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. If you prefer working on a resizable canvas, our resizable option is still available to use! While using this type of canvas, facilitators can resize it as needed. Plus, you'll have a dark gray background border around the canvas:

With MURAL's infinite canvas option, you won't have a background border, and you're no longer limited by height or width. Your mural can be as large as you need it to be. That's right, unlimited space! 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.


Create murals with the infinite canvas

Ready to create a mural with an infinite canvas? Awesome. You’ll create a new mural from the dashboard.

To create a new mural with an infinite canvas:

  1. Click Create mural in the upper left corner of the MURAL dashboard.

  2. Select the room.

  3. (Optional) Select a folder inside the room where you want the mural to be.

  4. Choose to start from an infinite blank canvas (or templates which are always opened on an infinite canvas).

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


Navigate 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. (Sometimes, people call this feature "gridlines." We call it a dotted grid.)

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 dropdown menu.

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

Notes:

  • 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 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 dropdown 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 MURALing!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

    Yes! You can easily switch your canvas type in a mural. Check out our article on changing canvas types.

  • Can I enable the dot grid, zoom to fit, or snap to grid on a resizable canvas mural?
    Yes, the dot grid, zoom to fit, and snap to grid were made with infinite canvas in mind, but can also be applied to a resizable canvas!

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