# Tag Archives: canvas

Being able to draw smooth lines that connect arbitrary points is something that I find myself needing very frequently. This is a port of an old snippet that does just that. By averaging control points of a quadratic bezier curve we ensure that our resulting Bezier curves are always smooth.

The key can be seen here with the `bezierSkin` function. It draws either a closed or open curve.

```1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 // array of xy coords, closed boolean function bezierSkin(bez, closed = true) { var avg = calcAvgs(bez), leng = bez.length, i, n;   if (closed) { c.moveTo(avg[0], avg[1]); for (i = 2; i < leng; i += 2) { n = i + 1; c.quadraticCurveTo(bez[i], bez[n], avg[i], avg[n]); } c.quadraticCurveTo(bez[0], bez[1], avg[0], avg[1]); } else { c.moveTo(bez[0], bez[1]); c.lineTo(avg[0], avg[1]); for (i = 2; i < leng - 2; i += 2) { n = i + 1; c.quadraticCurveTo(bez[i], bez[n], avg[i], avg[n]); } c.lineTo(bez[leng - 2], bez[leng - 1]); } }     // create anchor points by averaging the control points function calcAvgs(p) { var avg = [], leng = p.length, prev; for (var i = 2; i < leng; i++) { prev = i - 2; avg.push((p[prev] + p[i]) / 2); } // close avg.push((p[0] + p[leng - 2]) / 2); avg.push((p[1] + p[leng - 1]) / 2); return avg; }```

The control points are then averaged to ensure that the curve contains no sharp angles.

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## SVG to Canvas (good trick)

Awhile back, I wrote some collision detection code that blitted existing interactive SVG to Canvas and then used the pixel data to figure out various aspects of the relationships between arbitrary SVG nodeTypes. A really simple trick I used can be seen in this pen:

The trick is to load the svg data into an image as a datauri. There are other tricks like this - one of which is using an svg `foreignObject` to blit html to canvas:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Canvas_API/Drawing_DOM_objects_into_a_canvas

There were some browser issues at the time with this. The main one being IE 10/11 didn’t really work (tainted canvas if I recall correctly). The `foreignObject` trick didn’t work with image xlink:hrefs in safari at the time… (weirdly if you opened the dev tools it would start to work) anyway…

I ended up forking canvg for various cases. canvg is really cool… just a note, a coworker of mine went in at some point and optimized it like crazy and improved the perf a good deal by “drying things up”. Maybe I’ll suggest that he submit his optimizations at some point.

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## 3d Point to 2d Point (Easy Mini 3d Engine)

Many years ago when I had just started programming I found this absolute gem by Andries Odendaal.

modern es6 version

```1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 let rotX = 0, rotY = 0, perspective = 500, depth, currX, currY; // learned something like this at Andries Odendaal's www.wireframe.co.za function point3d(x, y, z) { let cosX = Math.cos(rotX), cosY = Math.cos(rotY), sinX = Math.sin(rotX), sinY = Math.sin(rotY), posX, posY, posZ;   posZ = z * cosX - x * sinX, posX = z * sinX + x * cosX, posY = y * cosY - posZ * sinY, posZ = y * sinY + posZ * cosY;   depth = 1 / (posZ / perspective + 1); currX = posX * depth; currY = posY * depth;   return [ currX, currY, depth ]; }```

Here’s is an example of it in action:

I’ve used this code many many times, it’s just easy to throw into any language and instantly get 3d points rendered in 2d. Here is a short video of a Java applet from 2003 called “Catch Env” that made use of it:

Here is the source code for that ^^
http://www.zevanrosser.com/shape2/j/Catchenv.java

You’ll notice in that source, that I nested the equation to allow for local and global transformations. It was around that time that I learned the ins and outs of real 2D and 3D matrix transformation math… Ken Perlin’s classfiles from NYU were a real help when I was learning that stuff. I don’t think this was the exact file I was working with, but it was definitely on his site somewhere.

Before all that, during my junior year in college I created a 3d engine based off Odendaal’s code in Director (Lingo). Here is a video of some of the demos for it:

…and here is a strange screenshot from my personal website at the time:

Just an example of a powerful snippet and a gateway to learning matrix transformation math. When I first really dug in to html5 canvas - before WebGL was supported so widely - having this trick up my sleeve was great. As you can see in the below link, I used it more than a few times back then:

Daily canvas experiments:

http://zreference.com/projects/all-graphics.php

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## HTML5 Canvas Tutorial

If you haven’t tried the html5 canvas tag yet, I suggest you give it a try. It falls under the same category as ActionScript’s Graphics and BitmapData classes. It is however much much simpler. One great thing about it is it runs really fast on IOS5. Have a look at some of these demos to see what I mean: http://zreference.com/projects/graphics/

A few days ago I recorded this short video tutorial… it’s very simple, but it will get you started if you’ve never tried canvas before:

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