August 25, 2010

CloudCanvas – Make Digital Art In Your Web Browser

CloudCanvas is an application that allows people to create digital artwork right from their web browser, without having to download any systems or open up any outside programs. For novice designers and other creative types, CloudCanvas is more than just a basic paint application. It’s an advanced creative suite offering hundreds of tools to create digital designs and rich media projects, which uses HTML-5 and does not require the need for Flash or any plug-ins.

When you launch CloudCanvas and begin running the application within your own browser, you’ll see an interface that looks similar to other design programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Start with a blank canvas, and then use any of the hundreds of tools provided to create whatever type of artwork you wish. Basic tools like layers and shapes sit side-by-side with more innovative features like blurring and bevel filters, so it’s up to you how complex you’d like to go with your design. CloudCanvas’ media panel offers tools to add rich content to any project, and you can import files from both online and offline sources. For the less design-savvy among us, CloudCanvas offers templates that make creating any project much, much easier.

Because CloudCanvas offers full integration with Google Docs, you can save your designs within the online system and feel secure that your masterpiece will be safe even if your hard drive suffers a crash. The application is also integrated with Open Clip Art Library, Google Images, and Deviant Art, to make finding and saving images as straightforward and simple as possible. For iPad owners and anyone else looking for a quick way to edit images and create new designs from within their own browser without the need for Flash, CloudCanvas is an innovative application worth trying out.

Practical Uses:

  • Edit your best vacation photos to make the colors pop
  • Create a new logo for your business
  • Make artwork on your iPad
  • Draw out your ideas for a new ad campaign that your company is working on

Insider Tips:

  • Save your files in Google Docs and get access to them from anywhere
  • CloudCanvas offers 500+ fonts for users to choose from
  • Use a template to get started on your project quickly
  • Import images from Deviant Art into CloudCanvas

What we liked:

  • No need to download a new program to get started editing photos
  • Interface looks similar to other editing programs like Photoshop
  • CloudCanvas offers an optimized iPad version of the site
  • Easy to save files in Google Docs

What we didn’t like:

  • Getting started with CloudCanvas can be a challenge for novice users


Company Info:


  • Free


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