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Using canvas as ThreeJS texture
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>JS Bin</title>
<body style="background:#fff;">
<script src=""></script>
<canvas id="canvas"></canvas>
<script id="jsbin-javascript">
var width = window.innerWidth, height = window.innerHeight / 2;
var size = 256;
var canvas = document.getElementById('canvas'),
ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
var camera, scene, renderer, geometry, texture, mesh;
function changeCanvas() {
ctx.font = '20pt Arial';
ctx.fillStyle = 'red';
ctx.fillRect(0, 0, canvas.width, canvas.height);
ctx.fillStyle = 'white';
ctx.fillRect(10, 10, canvas.width - 20, canvas.height - 20);
ctx.fillStyle = 'black';
ctx.textAlign = "center";
ctx.textBaseline = "middle";
ctx.fillText(new Date().getTime(), canvas.width / 2, canvas.height / 2);
function init() {
renderer = new THREE.WebGLRenderer();
renderer.setSize(width, height);
scene = new THREE.Scene();
camera = new THREE.PerspectiveCamera(70, width / height, 1, 1000);
camera.position.z = 500;
texture = new THREE.Texture(canvas);
var material = new THREE.MeshBasicMaterial({ map: texture });
geometry = new THREE.BoxGeometry( 200, 200, 200 );
mesh = new THREE.Mesh( geometry, material );
scene.add( mesh );
canvas.width = canvas.height = size;
function animate() {
texture.needsUpdate = true;
mesh.rotation.y += 0.01;
renderer.render(scene, camera);
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cosmo-naut commented Feb 2, 2018

Awesome, this should be in the three.js documentation as an example of a canvasTexture, and even how to apply a texture. The documentation is vague on this subject

My canvas square is black when applied as a texture, even though a newly created canvas should be transparent. Is there way to make textures support this transparency?

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Neptilo commented Feb 17, 2018

@cosmo-naut Have a look at THREE.Material.alphaTest

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sowdowdow commented Mar 29, 2018

Appreciated your help 👍

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code-matt commented Jun 10, 2018

Thanks, going to give this a shot. CSS3D is way too buggy for displaying 2d elements in the 3d space.

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DenisKS commented Aug 23, 2018

Try to use existed canvas as texture for object according this example, but have error about I think CORS but all source in one server maybe something other ..?

Here is example:

enter code here

Just press Red btn and look err at console :

FFox "THREE.WebGLState: DOMException: "The operation is insecure"

Chrome "THREE.WebGLState: DOMException: Failed to execute 'texImage2D' on 'WebGLRenderingContext': Tainted canvases may not be loaded."

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roboshoes commented Oct 23, 2018

@DenisKS: This is probably because you rendered a picture from a different URL onto your canvas and then tried to use said canvas as a texture, right?

This is prohibited for XSS reasons. If you replace the image code with either an image from your own server or no image at all, you should not have this error any longer.

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jjxtra commented Aug 22, 2019

Fails if canvas is 8192x4096, far less than the max texture and framebuffer sizes for me, any ideas?

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