HTML5 Canvas Tutorial On Creating Snowfall Effect

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January 19, 2013. 2 min read

Hi Guys! How are you? In previous post, I have mentioned so many time that HTML 5 gives big Competition to flash. But in real Competition is Flash VS HTML 5 Canvas. So I have decided to write some tutorials on HTML5 Canvas. Here Our first tutorial on HTML 5-Canvas. HTML5 Canvas Tutorial On Creating Snowfall Effect



In our previous tutorials I have explained you Snowfall effect using CSS3, JavaScript. Today we will take that same concept but we will implement it in HTML 5 Canvas. Read: 1)Make Your Blog Ready For Christmas Using ShowStrome.js 2)Amazing Snow Fall Effect Using Pure CSS3 HTML

  <script type="text/javascript" src="snowfall.js"></script>

You should put snowfall.js at the bottom of the page other wise the script won’t work. snowfall.js

(function(w, d, m, c) {
    //Create canvas tag on fly
    var cnvs, ctx, Wt, Ht, maxF, flakes, b = d.getElementsByTagName('body')[0];
    cnvs = d.createElement(c);
    //init canvas and set dimenctions
    ctx = cnvs.getContext('2d');
    Wt = w.innerWidth;
    Ht = w.innerHeight;
    cnvs.width = Wt;
    cnvs.height = Ht;
    //Creating snow flakes
    maxF = 100; //max flakes
    flakes = [];
    for (var i = 0; i < maxF; i++) {
        //pushing into flakes array
            x: m.random() * Wt,
            y: m.random() * Ht,
            r: m.random() * 3,
            d: m.random() * maxF

    function snowfall() {
        ctx.clearRect(0, 0, Wt, Ht);
        //drawing intitial snowflakes on canvas
        ctx.fillStyle = "#fff";
        for (var i = 0; i < maxF; i++) {
            var f = flakes[i];
            ctx.moveTo(f.x, f.y);
            ctx.arc(f.x, f.y, f.r, 0, m.PI * 2, true);

        //moving snow flakes
        var angl = 0;
        for (var i = 0; i < maxF; i++) {
            angl += 0.1;
            var f = flakes[i];
            f.x += m.abs(m.sin(angl)) + 0.1;
            f.y += m.abs(m.cos(angl)) * 3;
            //resetting snowflakes when they are
            //out of frame
            if (f.x > Wt || f.x < 0 || f.y > Ht) {
                f.x = m.random() * Wt;
                f.y = -10;
    //calling snowfall function every 30 sec
    setInterval(snowfall, 30);
}(window, document, Math, 'canvas'));

Here we are using self calling JavaScript function. Just go thought the code you will understand whats going on. That’s it hope you like it.