Canvas is a website based around user created images. The site hosts the images so other users can view and vote on them. Users can create new images using the Canvas photo editor built into the website. The user can remix existing images and add captions and a number of visual elements. Stickers can be dragged and dropped to vote on images. The user can upload a new image and hold discussions based around the image. Each image page includes icons that make it easier for users to share through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. The interface uses a drag and drop system. Canvas includes a list of popular categories that range from funny to politics, abstract, games, meme, nerdy, cute, pop culture and photography. Each category can be further narrowed down to include only the most popular, best or newest contributions.
Canvas was created by a New York City based company backed by a number of groups, including Union Square Ventures, SV Angel and Founder Collective. The website was intended to encourage internet users to get creative and build new, interesting pictures. Canvas allows for a great deal of flexibility. The current tools allow users to remix existing images or upload their own photos. The site is intended for entertainment and includes a number of humorous categories to help users find interesting photos to share.
There are many applications that allow users to edit photos. Canvas is one of the few that encourages users to create entertaining images. The user can combine pieces of multiple photos or add fun elements to existing images. The result is a collection of interesting images created by internet users. Social features encourage users to participate in the Canvas community. User can add stickers to show their appreciation for images and share images on popular social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
Canvas keeps its site design minimal, allowing the user's images to take center stage. The homepage features a long list of colorful images along with their captions and which categories they are located in. The user can find a few stickers along the left hand side with a link to find even more sticker options. A row of categories spans the top of the page. The site uses blue and green as its primary colors although the white background helps keep the design from distracting the visitor's eye. Users can easily click links to refine the images displayed on the page. The drag and drop side menu makes it extremely easy to share images and award stickers.
New users can join Canvas by clicking the blue "Register" button nestled in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form on the following page asks for the user's desired Canvas username and a password. Users must click the blue and white "Signup for Canvas" button to register with their Facebook account. Canvas requires the user to link to their Facebook account to access all available features. Users who d not have a Facebook account will be required to create one.
Canvas does not charge users to create an account and make images. Users can explore each category and award stickers or share images on social networks for free. There are no fees required to upload and edit images, either. The site is intended for entertainment, so the free design is ideal. Users will be far more likely to add to the site's collection of interesting images if they can do so at no cost.
Canvas is interesting for anyone who is creative and loves to explore internet images. The website provides a number of ways to build or remix images. The user can incorporate a personal image or use one that already exists on the web. Users can also strike up conversations by sharing the images they create or those they find on Canvas. The site makes browsing even more convenient with a unique list of categories.