your text and also the centering of the text. 

Once your text is written, you can simply select the text element to reposition it where you want on the Canvas.


To add a text already written to a Note, create a Note (see section "adding a Note"). Then select your text, then copy it using the right click of your mouse "copy" button, before pasting (still after a right click "paste" button) this text into the previously created note.


By selecting your Text element, you will be able to edit it: You can choose the color of the element from the proposed palette, choose the centering of the text (left, center, right), lock the element (owner or facilitator), and via the three small dots: duplicate, put in the background or foreground, and delete the element.




  1. Adding a shape:

Click on the Shapes function in your toolbox, then select the shape of your choice from those offered. Once you have chosen the shape you want, draw it with your mouse (click and drag).

Once you release your mouse, the shape is created. You will then be able to choose the size, color, stroke width, and lock your element. By selecting your shape element again, you will be able to move it to the desired location on your Canvas.

By selecting the color of your element, you will also be able to manage the opacity of this color, in order to be able to visualize what is in the background of this shape

List of available shapes :
  1. Rectangle
  2. Ellipse
  3. Triangle
  4. Parallelogram
  5. Line 
  6. Arrow: You can choose the shape of your arrow's tip as well as its direction by clicking on the element and choosing the "arrow" button

It is also possible to select a shape via the available shortcuts. For this see the section "List of keyboard shortcuts".

You can from this feature, add dynamic links between your form, image or note elements. 

This is a very useful feature for the creation of dynamic diagrams

To do this:
  1. Click on Shape in your toolbox.
  2. Choose the arrow element
  3. Hover your cursor over a shape, image or note element in your Canvas (as your cursor hovers over one of these elements, a highlight around the element appears)
  4. Click from this highlight to the shadow of the element you wish to attach.
  5. Move one of the elements → the arrow resizes and adapts to your cursor movements.
By selecting your Shape element, you will be able to edit it: You can choose the color of the element from the proposed palette, choose from the 3 proposed stroke sizes, lock the element (owner or facilitator), and via the three small dots: duplicate, put in the background or foreground, and delete the element.



  1. Adding an image:

The add image feature allows you to add personal images or photos, from a web link, or from the royalty free Unsplash library. 
Click in your toolbox on the left side of your Canvas activity slide on the Image button. Then choose between one of the three options.

  1. Upload an image: 
Click on "Select Image." Your computer's file explorer will open. A format is advised "1920 x 1080" for an optimal visualization of your image.

Depending on the size of the image chosen, it may be displayed "too large" on your Canvas activity. In this case, zoom out your activity at the bottom right of the slide, and then select your image to manage the size.

Once you have selected your image, click "save".

  1. Search for an image:
This part allows you to add an image from the royalty-free Unsplash library. You can scroll through all available images or search by keyword for an image type you would like to add to your Canvas activity.

The image may be displayed "too big" on your Canvas activity. In this case, zoom out your activity at the bottom right of the slide, and then select your image to manage the size.

Once you have chosen your image, click on "save".

  1. Linking an image:
You can add images directly from your web browser.

To do this, right click on the image and choose "copy link address". This link must end with the image format (.jpg or .png)

Be careful ! the link will not be recognized if you choose "copy the image address" !

Once you have chosen your image, click on "save".

By selecting your Image item, you will be able to edit it: You can lock the item (owner or facilitator), and via the three little dots: duplicate, put in the background or foreground, and delete the item.



  1. Adding notes:

 
The function of adding Notes allows you to add a text in the form of Sticky notes of the length of your choice at the place where you have clicked with your mouse.
Choose the color of your note and the centering of the text. The text automatically adapts to the size of the note, depending on its size.

Once you have written your text, simply select the Note element to reposition it wherever you want on the Canvas.

It is possible to transform a Note into an action or a decision by clicking on the 3 small dots at the top of the Note once the element is selected!

By selecting your Note element, you will be able to edit it: you can choose the color of the element from the palette, choose the centering of the text (left, center, right), lock the element (owner or facilitator), and via the three small dots: duplicate, plan an action or take a decision from the note, put in the background or foreground,






Manage your Canvas

The features for managing your Canvas view are located at the bottom right of the activity slide. Here you will find :
  1. The list of keyboard shortcuts
  2. The "hand" allowing you to move around the Canvas activity
  3. The magnifying glass (to return to 100% zoom)
  4. The zoom

List of keyboard shortcuts

To access the keyboard shortcut list, click on the keyboard icon at the bottom right of your Canvas activity. You will then have access to all the shortcuts.

First click on your Canvas to select it before using any of the shortcuts.

Then simply follow the different directions next to the desired action.

You have access to several parts:

  1. Shape: to select one of the elements to add to your Canvas
  2. Display: to manage the display of your Canvas
  3. Editor: to manage the content (the elements) of your Canvas

In the example below, we will see how to add a Grid in the background and a Rectangle shape to our Canvas activity:

First of all to display the grid we click on the letter 'G' on our keyboard, then on the letter 'R' before creating our rectangle.



 - You also have the possibility, via the 3 small dots at the top right of your slide, to edit your Canvas (the title), to duplicate your Canvas (with all its content), to make a capture of your activity as well as to delete your Canvas.


Be careful! Any deletion is final!



Import your Canvas into another session 


It is possible to import your entire Canvas with its content into another session!

To do this:

Once in the session to which you want to import your activity

  1. Click on "Add a slide".
  2. Then click on "Import from a session"
  3. Select the session, then the Canvas activity
  4. Click on "Import".
You will then have a true copy of your Canvas with all its content on your new session.



Canvas Message


If your Canvas exceeds a certain size, due to elements added by your participants or yourself, a banner with a message will be displayed to warn you that the Canvas activity may be slow for you and your participants.

It is therefore recommended that you reduce the size of images and elements or remove them.

If you would like more information about optimizing your Canvas, read the article HERE.



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