So, you thought the social photo sharing app jar was full, huh? Think again. Kanvas is a new addition to the evolving list of social media apps with a focus on sharing photos. What sets it apart? Well there are a few features that make this app a little different from others, and provide users something to get excited about.
A unique feature about Kanvas is that not only can you add visual elements to photos from your device, but you can also pull photos from various sources such as Instagram, Flickr, Google, Giphy and Tumblr. You’re given an option to choose from (I assume) photos that are trending, or search those various channels to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Kanvas is like a cross between PicMonkey and Instagram. Like PicMonkey, users have various elements that they can add to the photo such as text, borders, shapes, lines, etc. As you would expect, there are plenty of choices when it comes to fonts, colors and styles. Once you’ve selected the element you want to add, you have the option to resize and edit them. You are also given a button at the bottom left corner that allows you to move the element from behind or in front of another element (like layers in Photoshop.)
Creating Multiple Frames
Here’s where Kanvas gets fun and where it stray away from other photo sharing apps. In Kanvas you can create multiple frames for one image, essentially creating a .gif. Each frame could be completely different – maybe to document a trip by way of photos and names associated with the location in which they were taken – or, they can all be the same with slight variations. This allows users to get very creative and do things similar to stop animation or tell a story using multiple photos with the same text and elements. The great thing is that this part is made easy. Kanvas gives you the ability to duplicate your original frame so you don’t have to remake it for each copy. So, make your first frame perfect, then duplicate it and make small changes along the way.
Exporting/Sharing Your Creation
Now that your masterpiece has been built, you can move on to sharing it with the world (this is the Instagram part of it.) When I first downloaded Kanvas, i was expecting an app that allowed me to make some cool image that I could then save to my phone, and share with my social channels. Little did I know that Kanvas is actually it’s own social channel. When sharing your creation, it will appear it something very similar to that of an Instagram feed. Browsing in the ‘Explore’ section, you can find people and then follow them to start seeing their images in your feed.
If you’re not looking for a new social feed to manage, don’t worry, you can still use Kanvas to post to your existing social channels. Kanvas has integration for Google +, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. By selecting any combination of those channels, but still choosing to make your kanvas private, your image will only post to those social channels.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with Kanvas. It’s a great app for someone who is looking to make minor enhancements to their images and share them with their social channels, or even a brand new channel, Kanvas itself. The app suffers some minor downfalls when it comes to design and using multiple elements (it’s a bit difficult to select the element you’re after without inadvertently moving something that you weren’t trying to) but I still found myself having fun and enjoying using the app, and really, that’s what it’s all about.
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