ScreenCloud Canvas App Guide

Make screen-ready content like menu boards and digital notices easily in our brand new Canvas app editor.

Jan 2020

ScreenCloud Canvas App Guide

You don’t need to be an Adobe Photoshop pro or design expert to create unique, branded graphics for your digital screens. ScreenCloud’s new Canvas app lets you easily create screen-ready content inside ScreenCloud with all the design features you need to create content like posters, digital signs and images.

Using ScreenCloud’s Canvas App, you can:

  • Design, build and create your own notices, posters, or graphics
  • Upload images, add text, move items and customize to ensure your content in always on-brand
  • Edit and update your existing Canvas designs at any time, without having to start from scratch

Here’s how it works:

1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s Canvas App

1.1. Get started by logging into your ScreenCloud account here and choosing the ScreenCloud App Store from the left-hand menu.

1.2. From the App Store, type in “Canvas” in the search bar to populate the Canvas app.

1.3. Click on the app, then select the yellow “Install App” button to get started on creating your Canvas content.

2. Customize your Canvas app template

2.1. First, you can give a unique name to your Canvas App by clicking and editing the “Instance Name” text and renaming your design. This is useful for ensuring you can tell your different Canvas instances apart later in your Media library.

2.2. There are a variety of design options available for editing and customizing your Canvas template. We’ll explain a little more about how these work below.

Main left-panel features:

i) Add text: selecting “Text” will prompt a window for you to type in anything you’d like to appear on your template. Canvas has 32 Google fonts already available for you to choose from.

Using the right-hand tool panel, you can customize how your text appears by changing the alignment/positioning, font-type, color, and size.

You can reposition any text by dragging and dropping it anywhere on your template. You can also resize the text field by pressing and holding your mouse click while moving your mouse toward the center of a text-field, or expanding from the corners to make it larger.

ii) Upload an image: you can upload photos and images directly into your template using the Media Picker tool. You can upload images directly from your desktop, sources like Dropbox, or directly from your “Media Library" in ScreenCloud.

Example of selecting an item from your Media Library:

You can reposition an image by dragging and dropping it anywhere on your template. You can also resize the image by pressing and holding your mouse click while moving your mouse toward the center of an image, or expanding from the corners to make it larger.

iii) Add shapes: you can easily add shapes like circles, rectangles, and squares to your design. Change the color and size of shapes into any format you like. These often work well as text backgrounds, or to highlight specific elements on-page.

Template customization features:

i) Background color: click and use the tool to change your background color for the template. You can also refer to websites such as https://htmlcolorcodes.com/ to quickly reference an HTML color code.

ii) Background image: upload an image to use as your template background by clicking “Use Image”.

iii) Aligning and positioning images: you can use the right-hand panel tools while selecting any item on the template to position or align it, or you can hold a click on any item to drag and drop it into any position on the template.

2.3. The lower panel features can be used for general tools for customizing and editing your template.

Lower panel features:

i) Undo and redo actions: you can use these arrows to undo or redo any recent actions made to your template.

ii) Duplicate content: while you’re selecting a piece of content (e.g. text, image, etc.) on your template, you can use this feature to duplicate the item.

iii) Delete content: while you’re selecting a piece of content (e.g. text, image, etc.) on your template, you can use this feature to delete the item.

iv) Ability to cut, copy, and paste: similar to commands on your computer or alternative photo editing tools, you can right-click any item in the template to quickly cut, copy, and paste any item.

Here’s an overview of computer commands you can use in Canvas, respective to your platform (e.g. Windows or macOS):

  • cut - ctrl + x or cmd + x
  • copy - ctrl + c or cmd + c
  • paste - ctrl + v or cmd + v

3. Preview your Canvas App

3.1. Once you’re done editing and customizing your template, you can select Save to add the Instance to your Apps panel.

Once saved, the “Preview” button in the upper-right hand corner lets you view an enlarged preview of your Canvas App.

4. Save and add your Canvas App instance into your account

4.1. Once you’re happy with the final version of your template, your app instance will appear in your installed apps. Please note, you can click on “New Instance” at any time to create and build new Canvas app templates.

5. Add Canvas App to your screen

5.1. You can add the Canvas app to your screen directly by casting it, adding it into a playlist or a channel. Follow our steps below for each method to display your Canvas creation on your digital screen:

i) Add to a channel: select any channel and schedule your Canvas App instance to display across your screens. Click on “Add Content” to reveal the Media Picker, then select the Canvas app instance you’d like to use. You can learn more about setting up and using channels with ScreenCloud by clicking here.

ii) Add to a playlist: drag and drop the Canvas app instance into any playlist.

iii) Cast it to a screen: while viewing your installed instances, you can click on the three-horizontal dots settings button to select “Cast”. From here, you can select any of your screens for the Canvas app instance to cast to immediately for a screen takeover.

6. How to edit or makes changes to a Canvas App instance

6.1. Click on “Apps” from the left-hand navigation and select your installed “Canvas App” to edit it at any time. Any changes made to an existing app instance being used on your screens will update automatically while connected to the internet.

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Frequently asked questions:

Is there a maximum file size limit for uploading images into the Canvas App?

The Canvas App follows the same minimum file size and upload requirements for the ScreenCloud platform. Please refer here for ScreenCloud’s file type limits and requirements.

Does the Canvas App work in landscape and portrait mode?

The Canvas App currently only works in landscape mode, the app does not support portrait mode at this time.

Which file types are supported to upload and use with the Canvas App?

The Canvas App follows the same minimum file size and upload requirements for the ScreenCloud platform. Please refer here for ScreenCloud’s file type limits and requirements.

Is there a limit on the number of graphics I can create with the Canvas App?

There’s no limit while using the Canvas app. You can add as many instances and customize any number of graphics you’d like.

Can I use videos or animations (.gif) files with the Canvas App?

The Canvas App currently does not support .gif or animation file types.

For further questions, please contact support@screencloud.com with details.

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