Canvas-like website

Creating a canvas-like website with draggable elements

Creating a canvas-like website with draggable elements

Create a canvas-like website by making the entire website draggable and include elements you can drag around.


I'm excited to show you how to create a fantastic draggable canvas effect using Framer. The canvas mimics the interactive canvas on the Framer website, allowing users to effortlessly drag and reposition elements. I'm also thrilled to share that other websites like Sketch and Jitter have implemented similar interactive features.

To get started, I begin by explaining the step-by-step process. I draw a frame that spans the entire page and pin it to the top left and right corners. This frame serves as the canvas. Next, I create a large draggable layer within the canvas, which will contain all the movable elements. By adding the drag effect to this layer, users can easily pick up and move it around.

Now comes the fun part: adding elements to the canvas. I provide examples like videos, tweets, logos, images, and more. These elements can be freely dragged and positioned within the canvas. Additionally, I demonstrate how to enhance the user experience by adding hover effects, press effects, and custom cursors to the elements. This way, when users hover over the elements, they become responsive and intuitive.

I also show you how to fine-tune the canvas for different breakpoints, such as tablet and mobile. This ensures that the layout and positioning of the elements adapt to smaller screen sizes, making the canvas fully responsive.

Finally, I mention that the project can be published as a real website. When viewed in a browser, the canvas effect is preserved, allowing users to drag and interact with the elements. I provide a link to the project for you to explore and create your own draggable website.