illustration software for education

educators, researchers, and students worldwide choose Canvas illustration software

More than 600 universities across the world rely on Canvas X Draw graphics software for Windows and macOS to create rich visualizations of data and research findings.

For students and teachers of life sciences, earth sciences, and engineering, the combination of a professional vector graphics toolset, rich photo-editing capabilities, and scientific precision is a winning formula.

At Canvas we are committed to providing the best illustration software for education institutions. And to supporting research, educational, and non-profit organizations with unlimited licensing offers which make Canvas software available at incredibly low prices.

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canvas in the workplace

Our enterprise customers often tell us they discovered Canvas during their studies and took it with them into the workplace. Canvas software is in widespread use throughout the medical and scientific research sectors, with customers including Cleveland Clinic and the National Institute for Health. And it’s trusted at some of the most advanced companies worldwide, including GE, Honeywell, Chevron and more.

Find out more about how Canvas is put to use by our customers.

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key features

thousands of symbols

Canvas X Draw comes pre-loaded with countless commonly used and specialized symbols. You can also create your own custom symbol sets from any vector, text, composite, or paint object, and add it to the Symbol Library.

auto trace without a trace

Turn raster images into infinitely scalable vectors with the Auto Trace command. Save time by automatically tracing an entire image, or any channel within an image, and generating a vector object out of the specified input.

getting technical

Create blueprints, floor plans, scale drawings, architectural designs, and other technical drawings with absolute precision. Snap objects into exact positions relative to each other, draw from center points, define scale, systematically align, display sizes, add labels, call-outs, or comments, create flowchart diagrams, and more.

time-saving text tools

Quickly divide paragraphs into sections for email updates, newsletters, flyers, and other engaging content. Select color, calligraphic, neon, parallel, symbol, or pen strokes or dashes for your horizontal lines, and customize length and offset values.

mathematically accurate

Canvas X Draw delivers dimensioning tools that measure distances for you, calculate angles, affirm scale, join objects with mathematical accuracy, and much more. All while conforming to industry standards and giving you complete control over units of measurement.

handle every file you need

Canvas X Draw 6 offers a wide file format support for import and export, including 2D vector graphics, raster graphics, text, AutoCAD, and web content.


into engineering? get integrated 2D and 3D illustration in a single application

Canvas X Pro unites the power of 3D visualization with the most versatile technical graphics and illustration software for education use cases. It gives you the ability to create data-rich 2D visual documentation that features precise views of 3D models and assemblies.

Because you can work directly with 3D CAD data from all leading 3D CAD packages, Canvas X Pro gives you complete control over the visualization of your 3D CAD models. Explode and rotate models, ghost parts, and interact directly with metadata to create bill of materials tables and create instant annotations.

X Pro can import and manipulate files created in Solidworks, PTC Creo, Rhino, Catia, Parasolid, Siemens NX, Autodesk, AutoCAD and more.


visual collaboration for remote learning

In 2021 we have all come to realize how essential it is to be able to maintain access to learning services and collaboration while working remotely.

Canvas Envision is a visual teamwork solution which allows any group of people who need to connect and collaborate to enjoy real time interaction with visual content and with their peers.

Envision is ideally suited to educational and research institutions who need to ensure team- and class members have everything they need to stay connected, current, and productive.

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