The infinite canvas means that murals are no longer limited in size. Use the infinite canvas and create content as ginormous as you need it to be! This article explains what the infinite canvas is and how it works, so you can hop right in and start creating as big as you can dream.

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The infinite canvas

The canvas is the part of a mural where you place objects. It's the "space that holds your stuff".

MURAL now offers two types of canvases to work in: resizable and infinite.

The "classic" MURAL canvas is the resizable canvas. While the resizable canvas may seem to go on forever, it is technically limited to 60,000 by 60,000 pixels. If you prefer working on a resizable canvas, our resizable option is still available to use!

With MURAL's infinite canvas option, you are no longer limited by height or width. Your mural can be as large as you need it to be. That's right, unlimited!

Having an infinite workspace may seem a little daunting at first. But trust us, it's very freeing. From the get-go, new murals are unlimited in size and scope. No resizing, just creating.

Note: When working on our iOS and Windows apps, you may experience some issues when opening an infinite canvas from the web on a mobile device. For optimal performance, we recommend using a resizable canvas on mobile devices.


Creating murals with the infinite canvas

It's super simple. Any time you're creating a new mural, whether from scratch or by using a template, just make sure the Infinite canvas checkbox is selected. Then, you're good to go!

In fact, it stays selected. So if you love the infinite canvas, you don't need to worry about selecting it each time you create a new mural or template.

To enable infinite canvas in a mural:

  1. Just like always, start a new mural, either from your workspace view, mural view, or by choosing a template.

  2. On the Create new mural modal, select the Infinite canvas checkbox.

  3. Click Create mural.

That's it! Your new mural will be infinite.

Any other new murals you create will now default to the infinite canvas. (And hey, if you don't love it, you can deselect the Infinite canvas checkbox at any time to go back to the resizable canvas.)


Using the infinite canvas

We added some improvements alongside the infinite canvas to make sure that you can navigate easily in an unlimited space. Here are some important things to know about.

The dot grid

The dot grid helps you know how zoomed in you are.

When you create a new mural with the infinite canvas, you no longer choose a canvas size. Instead, you're presented with a blank canvas. The first time you use an infinite canvas, we enable the dot grid for you. It looks like this:

The dot grid helps you get your bearings. The more you zoom in, the further apart the dots get, and vice versa. Try zooming in and out to get a feel for it.

Of course, you can hide the dot grid if you don't need it. Here's how.

To show or hide the dot grid:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Right-click on the canvas (Control + click if you're using a touchpad). A menu opens.
      OR

    • Next to the mural name, click the drop-down menu.

  2. On the menu, toggle Show dot grid on or off.

Note:

* Your dot grid setting only affects you. Nobody else is affected. Your next mural will remember your dot grid settings.

* The snap to grid and the dot grid work independently. You can turn one on or off without affecting the other.


Snap to grid

Often, you want objects to line up nicely on your canvas. You can now enable Snap to grid to make objects on the infinite canvas "snap" into place on the grid. This provides a polished alignment of items by keeping them spaced out nicely.

To enable or disable snap to grid:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Right-click on the canvas (Control + click if you're using a touchpad). A menu opens.
      OR

    • Next to the mural name, click the drop-down menu.

  2. On the menu, toggle Snap to grid on or off.

Notes:

* Your snap to grid setting only affects you. Nobody else is affected. Your next mural will remember your snap to grid settings.

* The snap to grid and the dot grid work independently. You can turn one on or off without affecting the other.

Zoom to fit

On the infinite canvas, it's possible to zoom in too much or move so far away from your content that you temporarily lose your bearings. We've all been there.

Not to worry! You’ll never feel lost with the Zoom to Fit button.

If you navigate to a point on the infinite canvas where you can no longer see your content, the Zoom To Fit button appears in the bottom right of the screen. Click it to automatically zoom to a view where you can see your content again.

Now that you know how to create and use the infinite canvas, there are no limits to what you can create. Happy MURALling!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I convert a resizable canvas mural to an infinite canvas mural (or the other way around)?

Yes! By duplicating a mural, you can choose to apply a different canvas type to the duplicate. Here's how to do it.

To convert a resizable canvas mural to an infinite canvas mural:

  1. Click the drop-down menu button next to the mural name. A menu is displayed.

  2. Select Duplicate mural.

  3. On the Duplicate this mural modal, give the duplicate mural a name, and select where you want to store the duplicate.

  4. Select the Infinite canvas checkbox.

  5. Click Duplicate mural.

That's it! You now have a copy of your resizable canvas mural contents on a new, infinite canvas mural.

(To convert an infinite canvas mural to a resizable canvas mural, follow the above steps, but de-select Infinite canvas in step 4.)

Can I enable the dot grid or snap to grid on a resizable canvas mural?

Not currently. The dot grid and snap to grid features are unique to murals using the infinite canvas.

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