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Element

Element represents a graphical object on the page. An element can have one of these types:

  • text
  • image
  • svg
const element = store.activePage.addElement({
type: 'text',
x: 50,
y: 50,
fill: 'black',
text: 'hello',
});

// logs 50
console.log(element.x);

// set new position
element.set({ x: 100 });

Basic actions

Read properties

At any time you can access any property of an element. See documentation for every type of element to see all available properties.

const element = store.selectedElements[0];
// logs type of element
console.log(element.type);
// logs id of element
console.log(element.id);

element.set(attrs)

Set new attributes to the element.

text.set({ x: text.x + 10, text: 'new text' });

Custom properties

You can't write ANY property directly into element. If you want to write some additional data into an element, you can use custom attribute.

// this line will not work, because elements has no attribute userId
element.set({ userId: '12' });
// you can write such data into "custom" attribute
element.set({ custom: { userId: '12' } });
// read custom attribute
console.log(element.custom?.userId);

element.moveUp()

Move element up on z-index.

text.moveUp();

element.moveDown()

Move element up on z-index.

text.moveToBottom();

element.moveTop()

Move element to the top of the page or a group.

text.moveTop();

element.moveBottom()

Move element to the bottom of the page or a group.

text.moveBottom();

Locking

You can lock elements changes with locked property. Locked elements can't be changed by the end user from the canvas. So users can't drag them and resize them. Locked elements still can be changed from the code.

// lock the object
element.set({ locked: true });

// unlock it
element.set({ locked: false });

Text element

Text elements allows you to create a text on the canvas.

Here is the example of default properties.

page.addElement({
type: 'text',
x: 0,
y: 0,
rotation: 0,
locked: false,
blurEnabled: false,
blurRadius: 10,
brightnessEnabled: false,
brightness: 0,
shadowEnabled: false,
shadowBlur: 10,
text: 'Hey, polotno',
// placeholder is working similar to input placeholder
// it will be rendered if no text is defined
// and we will use it in input element too
// useful for template canvas, where users will need to replace text elements
placeholder: '',
fontSize: 14,
fontFamily: 'Roboto',
fontStyle: 'normal', // can be normal or italic
fontWeight: 'normal', // can be normal or bold or some other CSS variations
textDecoration: '',
fill: 'black',
align: 'center',
width: 0,
strokeWidth: 0,
stroke: 'black',
lineHeight: 1,
letterSpacing: 0, // % from font size,

// can user select element?
// if false, element will be "invisible" for user clicks
selectable: true,
// use for absolute positing of element
alwaysOnTop: false,
// also we can hide some elements from the export
showInExport: true,
});

text.toggleEditMode()

Enable edit mode for the text. It puts cursor inside the text and a user can do regular text editing.

You can use text.toggleEditMode() to enter "edit mode" programmatically. For example, right after you created a new text element.

Image element

Image element will draw an image on the canvas. By default images will do smart-cropping to fit into its size.

page.addElement({
type: 'image',
x: 0,
y: 0,
rotation: 0,
locked: false,
blurEnabled: false,
blurRadius: 10,
brightnessEnabled: false,
brightness: 0,
shadowEnabled: false,
shadowBlur: 10,
// url path to image
src: 'https://example.com/image.png',

// url path to svg or image that will be used to clip image
// cab be used for image framing
clipSrc: '',
width: 100,
height: 100,
cropX: 0, // 0-1 : % from original image width
cropY: 0, // 0-1 : % from original image height
cropWidth: 1, // 0-1 : % from original image width
cropHeight: 1, // 0-1 : % from original image height
cornerRadius: 0,
borderColor: 'black',
borderSize: 0,
flipX: false,
flipY: false,

// can user select element?
// if false, element will be "invisible" for user clicks
selectable: true,
// use for absolute positing of element
alwaysOnTop: false,
// also we can hide some elements from the export
showInExport: true,
});

image.toggleCropMode()

Enter into "crop mode" of the image programmatically.

SVG element

SVG elements works very similar to Image element, but has ability to replace its internal colors (not supported for all possible svgs).

const svgElement = page.addElement({
type: 'svg',
src: 'https://example.com/image.svg',
maskSrc: '', // should we draw mask image over svg element?
keepRatio: false, // can we change aspect ration of svg?
x: 0,
y: 0,
rotation: 0,
locked: false,
blurEnabled: false,
blurRadius: 10,
brightnessEnabled: false,
brightness: 0,
shadowEnabled: false,
shadowBlur: 10,
width: 100,
height: 100,
flipX: false,
flipY: false,
// can user select element?
// if false, element will be "invisible" for user clicks
selectable: true,
// use for absolute positing of element
alwaysOnTop: false,
// also we can hide some elements from the export
showInExport: true,
});

svgElement.colors

Array of colors detected in the svg image. You can use this array to replace colors in the svg image.

console.log(svgElement.colors);

svgElement.replaceColor(oldColor, newColor)

Some svg files support color replacement. Polotno can do that when a color of internal svg node is defined as fill property. You can replace some colors, to modify original image.

svgElement.replaceColor('red', 'blue');