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HTML Canvas Crash Course for Beginners

  • How to use HTML, CSS and vanilla JavaScript to create beautiful interactive animations for your website.
  • Free tutorial
  • Rating: 4.9 out of 54.9 (269 ratings)
  • 7,025 students
  • 52min of on-demand video
  • Created by Frank Dvorak
  • English

What you’ll learn

  • Animation with JavaScript, HTML Canvas, HTML and CSS


  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript


From HTML5 canvas basics to beautiful particle systems in one video. Do you want to master Front End Web Development this year? Then this tutorial is for you! 🙂 We will go from important fundamentals to digital art, let me show you the real power of vanilla JavaScript in this HTML5 canvas crash course for beginners!

Today we will learn HTML5 canvas by creating a drawing app, interactive particle system, mouse trail and beautiful constellations effect that was made popular by Particles.js library, but we will use no libraries. We will code everything completely from scratch, to get fundamental understanding of vanilla JavaScript and HTML canvas element. I will write the code with you step by step, and I hope you get some value today and get yourself one step closer to achieving your self development goals!

I made this HTML5 canvas tutorial for beginners to clarify common coding techniques and hopefully inspire you to keep learning JavaScript. Learning canvas can be easy, if you’re having fun. When you understand it’s principles, all your creative coding, generative art and game development ideas will come to life!

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I make web animation courses, from basics to advanced. Let’s build beautiful things together while learning JavaScript! This tutorial is aimed at JavaScript beginners, but some basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JS is expected. I’m new to teaching, please let me know your feedback, anything you can tell me helps me to improve 🙂

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner front end web developers interested in creative coding and visual projects

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Course content

1 section • 12 lectures • 51m total length

HTML canvas from basics to advanced12 lectures • 52min

  • Final project preview, HTML and CSS setup02:50
  • Basic JavaScript setup04:38
  • How to use resize event listener to prevent stretching01:18
  • Drawing a circle with arc method03:23
  • Mouse interactivity with click event04:00
  • Paint brush effect with mousemove event01:50
  • Animation loop02:22
  • How to create a particle system with JavaScript classes11:12
  • Particle trail effect07:12
  • Interactive colors with HSL color declaration04:08
  • Constellations effect explained08:36
  • Well Done!00:26

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